Quorum Business Solutions, Inc.

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Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. Reviews

Updated 24 February 2015
Updated 24 February 2015
55 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good environment to learn technical side of oil and gas software (in 8 reviews)

  • Good exposure to a wide variety of tasks, companies, and parts of the oil and gas industry (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • They are okay with the high turnover rates, as inexperience means more billable hours (in 4 reviews)

  • Sometimes it is difficult to have a charge code to apply all 9 hours of your work day (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Consultant

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working for this company forces you to sharpen your technical skill sets.

    Cons

    Typical Run and Gun consulting firm which visible makes the choice to bill client hours over investing in their own products to correct inefficiencies. Very bad business practices. The leadership team is very disconnected from most employees and has no regard for your work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are very few training opportunities. Company culture needs a lot of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Learn a lot but proceed with caution

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant

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

    Pros

    Quorum hires extremely intelligent driven people. The company is made up mostly of college hires. Great exposure to the oil and gas industry if you are on delivery.

    Cons

    The leadership by the upper management is extremely weak and they lack respect for employees. Employees are resources rather than people. Work-life balance is extremely hard to manage especially if you are on the delivery side. Training on the product is lacking and there are a limited number of resources you can contact for help. Unfortunately they are buried under work to help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain quality and knowledgeable employees. With the methodology to stretch the experienced resources even thinner than they already, it is going to be difficult to retain quality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Technical Work for Inadequately trained, misaligned skills/people => High Turnover

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    Have the opportunity to learn quite a bit of technical skills from SQL to C+. It's a useful skill post-Quorum if you're planning to go into software or business systems, otherwise you'd be better suited starting off with a different job.
    Mostly young people, recent grads so everybody is sort of in the same boat.
    Pay is above average.

    Cons

    ADVICE: If you're a high achieving college grad coming from a top school, avoid this place. You're much better off finding a different job in a company where it's not a complete shock for somebody to stay longer than a year.
    Even if you're coming from a technical/coding background, there are much better prospects.

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    The month of coding training is completely inadequate to actually meet the expectations of the job, which honestly should only be available to computer science/engineering/highly technical majors. It makes little to no sense for most business majors and liberal arts majors to take on this job since the job is primarily technical. You will literally code from the time you arrive in the morning until the late hours you leave, which often times involve no lunch break since you can't bill that.

    Don't be fooled by their very effective but blatantly deceitful recruitment. It is not a consulting job in the meaning of traditional business consulting. Everybody gets the consultant title regardless if you're a software engineer or a psych major. In reality, you will be a programmer. You will barely learn about the actual oil and gas industry.

    There is a reason why turnover is extremely high. There is no company culture (it's NOT a fun place to work), the work is overbearing because people are constantly leaving - resulting in projects get passed on, and bright-eyed recent grads who have no idea what to expect from the job receive this ridiculous work load that most of them have no idea how to do. You honestly spend 3-4 months even gaining foot on how to approach the many, many, many issues in this software and you still can't do anything on your own. It will burn you out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping on, I guess. Surely high turn over and constant new hires keeps the billable hours up. Maybe not the most sustainable strategy, or the smartest at that, but has kept the fuel running. Consider changing game plan when a new competition comes about that actually has better technology and actually keeps their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Always up

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    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Management knows how to grow a company. Quorum grew more in the last year than it did in any other year. That's impressive considering the growth this company has experienced since its' inception.

    Cons

    Hires young folks that don't know any better. Unfortunately, there are folks at Quorum that don't understand that the company's growth is exceptional and feeds their career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep growing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    No work-life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc.

    Pros

    Great place for new college grads to start. New hires receive training in software & the O&G industry.

    Cons

    High turnover which leads to excessive work pressure on existing employees. Very hard to get help since SMEs are already burdened with work. Work is just handed to you and you are expected to figure it out on your own.
    Also hard to fill your time sheet each week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to recognize & retain talent instead of treating employees as replaceable commodities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work hard, don't play at all

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc.

    Pros

    Good pay, upward mobility, young work environment, a lot of good experience.

    Cons

    Can be impossible to get help. When on a project people will just ignore you. Company over promises so we always look real bad to the client. Quorum takes on way too many jobs, stretching everybody thin. Upper management not grown in Quorum are under qualified, creating a mess in upstream. Worst HR team ever, isn't helpful at all...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please fix upstream. Stop selling functionality that doesn't work and making enhancements when the core product is broken. Hire an HR team that looks out for the employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Build some connections and leave

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc.

    Pros

    You will work with very, bright talented young people and Quorum is a well-known name that will allow you to spring board into the oil & gas industry or another consulting firm.

    Cons

    The majority of what Quorum does, I would not even consider consulting. There is a high chance if you are a junior resource they will pigeon-hole you into a support or development role which will give you little to no insight into the oil & gas industry or client exposure. The only consulting exposure you get will be on the delivery side, which is still limited to the fact that Quorum focuses on their employees to know the software, not specifically the business. The issue behind this is that unless you complain constantly to move to delivery (even if you have prior experience as a Business Analyst/Consultant), they won't move you because they are understaffed. The resources that actually know enough to be an asset get hit at all sides with questions, and are overworked with limited project timelines and unrealistic expectations so they end up leaving. Upper management could care less about this because they keep making money, selling projects, and throwing college hires that know next to nothing about SDLC, oil & gas or anything related to consulting onto projects at the same "blended rate" per hour as a manager who has been doing this job for 7 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop looking at the bottom line and listen to your employees. This comment does not matter because they don't listen to advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Only if you have NO other options

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Pay is fair coming straight out of college. They do have a training period if that's what you want to call it.

    Cons

    The company is pitched as a consulting company when you are hired but all in all is a software development sweatshop your first few years. Groups are small and the turnaround is so high that the people you want to learn from aren't around any longer. Question are mainly answered with the phrases "we just figure things out here" or "look in the code". If you do not have coding experience translates to "I do not know either but I don't want to say it out loud".lSince the company hires mostly right out of college there is an excitement level that new hires bring with them but shortly after the company takes its tole and crushes that as well. I have never seen so many people that seem stuck in a job rather than enjoy what they do. There is a small bonus given once a year unless you are upper management, then you are taken care of a little better. They do offer a 401k but the matching is so low it is almost pointless. Don't let them fool you with all the oil and gas talk. When it comes down I it, all of the perks that you hear about when working in O&G do not come with a position at Quorum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your staff. Spend some actual time talking to them that isn't telling them where they can do better or what they have done wrong in a meeting. If you expect the people that follow you to do something you might want to have some sort of idea of how to do it yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good way to build experience!

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    This job will build your work ethic and increase your experience level and confidence three fold, in comparison with another company. You will learn so much, I think most college grads would benefit from starting at a place like this.

    Cons

    Leadership is a bit distant, and the benefits are substandard. Turnover rate is a bit high, but it's relatively expected with such a challenging job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beef up the benefits and have more executive to employee interaction. Turnover will reduce with these changes alone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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