Relativity Reviews

Updated Aug 5, 2020

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3.7
64%
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Relativity CEO Mike Gamson
Mike Gamson
30 Ratings
Pros
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Cons
  • "Work/Life Balance can vary greatly from team to team(in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (1)

    "Great Environment & Tons of Opportunity"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Relativity full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - People are great to work with here. It's a highly collaborative environment, which an emphasis on Relativity's core values - Market-leading software - Focus on growth and continuing to accelerate - Making an effort to prioritize diversity and inclusion

    Cons

    - Fast-paced environment which comes with natural consequences of everyone not always being on the same page or things not always being executed 100% perfectly

  2. COVID-19

    "The company is working hard to promote safety, fairness, and equality in a transparent manner"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Relativity full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - The company has really taken the pandemic seriously and has taken appropriate measures to ensure the safety of its employees. They were progressive about enforcing WFH policies early on before it was culturally accepted and recommended, and management should be commended for their foresight. - Management has been very open and transparent about the decisions they're making and the motivations behind them.

    Cons

    - Sometimes priorities can get shifted after work has already started on various projects, which can cause frustration. - On-call rotations can be very stressful.


  3. "Stable, welcoming, growth-oriented (though not completely perfect)"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Relativity full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -- Generous PTO, great insurance, good tech and tech support -- Creative people and unique challenges (esp. since we have a niche field) -- Admirable posturing compared to competitors who tend to be jerks about us, we never stoop to their level -- Forward-thinking leaders, most of which encourage autonomy -- Potential for growth, if your team and trajectory support company goals -- Big focus on real expertise when it comes to knowing our software before working on it, selling it, promoting it, etc.

    Cons

    -- Uneven work-life balance across teams (some are phenomenal, including mine, but I know people who aren't getting any flexibility and that's really uncool) -- Some growing pains in terms of evolving job role/salary/bonus structuring, etc. (I think it's all normal but it feels like sooo much paperwork compared to what we used to do) -- For a large company, some depts still have really a lot of oversight from executive leaders and there's a lot of pressure not to screw up (even when we're told to be innovative and fail fast) -- Aggressive diversity push that sometimes feels more focused on census tickboxes than truly human qualities and perspectives

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Place To Start"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advanced Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Relativity full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great coworkers - Relaxed environment - Extremely transparent leadership - Handled the transition to remote working very well

    Cons

    - On call: engineers are not compensated for their on call responsibilities. Comp time used to be given, but became irrelevant with the introduction of "unlimited" time off. For my particular team, we get called pretty often. - Pay could be better. I felt underpaid until I was promoted with a raise (I joined as an entry level engineer). - Development moves slowly due to a painful release strategy and loads of tech debt

  5. "Application Analyst"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Applications Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Relativity full-time

    Pros

    Nice place to work. Good Benefits

    Cons

    Too many meetings and travel

  6. COVID-19
    Helpful (3)

    "Not Sure what’s going on anymore"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Relativity full-time

    Pros

    Pre-Covid - location in heart of loop financial district.

    Cons

    -temp working from home that might turn into WFH forever -management tells you take a day off to recharge but then you spend half your off day emailing and no one really tends to care -Aggressive timelines to the level that can drive employees to total burn out -Hiring freeze

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    Relativity Response

    June 19, 2020Chief Human Resources Officer

    Thank you for sharing your feedback. Our decision to initially implement and now maintain a global remote work model through 2020 is grounded in our commitment to our top priority as a company—to protect the health, safety and well-being of our employees, customers and partners during these unprecedented times. To address your last point, while we have indeed consciously pulled back on our typical hiring activities over the last few months, we welcome candidates to apply for the open roles posted on our website. We are amplifying our manager training to provide more guidance on how to fully support and leverage DTO for themselves and their teams. In addition to encouraging DTO, this year we are implementing a week-long company closure over the summer so all staff can fully disconnect and recharge both during this time as well their personal DTO. I’d be happy to speak with you directly if you have additional questions about the current remote work policies in place or are finding it difficult to take time off to rest and recharge. – Beth Clutterbuck, CHRO

