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Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. Senior Consultant Reviews

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  • great exposure to the oil and gas industry and business (in 16 reviews)

  • Good starting salary, semi-annual bonuses, learn as much technical information as you like, learn about a specific niche in the oil and gas industry (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Good Work Environment Room for Improvement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bedford, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bedford, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast pace, diverse work environment with quick upward mobility in the company based on performance.

    Cons

    Poor health benefits, low employee matching, long work hours (45hour minimum). Struggling Natural Gas industry. Limited help when learning new tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Beef up the training programs and devote more time to employ development. Increase employee benefits.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great company with opportunity for personal and career growth."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quorum truly is a meritocracy. If you work hard and authentically, you will be rewarded with new opportunities and compensation. There are positions with travel and without travel depending on your needs. Company leadership truly is involved and aware of what's going on at all levels. There are several strong leaders who are willing to invest their time mentoring younger resources. The people at Quorum are top notch.

    Cons

    Sometimes the workload on projects can be challenging. Management tries to put people in the best place to succeed, but project conditions and deadlines can require long hours and learning new things quickly. If the proper support isn't available, this can be difficult. All consulting roles require a level of technical work, and this can be difficult for some.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure younger resources are prepared for any roles that they're assigned to and continue to invest in people.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Not the Worst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Actually really enjoyed working at the Q. Made some life-long friends and developed relationships. This company is a great diving board into the industry for recent grads and can put you on a fast path to getting a job with a larger oil and gas company. It's a really good means to an end.

    Cons

    Methodology at this company definitely fits a particular personality. Many people crack under the pressure. This company doesn't work well for entitled millennials even though that is the majority of their workforce. Work/life balance is almost non-existent, and there is a constant competition as to who is sacrificing more to the company. Further, the benefits are lackluster.

    Advice to Management

    It is not cost effective to operate in the vein of mass producing technology consultants. You are constantly over hiring people because you know that the retention rate is low. Rather than stretching loyal and dependable employees thin by having them do their own tasks as well as train multiple new hires at the same time, develop your new hires and focus your time, effort, and resources on retaining them and continuing to grow them. For example, if this company offered 9/80s or better vacation / hours, I feel confident that less of their employees would constantly be leaving.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    "-"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn, grow, and then leave is a common trend here.

    Cons

    High burn out rate, poor working hours, high expectations, and low morale


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Look Elsewhere"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tunnel Access, Good location, will work with lots of people your age if you are a very recent grad, good way to learn if you enjoy the technical aspect. Lots of opportunities to learn by doing things the wrong way first.

    Cons

    Not a consulting position. You will hear it is over and over but once you are there you will find out two things. 1) You will be required to eat, sleep and live in code. 2) How fast you can put a new resume together.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your people and be truthful to both employees and clients.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company for recent graduates"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    1. Good first job for recent computer science graduates. Good learning experience
    2. Willing to let inexperienced programmers learn on the job. Computer science degree is helpful but not required.

    Cons

    Programming may not be interesting for experienced software developers. Lots of client-specific code and one-offs. Clients love the highly configurable software, but may not be interesting for the software developer


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to start, learn how to program, use SQL

    Cons

    Work can be monotonous, not the best hours or most flexible

    Advice to Management

    Make this place more exciting to work.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Only if you have NO other options"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is fair coming straight out of college. They do have a training period if that's what you want to call it.

    Cons

    The company is pitched as a consulting company when you are hired but all in all is a software development sweatshop your first few years. Groups are small and the turnaround is so high that the people you want to learn from aren't around any longer. Question are mainly answered with the phrases "we just figure things out here" or "look in the code". If you do not have coding experience translates to "I do not know either but I don't want to say it out loud".lSince the company hires mostly right out of college there is an excitement level that new hires bring with them but shortly after the company takes its tole and crushes that as well. I have never seen so many people that seem stuck in a job rather than enjoy what they do. There is a small bonus given once a year unless you are upper management, then you are taken care of a little better. They do offer a 401k but the matching is so low it is almost pointless. Don't let them fool you with all the oil and gas talk. When it comes down I it, all of the perks that you hear about when working in O&G do not come with a position at Quorum.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your staff. Spend some actual time talking to them that isn't telling them where they can do better or what they have done wrong in a meeting. If you expect the people that follow you to do something you might want to have some sort of idea of how to do it yourself.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Terrible Operations"

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

    I have been working at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is good for recent college grads, depending on the major (a little low for engineering, high for MIS). A lot of work can be done independently if your manager allows it. The company focuses on hiring new college grads so a majority of the employees are younger than 30. If you do not have much software development experience, you can learn a lot by working here as every new employee is required to go through a month-long training session.

    Cons

    Since I began working here, there have been a couple major changes to the way that employees are paid. First, there used to be a profit-sharing plan where every employee would receive an end-of-year bonus based on how the company did that year. Just a couple months after I began working there, the plan was changed so that only managers and above received it. The company still gives out end-of-year bonuses to the senior consultants and consultants but they really are laughable compared to what other companies give (especially in the O&G arena). Second, evaluations are done every 6 months which originally included a decent raise (~5%). Recently this was changed so that raises are only given at the end of the year. This was a major blow as most employees looked forward to the relatively often raises to help them feel like they were actually rewarded for the long hours they put in.

    The workplace culture and work/life balance is very dismal. Most of the employees are young and will try to boost company moral just by sheer energy, but there is little to no support from management to aid this. This results in a very, very high turnover rate. Not to mention that the office culture only helps you if you're in the office; most project teams have only a few people on them and if you don't get along then it can be very tough. I imagine this is a possibility for any consulting company (as even some executives have mentioned it in meetings) but that is in no way an excuse. A company cannot survive by constantly shedding the talent that builds them up. This might work in the short-term, but eventually another company will figure out how to do it right and Quorum will only have itself to blame.

    All of this comes down to the fact that Quorum's management simply does not care about its consultants. They will make low-ball sales pitches in order to land deals and then do whatever it takes to meet their promises to the clients. That includes working the project team to death, hence the extremely high turnover rate. When this is pointed out to management, they simply ignore it and pretend like they can keep operating this way.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to keep your employees and keep them happy; otherwise, they will leave to continue to leave for other jobs and Quorum will never be a top-tier company.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good first job after college, but not a lot of potential for growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a college hire I was given training in cpp and sql development, skills that have served well with subsequent employers. I enjoyed the people I worked with and learned great project planning skills. Benefits were also great.

    Cons

    After working a Quorum for several years I realized that there is little chance for advancement past the senior consultant / manager level.