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SWAT Solutions Reviews

Updated February 1, 2017
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  1. "Good Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SWAT Solutions full-time

    Pros

    SWAT has a pretty relaxed atmosphere. There are flexible work hours and potential for a variety of work. As a consultant you can work at different companies to gain a variety of experience with out changing jobs. The company also has employee happy hours and annual party.

    Cons

    If you are on a project and are doing well you get extended. That is fine if you like the project. When you don't like the project it can be a little frustrating to have to keep going.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "More drama than Mad Men"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Specialist II in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - QA Specialist II in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SWAT Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    * They have some good people working for them. Those people and the current market are the only reason they continue as a business.

    Cons

    * Immediate leadership made me feel an inch tall.
    * Isolation from colleagues I needed access to so I could do my job.
    * Bad reputation in QA community as an employer.

    Advice to Management

    When the man your company is named after spends a few years literally across the street building your rival's business, it's time to look in the mirror. Believe it or not, your decisions can hurt people. Those people are not just going to disappear.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "OK to contract through, horrible to work for."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior SQA Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior SQA Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at SWAT Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy and efficient interview process.
    Decent pay rate.
    Good Benefits.
    Frequently has Happy Hour gatherings for all employees and contractors.

    Cons

    Poor communication on contract renewal/negotiations (contracting).
    Poor communication and little to no direction from management while working in QA Lab on in-house projects.
    No bonuses and minimal pay increases.
    Management runs the business as a Sales business instead of a Software Testing company. They put all of their money into the sales side and little to no money into the actual QA employees, software or infrastructure to provide the QA testers with adequate resources to complete their jobs.
    No flexibility in work schedules for appointments/time off and no ability to work remotely.

    Advice to Management

    Start investing in the actual "product" that you sell. Buy licenses for new software so that your QA testers can learn new software/testing skills to better market them. Instead of buying useless TVs and Chromecasts to put in areas that are not useful to the actual QA staff.

    Have the management more actively involved in the QA Lab day-to-day work/culture.

    Provide your QA staff with laptops instead of desktops so that they aren't shackled to their desk. A mobile and flexible workforce is a more productive workforce.

    Consider a bonus program for the QA Lab employees.


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  5. "good place, friendly atmosphere"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SWAT Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    flexibility, friendly and relaxed work environment, management has an open ear and answers questions, casual employee get-togethers

    Cons

    volatility of the industry, limited benefits for some


  6. "Good opportunities in an evolving industry"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SWAT Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, salary, exposure to new technology, ideas.

    Cons

    Changing industry, feeling connected with others.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to move the company in a new direction as QA changes, train employees, engage more.


  7. "Long Time QA Person"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SWAT Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Get exposure to different types of technologies and clients. Can learn from some of the other QA staff (most times anyway).

    Cons

    I suppose the 401K match could be a bit higher but at least they have one and it's not too hard to manage.

    Advice to Management

    Keep giving opportunities to the newer folks so that they can grow and learn the new technologies that us older staff don't know as well.


  8. "Pretty good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SWAT Solutions full-time

    Pros

    I'm satisfied with the pay. Good boss who is flexible and reasonable. OK benefits. People in the office are friendly and seem competent, but it's better to be offsite at a client.

    Cons

    No training if you've never been a consultant before. Benefits could be better with more vacation. No bonuses (at least for me). Getting stuck on the bench between jobs can be unpleasant since you work on whatever projects come in and they can be really boring.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Laughed at."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Specialist II
    Former Employee - QA Specialist II
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working in the lab you'll build a resume of multiple clients over the course of your tenure.

    Cons

    Being laughed at when asking for a raise, poor management, old tech (hardware, software).

    Advice to Management

    Invest in everything from your office space, work stations, computers, software, and most of all, employees.