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Cedaron Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
Updated February 15, 2015
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  1.  

    Small company with very nice owners, but they lack proper software business acumen.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cedaron full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay for a small company.
    Amazing espresso machine.
    Company outings.

    Cons

    Micro-management.
    Lack of upward mobility.
    Difficult to work for at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    North Korea is to the U.S. as Cedaron is to...

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Davis, CA

    I worked at Cedaron full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - The break room is usually stocked with drinks, snacks, a great coffee machine, and the occasional bucket of ice cream.
    - Engineering, Implementation, and Customer Support have some of the hardest working individuals you'll meet.
    - There are outings maybe a couple times a year.
    - The products have great potential.
    - If you work the system right, you can get bonuses for unremarkable achievements. Think of it as a retainer for your knowledge- the benefit of so few people doing so many jobs.
    - The customers are wonderful to work with

    Cons

    - Not a family-friendly employer.
    - Salaried employees get hours deducted like hourly employees.
    - Immature level of micromanagement, resulting in poor planning and decision-making.
    - Always hiring, but headcount stays the same (I've personally witnessed multiple systemic reboots).
    - Impulsive/reactive leadership.
    - Political oppression derived from favoritism or egotism in leadership.
    - As a result of all of the above, workload exponentially increases until burnout.
    - After 3 years of working 12-16 hrs/day, doing 3 jobs to pick up slack because of the turnover, and being reprimanded for not being able to perform all of them at a level equivalent to 3 distinct employees, I left the company. What saddens me is the effect this Cedaron "norm" has on those precious customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Make competitive offers to potential candidates, rather than try to hire as cheaply as possible, which leads to employee dissatisfaction when they become over-utilized.
    - Likewise, be candid with what the work expectations are.

    *** Do not mislead potential or current employees by using employment as collateral in order to obtain a signed non-compete agreement. Non-compete agreements are not legally-binding in the State of California ***

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company with caring people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cedaron

    Pros

    Cedaron has great values and is a place for huge growth potential.

    Cons

    The salary can be on the lower side, but once you prove yourself, a raise will come your way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to start, difficult to stay very long

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Davis, CA

    I worked at Cedaron full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Steady paycheck, pay was received the 15th and last day of every month. Small company, so you do end up knowing everyone that works in the office.
    The benefits are decent, you receive health, dental, vision as well as a company sponsored IRA with up to 1% matching.
    The company holds several employee focused events such as outings, holiday parties, etc every year.
    Fancy coffee machine with decent coffee, though I don't think Lavazza is as good as some of the roasts you can buy.
    Work was diverse, I picked up tons of new skills, improved existing ones. As an engineer I did development, support, training, and deployment. I was never a phone guy, but this job got me over the anxiety of talking to another human on the phone.
    Pay, you really have to negotiate this well in the beginning, or prove your value to the company then request a raise, then start making plans to work elsewhere.

    Cons

    Diverse workload is a double edged sword. Being interrupted to perform support in the middle of development is both frustrating and annoying. Trying to make up for lost support time by working later/starting earlier became a theme for me.
    Upper management will skip the "chain of command" frequently. Having directions from your supervisor be overridden by the CEO is equally confusing and annoying.
    Stressful work environment, when the workload starts catching up to you. When you start, they try to keep you confined to your role, but eventually once you start taking support calls- game over.
    High turn overrate- from my time there the company had gone through about 25 people in various roles. As in 25 people no longer work there for a company of under 20 employees.
    Favoritism/Honeymoon period. This is a real thing at this company. All new employees are happy to start and impressed with the work, but once you've wronged upper management, your days are filled with dread.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to run a modern software company like a mom and pop shop. Engineering isn't moving boxes all day, and the dev team tries it's hardest to stay on time and deliver a great product.
    The employees are not trying to sabotage the company, the number one goal for a normal employees is to make the customers happy and continue making the company money.
    Appreciate your employees. The company events are a nice gesture, but real appreciation would remove the stress and tension from the work place.
    Improve employee retention, 6-8months does not help the company remain fluid. The downtime incurred to train a new person is detrimental to delivering a good software.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Management role

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    Current Intern - Marketing in Davis, CA
    Current Intern - Marketing in Davis, CA

    I have been working at Cedaron as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    No pros for the company at all. They talk technology and innovation, nothing about the products are innovative. Leadership is unskilled and frankly, a joke. Founders are all fighting constantly, they do not trust each other, horrible work environment.

    Cons

    Dishonest, threatening, basic element of business practices are not even close to being followed, do not even try to go to best practices. They hire good people and try to ruin the reputation and credibility of the staff. CEO will leverage every relationship and then talk a lot of smack on partners and affiliate business relationships in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire and sell the company, get out, you are not good for the Healthcare Industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Why do I even have to give a single star, the company does not even deserve this! Horrible work place.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Davis, CA

    I worked at Cedaron full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Paycheck and it comes in time, thats about it. The other good thing probably is that you get a peek into the world of IT Healthcare

    Cons

    They have no clue what SDLC is, infact for them it is Software DECREASING Life Cycle. The requirements come in 1 line from the owner and you are expected to start coding immediately (and if you are not, you are not productive) without anyone creating any documentation or doing any analysis. There is no BA/QA in the team just a bunch of developers who are expected QA their own code and apply patches directly in PROD for the customer (if there are issues and there always are). You are expected to just keep developing and developing. Also, if you show some functionality to the management they start pointing issues with color/font/UI than comment on the functionality. Expect to be regularly shouted and insulted every day or week depending on your luck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees and trust them. There are / were some really sharp people that you let go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Worst Employer to Date

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Davis, CA

    I worked at Cedaron full-time

    Pros

    The company attempted to provide some company culture, by holding holiday events or other "fun" team building activities, but it was overshadowed by the horrible treatment of their staff and sheer unprofessionalism of the owners.

    Cons

    This is a small company, run by husband and wife who do not respect their staff. There is not an official HR in place to handle any issues, and if there were, it would not make a difference. Anyone working here should expect to be screamed at on a weekly basis and treated poorly. Engineers are low paid, as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the fields of Pros and Cons. You will never retain good staff unless you change your ways.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Looking for career growth? Keep looking.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA

    I worked at Cedaron full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You get a steady paycheck regardless of what you do.

    Cons

    On average, an employee will be employed for 1.5 years or less. The best engineers do not last longer than a year. If you last longer than a year, you have a very high tolerance for verbal abuse. Either that or you stay below the radar and keep quiet. The CEO makes you feel like a child by standing in the middle of the engineering room scolding the development team when a build fails. Last I checked, the lead developer should be delivering this information to his/her team. The CEO should be dealing with bigger things yet she manages to include herself in almost every aspect of one department. She hires managers but does not give them any management power. The CEO does not know her own products. You could literally code in popup windows in any of the applications to say "Cedaron sucks, buy x instead" and she won't even know about it. This is because she does not listen to her managers' opinions or ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your employees to grow within the company and provide them with the leadership and tools to make your company successful. Let your managers manage. Keep yourself out of the the small discussions and trust your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The W2 job that turned me back into a contractor

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Davis, CA

    I worked at Cedaron full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The checks cleared, that was about it. There were some clever folks on the development team, but I see most of them have also moved on.

    Cons

    Management didn't really have a clear idea about what they wanted us to build, but they had no compunctions about holding us late on a Friday night to complain that we weren't building it fast enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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