XAP Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good Coworkers, Stagnant company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Culver City, CA

    I worked at XAP full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed the camaraderie with my other coworkers. Was easy to work with the other employees

    Cons

    This company is stagnant.

    The technology stack was outdated, There was no drive to update the foundation code, the only drive by management is adding new features or customizations to the products. So the old foundation hinders development and the base code was not kept up-to-date with current technology or best practices.

    There is no movement once in a position. Engineers are separated in their particular products and don't have much chance to branch out to other XAP products. There have also been no performance evaluations or raises in several years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up-to-date on the current technology and methodology, Do not just focus on the new features requested by clients, but initiate projects to re-factor the foundation code base to bring it up to current standards in technology and design patterns.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great product - no more

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are the nicest and most helpful bunch I have ever worked with. There is a comfortable working environment and team collaboration. Everyone - always friendly and approachable.

    Cons

    There is no leadership or direction from management. Employees are not valued or rewarded. Problems are brushed under the carpet. The product is outdated and there is no investment to bring it current. Morale and motivation are low. There are a lot of office politics and its apparent to everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Fire upper management and bring in a new team to clean house and run a true software development shop.


  3. Helpful (1)

    No company goals

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Culver City, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Really great caring people to work with.

    Cons

    Senior management lacks leadership skills. The company doesn't have any goals, so everyone does their own thing. For a technology company, they don't have up-to-date tools.

    Advice to Management

    Get new leadership that knows how to run a technology company.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    One of THE worst companies ever worked for

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

    I have been working at XAP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    the only pro with this company is working with co-workers on the NON-executive level.

    Cons

    Micromanagement; high employee turnover; lack of product roadmap goals; lack of truthfulness presented to clients; no proper product training; poor management from the top-down; lack of integrity with both employees and clients.


  6. Helpful (4)

    A Group of Decent People With No Direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Services Manager in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Client Services Manager in Culver City, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There was a really talented group of people working at Xap at the time. Some seemed willing to work given a positive environment.

    I had just come from a job where I always took work home with me. At Xap, this was not the case. I don't know if this speaks well of the company or not.

    This work experience really helped me determine what direction I wanted to take with my life. In other words, I realized I was miserable working for a group of people that did not care about their employees and rather try to do something for myself, win or fail.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, most folks seemed to have no guidance or directions besides general company "goals". Many promises made were not kept, including bonus delivery. Not sure if any of the same people are there now, many "favorites" were played, a lot of bullying.

    Seemed like no room for upward growth unless you spent years with company. I've worked for better companies that fostered my talents and were willing to promote me within the first year. this was not going to happen here.

    Very negative managerial experience. My manager used issues I raised (i.e. I have an issue about this and told them months ahead to help me work it out, which they refused to do) to downgrade me on my bonus review and also used an ADA issue as something I should improve. I still got my full bonus, but there was no understanding about health or DA issues.

    Advice to Management

    Hope things are doing well with new management. Please take better care of employees and treat them with respect.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Company goal yes. Company plan no.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Culver City, CA

    I worked at XAP full-time

    Pros

    Management latitude - you had relative freedom on hours and generally social corporate culture.

    Cons

    Lacking management direction, focus, and resources. Trying to do things non-revenue generating. Integration with Bridges still a prevalent problem with no end solution.

    Advice to Management

    What is XAP doing now? Haven't heard much of the company since I left.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Out dated process in SDLC

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

    I worked at XAP full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with,

    Cons

    The process to develop software need to be revised, and management is fixed on ways of creating software and their deployments. Pay is very low. Politics play a role in the office

    Advice to Management

    Xap needs to incorporate CI tools (Hudson, Jenkins), and to use automation to do regression tests


  9. Helpful (2)

    Tough

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at XAP

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Because it's a small company, you actually work for TriNet and all benefits are provided by them, which are generally very good.

    Cons

    Lack of investment in technical resources and design. Lack of structure and disorganization. No room for career advancement in most positions.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Products have great potential to make a social impact, the executive team lacks the skills to lead successfully

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at XAP

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is very rewarding and the people you work with for the most part are young and great to deal with on a day-to-day basis.

    Cons

    The leadership is myopic, poorly prepared to lead and is more often reactive than proactive

    Advice to Management

    Time to hire a new CEO and start over or move down to Southern California and do the real work necessary to make this company everything it is supposed to be!


  11. Helpful (5)

    Admirable mission: Provide tools and information to help people choose a rewarding career and a college/university.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA

    I worked at XAP

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A large percentage of the employees are kind, interesting, engaging, smart people of good character. Your role will not be limited to the "traditional" tasks associated with your job title - you will have the opportunity (necessity) to reach beyond those and contribute in other areas also.

    Cons

    You will not be rewarded or even acknowleged for exceptional performance. Management has been in total chaos for at least 5 years and remains so today. They do not have a plan - nor do they communicate decisions effectively to employees. There is no accountability at the Executive level - instead, their responsibilities are pushed down to the middle managers without commensurate authority to make decisions or produce outcomes. Getting a policy decision that is comprehensible is impossible. Senior Management will not remove barriers to progress, nor attend to the fundamentals necessary to enable middle and lower level employees to achieve good outcomes. Management will violate your trust, as was done with the December 2009 and June 2010 bonuses, which were not paid - and there was no communication of this intent by management until they were already overdue. The executive team simply does not respect employees, nor any contract that is signed. Getting management to deliver what has been promised in a contract with a customer is nearly impossible, so you will always be stuck between an exasperated and hostile customer and an incompetent, irresponsible Executive.

    Advice to Management

    Find a new vocation. Your inexperience, cronyism, inadequate self-discipline, failure to plan, and woefully inadequate idea of what communication is have destroyed what could be a fantastic organization and an admirable business.



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