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Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. Reviews

Updated January 24, 2017
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Pros
  • great exposure to the oil and gas industry and business (in 19 reviews)

  • Great place to learn a lot about the oil and gas business and technology (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is unheard of outside of higher managements (in 20 reviews)

  • Inconsistent guidance from upper management (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "NA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Good people, some good managers

    Cons

    Poor Mgmt, stressful working condition, unrealistic expectations, no structured training.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Good place to get some experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - The people here are awesome, except for upper management.
    - Good business practices.
    - Ice cream once a month.
    - Free coffee and water.
    - You learn a lot about software and coding.
    - Decent pay for a fresh grad.
    - Monopoly in the market so product is stable.

    Cons

    - You'll get a crash course in the corporate world, starting with how they don't care about what you want to do or what you're good at. In fact they try to make you do things you don't want to do for some weird reason.
    - Everyone does coding and SQL regardless of whether you want to do marketing or whatever. This means you get real technical real quick or get buried alive regardless of whether you have a technical background.
    - Upper management so detached from reality and needs of their verticals you'll never get any real help outside of putting out immediate fires.
    - Mass exodus of talent means nobody knows what they're doing and Q doesn't care about retaining those talents. Just throw more fresh graduates into the grinder and hope some of them learn how to swim.
    - 0 Career opportunities. Use this place to get some industry experience and get out ASAP.
    - Don't get sick or hurt. The health benefits are ridiculously bad ($6000/yr for your deductable???). Obamacare has better benefits for cheaper???
    - If you "only" do 45 hours a week you'll get a bad review. They expect you to live and die for the company and don't care about your work/life balance contrary to what they say during NHOT.
    - The company is a training camp, most people are gone after a year or two. Don't make the mistake of staying for longer because you get comfortable.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother? They have their heads so high in the clouds they forget there are people working in their company. Might be hard but try listening once in a while without firing the whistleblower.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Do not recommend"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Smart and kind coworkers
    - Houston office has access to the tunnels
    - Opportunity to gain technical IT skills and to learn about the oil and gas industry
    - You can work from home if you need to

    Cons

    - The benefits are not competitive
    - You are expected to bill AT LEAST 9 hours to clients (This means that you will most likely work more than 9 hours a day)
    - No culture (unless you consider being miserable and stressed out all the time culture?)
    - Performance Reviews are one sided: Your manager(s) can review your performance but you don't get to review theirs (Guess who gets the blame when projects go down the drain?)
    - Tiny/nonexistent bonuses
    - No work-life balance
    - Boring projects
    - The Q thought it was cool to layoff a bunch of people without announcing layoffs were happening
    - Not enough training (If you teach a baby to walk and it can take a couple of steps before it falls flat on its butt, do you think that baby is ready to run a 5k? Probably not. Well, the training you get is equivalent to learning to barely walk, but the actual work that is assigned to you is more like running a 5k.)

    Advice to Management

    - Be real during recruiting about the LONG WORK HOURS and the fact that the job is EXTREMELY TECHNICAL so that people can filter themselves out before they spend 1-2 years being miserable at your company and quitting
    - Consider treating employees like human beings rather than machines


  4. Helpful (10)

    "ONLY for the New College Graduate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Jobs at "the Q" are ONLY for dewy-eyed new college graduates, with NO other work experience.

    Other assets:
    1. Parents in executive or otherwise influential positions at customers (or potential customers)
    2. Collegiate fraternity or sorority association

    Cons

    For anyone with actual work experience, the cons vastly outweigh any pros. As a matter of fact, there are nothing but cons for anyone with actual work experience, despite the obviously fake and likely coerced positive reviews you see posted on Glassdoor.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good hard look at the man or woman in the mirror.


  5. Helpful (16)

    "Not a good choice"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only positive thing I can say about Quorum is that you will get to work closely with some really good people. From the Manager level down there are a lot of genuinely nice and dedicated young folks.

    Cons

    The company suffers from ruthlessly inept management. I was there 2 years and not once did I see a picture of the CEO, much less an in person meeting. Quorums' problem is that all upper management is inbred and invisible, with no meaningful experience outside of Quorum. As a consequence they have very limited skills when it comes to managing people.

