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Updated January 26, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Valorem management has taken the time to build a foundation to build upon. Given the continued 'hyper growth' mode, having this foundation will help as unanticipated situations are encountered.

    Leadership is focused on employee satisfaction and spends an inordinate amount of time on efforts to ensure the well being of the team.

    Open to new ideas, hiring experienced managers to fill gaps, willing to change if something's not working.

    Cons

    The pace is fast. Management does not have all the answers. Customers are demanding (where are they not). Perhaps a bit too much chaos, but given the growth, it is to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the improved communication channels! Keep hiring strong, experienced leaders and consultants. This is a great place to work!

    Valorem Response

    Sep 28, 2017 – Manager, Recruiting/Culture/Change Management

    Thank you for the feedback!

    We have been actively working on our communications, so we are glad to hear that it is paying off! Keep up the great work!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Incompetent Leadership and Management"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Consultant in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Solutions Consultant in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Doing some innovative work in Mixed Realty, UX, Office 365 and Azure.

    Free snacks, causal / startup type working environment.

    Cons

    Bad leadership and management, unclear goals and expectations, and false promises. Behind the startup type facade is an incompetent management who would scapegoat employees for their own shortcomings. Client is everything and employees mean nothing.

    Advice to Management

    They say employees do not quit companies, they quit management. Put competent people in management and leadership. Hire the best, pay them well, trust and respect them and they will be with you for ever.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Enjoyable company culture, fast paced"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow your talents within advanced projects

    Cons

    High staff turnover; while they offer access to training resources, the interior development of people is lacking. Chaotic turnover

    Advice to Management

    Moving locations in the office periodically does not help build continuity. When a new programmer is brought in, they need to be paired with an existing top level programmer to learn the in-house code base. .NET is too complex to drop someone into the mix and expect them to thrive otherwise.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Not professionals"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Gig Harbor, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Gig Harbor, WA
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Valorem full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Remote work on occasion; snacks and drinks available for free and nice offices. Dress is casual. Paychecks arrive on time

    Cons

    Owners that are not mature enough to have professionalism as their guiding rails. They hire family in middle Management.... who don’t have the skills and create disconnected teams who don’t work well together - due to internal issues that aren’t resolved and fester. Don’t honor written agreements. Show favoritism and talk about staff with levels of staff that are inappropriate (all levels)

    Advice to Management

    Stop using promises of increase pay along with growth as carrot and then when you have to follow through - find some imagined loop hole. Stop putting staff against each other - stop talking about staffing issues with other staff. Basically - grow up and act like you are professionals who hire professionals- how you act bleeds down.... when you act horrible ... your staff learns they can too


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Decent company trying to keep up with explosive demand."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Valorem full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good equipment, better than average talent and a very high profile customer.
    You get to work in Azure and use fairly new things on most projects and a few of the projects are doing some real interesting work.

    Great location if you are near downtown KC.

    The upper management are doing some really awesome things with the company and try very hard to communicate and when you pass them in the hall they know who you are. They have regular "town hall" style meetings to try and be transparent and keep everyone on the same page with whats going on. They genuinely feel like they care about staff and the world around them despite how swamped they probably are.

    Cons

    Next to no work life balance. It feels like when the big client asks for something its an automatic yes no matter if its realistic or not. Very reactionary and not so proactive with planning so as a result most of the engineers work 50-80 hours a week for periods that are several months long, most of the time with small breaks in between. To reward you for this effort you get a 3 or 4 day weekend. What good is the "Unlimited PTO" when you cant even get nights and weekends off? Sleep deprivation is almost guaranteed here.

    Depending on which project you are on, it might feel like you are a valued team member and things are run openly and transparent or you may end up feeling like you are micro-managed, siloed, and no one listens to anything you say and any improvements you suggest are met with sharp criticism and defensive threatened responses and you have no support or access so the tasks you are given feel impossible to complete.

