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Updated Mar 21, 2014

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2.9 43 reviews

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Telvent Chairman and CEO Ignacio González Domínguez

Ignacio González Domínguez

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    A Complete Mess.

    Product Development Team (Current Employee) Fort Collins, CO

    Prosa) This is a real 40-hour a week job – few people work more than that.

    b) Tremendous Job Security. Make it past your 6-month review and you’re basically tenured. Our office has never laid anyone off and doesn’t fire anyone – This makes it very easy to float by for years at a time if this is your thing.

    c) If you play "the game” it’s easy to be liked by management. If you don't stir the pot by coming up with fun and creative ideas and simply do exactly what your told its easy to earn the respect of management – just don’t try to think outside the box.

    d) Fort Collins -This is a great city with a limited number of tech companies. For people who chose to live in the “Choice City” and aren’t willing to commute an hour south to a plethora of tech jobs, Telvent is one of their few choices.

    e) There are some really amazing people on this team. Unfortunately many of them have reached their breaking point and we’ve started losing some of them this year but a good number remain – mostly because of the lack of opportunities nearby.

    Consa) Struggling Management. This management team rules by the "Manager Tools" philosophy and all interactions with your manager are very mechanical and scripted - there is literally no genuine conversation with anyone in a managerial position. This seems to be a side effect of the majority of the managers on the product team being promoted into their positions from development backgrounds – they are learning to manage by following a rigid methodology.

    b) Strong sense of hierarchy. Speaking to the wrong people (e.g. - your manager’s manager) to get a question answered results in ridicule and “feedback” about your decision and performance. If you do decide to work here, it’s very important to understand that you are *never* to speak to anyone above your manager. One telling sign here is that even though we have a division president working in the Fort Collins office (an office of ~160 people) only about 10% of the office is able to speak with him. Furthermore, new hires won't know who he is until our annual planning meeting.

    c) It’s very hard to get anything done without forming a committee and spending months debating your suggestion. When it comes to making a decision, you are faced with one of two options… either go for it and ask for permission later (usually doesn’t end well) or form a committee and take a few months to sort out something that should take an hour.

    d) Management rules through intimidate and fear. You can pretty much count on any idea you have being immediately shot down unless you have the title to back it up (again, the hierarchy) - Sadly, this has caused most people on the team to come to conclusion that they are not good at what they do and to completely stop trying to be creative.

    e) Pay is around 25% less than industry average. In addition, Telvent doesn’t provide raises higher than 2% despite a track record of 20% revenue growth year after year.

    f) Almost zero innovation. The product really hasn't changed for the past 5 years - the company’s idea of innovating development is spending 12 months rewriting an existing tool to perform 5% faster.

    g) Technology / IT is a major obstacle - Our IT department is outsourced to another division of Telvent that is very slow to adopt new technology. Their supported environment is Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6.0, which hardly works for software development. Most people in this company are using systems that are several years old and in many cases, don't meet the minimum requirements for our applications.

    Summary:
    ... So, should you work here? If your creative, passionate and innovative - absolutely not. This place will suck the life right out of you.

    However, If you’re primary motivators are job security or you’re just having trouble finding another company hiring in the area, it may be a good temporary position while you hold out for something else – just don’t get trapped.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour playing a dangerous game of "how far can we push our employees" and your starting to lose.

    Paying 25% below average, giving less than 2% raises, requiring people to apply for company credit cards on their own personal credit line, leaving people in charge who you know should not be and having everyone sign ridicules policies (Including one to not drink beer? really??) is resulting in an increasingly disgruntled staff.

    You've had a few key exits the past year, let this be a warning sign. If you want to still be in the GIS business in 5 years, its time for a *major* shake up of leadership and outdated policies and practices.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Too much politics, bad pay, long hours.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmall company where you get exposed to variety of different roles and tasks.

    ConsPay is horrible. You can work long hours and all you get is a "thanks". High turnover ratio, all the good employee leaves and they don't try to keep them. Have to play the politics game to move up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLots of work to make things better if possible.

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    Long working hours, unhealthy atmosphere

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Sevilla (Spain)

    ProsIt is a good place to gain experience as a first job and to learn what a job should never be

    ConsLong hours, bad paid, encourage unhealthy competition between colleagues, do not respect employees, do not care to give employees any training and make really difficult for you to train by your self (do not let you to attend to exams, do not make easy for you to go to classes, even though there are out of your working hours)

    Advice to Senior ManagementWorry a little bit more about workers, they are people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The less professional you are, the more you will grow here

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Sevilla (Spain)

    ProsI really don´t know yet what is the benefit of working in this company, beside the salary which is very normal one in most of the cases

    ConsAnother big company where you just have to be very good friend of your bosses, and smash your colleagues and people under... then,... you get success...

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would really think what I have done wrong to become a manager in this company.

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

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    Telvent is asleep at the switch, they need to wake up and pay attention to what really matters

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsGreat people, some flexibility in work hours, 1/2 day Fridays in summer

    ConsSerious lack of communication and investment in it's people, poor compensation, unfair salary review process, no social gathering place for employees, lunch room gone, games room gone, all the fun gone!

    Advice to Senior ManagementLow morale isn't your biggest problem, you need to stop making excuses and get on with making changes at a higher level. People are going to continue to leave until that happens.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Are you creative or innovative? Then don't work here.

    Program Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsThe work day is sort of flexible. I like the people on my immediate team. Free barbecues every other week in the summer.

    ConsTelvent (at least my office in Fort Collins) is extremely resistant to change. They are stuck in the 90's and not willing to change. If you have any kind of creative idea, expect it to be squashed almost immediately. There is little to no vision or forward thinking. Our software products are old and outdated and we have a very difficult time understanding how to get out from under our pile of technical debt to truly produce anything close to cutting edge.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou hired people who are smart and creative, don't disregard that. Stop being so arrogant to think that you have all the answers and understand that great ideas can come from anywhere in the organization. Elitist managers who rely on things from websites like Manager Tools are doomed to develop a workforce that is resentful, unhappy, and unproductive. Please, join the current decade and start providing a workplace that encourages creativity, diversity ideas, playfulness, and respect for employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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