Contino FAQ

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18 English questions out of 18

3 March 2020

What is the retirement plan like at Contino?

Pros

As the company has grown (doubled) each year, there has been amazing growth in both what we do and the careers of those that do it. If you talk to anyone that has been engaged at Contino for the last 1.5 years or longer, they will share that the company has stayed true to the culture of attracting and retaining top talent, while also being super engaged and empathetic towards our customers. The benefits are amazing: great healthcare, 401K match, good vacation, monthly flower/beer/wine/coffee delivery, and regular team gatherings in various cities across the US. Honestly putting our people first and centered in the operating model.

Cons

While maintaining rapid growth, we have had a few missteps with decisions and hires. The organization has attempted to be open and honest when this happens which is a bit eye opening to anyone not used to the candor.

Advice to Management

Continue the strong focus on not hiring outside of our standards. Also, as the regions continue to grow, work to create a stronger bridge between them.

The benefits are amazing: great healthcare, 401K match, good vacation, monthly flower/beer/wine/coffee delivery, and regular team gatherings in various cities across the US.

3 March 2020

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25 February 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at Contino?

Pros

Learned a lot of skills from solo work that will benefit me in my career. That is really the only positive.

Cons

This company really needs major work on their work culture. Their idea of culture is happy hours and gifts, which is nice I guess but doesn't equal a happy healthy work environment. They have no interest in diversity and inclusion, (which they wouldn't because hardly any minorities work there) and the leadership team is a mess. This company promotes individuals to later fire them in a few months, which isn't cool. It seems the people who survive are the ones who attends the happy hour and are cliquey. The company isn't terrible, from my time there I think the UK & AUS have it together, but the US team really needs a lot of work!

Advice to Management

Invest in your workers! Sit with them and see how they would like to improve the work environment. Prioritize diversity & inclusion, hire more people of color & hire more women (would to see a member of the leadership team be an asian or black woman). Hire more leaders with experience (10+ years in their field) who know their department, attend panels regularly to stay updated on their field and who are humble and down to earth. Put on work events that isn't just catered to booze all the time, maybe trying events that are positive to not only the company but others, and can boost office happiness and productivity! Really work on creating a work space that is motivating, uplifting and joyful. Because it's lacking immensely.

They have no interest in diversity and inclusion, (which they wouldn't because hardly any minorities work there) and the leadership team is a mess.

25 February 2020

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8 October 2020

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Contino?

Pros

People genuinely care about making a change. They want to make an impact with customers. During the Pandemic a lot of focus has been put on looking after people. PeopleOps do all they can to look after everyone in the business. There is genuine intent to invest in people and Practices. The business has a clear strategy and desire to make a difference in the market.

Cons

Since the Cognizant acquisition, nearly all the autonomy has been stripped from the business. What was an empowered, entrepreneurial organisation has become cumbersome, challenging to navigate and embroiled in the Cognizant machine. A lot of the business is demotivated and a break-up of the regional structure has left a disconnected business with very little collaboration across borders. Working with Cognizant. Never has there been two organisations with completely different DNA bought together. What is an attractive proposition on paper, is in reality just a vanity project to drive the Cognizant share price up with very little desire to figure out who the constituent M&A activity will come together.

Advice to Management

Keep trying in earnest to grapple with the Cognizant machine. It might come good. If it doesn't then get put on the market and acquired by an organisation that actually get's it. The culture is key. Yes, it's hard in a remote setting and everything has been tried to maintain what we had. But it just hasn't been the same since we were acquired.

The business has a clear strategy and desire to make a difference in the market.

8 October 2020

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25 September 2020

How are the career development opportunities at Contino?

Pros

Great support from the non-technical side of the business, it's a huge boon. Very good package in terms of pay, bonus, learning allowance, pension, etc.. Also good career prospects and progression. One can really make a career at Contino.

Cons

Quite hierarchical, there is a "Principals club" here and there is a big lack of mutual respect for people "lower" than them. People put on a constant corporate persona, even on internal gatherings (some exceptions of course). All teams if I have joined have been cold/non-inclusive to new people joining, quite unwelcoming. Also scared to ask questions, very judgemental if people don't know something. Fit into a consultant "mould", and if you act differently/uniquely/be yourself, you will be criticised for doing so.

Also good career prospects and progression.

25 September 2020

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27 November 2018

What kind of career opportunities exist at Contino?

Pros

Lots of challenging transformational projects, being able to impact and see the results of your work, and being able to make a difference in a fast paced culture. The people here really want to make a difference and believe in being challenged by their work. Great culture, it's a fun place to work and there's good work/life balance. Supportive leadership, they really believe in you. Also very approachable. Lots of opportunity to learn & upskill, L&D budget is provided to each employee. Most of the companies I've worked for in the past haven't provided this, so it's a huge perk!

Cons

Can't think of anything

Advice to Management

Stay focused on long term sustainability and culture.

Lots of opportunity to learn & upskill, L&D budget is provided to each employee.

27 November 2018

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