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Solstice Reviews

Updated Jun 14, 2019

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3.9
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Solstice CEO Kelly Manthey
Kelly Manthey
32 Ratings
Pros
  • "You have a training budget and training days that you can use pretty liberally if you want to do anything related to professional development(in 35 reviews)

  • "Best culture and work life balance is great(in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "With each period of rapid growth Solstice experiences some growing pains(in 21 reviews)

  • "work-life balance can take a hit at times(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing place to work, grow and have a great time."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can see and experience the Solstice culture. It's in every detail and encourages you to be better and make better the ones you work with.

    Cons

    You may feel overwhelmed at times with all the social side of the company culture.

    Solstice2019-06-14
  2. "Great place to work and learn"

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Specialist in Buenos Aires
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solstice is one of the best companies I have worked for because of several reasons. Solstice took me under their wings and is giving me the chance to learn and develop new skills. There is an anual training budget per employee, a mentoring program followship, a complete on-boarding process, and a strong confidence on the potential of people. We work under scrum methodologies resulting on strong personal relations and...

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    Cons

    Fast speed growing pains related.

    Solstice2019-06-06
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Solstice's biggest investment is in training its people. If you want personal growth then work here!"

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    Current Employee - Technical Consultant 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solstice is a boutique consulting firm, so it charges a premium for the work it provides. Clients are happy to pay this premium if they feel that the workmanship is superior. As a Solstice technical consultant, you are part of the product being sold, so Solstice has a high stake in your ability to perform. The company provides you with multiple avenues to grow as a software engineer. First, you're trusted to learn...

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    Cons

    Solstice has 2 major issues, both of which stem from the fact that as a consulting firm, they have no differentiator that they can settle on. Solstice became very committed to very fast growth, and has been doubling in size again and again for a couple of years now. This has caused some growing pains. Many people around the office often wax poetic about the loss of culture, and for the most part, they're right. ...

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    Solstice2019-05-30
  4. Helpful (12)

    "Growth at what cost?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will have the opportunity to work alongside some of the smartest, passionate people in the industry. People genuinely want to share their skills with others which means there are many learning opportunities for those starting out in their career. The work is challenging and the projects can have high-visibility. Because of their agile mindset, they will encourage and support you to do whatever you are passionate about-...

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    Cons

    - Pay is below average: they will put it on the new hire to take a pay cut or to take a title downgrade. - No budget for innovation/R&D - Poor retention rates/high burnout - Immature company with patterns of favoritism - Promotions are subjective and based on mentors. There is no transparency in the process. - Lack of empathy for introverts- public promotions are anxiety inducing and can be disappointing for...

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    Advice to Management

    Our start-up approach doesn't scale and isn't cute anymore. We are a firm of 500 employees. Start placing more trust in the people who are around you, start caring more for the people you have hired. We all want to see the firm succeed. More transparency in your messaging would go a long way, “we have identified our problems and we’re working on improving them by doing a, b and c." The company has invested immensely...

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    Solstice2019-05-14
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Four years in and continually thankful I found Solstice"

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Solstice full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's the best Technology Consultancy I have ever been a part of or interacted with at any of my client sites. I’ve been at 2 Consultancies and worked with/for/at 23 clients (Ten F-500 at Solstice) since entering the workforce 14 years ago. I’ve still yet to see a single company generate a culture, hire the talent, have an awesome office space, blend relevant employee benefits, consistently do engaging, meaningful project...

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    Cons

    I don’t think Solstice does a good enough job setting expectations that we are a consulting firm. Clearly, a lot of people were recently hired and didn’t understand that causing their experience to mismatch their realities. Solstice is a consultancy, and consulting isn’t for everyone. At Solstice, you will (eventually) work on things that are potentially different than what you have done in the past or the thing your...

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    Advice to Management

    We hire great people, that can do anything. The problem is that they can do anything. To achieve the significant, but realistic, growth targets, there is an opportunity to create a stronger long term incentive plan to keep the people around that will help those goals become a reality.

