Acision Reviews

Updated July 18, 2015
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Acision Chief Executive Adolfo Hernandez
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Pros
  • Evolving technology exposure, Good benefits, good people (in 11 reviews)

  • Ironically enough, they are attacking the very thing that makes Acision a successful company, its great people (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Hardly visible, almost no career path inside the company (in 5 reviews)

  • While I was with Acision there was a TREMENDOUS upheaval in the North American office, with several members of senior management leaving (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Mixed feelings. Company seems unsure of what it wants to be, but some may make a comfortable living out of it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Acision full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If you are working on a product that is currently hot, you can have a very comfortable living in spite of all the pressure and sometimes unrealistic demands from the management. Conference allowance, work from home, etc. Health plan is great, other benefits are anywhere from ok to good.

    Cons

    Company doesn't know what is it doing and what does it want to do, and it shows in every aspect of environment. Unrealistic projects are started, existing projects are abandoned, sales sell the products that engineering doesn't have resources to create, etc... And forget about salary increase or promotion. Not even reindexing to keep up with the inflation.


  2. Good telecomm company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Acision (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good technology exposure. get to work with bright minds in telecomm industry. Company still operates like a start up company.

    Cons

    dried up sales pipeline, constantly changing business strategy.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Senior Android Developer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Android Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Android Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Acision full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The flexibility to WFH when needed was a major plus in the job. The work was challenging and the potential was there. Basic 9 to 5 with no OT and very flexible schedule. Lots of vacation time.

    Cons

    Many. Upper management could not keep skilled people. Upper management could not figure out the requirements for the project and therefore engineering suffered. There was no process and things were being hacked together in order to meet imaginary deadlines. Too eager to higher contractors when the real need was to keep the skilled engineers we had and hire new ones.

    Advice to Management

    Since the company recently sold. We can only hope the new company will set a better direction and know how to execute.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Working for Acision

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Acision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Had great products and great people

    Cons

    Comverse just bought them out and heard that a major layoff is in the works. Time to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Worthless.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Unrealistic Expectations

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acision full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and variable work schedule. Lots of highly experienced people and technically advanced systems. Great way to gain experience.

    Cons

    Management levied unrealistic expectations and did not have a clear goal. Requirements were always changing causing products to be non performant.


  7. Great learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Acision full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - lot of responsibility - great work-culture - good work-life balance - chance to work on cutting-edge technology

    Cons

    - lacking vision - not a good payer - not recommended for immigrants


  8. Losing customers

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Acision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Evolving technology exposure, Good benefits, good people.

    Cons

    Constant changing of executive management causes confusion as to direction of company to employees. We have rested on past successes with selling legacy products and not kept up with competitors in evolving technology and as a result have lost customers and will continue to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize organization and engage with customers before it's too late


  9. Do yourself a favor, find another company which will appreciate you, your work, and your career..

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Acision full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good vacation policy for those with 10+ years with the company.

    Cons

    No career path. Company has many single points of failure among employees. Once you are in a job and do well, that is where you stayed. Major political battles always occurring within Executive Management. High turnover in Executive Management. Company still desperately trying to find the next big thing to replace their text messaging platform cash cow. Executive Management is rolling the dice on a mediocre phone app instead of improving the back end and cloud systems that make it work. Quality is abandoned in favor of schedule for every product release. The customers see this quality lapse, but keep coming back for some unknown reason.

    Advice to Management

    The Richmond R&D center was told in June 2014 that it was working on the next big products for the company and it was doing a good job. In July 2014, we receive a layoff notice. I just don't get it, that in one month the entire direction can switch 180 degrees.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Firm Foundation - Building for the Future

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

    I have been working at Acision full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company is profitable, and unlike most companies, is transitioning it's business before it's too late. There's a lot of flexibility, and if you like a culture where you have the freedom to figure things out and pitch in where needed rather than be told what to do, you will thrive in this culture. Most of the executive team is less than 18 months old, but I think there's a strong team in place to guide the company in the future. There's a lot of new people in the company, and in general, I would say the company has done a good job of bringing quality people on board. There's a real "get it done" attitude and energy among the people with which I've worked.

    Cons

    Core business offers limited future growth, and is in turnaround mode. The company is putting a lot of effort into several products which are in the very early stages of market entry. The company's vision is a bit unclear due to this transition.

    Advice to Management

    Articulate a vision. Where are we headed? What are we trying to be? Also, there seems to be an air of skepticism that seems unfounded, given how profitable the company is. Do a better job communicating the health of the company now, and how today's efforts are designed to continue this profitability for the future.


  11. Company keeps imploding

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acision full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding people, flexible hours, generous vacation package. Freedom to experiment and build on new ideas. Excellent incubation for new developers and engineers.

    Cons

    Management can't decide which product to support. Some products are still selling and profitable but they leave them on life support for years. Other products soak up far more resources than they are worth but management keeps propping them up. The two remaining (but not for long) R&D offices rarely communicate and as a result, are constantly duplicating effort or working at cross purposes. There has never been a defined career path or any kind of training, even on the company's own products. Worst, however, is every year they close another office. The latest casualty is the Richmond office with most of the company's remaining long-term employees. This right after saying they are committed to building up the Richmond office and investing in the USA, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars renovating a new space, signing a lease, and moving the employees to it. They even hired a dozen more people.

    Advice to Management

    Too late. The latest decisions are obviously due to the investors wanting to make a quick sale. Whatever survives will be under new management anyway.



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