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ikaSystems Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
32 Reviews
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32 Reviews
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ikaSystems President & CEO Joseph V. Marabito
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    Chaotic environment, poor work life balance

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

    I have been working at ikaSystems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are many smart, caring people at ikaSystems that work hard and try to do their best work.

    Cons

    Although they are attempting to become an Agile development environment, this has been a very slow process and to date not particularly successful. Several layoffs/reorgs in the last 24 months has spurred the exodus of high performers with deep product knowledge. There is a sense of insecurity for one's job and this coupled with long work hours makes good people start to look elsewhere for opportunities. Burn out rate is fairly high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop undermining the move to Agile by stepping in and forcing unplanned and untested software releases to satisfy a customer short term. In the end the customer is left with lower quality software and a lack of trust in ikaSystems ability to deliver.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ticking Time Bomb with crappy benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Southborough, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Southborough, MA

    I have been working at ikaSystems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some terrific people and a product that customers seem to want our product

    Cons

    A product that doesn't really work. Takes too long to implement. Doesn't integrate or play nicely with itself or others. No "plug in" mentality - 300 interfaces required to implement standard claims and billing systems.

    People are leaving in droves. The writing is on the wall. Surprising that nobody has really "lost it" yet. Constant change in message, in priority and approach. Not enough communication. The two corner offices just fire away emails. Nobody TALKS to each other. 50 emails and reply alls with seven different sub chains is NOT a way to run a business. Nobody steps in to stop the chaos. WAY top heavy. Managers don't know who reports to them. People don't know who their manager is (or what the difference is between a line manager and a dotted line manager and why there are both). Everybody thinks they're THE decision maker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    STOP MAKING THE GOOD PEOPLE QUIT
    STOP FIRING EVERYONE THAT KNOWS THE PRODUCT
    Enough upper management changes and new hires. How many VPs and Directors do we need that don't do much??
    Hire people that can do work. Business analysts, programmers and QA. REAL Workers.
    Stop shoveling garbage to production support team. Stop ALLOWING work to be half assed and unfinished a year after go live.
    Stop killing the best people by making them work 60 -75 hours EVERY WEEK
    Stop telling us "we're the answer for change". or "it's up to us to nominate our team workers" when it comes to recognition. A Thank you isn't enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work, however, it's a small company with lack of training resources and not good company benefits.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Southborough, MA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Southborough, MA

    I have been working at ikaSystems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Need to always take initiative or else nothing gets done by management.

    Cons

    Lack of structure, lack of training resources, too many obstacles regarding resources and systems access. ALOT of outsourcing makes it difficult to do your job. In other words, departments being outsourced, etc.Employees do not feel that their jobs are safe and feel confident about their knowledge due to lack of initial training regarding product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be structure and a dedicated training resources in each product. Management does not understand how systems work. They make decisions without this knowledge and grunt worker get burnt in the process. Employees do not feel that their jobs are safe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard Place to work

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

    I worked at ikaSystems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of the workers are good people

    Cons

    Management cannot be trusted. Make false statements to workers and cutomers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top level change is needed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Look elsewhere

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

    I have been working at ikaSystems

    Pros

    If you work many hours on weekends and days you might be noticed for your good work. You have to make friends with the right people and you can do good for you.

    Cons

    They appear to let good people go with no reason and to promote others who do not seem to have good leadership skills or technical skills. Many are looking for other jobs because they are not steady with their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in good leaders that know technology and the product. Make all people take positions that fit their resumes. Listen to complaints from all people, not excuses from management that blames workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible management

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ikaSystems full-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with...not much else

    Cons

    Management has no clue how to lead a company. Too many people still working the just because they have been there since the company started and should have been fired a lo g time ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please quit and hire new management

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