    Another big problem is the disconnect between the sales teams and the folks who have to deploy the systems. The sales team will estimate a job at X hours while the folks doing the implementation need at least 2-3X to complete the work. This derives from the fact that (1) there are no standardized tool sets in place for configuring their products, thus everything is done from scratch, (2) they often throw inexperienced resources into the mix and hope they can accomplish the task, and (3) they have an attitude that all projects are time and material projects, thus they have little commitment to honoring the original estimate.

    The system, as they have designed it, is unsustainable. It is too resource intensive on the front end for deployment and too resource intensive on the back end for support. That type of model only works when a boom is going on, but will collapse when the market takes a downward turn.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise the outside owners that they need to replace 100% of the C-Suite with people who understand how a software company should be organized and run and who value the employees which make the operation possible. Quorum does pay well however they have an attitude that high pay absolves them of all other responsibilities. It doesn't!


  6. Helpful (14)

    "Okay place to start, but no one stays. Massive layoffs."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Quorum is an okay place to start for a new college graduate. The pay is good and you learn a LOT of programming skills. The people there are talented and generally nice.

    Cons

    There is no work/life balance. The company expects you to put in 45-50 hours a week on a slow week. They then bill the client for that time, but there is no additional compensation for the employees. The upper management leaves at 4-4:30 and the lower employees are expected to stay until 6 or 7.

    They pull young graduates in with expectations of a fun place to work with lots of opportunities. That may be true, if you stay long enough. Most people leave before 2 years have passed. If you don't, the company finds a good reason to let you go.

    They thrive on inexperienced employees who demand less pay. This affects the products. The software is riddled with bugs and major issues, that whenever they are discovered the company rigorously tries to bill the client for them. Most of the day is spent fixing issues that someone introduced quite a while back.

    In recruiting, the company brags that all employees are given a mentor who they can consult at any time. This may have been the case years ago, but is inaccurate now. You have a 'mentor', but they have their own work too, and very little time to help others. The company expects brand new employees to do a task in the same amount of time that it would take an experienced employee. The expectations are unrealistic and very stressful.

    In recent months, there have been layoffs of over 50% in some groups. The company continues to hire new graduates while continuously laying off experienced employees. As a result of this, the atmosphere is one of fear and resentment. This affects the company culture as well as productivity.

    Overall, this company is not a good one. If you have another opportunity, take it.

    Benefits: 401K matching is frightfully low compared to the rest of the professional world. Health insurance is fairly expensive and without many options. Vision and dental are good.

    Advice to Management

    If you want loyal employees be loyal to them first. No one should have to go to work fearing that they will be laid off on any given day. Layoffs are understandable, but do them all at once and be straight forward about it. Don't keep employees in the dark for months before announcing lay offs.

    Be truthful in recruiting and interviews.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Stay away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    There is a good starting salary and you will learn alot. They hire alot of good people

    Cons

    There is absolutely no company culture, all the good people tend to leave. Management does not care about the employees and do nothing about retention. Quorum decided to spend alot of money marketing the brand when Oil and Gas prices were still dropping, and there were not enough new projects in sight. Instead of investing in the employees they invested in something that could have waited when the market was better. It is just not a good place to work

  8. Helpful (14)

    "Terrible company, very poorly run and organized."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Generally good salary for young professionals. Most of the people I worked with below management were pretty nice.

    Cons

    Horrible work life balance. They lure smart, young college grads in with a good salary and seemingly good career growth. They will not place you according to any skills or knowledge you already have, but only where there's room. The chance for travel is actually low, and they will stick you at a desk being a computer programmer without giving you the tools necessary to succeed. They're "training" is a joke, and all they really do is just hire way too many people with the hopes of churning out a couple kids who will sacrifice their entire lives for the company. The rest they will let go with no remorse. They decide instantly (based on nothing) whether you fit their mold or not, and if you do not, they will treat you badly and look for reasons to get you out the door.

    Management is terrible, and there is a very inconsistent mismatch between what the expectations are for each employee. Everything in the company is just band-aid on top of band-aid fixes, and they never actually try to solve or fix any problems. This leads to a lot of wasted time and money, as well as low customer satisfaction.

    The whole work culture is just backhanded and full of politics. Everyone talks behind each other's backs. I was literally lied to by many people in upper management, as well as people that were phony nice to me that I sat next to every day and I believed to be good people.

