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Valtech Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Normal work life balance (Less than 45hr weeks on avg) (in 16 reviews)

  • Great people, very diverse, amazing travel opportunities (in 7 reviews)

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

  • Lack of project understanding by senior management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Great potential, but is a startup in wolves clothing"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Front End Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Front End Developer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Start up feel
    • Great for self motivated
    • Some of the people are really nice, smart and great people to work with
    • Normal work life balance (Less than 45hr weeks on avg)
    • Bench time has been available but never was an issue (maybe because it is new)
    • Competitive Salary

    Cons

    • Start up feel
    • Par at best benefits
    • No structured on boarding
    • No structured processes across disciplines or across offices
    • Not using an effective Agile process
    • Very little team collaboration
    • Very little focus or importance on creative or user experience. Tech Shop not a Digital Agency
    • Limited client work and very little diversity at this time

    Advice to Management

    It is obvious that the Chicago office is new and as such candidates should know with full transparency that this is a startup with a lot of startup growing pains. Management (Located in NYC) and leadership (Located in Chicago) has been so consumed with client work there has been no tangible effort bringing collaboration, cooperation and cohesiveness to the office. Hiring growing pains hasn’t help so moving forward I would highly recommend that instead of finding junior to senior level practitioners I would instead hire managers or leaders with proven track records that are willing to get their hands dirty while helping grow the office into something stable. Without a strong, positive and effective team in place bringing on more people will just cause more problems in the future. Valtech Chicago should be moving into their new office soon which will help with a lot of the growing pains. I wish Chicago Valtech the very best but without the right people to help nurture and cultivate the right people and process this office will continue to have significant growing pains and will have difficulty retaining people.


  2. "android"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Android Developer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Android Developer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valtech (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional , had no problems with transferring visa, the HR team does an amazing job

    Cons

    wish they had more projects in Bay area, ca

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Tech house disguised as strategic agency"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "Good"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good management and good appreciation

    Cons

    Few clients and not a big vision


  5. Helpful (11)

    "No onboarding or training, consistently booked at 200%"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valtech full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with, with a few huge exceptions. They have great clients and do amazing work.

    Cons

    "New" means nothing. There is no time for you to ask questions, frowned upon, get real training on systems I've never used and consistently fighting for resources while you are booked consistently at 80+ hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    Spending more time on onboarding and training would really help with the %50 turnover rate you have now. Also, give people a chance! No one is perfect, but if a client doesn't like someone's tone, give them a chance to change and grow. Right now, I'd consider it a hostile workplace, and can prove it with emails and Skype messages insulting me, while I was on the thread.


  6. Helpful (1)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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).


  7. Helpful (12)

    "Use Caution if going to work for this company....get everything in writing and hold them accountable"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Valtech full-time

    Pros

    Can't think of any... their comp is below market, benefits lacking, no re-investment in the company, self-serving management, no long term growth strategy...all signs of a sickly organization.

    Cons

    The organization has no leadership... they have lots of executives and managers, but no leaders. No strategy, no investment into its people or practices... the only thing they seem to be good at is suing former employees and disappointing clients. Before you decide to join this organization, look into their financials and pending lawsuits.

    Advice to Management

    Start over

  8. Helpful (9)

    "US and India operations in jeopardy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Valtech full-time

    Pros

    You can meet some talented people and good clients. You will learn how bad Finance, HR and Admin can be

    Cons

    No opportunities as management is only interested in Northern Europe. Read the financial report - revenue in US is down by 25%, India down by 20%, parts of Europe down by 20%. Some European executives have come to US to get big salaries and enjoy life at expense of company. Layoffs happening constantly

    Advice to Management

    Please resign as you have ruined the company for your selfish interests. Be honest with shareholders about true condition of company in US, India, parts of Europe. Terminate employees who violate HR policies Do not cheat the Australian company you bought


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Avoid working here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office location for commuters, great coworkers with exception of executives and directors, some nice clients.

    Cons

    Clueless or apathetic management, awful HR, bad benefits, no culture to speak of, and unorganized project teams which causes projects to fail before they even start.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of those in leadership roles who contribute nothing and focus on your employees. Almost all the reviews here mention how bad the benefits are, this has been going on for years.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Don't do it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    there aren't any that I can see

    Cons

    No leadership and therefore no direction

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together


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