Quorum Business Solutions, Inc.

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Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. Reviews

Updated 30 April 2014
Updated 30 April 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Two Types of People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Fast promotions if you are smart and do well
    Smart people

    Cons

    Ridiculous hours
    Full time travel
    Company doesn't care AT ALL about you as a person
    Good luck using the vacation you earned

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quorum can't hold on to its people. Quorum hires excellent, young college grads. The problem is that they treat them so terribly that most of them quit within the first couple years. Having people travel five days a week while working 10-12 hours a day plus 8-10 hours on the weekends is not how you keep people around. This type of work load could be on the brink of acceptable IF at any other point the company treated you like a human being. However, they balk if you ask to take any kind of vacation (I had co-workers fighting to take half a day off for weddings) and essentially bribe you with great pay to keep you from leaving.

    If you want to be a developer, this company could work out well for you as the developers hardly ever travel and are rarely assigned to projects, which means they don't work as crazy of hours. If you're not interested in the technical side of things and want to interact with clients, however, you will almost certainly be put on a project with hours on par with what was discussed above. Upper management takes the attitude of "Well I did that, so you should too," and essentially ignores all of the complaints that they receive. Turnover rate is incredible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Do not stay longer than a year

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Training was great, they teach you everything you need to know to gain the skills necessary to be a dynamite employee in another company in oil and gas or software solutions. The competencies they teach you is C#, SQL, C++ and functional oil and gas knowledge. Their pay is also slightly above average, but what it comes with is a 9-10 hour expected work day, and that's just scraping by to not get fired in their eyes.

    Cons

    As stated earlier, 9-10 hour work days required at a minimum. If you see problems and want to contribute to the betterment of the company, you should find another company before you bring it up because they have fired for much less than that. I have seen 100% yes I did not make a mistake, 100% turn over rate in a calendar year. I joined the company and a year later the company had the same number of employees yet terminated (or the talented ones left) close to 50. The only way to prove that you are committed to bettering yourself and the company is to bill more time to a client project and work 12 hour days minimum for no overtime or benefits. the directors I have worked with do not understand business at all, human capitol and retention is laughed at and defecated on when addressed. They don't staff projects appropriately and will expect you to travel Monday morning leaving your house at 3:00 AM only to return to your home city at 11:00PM on Friday night. The company unethically expects 100% billable time out of every employee (even if they are not assigned to a project where its reasonable to expect a fully billable day), so they do not believe in employee/talent development past the first 3 weeks of training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in outside help to reinvent your culture and make the employees feel like its their life, the new generations value time much more than the past generations. Learn to adapt or always expect to be left with the underperforming employees while the rock stars easily leave for better lives and better pay at your competing companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Work/Life Balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary is decent until you factor in all your work hours. Most of the employees (senior consultant and below) are young and hard-working. Quorum is willing to hire people of all educational backgrounds. Instant messaging is not restricted. You get free sodas and coffee/tea.

    Cons

    Quorum is very strict about billable hours. You can't put in below 45 hours for a week even if you worked 100 hours the previous week. They don't support training during work either, even though almost all of the technical knowledge is proprietary and not useful outside the company's applications. I was forced to attend mandatory brown-bag lunches where no food was provided and I could not bill the time because I was "volunteering" my lunch hour(s). If you go over estimate on a task (because you needed help from someone or because someone else messed up), you will get blamed for it for a long time. If you are assigned to go out of town for a project, travel time is not billable. If you get to work at 6:30 a.m. and leave at 5 p.m. you will get dirty looks from management for leaving early. I've been there on at least two occasions after 7 p.m. where upper management walked around the cubes to see who was still at work.

    You get employee evaluations every 6 months which focus mostly on your negative aspects, i.e. "Describe the employee's tasks" and then "List 3 areas where the employee needs to improve." There are no sections on tasks that employees do well, so when reviews were written, I had a lot of higher-level people asking me for input, but only for negative qualities just so they could fill out the evaluation paperwork. They don't like to give As. Promotions are completely arbitrary based on where you are assigned and your manager, so don't expect a clear-cut path or specific length of time to get promoted. Managers sometimes base your performance on non-specific details they hear from other people, so it's up to you to prove them wrong if the report is false. You will be expected to perform at that level before you are promoted, i.e. you need to do management tasks for 6 months before you get promoted to manager. Bonuses and raises (if you manage to get them) are hilariously small. You don't get a lot of input into where you want to go in the company; you can say you want to travel or don't want to travel, but management doesn't seem to take that into account when assigning people on projects.

    The company culture is non-existent. You are expected to put your head down and work work work. Quorum has 2 social activities a year: a potluck on Thanksgiving and a holiday party outside work hours, but other than that makes no effort to celebrate its employees or foster an environment of collaboration and teamwork. There is no pride in the products and I honestly don't even know what anyone else accomplished outside my department. It was just a place to work and get paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a culture where people are both proud of their work and accountable for their actions. If you focus too much on the short-term profits, you will not retain employees and will lose all that knowledge when they bolt for greener pastures. It is much more cost-effective to spend extra money on company activities or bigger bonuses, provide training hours, and forgive people for putting in one lowly 8-hour day, to create a happy environment rather than skimp out and just hire college grads once all the experienced people quit from exhaustion.

    Do not punish employees for giving you honest, constructive feedback. Take a small amount of time, even if it's once every 2 weeks, to get to know your subordinates and understand how hard they are working instead of passively receiving information about them from someone else. I made an effort to talk to employees at least every Friday afternoon just to make sure they were doing well and to see if I could do something to help them. You have hard-working employees, treat them well and let them know when they're doing well. Be grateful and appreciate when employees are willing to put in an exceptional amount of hours to get something done on time for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Pay ok, bad business practices, frustrating to those who are motivated to do well

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Depending on your major, you may find your pay here to be higher or lower than it would be elsewhere, and the coworkers (Manager level and below) are intelligent people who are willing to help. Certain product groups do have happy employees, but most of them do not; it comes down to the Senior Managers.

    Cons

    The company does not value their employees. Since it is a consulting company, they charge clients by the hour, and so billable hours are extremely important. It is YOUR fault if the group is low on work. Don't be fooled by the overall good rating of this company; since this company is so small, most people refuse to post anything on these sites. They are okay with the high turnover rates, as inexperience means more billable hours.

    The company also seems extremely cheap. For example, when the Houston office moved locations from a free parking situation to one that would cost from $130+ (mostly $200)/ month, they only reimbursed the employees $75/month, TAXABLE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Everything but the pay is bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is great. If you are able to get an assignment where you're at a client site, the job isn't bad.

    Cons

    Everything else. The hours are long and every single moment of your time needs to be assigned to a ticket. If work is scarce and you can't allocate your time to an assignment, it's YOUR fault. Instead of doing real work, the CEO smugly walks around most of the day spying on people in an attempt to catch them doing something wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bad executives, so nothing can be done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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