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Solutions By Design II Reviews

Updated November 13, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Loved Working for SBDII"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Solutions By Design II full-time

    Pros

    SBDII was a wonderful company to work for. Everyone is happy on a daily basis and there was plenty of laughter throughout the office each day. The company itself actually seems to care about their employees. Management check up on you from time to time just to see how you’re doing. Management wants to grow you and even sets out a plan to get you to that next level. My colleagues there were all such great people with big kind hearts. Their talent acquisition director receives my highest regards as she remained attentive to any of my concerns, did what she said she was going to do, and actually made me feel like I was wanted in the company. Overall a great company.

    Cons

    The internal onboarding process setting up your accounts and whatnot wasn’t very streamlined. Guaranteed that your first week of working there will consist of you struggling to set up your accounts.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "High Turnover Look Elsewhere"

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

    I worked at Solutions By Design II full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Federal Holidays and salary was paid on-time.

    Cons

    The company underpays compared to other larger federal contractors. There is a lack of communication from management. Company needs to offer more opportunities for advancement and training. HR/management are slow to respond. There is a reason why turnover is high.

    Advice to Management

    Work on a better employee training system.
    Care about what your employees outside of HQ have to say.

  3. "Poorly managed, avoid"

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Solutions By Design II full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Modern tech stack. Brand new equipment. Exceptional Health Care.

    Cons

    8:30 - 5:30 "core hours"

    "Stand ups" frequently ran a whole hour. Management often hyperventilated, because of improperly managed expectations/deadlines with the client.

    Everything is always on fire, and when you work overtime to meet the unrealistic expectations project management set, they don't pay you for it.

    They won't pay out your accrued PTO if you don't give two weeks notice.

    Toxic environment. Negotiate the pay like crazy because they are desperate and you will earn every dime through stress.

    Advice to Management

    Not setting reasonable expectations with your client is only going to keep burning out the people fulfilling on the work.


  4. "Great Company, IT Contractor for the US Government"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Solutions By Design II full-time

    Pros

    Pay employees well and on time, wonderful folks to work with.
    Flexible time

    Cons

    - - - - -

    Advice to Management

    Allow work remote, trust employees, Hardworking and happy software engineers likes to stay awake at night and solve problems than driving 2-3 hours a day to work with less sleep. They will quickly deliver quality products.


  5. "Poor management skills"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Solutions By Design II full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    All ways paid on time

    Cons

    Office politics. Not open to change.

    Advice to Management

    I highly recommend the Director of Operations and the HR department to attend management training. There is a disconnect between management and employees. Advancement and growth is only available to those who activly choose to play office politics. There is a very high turnover level due to the incompetent management.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Shady, unethical and overall terrible place to work"

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

    I worked at Solutions By Design II full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nobody cares if you go on vacation.

    Cons

    SBD WILL SEVERELY UNDERCUT YOU WITH PAY. You’ll make way more money at a larger firm like Accenture, Deloitte, Booz, NG and CGI for the same work. Management is sneaky. Corporate office doesn’t care about satellite offices. No room for advancement. Pretty sure they paid people to write reviews because most SBD employees have one foot out the door. HR is a joke and will take weeks to get back to you IF they ever do. No training provided, they just throw you out there and wait for you to fail. Most people who have been with SBD for a while either mysteriously left or got pushed out including several members of executive management. Honestly save yourself the headache and head for the hills. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people like human beings. Be transparent. Fire your entire HR department. Be more involved with your employees and cultivate the talent you have instead of passing judgement on employees you don’t even know.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "VTC Support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Solutions By Design II full-time

    Pros

    PTO
    Benefits are good
    Flexible with your time

    Cons

    No real communication with the company- Our team communicates very well.

    Advice to Management

    Find out whats going on with your employees

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Don't do it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Solutions By Design II full-time

    Pros

    High salary... That's about it

    Cons

    Long hours, inefficient management, no work life balance, treat employees terribly

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are people. Treat them like it


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant Finance Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Solutions By Design II full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It does in deed take a village or I must say a corporation to raise excellent and dedicated employees. A company that goes above and beyond to support their employees is a gem in this industry. My brother passed away 2 weeks before I started working at SBD2 and I must say the kindness shown from my manager and corporate I’ve not seen in my 13 years working. SBD2 is a family orientated company. They put their employees first and I am appreciative of it.

    Cons

    Streamline reports that makes reporting easy

    Advice to Management

    Continue to show dedication to your employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for/with"

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    Current Employee - AV Technician in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - AV Technician in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Solutions By Design II full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great benefits, knowledgeable and responisve management

    Cons

    Small company, lack of opportunities