At BlueGranite, Inc., 97 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 35 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.28. It was published on Dec 13, 2016. 1219 Visitors

What Employees Say

Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
100%
 
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
100%
 
Management is competent at running the business.
100%
 
Management trusts people to do a good job without watching over their shoulders.
100%
 
Management is approachable, easy to talk with.
100%
 

What They Do

We asked BlueGranite, Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

BlueGranite delivers competitive advantage by integrating all sources of data, and delivering analytics and insights through powerful, interactive applications.  We build on-premises and cloud solutions that provide the ability to analyze the past, the present, and even predict future outcomes!

About this Company

Website: www.blue-granite.com Industry: Professional Services
US Headquarters: Portage, Michigan, 49024 US Sites: 2
Major Locations: Boston, Massachusetts, 02135; Atlanta, Georgia, 30080; Charlotte, North Carolina, 28277; Denver, Colorado, 80205 US Employees: 37
US Revenues: $6.6 million Worldwide Revenues: $6.6 million
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1996

Getting to down to business!

Perks and Programs

We asked BlueGranite, Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • WFH/Flex: BlueGranite provides work from home and flex time options to all employees, encouraging each team member to achieve work-life balance while respecting other team members and clients. We also offer the opportunity to equip home offices and/or take advantage of work/share space as desired.
  • Unlimited Time Off: BlueGranite builds PTO into the expected annual allocation, but allows vacation, floating holidays and Personal days to be used entirely at each employee’s discretion. This includes the ability to balance additional, unlimited time off with client and team commitments.
  • Professional Development Program: BlueGranite allocates both time and budget to every team member to use at their discretion while pursuing technical or professional skills within the scope of our firm. This includes classes, books, conferences, materials or anything within reason! We believe that each team member is best suited to select the methods that they respond to best in continuing to develop a world-class skillset.
  • Career Control: BlueGranite tracks employees on Value Contribution rather than Client Utilization. In addition to doing great work for our clients, this allows team members to contribute to any activity in the value chain of the firm, from Technology Leadership to Business Development to Operations to Marketing.
  • Skill Match: BlueGranite maintains an active program to help track the technical and non-technical skills that are the keys to success. Team members are also encouraged to flag the skills they are excited about, or technologies they have interest in, and our Operations team works to match up all team members to provide opportunities to work with the skills they desire.
  • Staff Retreat: Every year, BlueGranite brings all team members together in a resort/conference setting to participate in team building activities, social events, strategic discussions and presentations and general fun. We also hold smaller, regional events throughout the year. Being a distributed team, we find these events invaluable for promoting our team spirit and culture, in addition to being a great time!
  • Referral Bonus: BlueGranite has a permanent referral bonus in place to encourage team members to help find great new additions! While we do have a rigorous hiring process, the personal referral of an already trusted team member is a great way to help candidates stand out, and we reward our team members for helping us grow.
  • Promoted Mentorship: At BlueGranite, we want to encourage our team to take time to help each other out. We believe that what each of us accomplishes, we all accomplish. To reinforce this, we record mentoring each other or helping out as Technology Leadership time, which counts on equal footing with time spent in any other value-add activity.
  • Inclusive Business Development: At BlueGranite, we have set about to eliminate or mitigate the inherent gap that can arise between traditional sales and delivery by creating an inclusive business development process. Our delivery leads are active in the business development process as pre-sales technical contributors, and our account leads are not commissioned on sales, but instead can earn bonuses from the same metrics as their delivery peers - from revenue and margin.
  • TinyPULSE: BlueGranite leverages an ongoing, anonymous survey and feedback tool called TinyPULSE that has helped us channel continuous feedback, and inform policies and programs, including recent investments in healthcare benefits, and changes to how our delivery team supports the business development efforts. In addition, once per quarter, we track the overall happiness of our employees at work, based upon a 1-10 scale. We receive industry benchmarks, and have set a goal upon continuous improvement. Results in the most recent quarter (Q4 2016) have pegged us at our highest average Happiness levels since we began tracking the metric 18 months ago!

COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS

100% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 3% of salary100% Company-paid health coverage for employees
50% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (for 40)
Enjoying downtime...

WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS

Unlimited Paid time off after one year of full-time employment Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment
Unlimited Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment

WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS

  • Flexible schedule (50% use it)
  • Telecommute option (90% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (20% use it)
  • Onsite Amenities (Our firm is mostly remote/work from home. However we stock our office with a variety of healthy snacks and a regular supply of various gourmet coffees, teas and beverages.)

FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS

50 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 20 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
50 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)10 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
10 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take50 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*
10 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS

  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

Diversity

  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Leadership Diversity

 

Workforce Diversity

 
Team building.

DEMOGRAPHICS

 
Team building, #2

How to Get Hired

We asked BlueGranite, Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

At BlueGranite, we seek to identify candidates with the right attitude and aptitude to become contributing members of our team, and provide them with the right framework and support to succeed! 

In addition to technical skill with our key tools and sharp business acumen, success comes from self-managed, motivated and curious consultants who are passionate about data and analytics. 

In a distributed organization like BlueGranite, our team members need to be excellent communicators, across a range of mediums. We interact with each other and our clients through documents, email, IM, voice calls, video calls and web meetings, in addition to face to face.  Successful candidates can leverage multiple mediums to demonstrate their professional demeanor, and to convey competence and confidence, and we look at these types of details during the interview process.  

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

We look for candidates who demonstrate more than technical skill - it's the aptitude (and attitude!) that get our attention.  Showcasing a history of motivated, self-directed learning or exploration, combined with doing the right amount of research to be informed and knowledgeable and having thoughtful and prepared stories and questions to share during the interview process highlights some of the skill that helps a consultant always have a great impression with clients.

Additionally, we look for people who show some passion in the data and analytics space, and honestly this is hard to fake. During our recruitment and interview process, we look for signs of excitement and passion for the technology and types of projects and clients that we work with.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

While we are always looking for seasoned veterans to add to our team, we are especially excited to bring on new team members who can leverage their aptitude to learn from the tremendous team we already have.  Our team is stacked with expertise and talent, and we believe there is a tremendous opportunity for young professionals looking to learn from the best and ready to take on responsibility and prove they have what it takes to succeed. 

We have many opportunities for folks ready to take on leadership and responsibility, while providing the mentorship and guidance necessary to make the most of those opportunities. Specifically, people who have been working for a couple years in database or reporting positions, but have not had the opportunity to perform up to their capabilities for organizational or other reasons, are encouraged to apply for our Staff and Solution Consultant roles.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Interested candidates should spend time reviewing our website materials – getting to know the subjects and expertise that makes our team great – and consider the detailed job descriptions located at https://bluegranite.bamboohr.com/jobs/ . Once the position is selected and applied for, be prepared to proceed through our evaluation process which will help us understand technical experience and depth, critical thinking and aptitude, and communication and consultative skills.  It is not a short process – we put significant time and effort into our interviews and evaluations in order to build a world-class team, and the results have been nothing short of amazing!

We encourage interested candidates to submit their resumes and applications through our web portal, and look forward to helping identify the best mutual fit for individual career and organizational success!

hiring Outlook

12 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 9% Job Growth
53 Average applicants per opening 373 Total job applicants
40% New hires by employee referrals 4 Recent graduates hired
14% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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