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Paul J. Ilse
Pros – The plan has unfolded and clear direction is in place about where the company is going and it's place in the market. There are still challenges ahaed; however, there is far more certainty now than there was in the past if you choose a career at Aptean.
Cons – Career planning and upward mobility is still not figured out. You can move around in the organization but upward mobility within your funcational area is not something that management wants to discuss at this time; primarily because most of those people are new.
Advice to Senior Management – Deliver on your promises, hold true to your commitments to our customers, and share the long term plan.
– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – Aptean is a great mix of new and established, making it a fun and interesting place to work. Aptean was founded by the merger of two stellar companies by a top-notch investment firm. This means that while the Aptean name is slightly newer, the success was proven decades ago. Working at Aptean is a challenging environment, where your superiors expect you to jump in with hard work and encourage new ideas.
Cons – If you're looking to "lay low" and just put in the hours and leave, you'll absolutely not make it.
Advice to Senior Management – Continue doing a great job with company transparency.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – The culture here is laid back and enjoyable. Management tends to care more about the work getting done than the nit picky things many companies care about. Hiring the recent grad crowd gives the office a lively atmosphere. The management is flexible with time so the work-life balance is great.
Cons – Smaller and newer company still trying to find it's footing. That said it seems to be on the up-swing.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – This is a good place to go if your looking to get into the corporate world for the first time. Don't expect to stay long. Take what you can, then get out of Dodge.
Cons – Absolutely no upward mobility. Don't expect to get anywhere in this company without a personal recommendation from one of the SVPs or higher, regardless of your skills and experience. The nepotism in this company is out of control. You better be part of the "good ol' boy club" if you want management to even give you the time of day.
They'll try to lure you in with a lower salary, but the promise of a bonus. Well, don't expect that bonus. The company adjusted their EBITDA targets after the year closed to insure no one got their bonus this year.
Do you like good healthcare? Too bad. That's gone too. I expect that next year's health plan will be even worse. Retirement plan? A total joke. You have to work for the company for 5 years before you are fully vested. The funds are all high cost and poorly put together. There is a Roth option, but that's the only good thing the company 401k plan has going for it.
Seriously don't waste your time here unless you go in knowing this is a stepping stone job. All the good people are leaving this company and what's left are the people looking for something else or waiting on a better opportunity.
To round it out, there are no cost of living increases here so don't expect to ever get a raise.
Advice to Senior Management – It would be nice if you took time to notice and promote people from within. You've lost so many good people by proving over and over again that you can't go anywhere within this company without being best friends with a VP or higher. Reward people for the hard work they do or your going to lose the few that are still left.
Pros – People always make it nice to work here. Except for some departments that clearly have no vibe (i.e. Finance, HR). If you know how to play your cards you can get into some pretty interesting and fun things, but you have to be likeable to do it.
Cons – Salary is Below market.
Don't get fooled with Bonus (IT DOES NOT EXIST!) no matter what they promise.
You are expected to work more than 40 hours and not have a life, so they hire young kids out of college.
There is a Stupid Test you need to pass or you will not be interviewed at all. They expect you to be smart (or at least know how to take tests, I guess that is why college kids end up here a lot).
If you are a manager you are the one that knows and does everything so you need to train your employees or else you will be overloaded with work.
Health Benefits are the worse I have seen in 16 Years of working full time.
Advice to Senior Management – Management you are doing good, but Tell Vista Equity to stop lying to themselves and us. Companies are not run like Cows to a slaughterhouse we are not just meat. People need to feel like it is worth working here.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Ill get back to you
Cons – No Direction or culture as they go with whatever direction they fancy that day.
Advice to Senior Management – Pick a path and stick to it.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Aptean hires 90% straight out of school graduates so it is a good place to start your career with very little experience. It has nice benefits.
Cons – They hire experienced staff to train the new college graduates and then fire, lay off, or run off the experienced people. The experienced people are so busy dealing with tactical issues that no one is focusing on the strategic issues. Staff are expected to follow orders and work long hours for low pay. The culture does not allow asking questions or making suggestions. They want blind obedience.
Advice to Senior Management – Need to hire more mid level and experienced staff and listen to their suggestions. Need to plan more and follow through with actions before changing direction again and again.
Pros – It's a job to pay the bills
Cons – Burn and churn for experienced sales folks. They hire right out of college to get cheapest sales folks possible and lay off any experienced sales folks. They have too many sales processes and make it hard for customers to do business with us! Bad work-life balance. Expensive medical benefits
Advice to Senior Management – Get out if you can!!
Pros – Talented and hard working people, great to work with.
Cons – Bad management, lack of vision
Advice to Senior Management – Hire managers that know how to run the business
Pros – Might be a good place for a coder to get a start.
Cons – What you have here is a holding company that buys up small software companies. They then try to keep the service contracts active as long as possible by using strong arm tactics on existing customers. There is no software development going on here. Just band-aids and antibiotic to keep the infection to a minimum. It's really a sad story. There is no leadership and no direction. But why would you need that in this model? It's all dollars and cents to Vista Equity Partners. No more. No less.
Advice to Senior Management – I would cut my losses.
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