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Valtech New York City Reviews

Updated June 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Normal work life balance (Less than 45hr weeks on avg) (in 12 reviews)

  • Opportunity to work with and learn a lot of different technologies in a short period of time (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Cheap company, upper management I think come from government offices (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior Management is not very transparent (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Valtech USA is a solid technology company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Valtech full-time

    Pros

    Meatpacking district is great location. Corporate culture is good.

    Cons

    Valtech doesn't guarantee lifetime employment

    Advice to Management

    Do better job at new business development


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Review of Valtech US/NYC"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Super-talented and friendly co-workers.

    * Excellent cultural diversity.

    * Opportunity to work with and learn a lot of different technologies in a short period of time.

    * Unlike many firms, middle management at Valtech (i.e., the practice leads) are themselves senior-level technologists, not just professional managers. They're very willing to listen and offer help whenever needed. In this regard, Valtech ranks #1 among the places I've worked.

    Cons

    * Employment at Valtech is very precarious. As other reviewers have noted, clients run the show and it's not uncommon (even if you are full-time) to be released if your project finishes and there's a lull in new work. Take special caution if you are considering joining Valtech US as an immigrant: Valtech has demonstrated that it will not hesitate to cut you loose to save a buck, even if it creates a residency crisis for you.

    * The NYC office is basically a stylized boiler room, which will be sold to you as chic and trendy. Massively open-plan, with zero privacy, it can be very hard to focus and concentrate -- and God help you if you need to take a client call and are unable to secure one of the limited number of conference rooms. Upper management constantly plies a tone-deaf narrative along the lines of "we all come together here and magic happens", although the reality is much bleaker.

    * No or minimal opportunity for things like trainings or conferences, at least on the technical side.

    * The ratio of genuinely interesting & innovative projects to boring, grind-house projects is quite low. Even if you start out on a cool project, chances are before long you'll segue into body-shop land.

    * Highly asymmetrical risk/reward profile. Upper management seems to expect way more loyalty and dedication than they show to their staff. Although not terrible, compensation is average at best: Average pay, average benefits, average holidays, and -- as other reviewers have noted -- zero bonuses. Even if you work yourself to the bone for Valtech, as the highly-talented staff often does, your best outcome is that you _won't_ get laid off. Despite all this, upper management continues to advance a vision that, somehow, Valtech will become #1.

    Advice to Management

    Given Valtech's European roots, consider investing the firm's US operations with a more European work ethic, such as giving more time off and providing staff with more opportunities to have real skin in the game.

    Also: Please stop with the endless Town Halls. (Senior leadership periodically forces staff to endure the cruelty of listening to anywhere from one to three hours of vapid corporate doublespeak, even as it's evident to anyone paying attention that it's a drawn-out, enervating exercise of re-arranging the Titantic's deck chairs.)


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Stategic Sales"

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    Former Employee - Global Business Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Global Business Development in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing at this point as most good people left.

    Cons

    C-level took a great agile company and rebranded into a basic web design firm. Its a $3 a share firm, where it could have been a $250 share company.

    Advice to Management

    its to late, you lost most of your good staff.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Bad Management. Losing Existing and New Clients"

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    Current Employee - Software Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Architect in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good location. Used to have good clients and hard working employees.

    Cons

    Losing existing clients due to over promises and consistently bad work quality. One of the worst managements. Caring for good employees is something they have not yet learned even after being in the business for several years. Lots of lay off's. They are not able to get any new clients now. All the good, hardworking employees have ether left or have been laid off. Employees don't have any say in the decisions. Decisions are taken by the management and forced on to the employees. Out of the box thinking is not considered or appreciated. They are now trying to hire people in cheap labor countries to reduce cost, no matter whether the resources are less trained in the trade. There used to be snacks in the cafeteria before, which are now long gone. No work life balance at all. You can be staffed on more than 1 project at a same time. I was consistently working for over 55 hours in a week and was never paid any compensation or bonus. And yes, there is no bonus plan for employees. It's only for the higher management.

    Advice to Management

    Build a strong base in order to succeed. Value good employees. Consider the thoughts of your employees sometimes.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Tech house disguised as strategic agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong tech, great GM in NY, ok salaries.

    Cons

    Disorganized, very tech focused (not strategic or creative), lack of career path and no review cycle, no raises or promotions, bad benefit package.

    CEO - Sebastian Lombardo - is completely un-involved in the NY work.

    Advice to Management

    * Strategic thinking needs to be embraced as a company value.
    * People retention should not be just a slogan.


  6. "Excellent culture, great opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Valtech as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Its a great place to work. Lots of opportunities if you have the passion to work. In my internship I got an opportunity to work on multiple projects with different technologies and with some of the most talented people. My internship experience has been super awesome & I had the best learning experience

    Cons

    Hiring process is extremely time consuming and you have to wait a lot. However once you join the company I guess wait was worth it

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great projects, interesting clients. Not your run-of-the-mill digital agency"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valtech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Prestigious clients, training is encouraged and supported, ability to work from home. Overall a great experience as a software developer. It's a full service digital agency, so people from various horizons and background. Also, awesome cultural diversity. Lovely offices and good office culture

    Cons

    Benefits are not so good. There are quite a few irrelevant employees (as far as developers are concerned), which is never a good surprise when you end up working with them. Not so agile, clients run the show, setting the timeline and requirements from the start (although as we all know, it always changes).


  8. "Growing Company with much to Offer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Valtech is just getting its roots in the US and is growing quickly. With that there is alot of opportunity to lay some groundwork in your career if that is something you are looking to get. Awesome big name brands as clients. Fantastic compensation and very attentive HR. Also a hip and modern work facility in Meatpacking.

    Cons

    All that comes with working for a "start-up" type company. Lots of room to improve on structure, however you get what you make out of it.


  9. Helpful (13)

    "Agency grind house"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some talented people and a few big client projects, but most of the good employees are leaving or actively looking for better opportunities and the projects are always severely understaffed.

    Cons

    Most employees here are less than a year with the company and on contract, high turnover. No 401K match, limited yet still expensive benefits for full-time employees (which do not kick in for 30-45 days depending on when you start and are forced to pay COBRA), poor vacation and holidays, no promotions or annual reviews, and an almost non-existent HR.

    Advice to Management

    You know what the problems are in the orgnisation yet you do nothing about it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Growing Agency"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The technology talent working in the NY office is impressive. Everyone seems to be at the forefront of platform development. A great place to learn and grow, or lead if you have the chops for it

    Cons

    There is so much growth that the culture is new and learning. give it a few more months and the teams will find an identity


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