  7. "fast growth company with lots of opportunity"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Business 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Relativity full-time

    Pros

    -strong work culture and investment into the relationships between employees and customers -flexible work/life preferences -strong chicago community bond

    Cons

    -can be a highly demanding job, depending on your team

  8. "Great company going through natural growing pains"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Relativity full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fast-paced environment with high potential market Ample room to contribute and drive opportunities you observe Senior leadership including CEO who have great experience & understand how important Competitive compensation

    Cons

    Product was built on old tech stack and needs to be revamped which leads to disgruntled pockets of organization who cant absorb needed future mindsets & capabilties Relentless focus on customer to the point where it disrupts work - this is changing but the historical problems are felt still culturally Meetings on meetings on meetings or... Slack!

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  9. Helpful (16)

    "Getting weird"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Relativity full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Starting pay is competitive. Very challenging and diverse problems.

    Cons

    New CEO acts like a woke teenager with a webcam. It is hard to guage how much he actually cares about the employees or even company sucess. That doesn't inspire much confidence, but we are in a market position that is hard to completely screw up. Developer voice is almost gone as bureaucracy and process has increased over the last few years. Sadly, higher level developers have recently learned that, at best, they'll be spun in circles when they alert people of an impending train wreck. Keep your head down. Work/Life Balance can vary greatly from team to team. This also impacts descretionary time off. Some teams need to work long hours to keep their heads above water, and therefore if you take time off you are hurting your team members. This also hurts moral, as one team is drowning they see other teams taking time off and then truly only working 30 hours a week. Salaries for the same role can vary greatly, long-term employees will usually be stuck far below market values. What you are hired at is what your salary will be for a long time, with small adjustments slightly above inflation rate. They will make no effort to keep long-term high performing employees. Diversity push is getting extreme. We cannot go a week without recieving a new diversity update. A candidate can pass all the interviews and be passed over soley because they are the incorrect race or gender as determined by HR, the executive team, and third party diversity firm. They also have a very narrow vision of diversity, which makes it seem more of a numbers game to satisfy a third party, rather than a genuine push for diversity. H1Bs are not treated well as most of them are not considered diverse. You could be an alien from another planet, but that does not score them points on their diversity scorecard. The reason given for changing from 'not a white male' to 'AA/LatinX/Female' was 'its easier to count'. This is pretty standard practice for a tech company, but they have used up tons of resources implementing these and other simliar policies. They currently have their policies directly on the edge of what has been tested by other companies to be legal, in order to reach their impossible "diversity" goals.

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  10. Helpful (8)

    "Smoke and Mirrors - Beware"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Relativity full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Perks - snacks/food and beverages Good benefits - insurance and PTO

    Cons

    Manager determines your future. Very poor management and ‘boys club’. Lots of Kool Aid. Deceitful management and will use one mistake (even if you are new and have had almost no training) as a determinant of your future. Once that happens, no matter what you do, you will be micromanaged and shot down any chance they get. Everyone is out for themselves and upper management has its favorites, so avoid interacting with them...some of those favorites will go out of their way to sabotage and throw you under the bus, but it is OK when they have “hiccups” or “my bads.”

    Relativity Response

    June 19, 2020Chief Human Resources Officer

    Thank you for sharing your feedback, and I’m sorry to hear that you did not have a consistently positive experience during your time at Relativity. Our intent is to nurture a culture of continuous feedback, and we encourage employees to speak openly and honestly with their managers about their development goals and their career aspirations. Our 360 Manager Feedback process enables employees to share their honest and constructive feedback to help managers identify where they can improve to better support their team members. Regarding your observations around the behaviors of our leaders and managers, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse environment to foster better decision-making and people management across the organization. Further, our approach to hiring is rooted in building diverse talent pipelines—including our leadership recruiting practices. What you outline in your feedback is not the environment we strive to create. I invite and strongly encourage employees to reach out to me or to their HR business partner if they are experiencing challenges in approaching or communicating with their manager so we can work on a resolution together. – Beth Clutterbuck, CHRO

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