Affinnova Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
43 Reviews
3.5
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Affinnova President and CEO Waleed Al-Atraqchi
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  1.  

    Refreshing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Affinnova full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I came from a Fortune 500 company to join Affinnova. I was nervous at first transitioning to such a smaller company until i met with Waleed, CEO, during my interview process. He shared his visions and ideas and plans for Affinnova and showed how he cared to grow each department and really valued the department I would be joining. Meeting with him really sealed the deal for me. The department I was in at the Fortune 500 company struggled to be noticed and valued for the 4 years I was there, so it was refreshing to see a company place value tat department instead. Not to mention how exciting it is to be interviewing with the CEO and even after being hired working closely with him as well. I have already had a lot of exposure across senior management which has been a great experience for me. It’s great to come to work with such smart and innovative people who are excited and believe in the work they do. Plus, there is so much growth that happens to the company and its employees. I drive a commute of an hour and 10 minutes (with no traffic) every day, because that's how much i enjoy my job.

    Cons

    Being a global company is a great part of Affinnova, but there are a few struggle to really gain a solid culture across the board. This attributes to having an outside sales team which is a big part of Affinnova, but any company with an outside sales team struggles to find that solid culture across all avenues.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to accelerate your career and work with good, smart people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Affinnova full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Affinnova is a great place to work. It is a good balance of casual/positive atmosphere while also challenging you to learn and grow. The company is constantly progressing internally and externally. Creativity and ideas from all levels (i.e. age) of employees are encouraged and most importantly used.

    Pay, benefits and time off are in the top 10%. As the companying is growing it is investing more and more towards its employees.

    I am personally thankful for the opportunities and people I work with at Affinnova.

    Cons

    I don't have time to go to espn.com 10 times a day like I did at my last job ;)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working hard, re-investing in the employees and don't lose sight of the long term vision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent and challenging work experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Designer  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Affinnova full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of freedom and flexibility with schedule. Ability to work remotely. Support through inter-departmental employee groups. Great benefits and salary. Awesome people to work with. Great working environment. Focus on skills development. Ability to attend conferences and training events. Excellent IT department that doesn't drown you with policies. Good food in the kitchen from time to time and fun company events.

    Cons

    Not the easiest place to get to and lots of traffic in-between

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to employees in the trenches and strive to meet their daily work needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Stay away - Chaos engineering and lack of management

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Affinnova full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - The office coordinator is very friendly.
    - Location is good, pretty convenient to drive to work.
    - Free donuts every Friday morning.

    Cons

    - The management across the entire company is really bad, especially the engineering department. There were no PMs, no designers because they all left at the time. It was completely chaos since then. No one knows what to do,most of the time people are assigned random tasks.
    - There are way too much process in the engineering development cycle. Each cycle is slow and the standard they claimed does not work as efficiently as they hoped. They tended to move slow.
    - They tended to form a bureaucracy around all levels of engineers. Each decision has to be run by each level and they will simply ignore you even your idea is better. It's not transparent how decisions are made either.
    - There's no work-life balance. Everyone is expected to either come in 8AM or leave at 8PM. But working longer hour doesn't guarantee higher productivity.
    - The pay is lower than the market's average, the incentives are not attractive at all.
    - Now that they out-sourced a lot of engineering work into India, the engineering is full of contractors who are non-citizen/non-residence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It used to be good, but the engineering department is completely chaos now. I would suggest that they should restructure the engineering’s structure and keep an open culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    good employees, but long working hours, and harsh

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    Current Employee - Associate Analyst  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Keep yourself challenged, smart people

    Cons

    Harsh, insufficient coaching, long working hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Lacked everything you would want in an employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Affinnova

    Pros

    Good management depending on who is your manager
    Some work life balance depending on team
    free bagels and sometimes muffins

    Cons

    Terrible working environment. Office looks like a basement with no lighting. The culture doesn't exist. There just isn't one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to feedback, try to retain talent, be open to new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company - Very satisfied!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Growing company
    Hiring a ton
    Great people
    Good pay
    Promotion opportunities
    Reasonable hours
    Company listens and not afraid to make tough decisions or changes
    Junior people step up and make meaningful contributions
    Fresh fruit and bagels delivered to the company every week
    People take breaks during the day to walk outside or play ping pong
    Wear jeans, shorts, tee-shirts, or whatever any day
    I’ll take it!

    Cons

    The company is serious about creating great products and delivering great results to clients. You have to be on your game, bring it and be ready to contribute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seeing good recent changes. Keep listening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Beats a sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Affinnova

    Pros

    Things are going pretty well for this company 20%+ growth a year and that means there are some opportunities.

    Cons

    You'll support CPG and you might not like all CPG. There is some legacy software to deal with and some company culture that isn't always as transparent as it could be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of ways to be more transparent. Transparency leads to collaboration leads to innovation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    "Best company I've worked for"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President, Strategic Account Development  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Vice President, Strategic Account Development in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Affinnova full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Proprietary, best in class product solutions, great culture/ people, reputation in the marketplace. Good benefits, training and support. Attributes that best describe folks that do well here include Integrity, honesty, and hard working. It's a high energy atmosphere created by a diverse group of bright and talented, achievers.

    Cons

    Best job I've ever had but also one of the hardest. It's challenging and difficult at times, but that's also what keeps it interesting and makes it rewarding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in training, technology and marketing support.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong Culture and Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Affinnova full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I really like working with the people here. Lots of smart people. Not cutthroat like most companies I've worked at before.
    The culture is supportive of new ideas and is very cross functional in its approach.
    Many good job opportunities with the new office openings and new roles being created.

    Cons

    There is no consistent employee review process which is making it hard on everyone. It's been talked about for years but nothing has changed.
    The environment is too stretched at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new leaders need to prove themselves although I felt like the changes were justified.
    Stay committed to technology development. It's what makes Affinnova special.
    Get HR on track and consider expanding resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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