Acision

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Acision Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
99 Reviews
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Acision Chief Executive Adolfo Hernandez
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Evolving technology exposure, Good benefits, good people (in 11 reviews)

  • You will be accompanied by great people ,many of whom are ready to help (in 8 reviews)


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

  • Mainly concerning the senior management who seem to have completely lost the plot (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great learning experience

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

    I worked at Acision full-time (more than an year)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Losing customers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Acision

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Firm Foundation - Building for the Future

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

    I have been working at Acision full-time (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Company keeps imploding

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acision full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Bad turned to worst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Business hours - nobody will investigate whether person came in on 09.00am or 12.00pm. Realtively lot of freedom in employment as long as your job is done. Paychecks arrive ontime.

    Cons

    Very bad executive management, no vision, no plans for the future. No investment into employees education. In last 2 years there is a trend to rent everything which could indicate anything, judgment left on employees. Management is not honest with employees about what's going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, if you want to keep this company alive, change direction of the business and start working on the plan immediately otherwise you're running into serious issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It is an awesome place to work

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

    I have been working at Acision full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Get to learn new technologies, work environment is good, flexible timings. Your work is recognized and appreciated. Awesome people to work with.

    Cons

    Sometimes the pressure can get to you, and might have to spend a couple of weekends but I guess that would be true with most jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Our marketing and sales department needs a huge push. Also more benefits would be a good thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Always involved with the latest mobile telecom core network technologies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Engineer in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Engineer in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    At Acision, you get to contribute to engineering the world telecom core network. Company values are honest. Employees are rewarded, appreciated, and treated with respect.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to avoid working during personal times. There is a lower degree than ideal of technical leadership and consensus, leading to some peer conflicts and inconsistent products. We balance a startup innovation mentality for new solutions with a traditional telecom conservative mentality for old solutions, which can be awkward. The CEO is verbose to the point that the point in his communications can be missed by the audience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Separate the stable products/teams from the unstable. For each solution, hold a single person responsible for architecture decisions and design compliance. Communicate architectural decisions and address feedback. CEO, abbreviate yourself.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Another Bad Day at Acision

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Acision full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Acision is not run as a normal company, with the hope of expansion and growth and secure jobs for all its employees. It is owned and run by a group of Venture Capitalists who use it like a cash cow and periodically squeeze it dry for extra profit. The new CEO is trying his best to introduce new products and new services but when the word comes from the top to reduce costs, heads are cut. As Atlantic Bridge are proud to say: “We have successfully exited companies as trade sales and IPOs”
    They have just closed the Richmond, USA office with the loss of around 80 people. Further down this review page you can read just how badly that was handled. Regional offices around the Globe have been also been reduced. In early 2013 the NL office was closed followed shortly afterwards by the Prague office. Now, again, in July 2014 people are being laid off in India, Latin America, the Far East, Europe, APAC and Brno, CZ.
    Someone, somewhere made a mistake in the numbers and now people are having to pay the cost with their jobs. Because, ordered to reduce costs the Acision solution is to reduce headcount. Nothing else is considered, we cannot have a ‘bad year’ the investors will not subsidise us, so people have to go.
    Ironically enough, they are attacking the very thing that makes Acision a successful company, its great people. They are letting employees go with skills that take years to acquire and their thinking is that if business does pick up they can manage with contractors – Problem is, and always has been, that contractors are many times more expensive, do not care about the company, and do not have the required skills. This has been proven time and again in the past and will be proved again in the future.
    Lastly, these people are let go with no subsequent increase in the remaining workforce. Somehow those who are left are expected to absorb the extra workload. This only encourages attrition and therefore exacerbates the situation causing low morale and contributing to the ongoing death spiral that Acision is in.
    Acision is a wonderful place to work with some of the greatest people in the business, but Acision is slowly strangling itself to death and its days are numbered. Be warned.

    Cons

    Being owned by a Venture Capitalist group and not working as a proper company - If someone decided to invest in Acision and it's people they could turn this company around and make it a huge success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Management are powerless, they are only puppets to the 'Investors'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Change`

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

    I have been working at Acision full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good environment, good people, good potential.

    Cons

    Going through lots of changes - the industry and the company.
    Not much opportunity in the US.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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