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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Used to be a good company.. not anymore

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Fry full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dave Fry had a vision and good people who worked with the end result in mind. Great environment when Dave was around. He was involved in everything. I got a card every anniversary, holiday and birthday. They appreciated employees and hired the best quality workers. this was pre-2011. Work environment was flexible, no drama and tension free. Engineers were appreciated and commended for their hard work.

    Cons

    NOW- HIRE cheap labor. go to a third world country hire fresh graduates with little or no experience. severely underpay them and make them work 70-75hr per week. How do you expect a fresh graduate to work like a 12 year veteran? Un deserving people in top management. When top management leaves (ex MDs or PGMs or Technical Directors), the NY office in particular, promotes former PMs or Sales people with little or NO technical background! How is running a Tire company the same as being a Software dev manager? Resource allocations were done by PMs who knew engineers work ethics. Now PGMS and MDs just sit there and count heads/resources. They don't realize that certain clients require people with extensive experience.
    -No new exciting clients.
    -Last project was a big failure. 8 month deadline took 18 months to complete. Client was very unhappy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the Engineers. They are the driving force of the company. If the engineers are not happy and well paid, you are not producing quality work. Don't over work the engineers. Hire experienced people with Strong Java background, not fresh off the boat students with little work experience. Senior engineers are not there to "teach" the junior engineers. Hire qualified hands that can jump in and begin working with little or no learning curve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Worst Ecommerce Company Out there

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Fry full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good team members, prone to in-fighting though. Everything is a debate.

    Cons

    Outdated platform, ineffective management, no sales leads, co-worker turmoil, low pay. If you work here do not plan to spend the holidays with your family, you will be working around the clock from Thanksgiving until New Years. No work/life balance. Engineers are treated like slaves, usually working at least 70 hour work weeks.

    There is no clear goal for the future, no clear career path for employees and no direction from leadership. You will be kept in the dark until the next round of lay-offs, or until they outsource your position, which is becoming more and more common here.

    Small and irrelevant client list, no big or exciting clients to work for or to do ground breaking work. Just small, dopey clients and cookie cutter technology that is a dinosaur.

    Steer clear of this archaic firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell to the highest bidder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Fry Ann Arbor- Losing Relevancy and Viability

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at Fry full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Creative team was great but they are all leaving.

    Cons

    Absolutely everything....outdated platform, terrible management, small and irrelevant clients (all big clients have left), low pay, no clear path for promotions, high employee turnover office is literally falling apart, engineers are worked like slaves, low employee morale, offshore development work more common than inhouse work, dishonest to they clients they do still have.

    Worst ecommerce company out there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All the people that made Fry great have left. Follow suite and leave too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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