Kastle Systems

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Kastle Systems Reviews

Updated Jun 20, 2014

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2.9 30 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Kastle Systems Co-Chairman & CEO Piyush Sodha

Piyush Sodha

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48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great culture. People make the company a great place to work.

    Accounting Manager (Current Employee) Falls Church, VA

    ProsGood pay
    Good culture
    Company is growing
    Great people to work with

    ConsSmall size caps growth potential
    No 401K matching
    Leadership undervalues support departments

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize which areas really make the company run

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great so far!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEfficient, professional, very on the ball. Lots of communication and very organized. You work from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave which makes the day go by fast. Accessible work location, friendly coworkers, lots of leave, clean office. Always something to do

    ConsNo 401k matching as of today

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people - solid company with some fixable executive/management shortcomings

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Falls Church, VA

    ProsAs others have said, the people are awesome and are absolutely what make Kastle a special place to work for. In spite of some of the other reviews to the contrary, the executives do seem to care about the company and are investing in it in many smart ways - from moving almost every office to lower cost locations to investing in the technology and product to build a lead and differentiate the company from our competition. Like the quarterly social events as well as the fruit/doughnuts/popcorn/soda on fridays.

    ConsI see too many people set up to fail by being put into jobs that they are either not well suited to perform or simply don't have the resources to perform adequately. If additional resources are requested, human resources can be a bottleneck because there is only one lower-level employee - the VP of HR slot has been vacant for over a year, as has the CFO position. While my manager is good about commending good work, most other managers and the senior leadership seems much more apt to scold for negative and take those opportunities to deny employees compensation increases. Also, work-life balance can be put to the test at times, with most employees having been moved to salaried positions and now being required to respond to customer needs 24/7 without any corresponding increase in compensation. No corporate 401K match.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIts commendable for the senior leadership to be customer-focused, however you also need to start being more employee focused as well. That goes beyond just creating programs such as "fitness first" (which is great), but it also includes visiting the 1st floor and checking in and seeing what YOU can do for THEM. Don't just visit employees when there is a crisis - invest in them as an employee and as a person.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company, Great Legacy, Bright Future

    Sales Manager (Current Employee) Falls Church, VA

    ProsOwnership has made significant investments in our techology, people and processes and they continue to innovate. Leadership genuinely demonstrates care for it's employees while balancing the fiscal responsibilty associated with sustaining a successful business. The vast majority of our employees are highly engaged and regularly put the needs of our customers and company first. Opportunities for professional growth abound.

    ConsEmployees are often asked to wear many hats although in today's economy I believe you'd be hard-pressed to find very many companies that don't need to ask their employees to do a little more in order to ensure the health and ongoing success of their businesses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to invest in new technology, infrastructure and your people. And, keep the free popcorn and donuts coming on Fridays :)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Like working for family - in a good way.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsI really appreciate the support I have recieved while working here. I really feel like the people I work with care about me and my family and that we're a team. The staff appreciation events are great. This place may not be what I envisioned when I went to college but I really like working here. The customers are generally very pleasant and appreciative. Our office is well-lead and our manager is often singled out for kudos by the DC main office.

    ConsExpectations can be a bit higher than you can sometimes deliver. The workload can be very heavy. The benefits decisions are made by the company headquarters in Northern Virginia (DC) and as a result our benefits aren't that great as they were slected on the basis of cost and ease of use for the employees in the DC office. You can sometimes feel like the branches (like ours) are the step-children of the DC office and as such the DC office always gets the best stuff (appreciation events, vending perks, etc) and we have to make due with the leftovers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore staff. There are some hats that shouldn't be shared.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Enjoyable, yet Challenging Work Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI have worked for Kastle now for about a year and a half and it is a breath of fresh air for me, someone who has come from a much larger company (80,000+ employees nationwide). At the previous company I felt like 1 out of 80,000. They could care less if I quit the next day because there was someone programmed to replace me. It was very impersonal. For someone who has gone from being showered with competitive benefits and constant appreciation to Kastle, I would choose Kastle all day! I rather love coming to work with mediocre benefits, than dread every day but with plaques on the wall.

    At Kastle, there is definitely a genuine concern for employees both personally and professionally. I enjoy that I'm not micromanaged and every day isn't monotonous. The work load can be heavy and at times overwhelming but I enjoy the challenges. Hats are shared, but I look at it as an opportunity to learn more about all departments of Kastle. No, you aren't constantly praised for a job well done, but I also don't expect to receive praise for what is expected of me. Even my exceptional work isn't for personal praise, but to keep our customer's happy. With the right attitude and best foot forward, I find that I am appreciated here internally and externally.

    Ultimately, if you never grasp the FULL picture of a company's mission and goals, then you won't appreciate your role and how it contributes to the FULL picture.
    Kastle Rocks!

    ConsAs mentioned above, some might find what I've stated as cons (work load, overlfow of responsibilities, and employee appreciation). At the end of the day, every company will have its list of issues that could be resolved. The benefits are not up to par with what I'm used to, but it does its job. The cons I share in my opinion are things that have potential to being resolved provided there is feedback with ideas or solutions, rather than complaints.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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