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Updated September 10, 2018
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Pros
  • "Work/Life Balance - In the 6 months, I can count on 1 hand how many times I've had to go over 40 hours" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Pay, workspace, company events, free snacks and drinks, trendy area with lots of options for lunch, work with very talented people" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance is fuzzy when chasing the dollar" (in 6 reviews)

  • "No work life balance, exception is work until you drop" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay; great work-life balance; nice environment

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Company has an Identity Crisis"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The biggest pro is the people they hire. Recruiting does a great job at getting quality people in who truly care about their work.
    Valorem tries to maintain a start-up/techie vibe with free food, happy hours, ping pong table, and architectural design but that's where it ends.

    Cons

    Leadership talks a good game, but doesn't provide an employee-friendly environment. CEO creates an environment of intimidation and expect his leaders to manage the same way. Very arrogant for someone who doesn't have much experience outside of his own company.
    Unlimited PTO means they expect you to be available to take calls and work on your time off. Also, can't request PTO until you are close to the date, so makes it hard to book lodging and transportation.
    Employees are micro-managed and not given opportunity to grow their career past their expected daily duties. Promises broken about career path within the company. Not allowed to have original ideas because it only matters what the leadership team wants to do.
    When you do provide feedback to upper management, they listen but it's not heard. It's like they are playing the part to say they value feedback, when in reality they don't care.
    If you aren't billable, your position isn't valued.

    Advice to Management

    Stop saying you value work/life balance and be true to what you do. If you want to keep good employees, allow them to grow and show you what they can do. Value your talent. Don't hire people for their abilities and then prevent them from using them.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are free snacks. Coworkers can be helpful. Projects are interesting.

    Cons

    Leadership is arrogant & untrustworthy. Positive culture appearances are a ruse. Managers have no experience & no training. PTO denied and workers called on vacation. Promises not kept. Work/life balance is fuzzy when chasing the dollar.

    Advice to Management

    There is more to leadership that negotiating with customers - advocate for employees.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Weak pay, boring projects, low hiring bar"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Valorem full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Office is in a good location.

    Cons

    There are some good engineers, but a lot of bad ones too. Lots of ppl get let go for performance reasons.

    Hiring process is a joke. They don’t do technical interviews. Anyone can get a job here.

    Compensation and perks are bottom of the barrel for Seattle.

    Long hours we often required.

    No signing bonus or relocation provided

    Advice to Management

    Pay more. Evaluate people for technical ability, and determine their level based in their interview performance. There are SD3s who are less skilled than some SD1s.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "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

  8. Helpful (8)

    "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.


  9. 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!


  10. "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.


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