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30+ days ago

Senior Web Developer

AppSense Daresbury, England

The successful candidate will have proven development experience of commercial Internet facing web sites using JavaScript/HTML5/CSS. You will know… AppSense


25 days ago

Product Manager

AppSense Daresbury, England

• Work with Dev, QA, Integration, Support, Design and other teams to deliver requirements and drive the shape and functionality of multiple product… AppSense


30+ days ago

Student Software Tester - Industrial Placement 2015

AppSense Daresbury, England

AppSense is the global leader in User Environment Management (UEM) with over 3,000 enterprise customers worldwide that have deployed to over… AppSense


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    More carrots dangling than Bugs Bunny's Agent.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Daresbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Daresbury, England (UK)

    I have been working at AppSense full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Offices, really good perks such as an onsite gym, free massages and chill-out rooms. The work can be varied and interesting and the people great to work with. The development office is open, spacious and quite a nice place to be. Decent location for commuting with minimal traffic issues, as long as the M56 isn't broken.

    The pay here is really good. High for the north west. Holiday allowance is generous and gets better after a 10 year long service award. Of all the negative reviews here I do have to say that this is STILL one of the good companies to work for. Yes it has issues but by god there are worse places to be.

    Cons

    There are good things here...so what are the bad things......well

    There is no direction, no understanding of the market so haphazard decisions are the norm, usually resulting in panic before release. Too many carrots have been dangled that have just been illusions. This track record started with the Chairman promising riches via an IPO. This failed due to greed at C level and board level. The only people who got anything out of this exercises were the failures that were dismissed.

    Phantom carrots are typical at AppSense. The management cast their Jedi mind trick and everyone believes that there is a decent payout at the end of a development period. However this always is never the case. Instead the staff are told it isn't going to happen and are made to feel like failures. With a member of the senior management team then flashing the corporate "Men In Black" mind wipe pen at the Wednesday standup meeting.

    There is no career progression at all. The current management hark on about offering positions etc but its a dead-mans shoe system here. Instead they award you levels in a similar vein to that seen in roleplaying games. Pointless and demotivating, especially when the management cannot tell you why you were skipped promotion.

    Unless you are an architect or one of the lucky few that was elevated to tech lead you are just dismissed. These appear to be the only important and respected people here. Corporate communicate is given to these people but not to everyone else.

    Even if you attempt to leave you are brought back under a false pretense that you will get either a project to own or a better position. Its like being unable to kill yourself whilst on board a doomed ship. Empty promises made by people who can't even manage their own empire properly.

    There are two dev offices here. One in Daresbury and one in Sunnyvale, California. To this day I have no idea why we have a dev office in Sunnyvale because nothing happens there. Instead it drains cash from the UK operation just like a parasitic dead conjoined twin sucking the lifeforce from its brother. I don't think I have ever worked for a company that makes so much money, yet earns such a ridiculously low profit.

    Never has an era of empire building been so prevalent since the Romans. And we all know what happened to them.

    The work can be soulless. With endless bug fixing the norm. You are expected to suddenly understand complex systems and fix issues from day one. The perpetrators of the bugs moved off to new and exciting things. Some techleads lead by fear and have an air of arrogance about them. Not a nice environment to develop under. It is an almost impossible place to learn new things in. Collaboration appears to be shunned. With people expected to work in isolation for hours on end.

    People are also expected to work late for zero compensation. Bonuses are dangled infront of you but are very poor in relation to other bonuses earned outside of Development.

    Poor product management, Poor project management and poor/weak management period. Basically the current management structure is rife with people have been promoted into positions they are just not suited for or who have been "friends" from another company who have been invited into the AppSense corporate gravy train.

    And finally we have the legendary "AppSense Way". A set of core values that have sort of served us well for years. It now appears to be on it's third edition which would indicate that this is a company that doesn't know what it is.

    Also a nice big slow clap to the genius(s) who allowed us to invest/buy companies. This wasted money, time and only lined the pockets of your acquaintances.. well done..!!!!!

    I hope things get fixed because this can still be a great company......but so far it feels like its falling apart.

    Such a shame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are only so many times that a carrot can be dangled before people just give up and leave. Train current managers to be better people persons. Install a better compensation bonus scheme that isn't linked to sales. The current one has failed... which appears to be an on-going theme here.

    If we have to work at weekends then there is something wrong with your project management skills.

    TOP TIP: Sitting down conjuring up pretty graphs and instilling an air of fear maketh not a manager.

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