Aptera Software

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Aptera Software Reviews

Updated July 2, 2014
Updated July 2, 2014
6 Reviews
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6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Built on Great People

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN

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

    Pros

    The people, french toast Friday's, empowered to learn, empowered to speak up, empowered to grow and put your stamp on it! If you need something or have feedback it's encouraged to ask or give it. The company knows it's culture even in growth mode, so if you fit in, we know it and so do you, which is awesome. Gain exposure to cutting edge Microsoft Technologies - as well as proficiency outside when necessary and they're not closed minded. Positive reinforcement is given when you take ownership.

    Cons

    Gaining exposure in new market places, however, there's an amazing feeling among the operations/HR/ and marketing staff that promote the fact that we have excellent technologists on board that are remarkable, or they have superpowers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to build on our people and empower them!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Fort Wayne, IN

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

    Pros

    I work at Aptera for the culture and the work environment. Everyone is working together towards a common goal. It's nice to know that things get done correctly without compromise.

    Cons

    I probably play to much pool at the table right outside my office door or eat to much on "French Toast Fridays!"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    A fun culture that inspires creativity while accomplishing some serious work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Fort Wayne, IN

    I have been working at Aptera Software part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This is a great place for intelligent, creative people who chafe under top-heavy management. There's a real sense that everyone here values you and believes you have something worthwhile to contribute. The main principle seems to be to hire impressive people and set them loose on projects, either in teams or on their own. This openness to new ideas and approaches, along with the confidence everyone places in you, ends up being a much stronger incentive to do excellent work than any micromanaging and whip-cracking could ever be. It also helps to contribute to a fun atmosphere that makes coming to work every day a bit less like coming to work every day.

    Cons

    One drawback to the open culture at Aptera is that it's sometimes difficult to communicate and coordinate between the various departments. You're often asked to work with several people who have different ideas regarding what your project should entail. And that can lead to some frustration and a lot of starting over again from scratch.

    Another con might also be considered a pro: Aptera is growing so rapidly right now some of the departments are in flux in terms of their protocols and structure. There are days you don't know which of the projects you're working on should be the main priority, and there are days you don't even know who you're supposed to be reporting to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management actually seems to be aware of these issues already, judging from annual reviews and quarterly meetings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Microsoft kingdom, aggressive management and mediocre office environment.

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Fort Wayne, IN

    I worked at Aptera Software full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Latest technology is at work and being used. Smart and helpful colleagues. Great place to grow professionally and obtain new skills. Aptera will make you work for other companies in town too. Competitive salary.

    Cons

    They boasting of hiring lots of new people and being a fast growing company. Think why? Because they loosing a lot of people too. They are not interested in retaining employees. While they think you are a bright employee, they'll use you. Once they don't need you they will terminate you quickly and without hesitation. Very aggressive management and mediocre office environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you plan to grow as a company, expand office and improve office comfort and attitude of middle management toward employees. Get rid of time cards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work was good, the people sucked.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Fort Wayne, IN

    I worked at Aptera Software

    Pros

    Two things make Aptera successful. One, the sales and marketing keep work coming in. Second, there is a small group of developers that are top notch, not just in programming but project management.

    Cons

    The bad part is that these developers are not listened to. Very little requirements gathering is done. No real business analysis is done. No architecting is done. Since no up-front planning is done, projects frequently run over time. Instead of correcting the issue, they crack down on developers and expect them to work after hours without compensation. From an employee perspective, no information is given on policy changes. No information is provided on work expectations until after something happens. The environment is very clickish. If you aren't "in" with the department head, then you are ostracized and dismissed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek feedback from your employees before you decide to whether they did something wrong. Clearly, it indicates you have no interest in fairness or truth. Quit making people go to meetings after hours just so you can tell them how many millions you made. Especially, when you won't spend the money necessary to do proper backups and provide industry standard tools to improve programming efficiency. Have performance evaluations for everyone, not just some of the employees. In the neaerly two years I had none, despite every six months asking for one.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Great culture, Intelligent people and the latest technology all under one roof!!! What more could you ask for?

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

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

    Pros

    Intelligent teams throughout the organization
    Growth opportunity
    Strong benefits and compensation
    Ability to work on a number of projects that help foster learning
    Fun, team oriented culture

    Cons

    Communication at various levels could be better
    Staffing levels could be better to off set incoming projects
    More video game tournaments and paintball events

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continuing fostering a culture that allows employees to enjoy working on the latest technology in a fun, "work hard/play hard" atmosphere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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