Collaborative Solutions FAQ

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18 English questions out of 18

12 August 2018

What is health insurance like at Collaborative Solutions?

Pros

I've been on one of the internal teams (Finance, IT, Marketing, or People Services) at Collaborative for over 3 years so can only speak to this, and not working as a consultant or on the delivery side. After 3 years I can honestly say working here feels like home, not a job! The people are friendly, supportive, and only want to help each other. Whether you're on an internal or delivery team, you'll probably be working over 40 hours many weeks, but with that comes the flexibility of being able to work from home and good benefits- fair salary, good health and dental insurance (for singles at least), and fun get-togethers if you're located near one of the offices. Management is very open and transparent with employees, and continues to get feedback from employees on how to make improvements.

Cons

Not really a con, but you absolutely have to be a self-starter to work on one of the internal teams at Collaborative- the company is growing fast and with that comes growing pains and more processes that need to be put in place. Unless you're on the consulting side, you might not have formal training in your role and will probably need to teach yourself a lot. If you're motivated to make a difference in a company, you'll succeed. Sometimes the way people are hired or let go on internal teams seems strange- there's not much clear communication on why it happened. There's also no defined career paths for the internal teams, but management seems to be aware and is working on this.

Advice to Management

Keep looking for feedback from employees on how to improve, including the internal teams!

Whether you're on an internal or delivery team, you'll probably be working over 40 hours many weeks, but with that comes the flexibility of being able to work from home and good benefits- fair salary, good health and dental insurance (for singles at least), and fun get-togethers if you're located near one of the offices.

12 August 2018

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15 October 2018

Does Collaborative Solutions offer unlimited holiday?

Pros

The culture truly is there, if you try. You can't expect to experience the Collaborative culture unless you're willing to participate. Collaborative has made many efforts to ensure that even remote employees are included in various culture events and meetings. While the path for advancement may not be clearly defined, if you're willing to put in the work, you will find your reward. I think people may forget that Collaborative is a consulting firm and things can get hectic. Work can pick up and you can be expected to work long hours. BUT you came to work for a consulting firm, what did you expect? Don’t back down from a challenge and be willing to show initiative and it won’t go unnoticed. 99% of the company is always willing to help you with any issue. Collaborative gives you as much as they can to succeed but you can't be afraid to reach out to folks with questions. Having the initiative to seek out an answer to a question can really set you apart from others. Be it Workday knowledge or general business knowledge, the Collaborative consultants are extremely qualified and continue to impress clients. They are also a lot of fun! While you may not always cross paths with the HCM, Financials, or Integrations team, you’ll regret not getting to know those people because, most of them, are an absolute blast to be around. Overall, the management team, in my experience, has been great. Without hesitation, you could easily walk into any executive’s office and bring up any workplace issue or just talk about your weekend.

Cons

For my first project, I felt as if I was thrown to the fire. While there were multiple folks who helped me out, I think Collaborative should have their onboarding/training folks reach out to new consultants to ensure that they are not overwhelmed. The path for advancement at Collaborative is not clearly defined. Within an ecosystem that can consider someone with 2 years of experience as an “experienced hire”, I think defining advancement would only benefit Collaborative and retain those stronger consultants. Unfortunately, the unlimited PTO is a blessing and a curse. I feel as if it is almost reverse psychology. While you would love to take a long vacation, you know that your work will pile up, and or, you’re too busy to take off. That said, I have averaged two weeks of PTO since I’ve been employed.

Advice to Management

The benefits need to be revisited and, please, don’t neglect your internal teams. Please work to define career advancement plans. When talent questions their future, they are unlikely to stay.

Unfortunately, the unlimited PTO is a blessing and a curse.

15 October 2018

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17 November 2018

What is the retirement plan like at Collaborative Solutions?

Pros

They certainly push culture. Lots of time and money are spent on projecting this image to the general public. Easy schedules and not a lot of hours required. Many employees work from home, so you have a lot of flexibility. Decent 401k matching and benefits.

Cons

Collaborative appears to hire anyone that gets along with the interviewers and the understanding is, if you pass the WD certification, you are good enough. No effort is put into longevity and success of employees- potential or otherwise. The training is inconsistent. Collaborative offers employees a 4 day bootcamp prior to sending you to the Workday training. However, you'll find when you arrive to training that other companies give their employees 2 weeks, so you are at a disadvantage. No second chances if you fail. Despite your qualifications and what you bring to the role you were hired into, even if you will never touch the system, you are let go immediately upon failing the certification exam. No training once you are past certification. You are thrown into the role and you struggle and consultants are irritated with one another due to lack of role training. The buddy system is put into place to ensure you pass the test, however, it does no good as the buddies are busy all day, then have no access to the tenant you are in for training, so they cannot see what you're doing or provide feedback on what you're working on. Also, Workday is so hush-hush on their testing that no one will discuss it so you aren't able to be prepped at all on what to prepare for. It is literally pointless. Your instructor during Workday training also will not review your tenant to provide feedback on what you've been working on and offer criticism to ensure you understand what you have gotten wrong. PTO is unlimited- IF you can get any approved in the first place. HR is unprofessional and cold. Learning and Development is annoyed if you ask any questions. They certainly put on a good front- Great base salary with promises of a great bonus system. But the reality is, there is not enough work to go around, projects are underscoped, and you can't bill outside those scoped hours, so you will never make your quarterly bonus. Prior reviews I have read are maddening- to think Collaborative has hired employees with the promise of high success/pass rates on certification exams, interest in your background and all you can offer to the teams, only to discard you upon failing, then make you pay back your expenses, including the $2500 training, speaks volumes about this company. A company who truly wants to hire talent, those with strong backgrounds in consulting work, project management, client services, sales and configuration, would invest in those worthy of being hired. I get that Workday mandates the certification, but Collaborative should do their part. This company hires A LOT of people at one time, sends you to a 3rd party company, says, "train them, make them pass this test" and considers your value based on that. For 90% of this workforce, you are better than this.

Advice to Management

Get over yourselves. Your candidates and employees are people too. We aren't just an advertising ad so you can win OMGCULTURE awards.

Decent 401k matching and benefits.

17 November 2018

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5 June 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at Collaborative Solutions?

Pros

Although they're not perfect, the leadership is at least intentional about employee well being. Culture remains a top priority despite immense growth over a short period of time.

Cons

Growing pains and a full work schedule have made it difficult to fully adapt to the new size of the company and speed of growth.

Advice to Management

Continue to invest in ideas of how you market and deliver to very large customers.

Although they're not perfect, the leadership is at least intentional about employee well being.

5 June 2020

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11 May 2020

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Collaborative Solutions?

Pros

Good base pay, lots of positive vibes coming from the back office

Cons

Disorganized, no clear direction or leadership. Could tell something was up pre-acquisition by Cognizant

Advice to Management

None, you knew what you were doing, now we're all on our own to navigate this new landscape that the partners threw us into

Disorganized, no clear direction or leadership.

11 May 2020

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