    Layoffs are very prevalent, even though they'll keep hiring a LOT of people to make it seem like they're not doing bad.

    Advice to Management

    Actually treat your employees well and listen to them. Stop wasting time and money at every corner by being disorganized. There are people doing hardly any work that make more money than people who do the work of 10 employees. Actually lay out expectations for new employees and be consistent with them. Then you'll stop having terrible turnover, and good employees will want to stay instead of everyone leaving after a year.


  9. Helpful (15)

    "The New Q"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    -Decent pay
    -Quorum hires very talented and intelligent people
    -Flexible schedule

    Cons

    -NOT a consulting job. If you are a business major DO NOT work here unless you are interested in learning how to code because that is all you will be doing. Recruiters will assure you that you will not be placed in a technical position--but all the positions at Quorum are EXTREMELY technical. There is a four week training and then after that you are expected to be proficient enough in the programming languages to know how to solve issues. You will be assigned to a 'mentor' who is supposed to help you work through the issues assigned to you..but they will be drowning in work and have very limited time to help you.

    -No company culture. People just show up, do their job & go home.

    -No communication within the different verticals of the company. Quorum is undergoing MAJOR layoffs - 20% or more of the company- because of how the oil & gas industry is right now. However, nothing was communicated amongst the employees until 3 days ago, after teams were cut in half with no warning.

    -You are required to bill 45 hours of work each week to the client. However, you also can't go over on the estimated hours to fix an issue. So, you will end up working more hours and not being able to bill them (or just over-billing the client and getting heat from your manager for it).

    -Management does not care about their employees. They only care about the number of hours that you are spending on your issues. Managers will only reach out to their team when they go over on hours for an issue instead of being proactive and helping you work through issues.

    -Quorum will tell the client that they can get an issue solved in X amount of hours, knowing full well that it will be impossible to do so. Then, when they go over on the budgeted hours for the issue (which happens on virtually every single issue), senior management will blame it all on 'junior resources' for not being able to meet the unrealistic estimates.

    -Employees are moved around based on the need of the company, rather than the skill set of the employee. There are business majors doing development work, simply because they were low on work in their current position. When employees reach out to HR or other senior management about it they are told that there is no other option and they need to learn how to do it. Management wonders why we never meet deadlines and there are incompetent people on teams? This is precisely why.

    The other reviews on here are VERY accurate. Don't accept a job here unless you know exactly what you are getting into.

    Advice to Management

    -Communicate with your employees. Especially about the recent layoffs, or else all of your good employees, who actually like working at Quorum, will leave because they are scared that they will be next to get laid off.

    -Get to know your employees so that when a new project opens up, you put the best people for the job on it, not just whoever has bandwidth.

    -Stop lying to college students to get them to work here. Be transparent about the fact that this is a highly technical job.

    -Be transparent to your employees and to your customers. Stop over promising and underestimating the number of hours it will take to complete a project/issue. BE TRANSPARENT.

    -If you truly believe that Quorum is "the best place for first class people to work" then actually treat your employees like they are first class people.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "It's not consulting"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great place to learn valuable skills so you can jump to a better job after you've worked at Quorum for about a year.

    Cons

    Quorum tries to lure you in with the job title of "Consultant" and make it sound as if you'll be able to work with clients and help them with their business. In reality, you'll spend 99% of your time searching tables in a database or fixing software bugs introduced by someone who left the company 5 years ago. There's nothing in this job that resembles consulting.

    Quorum's software is unnecessarily convoluted and written on a horrible bug-riddled architecture that needed replacing 10 years ago. Because of this, you'll spend the first several months frustrated and relying on the help of others, but they will often be too busy with their own work to help you.

    As other reviewers have mentioned, there is no such thing as a work/life balance while working at Quorum. There are no company events, and no company culture other than show up, work 12 hours, go home. The starting salary can seem appealing at first, but then once you realize how many hours you work and calculate your per hour rate, it's not as great as it seems.

    Advice to Management

    Since complaining about management is a great way to get fired while working at Quorum, the only way for current or past employees to air their grievances is through forums like this. They really should read these comments and make some changes, but you know they won't. The same complaints have been brought up for years and management still wonders why their new hires are looking for new jobs within 3 months.


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