Knowledgent Employee Reviews about "big data"

Updated 21 Dec 2018

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Knowledgent Co-CEO and Co-President Peter Gibson and Shail Jain (no image)
Peter Gibson and Shail Jain
101 Ratings
Pros
  • "working with latest big data technologies and AWS(in 24 reviews)

  • "Smart people, innovative thinking, work location flexibility(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not every project is in big data(in 12 reviews)

  • "There's no 401k matching and your vacation time would be considered good if we were in the late 80's(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great opportunities to expand data knowledge"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Informationist in Warren, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Knowledgent full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    working with latest big data technologies and AWS

    Cons

    travel expense limits can be tight, no 401k match

  2. "A lot all at once"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Knowledgent full-time

    Pros

    Big data exposure and very bright people

    Cons

    Too early to tell at this moment

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  3. Helpful (9)

    "Manipulative Management - Everything they do is an act"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Knowledgent full-time

    Pros

    I was given a huge leg up in big data, I learned a huge range of tools (sometimes under pressure of management, but more on that later) People on projects had a sense of camaraderie, and everyone was really fun to work with. Assuming you were lucky enough to be on a friendly team that is.

    Cons

    It did not matter what my skills were, I was often billed to the client as someone I was not. This often resulted in me having to spend weekends learning something new just because management had been less than truthful with the client. I was discouraged from taking any PTO and was made to feel like I would be letting my teammates down if I took any time off. I have seen more than a few fake reviews on here. Isn't it interesting that right after a sexual harassment claim was made against management in an open letter, the review "As a female employee working for Knowledgent - Awesome place to work - Equal opportunities and growth" showed up?? Clients are constantly lied to by sales people, and it comes down to team members to bust their butts to make the (somewhat) impossible, possible. This is a body shop through and through. If they do not currently have a desperate need for your skills, you will be given the boot. Usually this is done under the guise of you 'under performing'. I saw an unbelievable amount of people being walked out the door, while management scrambled to hire more people straight out of college. I think this is probably so they can eliminate expensive employees and replace them with cheap ones. If the project fails, it is always the project team's fault according to management. You will be berated, embarrassed, and generally abused. Even if you did exactly what was asked, it is your fault. I saw employees be promised extra vacation for working weekends. Of course, when confronted and asked for vacation, management denied ever saying it. Peter Gibson's ultimate goal is to sell the company. It is not a secret. I doubt they will be around for long. While they do offer 401k match (the recruiter told me it would 'kick in pretty quickly after joining'), it does not happen until 3 years into your tenure. No one lasts that long except for people who were with them at management's previous company. You will be promised a raise "soon" but soon will never come. Just stay away. Seriously.

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "I don't understand where the bad reviews are coming from"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Software/Big Data Engineer in Warren, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Knowledgent full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I have been working at knowledgent for the past six months after graduating from college. And I have enjoyed every bit of it. Before you dismiss my opinion as a fresh-outta-college kid, let me tell you I've had some good experience working in the industry throughout college, so I've been places. Anyway, lemme continue lol. They hire a pool of 8-10 newly graduating college kids from hackathons and college fairs every six months and provide them an intensive training on big data for about two months under a Fast Track Program. After which, they are put on various in-house and client projects. I was in that pool who joined past year. Within a period of few months, I have been on projects ranging from Full Stack Development to mildly complex ETL projects to running proof of concepts on latest cloud computing services. Knowledgent also paid for my developer certification exams on cloud computing solutions which was cool. Also, one of the best parts about working here for me is the people. There is a growing number of young crowd who graduated from college within the past few years, so I always have people I can relate to. Also, the managers I have had so far have been really amazing. The theme's been Work Hard - Play Hard. I have had days where I'm working for 12-14 hours straight (not because my manager told me to, but because I truly enjoyed the project), and I have had days when I have worked for a few and called it a day. No one keeps a clock on you and your schedule, you are left to decide what works best for you. And I enjoy working in such an environment where employees are trusted. I can speak on behalf of engineers and tell you this - if you are someone who is flexible with learning new technologies, new platforms, then this is the place for you. I have a feeling many people who seem to be complaining about being let go are possibly because of having a limited area of technical focus. And since projects can vary in a wide range at Knowledgent, I see why it is important for an engineer to adjust their technical skills periodically. Phew! Sorry lol I ended up writing a lot, but I just had to let it out there but I just had to speak up and make sure people heard the voice of recent college grads joining the team. I think my generation doesn't spend enough time writing reviews on glassdoor. Peace out!

    Cons

    Dedicated monitors, SSDs and faster laptops for engineers around the office workspace, maybe? Doing dev work on the 14" laptop is a pain sometimes lol And more games on the playstation would be great. :p

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Amazing place to sharpen the skills"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Full Stack Engineer in Warren, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Knowledgent full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I have learned a lot from the work I do as they are very challenging and I get to learn a lot of new technologies. First off, this is not a fake review as someone pointed out. I was hired directly after graduating college. So, I joined the Fast Track program where they basically train you for 3 months with Big Data tech. All the technologies I use at my work are very trending. Best part about my job everyday is I get to just sit down and code all day as a Full Stack Developer. Work-life balance is not the best that's out there but it is a lot better than average. Everyone is very approachable and friendly. Data for life!

    Cons

    Sometimes you might get in to projects that you really don't like. But its not a big deal because you learn something out of it and it ends pretty soon as compared to big corps where you are stuck in the same project/department for life.

  6. Helpful (3)

    "True Innovation"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Knowledgent full-time

    Pros

    More then just consulting. Opportunities through Knowledgent Labs to work on innovation and product development. Out of the box thinking is encouraged and ideas can proven out very quick. Constantly bringing new solutions to the consulting teams and to clients. Its very exciting to work in the big data space.

    Cons

    Rapid growth, need more space to work. More communication about the great work that is being done. Consistent methodologies are needed across practices.

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    "Interesting company with room to improve"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Knowledgent full-time

    Pros

    - interesting project work in growing spaces like big data and machine learning - strong engineering team with a lot of experience across numerous competencies - small but growing company that provides the ability to stand out and be recognized

    Cons

    - you must be flexible when it comes to project placement. management expects you to have broad skills in addition to your personal expertise - need to expand size of NJ based office, teams require more space

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Warren, NJ
    Recommends

    I have been working at Knowledgent full-time

    Pros

    Flat structure, Awesome training with Big Data Technologies, Great people that are always willing to help, Good opportunities to learn new technologies

    Cons

    Nothing major, would be nice to have better hardware for engineers

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  9. Helpful (4)

    "average at the best"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Knowledgent full-time

    Pros

    Money, time flexibility, Big Data work

    Cons

    account managers seeking all the credits in order to become partners at the cost of team members. Too much ego & politics. Not a great place.

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  10. Helpful (12)

    "Informationist"

    4.0
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    Informationist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Knowledgent

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. They treat their employees as professionals . The Monday through Thursday travel schedule works well. They kept me on the bench a long time without work.

    Cons

    Eventually they had to let me go because of lack of work in my speciality, For being big data consultants the management has little practical understanding of Big Data concepts.

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