WAND Corporation Reviews

Updated June 10, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Help desk

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QSR Help Desk Technician in Shakopee, MN
    Current Employee - QSR Help Desk Technician in Shakopee, MN

    I have been working at WAND Corporation full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to advance in positions Work on proprietary systems Upcoming Tier change that opens multiple positions Full reimbursement for certification tests (if passed)

    Cons

    Low staffing for an expanding company No company sponsored training for certifications

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff to fill needed positions and to cover expansion into menu board support Provide additional training on planned changes to support


  2. WAND has all the potential in the world; with the right leadership now in place, it's a great company to be a part of.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Sales in Eden Prairie, MN

    I worked at WAND Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    WAND's senior leadership truly cares for their employees. It's a 'work hard, play hard' mentality, which in my mind is definitely a "pro". The company vision is spot-on and the organization has the opportunity to grow exponentially these next 1-5 years.

    Cons

    Family owned organizations obviously bring different dynamics into play, however, the politics side of the equation has drastically changed (in a good way) in the past 12 months or so. The only two true thugs to mention here is the inability to execute on a consistent basis (which also is drastically improving by the day) and the lack of parking due to continuous growth.

    Advice to Management

    Having layers within the organization is extremely important - the advice would be to continue growing the middle level management while simultaneously bringing in appropriate talent for leadership.


  3. Drastically improved company with the potential to become a GREAT company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Designer
    Former Employee - Digital Designer

    I worked at WAND Corporation (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Dave taking over was the best thing to happen to Wand. Senior did a great job creating the company, but his personal investment in the company became detrimental. Improvements have been made and more improvements phase in regularly. When I started, I always felt like my job was in jeopardy. I haven't felt that feeling in years. There are some incredibly dedicated individuals working very hard to make the gears turn.

    Cons

    Not all employees are as dedicated. There are a few cancerous individuals that, be it because of work ethic or attitude, could be eliminated all together, not even replaced, and the company would benefit. There seems to be a great divide in the hours worked: either you leave earlier than you're supposed to, or you work several hours later than expected.

    Advice to Management

    I believe in what you've done and what you're doing. Wand is without question an entirely different--better--company to work for than it was seven years ago. I also believe that some of the improvements are overlooked by staff because of the workload or key employees that drag the team down. You MUST address the workload issues. Overtime cannot be the norm. Find a way to minimize the overtime and compensate when the workload increases. Take the design team: still the same number of designers as four years ago yet two or three times as many sites. Their overtime alone justifies having another body, so get two and ease the pain. Only then will they be able to begin being proactive and not just reactive. I agree with your drive to have employees "want to be here, not need to be here." Help them understand that you want them to be there, too. Do that and every Wand review will be 5-stars. This is all easy for me to say as a guy who has never run a business before, so take my constructive criticism for what you will.


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  5. Much improved - need to judge for yourself

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WAND Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The culture has changed a lot since I first started here 3 years ago. With the changes to the leadership team (Dave is President - not John Perrill), this is a good place to work. Owners are not the only members of the leadership team and don't make all the decisions. I like my job here. I read the negative postings and don't believe they are from current employees - it doesn't match what I experience. We have jeans day every day now; arcade games in the lounge.

    Cons

    The building is full and parking is a pain. Break room is really small but there is a new employee lounge and can eat lunch there too. Temp is an issue some days - too warm or too cold. Could use more TAC Associates.

    Advice to Management

    Better health benefits for families.


  6. Helpful (2)

    You get what you put in

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - N/A in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - N/A in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at WAND Corporation full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Great community of employees - Management is involved in all levels of the company, and the management style has a 'family business' feel to it. - If you prove yourself, and are willing to go above the standard '9-5 mentality' you will be rewarded. - Very progressive thinking towards development, which makes it a very stimulating environment to work in - Many of the employees above the entry level role have been in the industry in some form for 10+ years, and have a great deal of knowledge to share - A recent facilities upgrade, and one planned for the near future, have made the working environment very comfortable - WAND University is closing the knowledge gap for new hires, and provides courses on every product the company offers.

    Cons

    - Although growing, WAND is still a small business. You will not get some of the perks associated with larger employers - You WILL work more than 40 hours a week if you want to get recognized (it's a development house, what did you expect???). Don't apply for this company if you draw the line at 40 hours a week. - There is a good deal of revamping going on, and this means a lot of compensation by employees. - There is still high turnover in the TAC. It would be nice to see the criteria for hiring these employees raised a little bit. The current approach seems to be locating warm bodies who can string a coherent sentence together - not on quality service providers. - The development cycle is sometimes rushed beyond what is realistically achievable.

    Advice to Management

    Continue pushing into new concepts. WAND has its bread and butter in Wendy's, now it's time to go get some sides!


  7. Helpful (2)

    Challenging

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at WAND Corporation

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You where many hats and always have some kind of project to do. There is no shortage of work.

    Cons

    The commute can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. Helpful (2)

    Positive changes are being made

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

    I have been working at WAND Corporation

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Started in 2008. Enjoy the people that I work with - there is some great teamwork here. Encouraged by the changes the company has made in the last several months. Mgmt is listening and responding to employees.

    Cons

    The workload can be heavy - but that has been slowly improving with the addition of more employees. Larger break room needed.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize employee accomplishments not just in those departments that work directly with customers - behind the scenes accomplishments should be noted as well.



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