    Solstice2019-04-15
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Good people"

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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Solstice full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing, smart, kind people work here. People truly care about each other and earnestly try to make each other's lives and work better.

    Cons

    A flat organization to a fault. Too few true leaders, undefined career paths, and critical feedback is often ignored in favor of back-pats and high-fives—which leads to grassroots efforts that too often die out (mostly due to lack of a supportive structure to enact change).

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the internal struggle for improvement that a significant portion of your employees are passionate about. Dedicate people to internal initiatives and pay them for it—don't expect things to get better anytime soon if people need to work a full load for their clients first.

    Solstice2019-04-19
  7. Helpful (25)

    "Amateur Engineers"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Solstice full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1) $5000 training budget + 4 professional training days 2) Slack... a gamechanger for communication 3) Generally no overtime 4) Test Driven Development mentality 5) Mentorship program 6) Billable overtime is paid at your calculated hourly rate + 10% 7) Work from home policy 8) Casual dress 9) Good location, downtown Chicago right outside the Loop 10) Free phone/device 11) 100$/month toward phone bill 12) Monthly...

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    Cons

    1) Cliquey/frat culture ... unprofessional 2) Volatile leadership...lack of transparency. 3) Open office (loud disruptions, nerf guns, distracting eye contact) 4) Pays below market value (there is lots of fluff e.g. ping pong, coffee) 5) Expectation is 44 hours/week but only paid for 40 6) Staff is encouraged to stay and work late on R&D without pay (Pay it Forward event, Solstice Labs) 7) LTIP is weak. A few...

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    Advice to Management

    I give this shop 2/5 stars. There are some leaders who truly care and empathize with the staff. Unfortunately there are so many more leaders that are out of touch with reality. Many projects nose dive into the ground after a couple years because of incompetent "product owners" and people cutting corners to meet arbitrary deadlines. Then Solstice tries to sell the client a re-write of the entire application (sometimes...

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    Solstice2019-03-14
  8. "Great company and people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Solstice

    Pros

    Some of the nicest people I have ever worked with. A very innovative company that does practice what they preach. Glad to be a part of the Solstice journey and family.

    Cons

    Would like a HMO plan added to the benefits package. Can we fast paced at times but that is just a function of the rapid growth the company is going through.

    Advice to Management

    Stay disciplined when unexpected bumps in the road come up. Continue to support the great culture at Solstice.

    Solstice2019-03-16
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Pretentious Culture and terrible for career growth!"

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    Current Employee - Tech Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits package including medical, 401k, PTO etc

    Cons

    The quarterly 360 feedback system leads to a pretentious culture because individuals are working hard to please 10-15 people at once in order to get a promotion. If you are good at office politics, you’ll thrive in this type of environment. As a developer, this isn’t the place to be if you want to strengthen your skills as you are never sure what you’ll be doing every 3-6 months. You will be hired for certain tech skills...

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    Advice to Management

    The developer casting system and training need lots of improvement. Have actionable solutions to your employee's concerns because they currently seem to go into a black hole.

    Solstice2019-04-14
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Most of the time, you get back what you put in"

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    Current Employee - Technical Principal in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Solstice full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I've found in my own experience that I am invested in the more that I invest in Solstice. I love the opportunity to learn something new at any time and an annual training budget to help with that. The mentorship program is a fantastic change of pace. I really enjoy that we celebrate each other's promotions together every quarter and that the motivation is to help everyone succeed instead of cutthroat stepping over others...

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    Cons

    Client work can be arduous at times. Many people have left because they simply can't make any progress due to being stuck in the same client project for years. There is an expectation of additional work without enough empathy for Solsties putting in a lot of time on their client efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Too much focus on growth and business in the past 2-3 years and less focus on culture is the reason that we have such great talent leaving occasionally. The mentorship program works well if everyone is invested in it equally, but I've heard several sad stories of new Solsties not getting the support they deserve.

    Solstice2019-03-11
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