Perceptive Software
3.2 of 5 89 reviews
www.perceptivesoftware.com Shawnee, KS 500 to 999 Employees

Perceptive Software Reviews

Updated Mar 26, 2014
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3.2 89 reviews

                             

71% Approve of the CEO

Perceptive Software President and CEO Scott Coons

Scott Coons

(70 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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A bright star slowly falling from the sky, what once was great is on it's way to destruction.

Senior Project Manager (Current Employee)
Shawnee, KS

I have been working at Perceptive Software full-time for more than 3 years

ProsCulture, food, 401k, dress code, vacation policy. Great place to start as an entry level employee. Just don't stay long.

ConsImmature organization. Too prideful of this culture... It's fun and all, but also not the point of operating a company. Keggers and caffeine makes smart employees happy enough only to temporarily cover the contempt of how sad middle management and lack of experience is. And you better be a native English speaker from a Big 12 school... Else you will be shunned from the majority of the e employees in Shawnee.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake some of the tough decisions already. You sold the company and expect to compete in the Fortune 500 and international spaces but still want to operate like a small business that caters to Mom and Pop businesses with boiler plate solutions. The "hey I am a 25 year old wiz" thing, armed with bad templates, is not what it takes to cut it long term. The empty promises made to your larger customers may soon be the only "image" this company has. Cookie cutter simply will get you in far enough to fail. Hire some people with experience help transform the way you are doing business and grow., or at least TRY to do something different. Something beyond a tentative 3 month roadmap could help. Otherwise, all I see is a sinking ship with a pile of old ink cartridge money in the cabin, being driven by someone with no map or idea what it's like to navigate these types of waters. Hey, at least some really smart decent people got rich.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Sales-focused company that has a high turnover rate.

Business Analyst (Former Employee)
Ashburn, VA

I worked at Perceptive Software full-time for less than a year

ProsVery professional and organized company.

ConsThe business analyst position is basically a telemarketing position.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't fool anyone into thinking you are not trying to advertise a telemarketing position as a legit business analyst position.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good Place to work, Lexmark makes it tough

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Shawnee, KS

I worked at Perceptive Software as a contractor for less than a year

ProsCulture and values are one of a kind and going to work everyday was like being with family. They have (or had) a wii, dodgeball court, and gym in their corporate office in Shawnee. They were extremely competitive (but good sports) in corporate challenge.

ConsLexmark is sitting on their culture taking away what they did best. The HR deparment didn't develop fast enough, or wasn't able (poor leadership/management) to meet recuiting needs. Gross amount of KU fans, fairly obnoxious during basketball season. So follow KU sports because you'll be talking about it.

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

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Good work-life balance, very low to non-existent raises

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Shawnee, KS

I worked at Perceptive Software

ProsGood work-life balance. Some managers are great and are very good mentors. These managers try their level best to maintain a good work environment and promote good work-life balance.

ConsSome managers need more experience to be effective leaders. Middle management feels like a clique and after a while, developers feel like peons. They will give you what you ask as far as salary but raises are atrocious. I liked the company and would have not considered moving to my current job if salary was commensurate with my expectations. Good place to gain experience and move on...even promotions only allow for 5%-6% raise.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the effort to maintain a good work-life balance. Need to be aware of the fact that Perceptive's compensation and so called salary scale is way below industry standard. IF I had stayed at Perceptive, it might have taken me 10 years to make what I currently do at my current workplace.

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Good place to work but changing

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Shawnee, KS

I have been working at Perceptive Software

ProsFun environment and good people.

ConsUnderpaid and benefits degrading (meaning health, dental, vision costing more but delivering less).

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A sales driven organization that feels like a grade-school playground sometimes

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Shawnee, KS

I have been working at Perceptive Software

ProsFun environment, lots of events, very smart people, rigorous hiring process, free food often, plenty of access to resources/training, great peers to learn from. Decent benefits for families.

