Perceptive Software Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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Perceptive Software President and CEO Scott Coons
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Pros
  • Work-life balance, good compensation (in 14 reviews)

  • Flexible time off and work from home schedule (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Keggers and caffeine makes smart employees happy enough only to temporarily cover the contempt of how sad middle management and lack of experience is (in 6 reviews)

  • leaving Professional Services with a looong, messy implementation and a headache to deal with (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Growing company... and growing pains

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Kansas City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perceptive Software full-time

    Pros

    Clear vision for sales people, good compensation for existing customer business, good atmosphere,

    Cons

    Too many corporate politics, company growing too fast to be proactive on many things - stuck behind the curve of change, Way too much time spent on mundane tasks such as updating 'activity reports' in salesforce, disengaged sales managers (not all of them, but in my case), company culture fading due to so many, and size of acquisitions.

    Advice to Management

    Knee jerk reactions are way too obvious to current employees - At least give the impression that thought has been put into decisions impacting drastic change to employees. There will only be more and more change as the company navigates these acquisitions, get better at adapting to it!


  2. Marketing Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Perceptive Software full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very talented employees - especially the marketing and creative team. Plenty of opportunity to learn and use the latest marketing and analytical tools.

    Cons

    Work life balance lacked balance.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize people who perform.


  3. Beware contract-to-hire

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Systems Administrator
    Current Contractor - Systems Administrator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perceptive Software as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    * Great people in the company, co-workers are all wonderful people. * Stress-free work environment, lots of amenities, free lunch/breakfast often. * No micromanagement, if you're capable and on-point you will be left alone to do your job.

    Cons

    * A lot of positions are hired via contract-to-hire promises, my contract has been extended repeatedly with several promises of direct hire, but no indication that's going to actually happen. While base pay is good, no benefits and no PTO for 18 months sucks. * Too many acquisitions, there's constant on-boarding of new companies and zero documented process, it's a new mess every time and has been a constant thing since I started over a year ago. * No accountability, poor performance doesn't seem to matter. Making the same mistake over and over again is acceptable to management. * Very difficult to interface with remote teams, the company is worldwide and the offices work together on many projects. The infrastructure for this is non-existent or broken.

    Advice to Management

    Stop acquiring companies. Newest acquisition (Kofax,) and management changes are scaring employees on the ground.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Perks of the company overshadowed by policy mess

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perceptive Software full-time (More than a 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 Management

    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.


  6. Fun company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Perceptive Software full-time (More than a 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.


  7. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Shawnee, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Sales-focused company that has a high turnover rate.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Perceptive Software full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional and organized company.

    Cons

    The business analyst position is basically a telemarketing position.

    Advice to Management

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


  9. Good Place to work, Lexmark makes it tough

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Shawnee, KS
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Shawnee, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Perceptive Software as a contractor (Less than a 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.


  10. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shawnee, KS
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work but changing

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun environment and good people.

    Cons

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



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