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Susanne Bowen
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    A Company in Transition

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    Current Employee - Engineering  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering in Austin, TX

    I have been working at PeopleAdmin full-time for more than a year


    Folks, let's face it: each person's experience is their own—shaped by factors unique to their context, their ambitions, and their personality traits. Meanwhile you might be here to gather information that will allow you to imagine what your own experience might be like at PeopleAdmin. I'm here to tell you to keep an open mind.

    The fact is: the PeopleAdmin that you read about on here is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Much of what has been written is about a company fading ever-quickly into the rear view mirror. And of course, you'd expect that. You'd want to know that a company is acknowledging its faults and giving itself the best chance to succeed through positive change.

    PeopleAdmin is a company in transition. That's the truth. And if you are investigating a future with PeopleAdmin, you need to know that. You need to know that you'll be part of a new and evolving culture—a can-do, flexible, teaming, hard-working, hard-playing culture of accomplishment. Who doesn't want that? Honestly, if that scares you, PA may not be the place for you at this moment.

    I work on the technology side. We have a sad history of attrition. In each case, there have been good reasons why people decided to leave: leadership changes severed some loyalties, passive and/or uninspired management, and a general lack of momentum. Those are my own opinions, I did not leave, of course.

    At the moment that I write this, we are putting new technical leadership in place. We are rebuilding our technical team with an emphasis on senior developers with practice-demonstrated software engineering skills and mid-to-junior developers with sharp skillsets. There is great synergy in that approach.

    We've had our challenges with Agile over the years. Ask any company; have they struggled too? Of course they have. Nobody does it perfectly. We are no different. But we're getting the training we need to get better—training from people who write the books. We're collecting metrics and refining our process. Very soon, our Agile execution will be on par with anyone else.

    People have said our codebase is difficult to work with. Yep, part of that is true. It was built in a time-to-market context and people did the best they could day after day. Our Ruby on Rails experience is not tangibly different than many in the industry: you get to market, then after a while, you struggle to add new features. So how do you puzzle your way out of this?

    We're re-evaluating our architecture from top to bottom. We're identifying where our trouble spots are and one-by-one we're going to tease them apart and fix them. Many Rails apps use the out-of-the-box non-architecture of the framework. We're not going to continue that in our future apps. Outside of a better software architecture, we're focusing more on a SOA architecture; maybe even micro services. Lots of APIs. Mobile-first designs and possibly single page applications. All of these things applied where it makes since, of course.

    The point is: we're progressively moving forward. We have a plan. And there is quality engineering experience to be had at PeopleAdmin.


    Of course there are cons. I'll itemize them:

    - A company in transition is not for everyone; you have to be okay with some uncertainty.
    - Yes, we still have lots of meetings, but we're focusing on making meetings effective and purposeful.
    - Lots of brain power has left, so we're replenishing.
    - Some people aren't on board with the changes, hopefully they'll change their situation or change their mind.
    - Commuting via 360 is soul-robbing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Stay the recent course
    - Continue keeping us as informed as possible on strategy and outlook
    - Keep surrounding us with consultants who give good advice
    - Continue providing us training
    - Continue hiring smart people with great attitudes.

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    Project Management Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at PeopleAdmin in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    After phone interview, 1:1 interview members of technical services team. At least 3 different members of team interview you. Several questions about how you manage stress. Returned on another day to interview with VP and take skills test.

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