Applied Discovery
2.9 of 5 19 reviews
www.applieddiscovery.com Bellevue, WA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated May 29, 2014

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Ramana Venkata

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47% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Acquired

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsInteresting niche, relaxed place of business.

    ConsNot too many opportunities for gowth

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I highly enjoyed my document review work at Applied Discovery.

    Contract Compliance Paralegal (Former Employee)
    Charlotte, NC

    ProsSmall groups, quite office, very understanding

    ConsOnly offer temporary work, forced time off between projects

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat job

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent company, great teams and interesting field

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsVery professional team members and leadership team. Management recognizes importance of (and invests in) continued education/certifications. Large IT environment with small company feel and various teams interacting regularly.

    ConsFrequent fire drills on projects made work/life balance and predictable schedule difficult at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not the best company to work for...overall.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThis company has decent pay and good benefits. The HR staff really promotes an environment of trust and confidence, a good aspect at first...

    Cons1 Internal company turmoil economically, new owners, new direction, layoffs and pushing to make a better product and service. The stress of change is thick and employees feel the brunt of it.
    2 Many jobs were sent overseas, laying off local employees who were told that would not happen...BUT IT DID!
    3 Most of the work is reactionary rather than proactive in terms of up-training employees to handle new processes and new product launches. Truly bleeding edge if you like that type of pressured environment.
    4 This company promotes supporting higher education but only pay for classes as they see relevant to your job duties.
    5 a lot of the processes are handed down from one department to another by management without allowing proper time to adjust to the processes and procedural documents to be written. This causes a lot of chaos...until resolved.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't layoff your workers, rather invest in adequate training via technical college rather than a 5 day crash course that is quickly forgotten. Build better "team" environment with all shifts...no one left behind mentality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Rug pulled out from beneath feet

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere were decent benefits and good work life balance.

    ConsManagement missing the boat on vision and trends in the industry. Recent layoffs have depleted the strength of the company - it's talent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to some thought leaders. Tell more stories. Highest paid management should listen more with their ears to the ground. Some of the recent dysfunction mitigated by change in the company finance department, but company reputation is damaged on the street.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One-time industry leader mounting a comeback under new ownership

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsGreat people. Lots of technical know-how. Good pay and benefits. Currently underperforming in a huge market, so there may be a chance for rapid growth if the ongoing turn-around is successful.

    ConsShifting from building products in-house to integrating products from other vendors. This is essential to the survival of the company, but it makes the work less interesting. Most of the development happens in India. The offshore team is very talented and professional, but late night meetings are not great for work/life balance.

    Currently in turn-around mode (private equity). Owners are imposing much-needed financial discipline, but unfortunately this means periodic layoffs in some areas to pay for growth in others.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It was great til the company was sold

    Software Test Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsExcellent QA manager, great Dev team, very pleasant place to work til the last 6 months or so ...

    ConsUpper management disconnected from employees, most of Dev and QA outsourced to India immediately after company was sold.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Full company rebuild is underway

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsCompany is under new ownership, business model is being re-worked in a more sustainable way. Business is increasing as a result, could be more opportunities as the company grows. Leadership seems interested in empowering employees.

    ConsMajor talent drain underway. Workload is extremely high. Mission at the lower levels is unclear.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's been said so many times before on Glassdoor--but listen to your employees. Rebuild the company, quickly but without haste.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to grow and develop career experience

    Production Engineer (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsApplied Discovery provides a challenging while supportive environment for personal technical growth and development. If you work hard and are driven to succeed you can thrive here. Great benefits and PTO compensation.

    ConsIf you are talented you will eventually have to move on as their salary compensation is historically not competitive with the market in the area regardless of whether they say it is or not. There are a lot of positive initiatives occurring internally so this may be getting better.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep on improving and understand that allowing lazy people or people that are bad at their jobs to continue to have jobs will take down a company and failing to compensate talent and keep them around will take down a company.

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    Good place to work and good group of people.

    Production Specialist (Current Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsGood opportunities to learn and grow in the company if you are willing to start at entry-level and move up from there.

    Cons24/7 x 365 coverage for Production Specialists creates a schedule environment which makes traditional M-F 9-5 shifts virtually impossible unless you are the team manager.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore shift flexibility would be an improvement and telecommuting should be considered as an option rather than just offering a few days of work from home per year.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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