SPARC Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
SPARC is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. SPARC empowers people to solve big problems and make new discoveries through the adoption of policies and practices that advance Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education.
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer says"I worked at SPARC full-time for less than a year Cons: - This place is daycare for all the hipster dorks living in the Charleston area - Only a few lame & boring projects to work on - Almost exclusively government projects - Annoying wannabe Silicon Valley "culture" - Have to do bait & switch to get you to work there - Managers will lie to you - Lots of people screwing around all day - Not the place to stay current or advance your tech skills"
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at SPARC full-time Cons: The work wasn't always the most exciting back in the day."
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer says"I have been working at SPARC full-time for more than 3 years Cons: This company was once great and I enjoyed showing up to work every day. Since the company was acquired management appears to no longer care about culture. I now feel like I am working for a giant machine and no longer at the enjoyable company I was once at. The recruiting staff still pitches the fun and productive work environment Sparc used to have, but that is sadly no longer the case."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at SPARC full-time Cons: This company no longer exists. Booz Allen Hamilton bought most of the federal contracts and the people in an asset purchase and the company itself is basically vacant with no employees. SPARC is now just a fake brand name of a dev shop in Charleston S.C. and there is no CEO. All the systems are now BAH and this profile is very deceiving for future employees since they will not be working for "SPARC" since there is no entity named such."
QA Analyst says"I worked at SPARC for less than a year Cons: Although this company boasts that it has a culture of transparency, progressiveness, and a learning culture, it is what I would say the exact opposite. I have worked in formal, traditional companies such as Cardinal Health, and it offered far more understanding managers, opportunity for growth and a true learning culture. Extremely noisy atmosphere, and not allowed to leave desk area to find a quieter place to work. I have probably worked for 5+ companies in my career, and this was one of the worst cultures i have ever experienced. I came in thinking that this would be a "google-esque" culture and decided to leave realizing it was just a wannabe. The managers seem to have no training on managing people. No clear lines of communication whatsoever, and everyone seemed to be from a different company - whether it was SPARC or when of its many contractors. So rules seemed to apply differently to each person."
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I have been working at SPARC full-time Cons: Below market salary Owned by government contracts No growth opportunity No annual bonus Annual salary raise does not correspond with performance No guarantee of salary increase with position movement"
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I have been working at SPARC full-time for more than a year Cons: Very clique-y. Pods and teams tend to stay grouped. Has a great "culture" but is turning into a gov contractor. Doesn't pay competitive wages. Parking is a hassle everyday. The building is subpar- often smells, ac breaks, septic tank gets full, or some beeping is going off. I was bored on my project all the time. The president gets arrested, it's never talked about except gossip. Hard to get professional development- after looking at what it would take for me to tackle node I gave up."
Current Employee - Software Developer says"I have been working at SPARC full-time for less than a year Cons: Joined SPARC thinking it would be a good career move, seems like it is a company with a lot of hype about 'culture' with little of anything else. I thought it would be a place I would be happy to go in to work at everyday. Everyone is super friendly, but thats it. There is no career growth here."
Former Employee - Software Engineer says"I worked at SPARC full-time for less than a year Cons: Darts. I got pegged twice a day at least. I could never get work done. It really is kindergarten for developers there. If you're ok with that kind of atmosphere then it's all for you. Just wasn't for me."
says"I have been working at SPARC Cons: - Process is chosen over people. People are not enabled to build great product. - Some workers are unreliable and it can be difficult to get responses on decisions. - Bad decisions are made without giving reason. There is an accepted culture of unprofessional delay. - There is often inadequate feedback and communication."
Direct Support Professional (Former Employee) says"Do not work here. They will work you like a slave for little to nothing. There are no raises. They'll lie about full time employment. Very unprofessional all around the board Cons: They take out time for lunch even if you dont take a lunch"
DSP (Direct Support Professional) says"There’s not enough pay for the amount of work the staff have to do on a daily. The most enjoyable things are being around the consumers and getting to know them"
Direct Support Professional (Former Employee) says"Vocational Department's managing director is professional. Cons: The pay."
Job Readiness Specialist (Current Employee) says"They do not pay well, harassment, and youre not taken seriously until you put your 2 weeks in. The CEO and management only care for themselves and not the staff or consumers."
Program Specialist (Former Employee) says"I knew from the first day that this place was not for me. It felt really unethical. The program is presented one way and the reality is something totally different. It was like walking into a sweatshop for adults with disabilities. After two weeks of work, participants were getting checks for $3-4 dollars. Terrible."
Direct Support Professional (Current Employee) says"It's favoritism there and people dont interact with coworkers to try to teach them anything basically most of the things I learned I learned on my own and that is not how it was told to me when I first started. They want you to rush thru training so they can place you where they want to place you it's really little support from the staff there. Cons: little hours, no team work, and too many bosses that are not bosses"
Intake Coordinator (Current Employee) says"Working at Sparc is fulfilling as a human service professional. It is a great place to work as an entry-level professional. The participants and staff have developed a culture that embodies positive community interaction"
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