Perceptive Software

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Perceptive Software Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
113 Reviews
3.2
113 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • People are very kind and the work-life balance is highly valued (in 14 reviews)

  • If you need to work from home, then that is completely fine with them most of the time (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • There is a bit of a clique-ish mentality in middle management that is somewhat difficult to crack (in 6 reviews)

  • Professional Services Policies are a mess (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Perks of the company overshadowed by policy mess

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Perceptive Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's a good company to start out of college with, the company has a good name in the Kansas City area. They have a good product, and there is a great deal to learn in the company. If you home in on a product that nobody knows there's a potential that it can turn into a job title.

    Cons

    In the short time I've been here, acquisitions have been degrading the company culture. The things they were once cherished for such as 'Pour by Fours' and team outings are slowly being phased away. Professional services is nothing but a mess, leaving consultants to clean up the messes of sales, project managers and the like. Work-Life balance no longer exists; good luck getting time off when you're balancing multiple projects that are blowing up. There is a severe disconnect from sales to professional service, and it seems to be widening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get down on the floor level and really see what's going on. Find out where disconnects are happening and do something to alleviate it. Talk with middle management more.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fun company to work for

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

    I have been working at Perceptive Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They have a dodge-ball court in-house and a annual company wide dodge-ball tournament. They are very good with flex-time and unlimited vacation time. They are a growing company.

    Cons

    After 9 acquisitions, they are still not profitable.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    A bright star slowly falling from the sky, what once was great is on it's way to destruction.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Shawnee, KS

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Immature 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 ManagementAdvice

    Make 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Sales-focused company that has a high turnover rate.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Ashburn, VA

    I worked at Perceptive Software full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very professional and organized company.

    Cons

    The business analyst position is basically a telemarketing position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Place to work, Lexmark makes it tough

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS

    I worked at Perceptive Software as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Culture 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.

    Cons

    Lexmark 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shawnee, KS

    I worked at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work but changing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS

    I have been working at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    Fun environment and good people.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Shawnee, KS

    I have been working at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    Fun 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.

    Cons

    Growing 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 ManagementAdvice

    Show 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."

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS

    I have been working at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    First, 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    To 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.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company perception is not always reality

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Shawnee, KS

    I have been working at Perceptive Software

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Salary 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 ManagementAdvice

    Overall 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!

    Approves of CEO

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