Perceptive Software Reviews

Updated June 10, 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. Good place!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, flexible schedule, low key and laid back

    Cons

    Think they could speed up some of the product enhancements to satisfy customers more


  2. Great Company If You LIve in Kansas

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Perceptive Software full-time

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent company with good benefits and lots of career opportunity. The products they develop are good and are well proven in the marketplace. The support of Lexmark has been instrumental in their recent growth and will continue to build the Perceptive brand..

    Cons

    This is a company that tends to think only KC has talent. They foster a boys club culture which can be frustrating at times.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Bureaucracy Grande Supreme, with a side of Crispy Flextime

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS

    I have been working at Perceptive Software full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As acquisitions pile up, there's a sense of progress and possibilities for the future, even if we're not quite sure where to "put" the acquired companies in our mental map of the company's soul. Lexmark continues to support what was originally Perceptive's general flextime policy and spirit, which (at least in my group) values getting your work done (whenever and wherever that takes place) over a compliant show of sitting in a cubicle during certain hours. That's good, because our division uses many remote (home-based) employees. I have a hard time believing many other companies have this progressive of an attitude about self-motivation and face time, particularly among the Fortune 500, and for many of us it's a definite loyalty-builder.

    Cons

    Owner Lexmark's IBM-bred culture of hierarchy, hyper-specialization, consensus, buck-passing, meetings for everything, politeness and fear of contradicting one's "superiors" produces an almost comical level of bureaucracy, which continues to spread to the once-agile Perceptive team. The ISS (hardware) team based in Lexington are individually smart and hard-working, but collectively they can make screwing in a light bulb a two-month process. I sense that the top brass understands this, but seems powerless to do anything about it other than spouting slogans like "Be disruptive!" Unfortunately, through years of natural selection, the ISS-ites I've met appear temperamentally incapable of doing anything but obeying orders, waiting for approval and generally playing it safe.

    Advice to Management

    Teach your lieutenants, corporals, chiefs of staff and field marshals that it's okay to ask questions, talk back, and trust their own instincts. While it's true that leadership ultimately has to answer to shareholders, and at some point your subordinates have to get behind your goals and strategy, promote a culture that allows for airing alternate viewpoints and promotes talking through and making a case for your big initiatives--rather than allowing them to treat you like divine royalty whose word is law.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    A great environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    Interesting products and plenty of variety here to keep your mind occupied. Lots of perks, opporunties, flexible work hours, and decent benefits

    Cons

    Difficult to advance into managment level positions. The older employees are less receptive to input and in general there is a "walled" environment. If you are looking to advance, look elsewhere.


  6. My experience at Perceptive was great, but could have been a bit better.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Salesforce.com Developer in Lenexa, KS
    Former Intern - Salesforce.com Developer in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at Perceptive Software as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I loved the laid back atmosphere that Perceptive has. They didn't mind that I didn't wear business casual every day (most people wore jeans or cargo shorts and a polo). They push to have "fun" at work, so they have a slide going from the second floor down to the cafeteria, a dodgeball court, ping pong tables, and corn hole in the office. The hours are also very flexible. If you need to work from home, then that is completely fine with them most of the time.

    Cons

    I was an intern, so I didn't have a whole lot of time to form too many bad opinions on the company. My biggest bone I had to pick with them is their structure. My department was going through a couple of different managerial changes during the time I was there, so that made it hard to know what to do and who to ask when I needed guidance.


  7. Sales Engineer

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Kansas City, KS

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The office culture and work hard / play hard atmosphere on the sales team encouraged employees to remain engaged but not feel like they were suffering while at work. Free beer helped.

    Cons

    No direct comp for Sales Engineers means individual performance is not rewarded, tracked or measured.

    Advice to Management

    Uncap commission, let the SE team make as much money as they can.


  8. It was good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    Work/Life Balace is a pro

    Cons

    Overexpansion is a con for me


  9. Flourishing company with solid future.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Plenty of opportunity for those who excel. Great co-workers and interesting work. Very flexible vacation policy. Allowed lots of independence in daily work.

    Cons

    Sometime wasteful culture, we spend where we shouldn't and don't spend when we should. Not enough adoption of externally created technologies, a.k.a. not invented here syndrome.

    Advice to Management

    Don't always look to lead the industry where you want it to go. Sometimes it is more fruitful to see where the industry wants to go and help them get there.


  10. Very laid back work environment, unlimited vacation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Perceptive Software

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Low pressure from upper management

    Cons

    They are buying a lot of companies so it seems unorganized at times


  11. Growing company with potential

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible time off and work from home schedule. Overall, the company really strives for work-life balance while keeping a fun and relaxing environment.

    Cons

    Presently, the company is undergoing some changes at the top and bottom in terms of strategy and direction. I think this will be a successful player in 12 - 15 months, as the strategy comes together. However, working in a company that is transitioning from start-up to power player is challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to differentiate the contributions.



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