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Tapestry Solutions Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Very flexible schedule (You make it yourself) (in 8 reviews)

  • Can choose your own hours to work, during the school year and in the summer (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Very low pay as a student, which is understandable though since they have the whole university right next door to choose and recycle from (in 5 reviews)

  • Opportunity for advancement is also not great (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Tapestry Solutions"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tapestry Solutions part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment, Nice co-workers, good starting career

    Cons

    Projects frequently change or are scrapped,
    the client is the government, who is a picky client
    Uses old technologies


  2. "(Student) Software Developer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I worked at Tapestry Solutions part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Right next to Cal Poly, you can work around your school schedule. Decent first time intern / part time position to jump start you into a more legit role.

    Cons

    Very low pay as a student, which is understandable though since they have the whole university right next door to choose and recycle from. Its an adequate foot in the door though. Front end is in Actionscript. Although its a good experience for first timers, most of the modern world uses javascript, so take that for what its worth.


  3. "Work here if you have to"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tapestry Solutions part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You'll get some industry experience and likely work with a large codebase which is helpful if this is your first formal software job.

    People are generally friendly.

    Cons

    They use antiquated languages/technologies that you won't ever use again in your career.

    Most part time students don't get to work on anything important- we end up fixing the annoying bugs that no-one else wants to touch.

    Part timers get ancient workstations- I had to bring in my own monitor because the resolution was too low to fit most of their code on 1 screen.

    Depending on your team most people will stick to their desks and rarely talk with each other. Not many people are passionate about what they're doing.

    Advice to Management

    Better understanding of your engineers and keeping up with modern technology.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Tapestry Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Tapestry Solutions has a small company feel, backed by an iconic industry leader - Boeing. People are friendly, very hard-working and proud to be part of Boeing. We have a brand new leadership team in place, including a new president who is committed to promoting a "One Tapestry" culture. The idea is to provide an environment where everyone feels engaged, empowered and aligned to help the business grow. It's working, because the orders keep coming in and we're doing better than ever!

    Cons

    Tapestry is the culmination of several companies that were acquired by Boeing, and has had several leadership changes over the years. This has caused confusion in terms of branding, product name changes, and general lack of understanding of what the company does (outside of your specific product/business area. But things are improving with the launch of the new website last November and new leadership team.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that "Rome wasn't built in a day," so it will take time for people to catch on to the new company culture. Many people may resist change, especially long-term employees.


  6. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Tapestry Solutions (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities for growth depending on location.

    Cons

    The company already knows what areas they lack in.


  7. "Test and Evaluations Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test and Evaluation Engineer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Test and Evaluation Engineer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tapestry Solutions part-time

    Pros

    create your own work schedule, friendly and helpful environment, off-work company events, activities

    Cons

    honestly, couldn't think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    honestly, couldn't think of any advice for management


  8. "Friendly Environment, but the Job Lacks Meaning and Creativity"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Automated Software Tester in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Automated Software Tester in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tapestry Solutions (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Everyone is nice and is willing to help (to a limit)
    -Close knit group of people. Many events throughout the month (for sports such as running and softball); There's a group chat for different parts of the company to allow for more open communication
    -Free coffee, tea, hot chocolate and oatmeal
    -The majority of the desks are lined up in rows (this can be a pro or a con)
    -Can choose your own hours to work, during the school year and in the summer

    Overall this company is a good place to work at to kickstart your career, but not a place to work at for a long period of time.

    Cons

    -Get criticized if you ask more than a few questions; people are less open to help others
    -Job gets repetitive, and there's not much opportunity to use programming skills to the fullest (since the automated testing
    -Lots of documentation required
    -Low pay, despite working there for over a year
    -Everything you do receives a rating, and you are ranked on how many scripts you write
    -Didn't seem like I was doing meaningful work, and how it relates to the entire subsidiary
    -Not much room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to improving the company's work style and culture. Take part time student's advice for improvement. Let part time students take on more meaningful and important tasks.


  9. "I like it here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Tester in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Tester in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tapestry Solutions part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company culture. This is a good place for college (Cal Poly or Cuesta) students to start their career. Very flexible schedule and uplifting feel in the office.

    Cons

    The testers of the software are in a different building than the developers and some miscommunication can happen as a result of this divide.

    Advice to Management

    The management is great. They are very understanding and know, for students like me, that school is our number one priority and are willing to accommodate for that.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Beware!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tapestry Solutions full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The development groups outside of San Diego are great and know their stuff, and are largely left alone by the toxic nature of the San Diego development group.

    Cons

    Tapestry is actually comprised of 4 different companies that were consolidated through purchases by Boeing. The legacy company is located in San Diego and has been merged with a troubled company while the other remote offices have been largely left as is.

    The tapestry legacy company has largely given up after the forced purchase of a failing company and that failing company's culture has taken over the San Diego group. A large portion of the tapestry leadership was replaced with these executives and/or Boeing shills. Most of the legacy employees either have already left or are planning on leaving.

    The failing software group is reluctant to change and are they still learning how to do basic things such as how to commit code and come up with basic QA controls. The company claims the have been doing this for 20 years but is still working through procedures that startups solve their first year.

    The technical leadership in the group is detached and doesn't understand their product and customers. Much of their decisions seem to be driven off of the latest fad technologies and not off of a real need for those technologies. Developers are constantly talked down to, lectured, and thrown under the bus when executing ill conceived ideas given to them by the technical leadership. Unfortunately if anyone offers an alternative opinion to what is being promoted , their reputation will be destroyed and they find that you are no longer included in any technical discussions. Most of the technical group has left for other opportunities because of the poor treatment and lack of proper leadership.

    Program management is concerned only about schedule, even if that means delivering a non working product and/or one that does not meet the requirements of their customers. This has led to a lot of quality issues which will cost double the original development costs to fix. They claim they are interested in changing, but when it comes down to execution they fail miserably.

    Since the last acquisition, raises and bonuses are non existent. The bonus and compensation structures are built based upon unrealistic long range business plans made up by a business development group that doesn't even understand what they are selling. The company makes employees feel as if it is their fault that they are not meeting these goals which leads to even worse morale.

    Advice to Management

    Get real professionals to come in to fix things. Don't use Boeing resources that obviously just make it worse while tooting their own horns until they retire. Don't trust employees that defame all of the others to climb to the top of the junk heap.. They will lead you down deeper. Get rid of the toxic technical leadership.


  11. "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA

    Pros

    Not much pressure on the employees, and a friendly environment.

    Cons

    They use ActionScript with is not a popular platform.


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