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Mark Ianni
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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at Ista North America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    • Fast paced environment
    • Some great people
    • Good building with workout facility & open work areas
    • Good location (Alpharetta)
    • Corporate events like annual international Bowling & Soccer tournaments are well executed
    • Extensive telecommuting program; team members are usually available through Lync
    • May 2014 reorg seemed to be a positive move
    • Parent company has deep pockets
    • Interesting: Actual employees are pictured on the career website
    • Update: free catered lunch on Thursday was discontinued
    • Update: New FT employees get benefits starting the first full month

    Cons

    • High attrition: by my count, 12 people (~10% of the total workforce) quit / kicked out within ~3 weeks in Spring 2014
    • Key ista|net product is highly fragmented & needs a major architecture overhaul
    • Not enough conference room space
    • Very few onshore developers & QA (~20-30% on my team) – most is offshore contract
    • Too many people crammed into workspace with small desk areas, most people keep headphones on
    • Common work hours are wacky. Many developers reported working 12-14 hour days, including many consecutive weekends. However, I noticed that the office was consistently extremely quiet before 9:00, and after 4:00. Lots of “work” executed via iphones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    • Build a culture of trust
    • Replace the several architects who have left in the past year
    • Focus on a medium to long strategy, rather than being reactionary
    • Evaluate leadership – some mid-level managers seem to be in way over their heads

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