Applied Discovery Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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  1. Not good, Not bad

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    Former Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Applied Discovery (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Used to be better, small company culture

    Cons

    LexisNexis mother ship took over. Then the company was positioned to sell.

    Advice to Management

    keep it small


  2. Acquired

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting niche, relaxed place of business.

    Cons

    Not too many opportunities for gowth


  3. Excellent company, great teams and interesting field

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    No advice


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  5. Rug pulled out from beneath feet

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Applied Discovery full-time

    Pros

    There were decent benefits and good work life balance.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Talk 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.


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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Applied Discovery full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    1 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 Management

    Don'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.


  7. One-time industry leader mounting a comeback under new ownership

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Shifting 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.


  8. It was great til the company was sold

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Discovery full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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


  9. Full company rebuild is underway

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


  10. Great place to grow and develop career experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Redmond, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Applied 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.

    Cons

    If 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 Management

    Keep 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.


  11. Good place to work and good group of people.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Production Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    24/7 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 Management

    More 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.



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