Edaptive Systems Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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  1. very poor company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edaptive Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free sodas and flexible work hours. Government work tends to be easy and not very technical.

    Cons

    Very poor management training. Many of the managers are friends or neighbors of someone else in the company. Many people in higher positions (Directors, head of HR) got the position because they knew one of the owners or happened to be around when the company started. These people however are not qualified either based on a degree or past experience.

    The managers puts the blame on people that are friends with others in the company (while they simultaneously protect those that are friends with the owners).

    The projects they have aren't very technical so people with real IT experience will feel they are wasting time since the company does not use industry standard tools or programs.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in people that have real management experience.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Nepotism at its finest

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Analyst
    Former Employee - Project Analyst

    I worked at Edaptive Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent work hours. Government work is not very challenging and can be very slow at times. And free sodas but that's it's.

    Cons

    Horrible managers. I have never been to a company that hired so many of there friends and family even though they don't have any experience. Most people leave after a year at this company. Having industry experience I don't see this company growing much larger, and I don't see it lasting for more than 5 or 10 years based on how I've seen each department run.

    Advice to Management

    Owners are absent from the real problems and chose to ignore them or act like they are "working on it" I would recommend getting real industry professional leaders to come in and coach all department leads on how to do there jobs.

    Edaptive Systems Response

    Jun 16, 2015COO

    We're sorry to hear that your experience was less than you expected. We have over 340 employees in multiple locations and 11 states. Edaptive takes employee satisfaction very seriously. We have even ... More


  3. Helpful (8)

    Toddlers with ant farms

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Owings Mills, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Owings Mills, MD

    I worked at Edaptive Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing really good to say. They encourage 50-60 hour weeks, disprove of prototyping or new ideas despite approving tools, CMs tend to make stuff up as they go, and managers follow ripped slides from wikipedia. Everybody are"yes" men and are more mindless drones with no real ideas or solutions. Mediocrity is defended well and if managers aren't giving the ideas, they neglect the team. I have never seen a PM texting in peripheral sight of a customer during a sprint review or heard a manager ask an employee about a basic Agile staple despite apparently having a higher cert, and attempting to sell "agile" to the govt. It is one thing to oversell, but I have seen more peddling of side projects than actual team deliverables. I wonder how many of these reviews are plants. A lot I bet. Edaptive is cheap. They put on a good show but cannot provide business cards to the employees unless they meet customers or even get a JIRA or even a TRAC like system. These guys will bait and switch you anyway they can.

    Cons

    -Bad benefits
    -No defect system
    -Bait and switch
    -Rejection of good talent
    -No really proven Agile managers, just smoke and mirrors

    Advice to Management

    -Get your priorities straight
    -Listen to your team, support prototyping
    -Like AA, admitting you have a problem is step 1/12. That does nothing to correct the issue.
    -Selling "Agile" is fine, but conditioning of customers to believe in unrealistic things from the team is not. North Korea is a pretty good place to live if you believe their state t.v.
    -How about shelling some coin for defect and ticket tracking system?
    -The hivemind mindset needs to get dumped otherwise you'll lose your precious "contracts"
    -Quit being defensive and reactionary or you'll sink your team
    -Get agile coaches and proven managers in there. Stop putting untrained personnel who can only pass a test in roles of direct management seeking to prove their worth. It doesn't benefit the team and ego before team never wins out.
    -When you put someone in charge of a task who is supposed to be your SME on the subject and you spend more time under utilizing him/her off, questioning their integrity, and less listening to their recommendations, expect to feel the pinch. When you pick a technology and are so uneducated in its use, but you turn to someone who has that knowledge or extends an olive branch to learn from an expert, you uplift them from Day 1 and not Day 31. When your employees are venting to fellow employees and not managers, there is a clear problem. When your employees trash your "decrees" or deride your solutions meting after meeting, you might want to listen before speaking.
    -Do your research before arbitrarily picking things and speaking like a newb to an expert.
    -Work smarter and not harder. Options over decrees. Team goals over management promises and directives. Efficiency over OT.
    -If you are going to claim agile, do more than just show off awards on a t.v.
    -Get better benefits
    -Learn some proper business etiquette and respect while your team gives a demo., no walking out, no cell phones, no screwing around. You send bad signals to customers.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Waste of your time, life is short, find a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Edaptive Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you learn to survive in this company you will probably be able to make it through any corporate environment.

    Cons

    The three owners manage the company as if it were three different companies.
    There was never a balance between work and personal life; even vacations are requiring constant remote work.
    Always a lack the resources to complete jobs; whether it was software, hardware, or people; was not because lack of money in jobs.
    The turn of rate is high.
    Compensation was poor.
    No management structure beyond owners
    Management decision are constantly changing without notification.
    Contracts with employees are respected as if they were suggestions.

    Advice to Management

    The owners need to take some class in management, pick some good middle managers and let them manage for you.
    Pay better compensation.
    Support a balance between work and personal life; burning out employees only works against your investment in you human capital.



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