Ascendant Technology

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Ascendant Technology Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
13 Reviews
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13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Formerly great consulting company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ascendant Technology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have worked at Ascendant for some time. I have a good relationship with many people including upper management. Consulting is a lifestyle decision. Many people want to be a consultant without having to travel which generally isn't possible unless the client is flexible. Sometimes I will be away from home for 3 weeks straight, sometimes I will be at home for 3 months straight. Sometimes I will be at a client for 3 days, sometimes I will be at a client for a year. It all varies as is the nature of consulting work. If you work hard, contribute, and help other consultants become better you will be recognized and rewarded.

    Cons

    Everything was mostly perfect until the Avnet acquisition. There is a lot more bureaucracy and annoying 'busy work' that you have to squeeze into your personal time. There have been a lot of organization changes and many great people have left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The communication and updates for the Avnet integration are not delivered very well and I am mostly clueless about what is going on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent client satisfaction - Ascendant, not so much

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Temporary Body Shop Employee, Though Hired As Permanent in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Temporary Body Shop Employee, Though Hired As Permanent in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Ascendant Technology full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great team.
    Excellent project.
    Plenty of H1-B employees.

    Cons

    Project was deliberately underbid by sales team.
    Fixed bid projects put the project at risk.
    Consultants are experts in retail commerce one day, and experts in healthcare the next day. Tip: Your clients DO notice. :)
    Body shop mentality.
    Very few female employees, though Ascendant doesn't concern themselves with diversity. Aside from hiring H1-B employees, of course!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopeful that being acquired by Avnet will help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ascendant Technology is one of the best IBM consultancies in the world.

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

    I have been working at Ascendant Technology

    Pros

    Ascendant is one of the top three IBM consultancies in the world. It lives by the work hard, play hard motto and not only supports but encourages a good work/family balance.

    It also does a great job of bringing in extremely talented consultants and giving them the tools to succeed.

    It's hard to find a consultancy that places such a high regard for doing right by the customer.

    Cons

    The cons specific to Ascendant revolve around compensation and career path. The only other cons apply to all consultancies and that is the personal sacrifice and time away from home that consultants endure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    great company

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

    I have been working at Ascendant Technology

    Pros

    Great people, management really cares about employees, back the talk with the walk

    Cons

    In the middle of acqusition integration creating some uncertainty

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Company culture that really cares about employees and does what they say they are going to do.

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

    I have been working at Ascendant Technology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative culture... everyone is very supportive of each other
    Performance and rewards based on meritocracy, not years of service
    Highly specialized focus on delivering IBM solutions
    Flexible work/life balance arrangements (e.g., working from home)

    Cons

    As part of Avnet, some additional bureaucracy has been introduced.
    Focusing on IBM solutions limits our ability to serve some customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on keeping our legacy culture as we integrate into Avnet

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Ascendant is a great firm .. focused on the IBM technology stack

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

    I have been working at Ascendant Technology full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative leadership .. opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Concern about the recent acquisition by Avnet and whether that will adversely effect the culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mantain the culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Chaotic environment, clueless management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Domain Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Domain Architect in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Ascendant Technology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    travel job, full per diem, IBM commerce & portal experts, talented & fun colleagues

    Cons

    poor communication by managers, no clue where the company is headed, changing from product experts to staff aug company, poor appraisal system, poor raises, management & HR don't keep their promises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have a long term plan in place & be open with employees, shift focus back to being product/service experts & consultants rather than being a staff aug co

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    I have been working as Consultant in Ascendant Technology India for more than 2 years.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chennai (India)

    I have been working at Ascendant Technology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1. Best company for Freshers in terms of Salary, Scope, Learning. Highly paid for freshers.
    2. Good company for Experienced.
    3. Meritocracy.
    4. Lot of scopes for multiple IBM products.
    5. Work-life balance is good.
    6. Work From Home can be availed when needed.
    7. Personal growth is okay and not so good and not so bad.
    8. Any new ideas will be respected and recognized when it gives the value to their business.
    9. After acquisition of Avnet, lot of scopes are pitching outside IBM products.

    Cons

    1. No proper designation hierarchy.
    2. Promotions are unstable and it can't be predicted for the right employees.
    3. Due to meritocracy value, there will be lot of early leaders with 2-3 years who will be leading a team of 4-5 which consists of more experienced employees than them.
    4. All the work is dependent on US and there is no Indian Sales Team to get more work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. May be more clarity in company policies.
    2. Allocating more work to same person as requested. Look for the right skilled person to perform.
    3. More visibility needed on what all the projects are in the pipeline.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great work culture but limited scope

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Chennai (India)

    I have been working at Ascendant Technology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work culture. The people around you are friendly and there is no office politics.
    Good learning curve.

    Cons

    At times you may need to work long hours depending on the project and at times there might not be any work at all.
    Limited scope as the company focuses only on IBM technologies.
    Appraisal system is not so employee friendly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explore more technologies than limiting your work with IBM products.
    Develop a more efficient appraisal system.
    Do not overload an employee with a huge work queues.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great knowledgable people work here

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

    I have been working at Ascendant Technology

    Pros

    there are good skills around you
    the employee satisfaction matters
    collaboration and knowledge sharing is encouraged
    it is a small agile company
    there are not too many rules or policies to follow

    Cons

    the bureaucracy is and rules are increasing after merger
    in many situations or projects travelling is required
    being focussed on a software segment can be good and bad

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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