ConsGrowing pains: Parking is crappy, shortage of restrooms, workspaces are small and yet not organized for collaboration: people sitting at folding tables, different workspaces for different departments with no sense to it. Engineering (Developer) political clout way too high and quality/respect suffers. Management is a very small tight circle that commands and controls in a manipulative/bad parenting "Here's some candy now shutup" kind of way. Benefits are poor for singles. Lack of attention to depth and quality. Poor software architecture based on embedding and tangling into systems. More focus on acquisition of customers and employees than on executing strategy and tactics.

Advice to Senior ManagementShow a clear purpose, strategy, and focus for all of the growth... all of the pain of growth doesn't seem purposeful or measured. No clear direction other than to "Sell to everyone no matter what."

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The company offers opportunities for learning and growth, but size and creeping bureaucracy threaten its unique culture.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Shawnee, KS

I have been working at Perceptive Software

ProsFirst, the company has a rare, innovative and flexible time-off policy (no official time tracking). Second, compensation is fair and benefits are excellent. Third, there is the near-guarantee of proper investment and continuing growth (particularly internationally) following the company's acquisition by Lexmark. Fourth, opportunities for learning about the company's particular area of technology (enterprise content management) are abundant.

ConsThe good ideas, determination, and hard work of the company's founders bred a critical mass of success. Success bred rapid growth. Growth bred the typical creeping bureaucracy, with more layers of management, more meetings, less direct involvement between the founders and typical staff members, and less overall agility. The company's acquisition by a larger firm has only accelerated these trends, as distant executives increasingly exert control over aspects of daily life that used to be taken for granted, such as a highly responsive, locally minded employee-tech-support organization that is merging with the mothership and losing the personal touch it once had. Acquisition was not supposed to change the company's laid-back culture or local customs, but there's no doubt it has started to happen and will likely continue. If you are comfortable with a corporate feel and a growing sense of subsidiary-ization, Perceptive can still be a rewarding place to work. But those who recall a more improvisational, startup-oriented environment, heavily laden with the personalities of the founders and the hustle of underdogs, will find much has changed. I suspect it's just a matter of time before those who created this enterprise will move on to other challenges or retire to their well-deserved yachts or second homes.

Advice to Senior ManagementTo those who started this company, it would be great to see you roll the dice and start a new enterprise after you fulfill your current obligations. You were superb at building something from nothing, and could undoubtedly do it again.

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Company perception is not always reality

Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
Shawnee, KS

I have been working at Perceptive Software

ProsOther Employees
Relaxed Dress Code
Flexible Work hours
Good Starter job
Good place to learn the software business
Growing company

ConsSalary are sub par
Benefits are not comparable to other companies of similar size in the area
401K matching is terrible
Lower management lacks experience
lack of career development opportunities
lack of a career path
lack of personal growth opportunities
Management likes to play favorites and outcasts

Advice to Senior ManagementOverall the direction the company is heading as a whole looks good, but there are some serious challenges that the company must undertake in order to transform from a small software shop to a mature public organization. Management would be smart to secure the best talent at the company by reviewing salaries and compensation in all positions. There is a risk of high turn over (mass brain drain) with the talent if the local job market improves!

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It's ok

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Shawnee, KS

I have been working at Perceptive Software

ProsCasual atmosphere

Good benefits

Management supports flexible time/work from home if needed

Good coworkers for the most part

Management promotes team atmosphere and respect-- almost weekly team meetings, birthday cookies, holiday gift, and anniversary gift

ConsSupervisory positions are filled by people with tenure, not by qualifications, resulting in sub-par direct management structure

There is segregation within the department between the "favorites" and the "outcasts"

No opportunity for career growth/advancement

Advice to Senior ManagementUtilize SuccessFactors and read employee's manager reviews. If we take the time to review our managers, we expect our review comments will be used to influence performance reviews of our manager. It feels like manager reviews are getting ignored, which gives employees no opportunity to provide real feedback.

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Low Pay

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Shawnee, KS

I have been working at Perceptive Software

ProsThe company is great when it comes to family. They give you time off when you need it, let you work from home when you need it. The starting vacation is outstanding, who else gives you three weeks at your one year anniversary, sure, its in advance but who cares right. Most of the people are awesome, and the atmosphere is great...most times.

ConsCommunication between depts
Too many chiefs
Pay is not competitive

Advice to Senior ManagementGet it right the second time!

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