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Solstice CEO Kelly Manthey
Kelly Manthey
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  • "As a company grows and expands their offerings - there are growing pains associated to the growth(in 20 reviews)

  • "work-life balance can take a hit at times(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great People, Great Culture, Great Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Solstice part-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    The people here are great! They're very smart, creative, and you can tell everyone is happy to come to work. Servant leadership is the backbone of the company and it really shows in employee interactions and in client work.

    Cons

    The organization has experienced a lot of growth and some systems haven't been completely formalized yet. Despite a few growing pains here and there, the executive team and operations staff are receptive to feedback (positive and constructive alike.)

    Solstice Response

    March 6, 2019CEO

    Thank you for your post. Keep your feedback coming, conversations are the key to creating a place we are all proud to work.

  2. "Great company and people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Solstice

    Pros

    Some of the nicest people I have ever worked with. A very innovative company that does practice what they preach. Glad to be a part of the Solstice journey and family.

    Cons

    Would like a HMO plan added to the benefits package. Can we fast paced at times but that is just a function of the rapid growth the company is going through.

    Advice to Management

    Stay disciplined when unexpected bumps in the road come up. Continue to support the great culture at Solstice.

  3. "Great place to be"

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment. Fun place to wok and learn

    Cons

    Experiencing growing pains, but working through them

  4. "Growth, Culture, Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Solstice full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    I feel very fortunate to have found Solstice at an early stage in my career. Thanks to genuine mentorship, challenging circumstances, and unique opportunities, I've been able to grow more than I could ever imagine. I'm proud of the firm that we've built and continue to build at Solstice.

    Cons

    Where growth and change are constant, it can feel as if the pace never lets up. But, that is sort of the point.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen and respond to the employees and the marketplace.

  5. "Most of the time, you get back what you put in"

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    Current Employee - Technical Principal in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Solstice full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    I've found in my own experience that I am invested in the more that I invest in Solstice. I love the opportunity to learn something new at any time and an annual training budget to help with that. The mentorship program is a fantastic change of pace. I really enjoy that we celebrate each other's promotions together every quarter and that the motivation is to help everyone succeed instead of cutthroat stepping over others...

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    Cons

    Client work can be arduous at times. Many people have left because they simply can't make any progress due to being stuck in the same client project for years. There is an expectation of additional work without enough empathy for Solsties putting in a lot of time on their client efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Too much focus on growth and business in the past 2-3 years and less focus on culture is the reason that we have such great talent leaving occasionally. The mentorship program works well if everyone is invested in it equally, but I've heard several sad stories of new Solsties not getting the support they deserve.

  6. "Amazing People - Great work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Solstice full-time

    Pros

    Super smart people driven to deliver great work every day. The culture is one of support and continual feedback. I enjoy going to work everyday and interacting with all the impressive people that are dedicated to giving their all.

    Cons

    I have none to share

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Amateur Engineers"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Solstice full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    1) $5000 training budget + 4 professional training days 2) Slack... a gamechanger for communication 3) Generally no overtime 4) Test Driven Development mentality 5) Mentorship program 6) Billable overtime is paid at your calculated hourly rate + 10% 7) Work from home policy 8) Casual dress 9) Good location, downtown Chicago right outside the Loop 10) Free phone/device 11) 100$/month toward phone bill 12) Monthly...

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    Cons

    1) Cliquey/frat culture ... unprofessional 2) Volatile leadership...lack of transparency. 3) Open office (loud disruptions, nerf guns, distracting eye contact) 4) Pays below market value (there is lots of fluff e.g. ping pong, coffee) 5) Expectation is 44 hours/week but only paid for 40 6) Staff is encouraged to stay and work late on R&D without pay (Pay it Forward event, Solstice Labs) 7) LTIP is weak. A few...

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    Advice to Management

    I give this shop 2/5 stars. There are some leaders who truly care and empathize with the staff. Unfortunately there are so many more leaders that are out of touch with reality. Many projects nose dive into the ground after a couple years because of incompetent "product owners" and people cutting corners to meet arbitrary deadlines. Then Solstice tries to sell the client a re-write of the entire application (sometimes...

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Do they actually care about their employees?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart People, Fun office environment, exciting tech

    Cons

    Solstice recruited me away from my previous employer selling me on their culture, tech, and clients. Shortly after coming on board the company lost/did not sign extensions for many large projects resulting in many of their consultants rolling back onto 'the bench'. As a result the companies staffing needs were dramatically reduced and I was abruplty let go with zero noticed, and asked to leave that day. I was told it...

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "You can't 'fake it till you make it' with your employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Solstice full-time

    Pros

    -great place to start your career -if you fit the corporate culture you'll have a ball at the events -really intelligent, charismatic co-workers

    Cons

    There's a lot of smaller, nit-picky bullets I could put here, but this is the only one that matters: when push comes to shove, there's just no evidence that solstice stands for the values it promotes. Yes when it's easy, but not a chance when the going gets tough. Simple as that. That's all based on my time and perspective working at the company. Others have surely had a better experience, but mine has been pretty...

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    Solstice Response

    March 6, 2019CEO

    I'd like the opportunity to get more specific, it's the only way to solve a problem. It would be great to talk face to face. Please come see me in weekly office hours or work with Jess to get a time on my calendar that works for you. Thanks.

  10. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Solstice full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Solstice is really practicing what they preach by bringing the best people in and working with top tier companies.

    Cons

    Solstice has big goals which isn’t necessarily always a bad thing, but they seem to over commit and under deliver on some quarterly goals.

    Solstice Response

    March 6, 2019CEO

    Thank you for your feedback. We will keep working on balancing the big goals with the realities of execution.

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