Pacific Software Publishing Reviews

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Pacific Software Publishing President & CEO Mayumi Nakamura
Mayumi Nakamura
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    Good place to gain experience... and then leave

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    I worked at Pacific Software Publishing full-time (More than a year)

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    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * The benefits are good--really good health plan, paid vacation, 401k. * It's great for entry-level: they hire frequently, they don't necessarily require a lot of experience, and there's a good variety of stuff that you can be exposed to. I learned a lot while I was there. * SUPER dog friendly. * In spite of themselves, they do manage to hire well. My co-workers were all wonderful and talented and a pleasure to work with. * The catered luncheons once a month were nice. Overall, my personal experience was fairly positive. That said, experience can vary greatly based on where you are in the company, and the other reviews are pretty accurate (including the positive ones).

    Cons

    * Upper management isn't great. They are nice people, but poor managers. * The micromanagement. It's actually sort of ingrained in the culture. Upper management likes to get directly involved in things that they really have no experience with, and it's the kind of place where they always get the final say (even if it's a poor direction). * TONS of turnover. I was really alarmed when I first started working there at how often people were leaving. Most people are there one or two years and then they get out. From what I understand this has been the norm for years, and it doesn't seem like upper management cares to work on that. * Company culture is not great. It's pretty traditional to the point of being outdated--especially when you're in the greater Seattle area where there are a ton of tech companies. Why would someone want to stay at PSP when they could work somewhere cool? * They don't seem to follow the "company values" even though they get touted a lot. * Not much innovation. For most products, they're kind of just reinventing the wheel. * They would sometimes have really emotional reactions to things and subsequently make REALLY poor decisions. * Processes in place are pretty inefficient.

    Advice to Management

    The turnover rate is NOT normal. You hire well, but you can't seem to keep anyone for very long. It would be good to examine that. Your employees are talented and smart--please listen to them more and take their advice on things that you are less experienced with. Company culture could use an overhaul. I understand that a Japanese work environment is different, but being in/near the Seattle area means that you are competing with some pretty big names for tech talent. You have an okay start on making it a great place to work, but there's a lot more you could do.


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    Web Developer Interview

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    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Pacific Software Publishing in May 2011.

    Interview

    Not hard.... dress business casual or else.

    Interview Questions

    • More or less regular web dev questions. Nothing to specific.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There is not any room for negotiations.

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Additional Info

Website www.pspinc.com
Headquarters Bellevue, WA
Size 16 to 50 Employees
Founded 1987
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $5 to $10 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

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