    Project to project nothing is consistent and it feels like changing jobs every time you change projects because things are that different between them.

    Advice to Management

    Get middle and project management to operate like senior leadership does, openly and constructively. Standardize the project management to get rid of the night and day difference between projects and stop forcing your talent into sleep deprivation.


  6. "QA"

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    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    This review sums up working at Valorem perfectly: Fun and active place to work with like-minded people, and well-rounded people. The culture is one driven by high expectations, which positively challenges the teams to work hard and strive to excel in the work they do, and the solutions they create. The teams are all very close and the average employee here is overall a positive influence and highly skilled in their craft.

    Cons

    There are times that the turn around time is very short and can cause some stress, however, this is what makes the job fun and keeps you guess on what's coming next.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Opportunity for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Valorem full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hip work environment, a lot of good people work there and there are several that care about you and your growth; good opportunity to learn new skills and grow while you're there

    Cons

    Accounts with work life balance are few and far between; everyone is stretched thin with the growth; resourcing needs a lot of improvement; expectations around raises and promotions are not clear; seems overtime is a base expectation

    Advice to Management

    Start focusing on people development. The management level is too overloaded to help with onboarding or coaching team members, often leaving them to figure it out on their own, leading to inconsistency and chaos throughout the company. For success to come with this growth, you have to focus on getting the right people in place and keeping them happy. You can't expect top tier talent to join and stay without giving some trust in return.

    Valorem Response

    Aug 7, 2017 – Manager, Recruiting/Culture/Change Management

    Thank you for the feedback. We value our work/life balance and have several strategies to help people take advantage of those. If you’re still an employee here please reach out to someone on the... More

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Crap company, not worth the time or energy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valorem full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Free drinks and snacks if you're ever in the office
    - Some of the people are good people
    - that's about it

    Cons

    - never a break from work. They expect you to be available no matter if you're on vacation or if it's 10pm at night.
    - no care for employee well being
    - no work life balance
    - no processes, you constantly have to make crap up as you go because no one has a clue as to what's going on
    - unwilling to accept advice or new ideas, they'd much rather drive their employees to the ground and make them feel worthless than build a cohesive work environment and work-life balance
    - no one in management, all the way up to the CEO, has the same idea or vision where the company is going
    - makes blind promises about career growth and opportunities without any real path to achieving what they say
    - their version of "coaching" is sitting in a room with you for 5 minutes and telling you that they're there to help if you need it, then tell you that you're making excuses when you do need help
    - set completely unrealistic expectations for your responsibilities and consistently sets you up for failure
    - sells the entire world to clients then expects you to deliver in a ridiculous time frame and lack of resources, all with a signed statement of work that contradicts the needs and expectations of the client

    Advice to Management

    Get on the same page. Grow up and stop making your employees the scape goat for everything.

    Valorem Response

    Aug 7, 2017 – Manager, Recruiting/Culture/Change Management

    We are very sorry that you had a negative experience throughout your time here. While you’ve obviously already contemplated this, if you feel this strongly and negatively about the firm it’s... More


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Work Environment and Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fun and active place to work with like-minded people, and well-rounded people. The culture is one driven by high expectations, which positively challenges the teams to work hard and strive to excel in the work they do, and the solutions they create. The teams are all very close and the average employee here is overall a positive influence and highly skilled in their craft.

    Cons

    Being in the Consulting world means you have to be able to deliver quickly at a high level, which for some could be daunting and for others exciting. Some may find this overwhelming, while others enjoy the challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Leadership could improve on making clear and concise decisions with regards to direction. Could improve on clear communication to employees when giving direction.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "No work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Some very good engineers and managers
    -lots of snacks
    -casual dress code
    -average pay and benefits

    Cons

    -very unorganized so they are very reactionary to customer request/demands
    -minimum 50 hour work weeks that increase to 60+ once a month
    -usually work one weekend day to be ready for the next week
    -a lot of unhappy employees that are happy to have a job so they do not complain


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