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Michael Higgins, John McMahon, Raj Basu
6 Ratings
  1. "Challenging work in a fun environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Galatea Associates LLC full-time

    Pros

    Great, smart people working together in a friendly and social environment. Passing the interview process is not easy, and that's a good thing - it means you know the people you work with are good. To keep the standards high, you also know that if you don't put the effort in, you won't be here this time next year. The company is very social. We work hard and get rewarded for it in various ways. We have company drinks...

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    Cons

    We work with client systems and therefore we are not in complete control of the environments we operate in. We have to adapt in order to deliver a successful project. Unfortunately this means that during the initial phases of a production system we have to offer L3 support. But that's the way it should be. We support what we build. Knowing what can go wrong helps us build robust systems. At times we do work long hours.

    Galatea Associates LLC2014-04-28
  2. "Focus on training"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Galatea Associates LLC full-time

      Pros

      Fun working environment, wide array of techs

      Cons

      Difficult clients with money tussle with employer and the clients

      Galatea Associates LLC2017-12-22
    • "Culture Fit is Important"

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      Former Employee - Associate 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I worked at Galatea Associates LLC full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Smart and helpful people, fun and relaxed culture

      Cons

      If you "don't fit the culture" according to management, you may face issues due to office politics. I was given a probation notice due to supposed poor performance. The reasons given for my poor performance were largely fabricated and non-factual. When I raised this issue to management, I was told to "focus on the big picture" and "not worry about the little things". I was told that I was deficient across the board...

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      Advice to Management

      Be honest. If you don't think someone is a good fit/don't like how someone is doing, you have every right to terminate them. Just don't change your story to make it seem like you have the moral high ground.

      Galatea Associates LLC2019-04-15
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great For Young Professionals"

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      Current Employee - Associate in Somerville, MA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Galatea Associates LLC full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Galatea is a great place to grow and learn, especially fresh after school or if you're looking for a more casual work atmosphere. The culture is casual and relaxed. That said, because we're consultants working for large financial firms, you still exercise and develop professional conduct and communication skills. You also learn about developing software products in the context of these larger institutions. Most...

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      Cons

      As consultants working on other firms' project, there is no guarantee that any one Galatean is working on a project that best matches their interests or skill-set. We work alongside our clients and it can be frustrating having to tolerate and work with some of their employees or work within their strict and often convoluted procedures.

      Galatea Associates LLC2019-01-09
    • "Great Place To Work, Learn, and Grow Professionally"

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      Current Employee - Associate 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Galatea Associates LLC full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      - Startup-like environment without any of the downside risks - small teams with experience at all levels. - Casual and friendly office culture. - Projects with high technical and business complexity and exposure to a wide scope of technology, finance, and business concepts provide a great environment for learning. - High expectations from both team members and clients.

      Cons

      - Exposure to a wide scope of technology, finance, and business concepts can make it more difficult to master them. - High expectations from both team members and clients.

      Galatea Associates LLC2018-10-21
    • "Work Hard and Learn a Lot"

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      Former Employee - Associate in Somerville, MA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Galatea Associates LLC full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      * Great Culture. The company is very tight knit and you end up making a lot of friends. * Management cares about their people and want to make them happy * On average people are very smart and willing to share knowledge * Good exposure to Fin Tech, lots of opportunities to take what you've learned elsewhere * Consulting means you get the chance to work on or have exposure to a diversity of projects * Great place...

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      Cons

      * Because Galatea is a small company, you don't get the same opportunities as at a larger tech company * Clients are mainly in New York, so you end up spending a lot of time on the phone or in video conferences * There is basically only one track up (becoming a team lead / getting into management). Not a clear path forward for individual contributors

      Advice to Management

      * Be more up front about the growth path at Galatea. Most people end up moving on after a few years, either going to big tech companies or staying in fin tech. Advertise Galatea as a springboard for your career, not a place that everybody will stay at forever.

      Galatea Associates LLC2018-06-21
    • "Haven for problem solvers"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Galatea Associates LLC full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        1. You get to define your own role. This means that you can challenge yourself to learn new skills and eventually hone your role to the areas where you can have the largest impact. The fact that you will likely move projects every 2-3 years means that you will be able to continue to learn new domain areas and from new groups of people both at Galatea and at the client. 2. The culture is collaborative. Employees...

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        Cons

        1. If you want to do a specific thing and only that thing, this is probably not the best place for you. People who do well at Galatea are motivated by creating impact rather than mastering a specific skill. Generally people who make the most impact do so using a combination of technical, business analytic, and inter personal skills. 2. You will not be managing a mega org of 100 people. If you are motivated by "hard...

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        Advice to Management

        As one of the few Galateans who had a reasonable length career elsewhere before joining the company, I can say Galatea is a great fit for me. Out of college, I worked at a start up of 25 people that grew to 200 before being acquired by a large company. I loved working at the start up, but when we became part of the larger company things changed. I saw roles become more pigeonholed and experienced massive forces (e.g....

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        Galatea Associates LLC2018-06-19
      • Helpful (1)

        "No longer the place reflected in reviews"

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        Former Employee - Associate in Somerville, MA
        Doesn't Recommend
        Positive Outlook
        No Opinion of CEO

        I worked at Galatea Associates LLC full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        - Snacks, coldbrew, free lunch once a week, - The young people who work here are kind, intelligent, friendly, and supportive.

        Cons

        - The minimum work week here is 45 hours, despite the pay being on-par or lower than with other companies. - The healthcare plan and vacation time you're allotted are sub-par.

        Advice to Management

        As Galatea grows, its environment of few policies and a loosely defined hierarchy is failing to serve its employees. This model may have worked when Galatea was very small and its employees could work well together under informal expectations that they be friends, but this is no longer doing an adequate job of making sure employees are happy, productive, and using their skills to the best of their abilities.

        Galatea Associates LLC2018-06-18
      • Helpful (2)

        "Great place to work for people trying to grow their careers"

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        Current Employee - Senior Associate 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Galatea Associates LLC full-time

        Pros

        In my career at Galatea, I have always been pushed to grow and take on more responsibility. This is a great place to work for those who want to work hard and rapidly advance their careers. The people who work here are also cool and very smart, so the work environment is great.

        Cons

        Weekend work is occasionally required for major releases.

        Galatea Associates LLC2017-10-27
      • Helpful (1)

        "Associates"

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        Current Employee - Associate 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Galatea Associates LLC full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        Good place to learn finance and technology.

        Cons

        Pay is not as good as large software companies.

        Galatea Associates LLC2017-05-11
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