SevOne – Wilmington, DE
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I worked at SevOne full-time (More than 3 years)Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookDisapproves of CEODoesn't RecommendNegative OutlookDisapproves of CEO
The people at SevOne are fantastic. Some of the most talented and driven individuals I have ever met. I became a better developer just from being around the people at SevOne. Ok, so some aren't the best technically, but that's what's so great about SevOne: we help each other out, learn from each other, and inspire each other.
tl;dr - Tech is grade a crap. Management is machiavellian. No future.
At first SevOne had the look and feel of a startup. Cool people, lots of collaboration, always new projects going on...basically everything a young developer would want. Management was cool as long as they saw results.
And then the Bain grant. At first, this looked to be a beneficial for everyone. There was a lot of talk of upward mobility, and at first, this even happened for a lucky few. After the first round of hiring in house, it never happened again in terms of development. Around this time I had picked up a story for a few new interfaces that needed to be completed. This was the last project I worked on where I wrote new, novel code. Around this same time, a remote office overseas was added, and working on new projects stopped for us. The codebase very steadily declined in quality, and we found ourselves working on bugs caused by the overseas office. Towards the end of my employment I was working on prefects for a version that we weren't even going to release for another year. At that point, management had clearly fallen into a state of complete disarray. No communication at all about what was happening, no instruction on what to do, and asking questions was heavily looked down on.
If you are thinking of pursuing a career at SevOne, don't. When I left, it was easily one of the most hostile work environements I have ever worked in. It doesn't matter how much work you put in, it doesn't matter how good you are, it doesn't matter how nice/polite/professional/<insert adjective here> you are. At SevOne you're just a developer. To everyone above you, you're the reason the company is failing, you're the reason customers are threatening to leave, you're the reason for <insert some failure of the company here>.
Advice to Management
Pay attention to developers back home. You have (well, had) some of the best talent in the region. They are (some were) the most passionate individuals you will ever meet. They want to make a great product, cool technology to work with, and recognition for what they've done.
We are what builds the product that gives you a job, and thus feeds your family. Without us, you're worthless. I understand this is true to some degree for you too (I'm certainly not a sales person), but the difference in treatment between departments is just disgusting.
You pat us on the back, and we'll pat you on the back. Until then, you will fail.