CrimsonLogic

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CrimsonLogic Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
61 Reviews
2.7
61 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working environment is fun and cheerful (in 11 reviews)

  • Great place to learn about J2EE solutions for the Trade & Logistics domain (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • has bad history of project estimation, project management and staff retention (in 8 reviews)

  • Long working hours, inconsiderate Senior Management (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    "a good boss is better than just a good job' is really valid for this company

    Current Employee - Systems in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Systems in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Good work and life balance -> but this depends on who your manager is
    Good personal development -> again this also depends on who your manager is
    Good place for you to bring in your creativity -> sadly this is also depends on who your manager is

    Cons

    they have managers that really true leaders, but they also keep managers that act like a bad school teacher

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe new ideas and creativity is more important than just a hard work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good for those who want experience on medium to large projects

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

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

    Pros

    The company builds and operates application systems for governments and implemented quite a few government transaction websites in Singapore and abroad. It operates its own data centre and call centre. This provides opportunities for those who want experience on complex projects and learn manage and operate large complex systems for governments. Opportunity for travel as some more and more projects are overseas.

    Set-up is geared to support mid-sized to large software development projects. Projects have to follow a company quality management processes. Project staffing is managed by a central resource management group. In the past year, company has been upgrading internal systems and tools to support its projects. Company recently brought in a Chief People Officer to implement people management strategies.

    Good and pleasant work environment. Colleagues are generally friendly. Staff is allowed to dress less formally when not meeting customers. Company recently improved staff benefits such as introducing eldercare leave which not that many companies in Singapore are giving.

    Cons

    Due to the tender process used by governments, projects are awarded to the most competitive bidder. This means that projects often start with tight deadlines, tight budgets and stringent requirements to meet. Added to that the challenge of needing to bring in many good people at short notice when a new big project comes in. Handling stress and some OT comes with the territory.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Working in crimsonlogic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are generally nice. But OT is common.

    Cons

    Poor direction from management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible management and work culture

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

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

    Pros

    Relaxed easy life; Managers have no direction and eventually neither do you. KPIs are assigned without strategy, direction or sanity-check, so are completely useless for any purpose other than going through the motions.If you enjoy 11 months of headless-chicken relaxing time and 1 month of panicked finger-pointer at appraisal time, this company is for you.

    Cons

    Horrible, toxic, leadership. Managers (managers, directors, vp's and above) do not empower, lead, or even delegate properly. They assign jobs then tai-chi away any sort of responsibility. If things go well, they take credit; if things go badly they blame the poor slob that they never supported. The new CEO is trying to change things, but is facing a horribly non-productive entrenched culture kept in place by an even more horribly non-productive entrenched layer of management. CrimsonLogic has an alarming combination of many long-timers (5-15+ yrs service) and very high attrition rate for the newcomers. You find yourself under a horrible toxic leader, look for a way out, then realize other leaders are no better, so ultimately you have no choice but to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chop from the top. The crony culture is stifling any sort of meritocracy, and to effectively change corporate culture, you need to replace the people who are opposed to positive change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good for life, not so good for skills development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    working in CrimsonLogic is normally not stressful. And the landscape is quite charming. there are lots of canteens nearyby that offers cheat but delicious food.

    Cons

    Products still built on Old technology stack and the development process is damn waterfall. Lots of outdated documentation leads to arguments between departments..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to technology improvement;
    Introduce some Agility to the process
    Change the KPI system to motivate individuals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    The worst System Integrator Company in Singapore

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at CrimsonLogic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1. Good place to skive around if you’re the management pet. You do not have to do much work, and yet receive good appraisals. The time spend in office everyday can be used to run own business outside.
    2. Not much responsibilities. If your skin is thick enough, you can actually do not deliver much and ask for more helpers to take over the responsibilities. Management usually approves. Hence it’s not uncommon for project team size to be in excess of 60-130++ people, even though other companies probably can do it with much resources.
    3. They pay above market rates for the same positions.

    Cons

    1. Not a place to develop IT skills. The technologies and methods used in the company are still very old.
    2. No accountabilities and responsibilities of Project managers/directors. If you’re technical people, most likely your PMs/PDs expect you to piece everything together, from requirements to development, to Data migration, change management etc and let you front and present to customers. PMs would just want to sit in and ask you to cc them.
    3. PMs/PDs would expect you to make decisions for the projects. If things do not turn out well, they push the blame to you as you’re making the decision and they claim they do not know anything at all. Even if you showed them the emails which they are in the loop, they will argue that they can’t read every emails.
    4. PMs/PDs do not have any knowledge of managing projects. They lack the necessary IT skills and they do not manage the people in the project team such as developers. They only “manage” the BPA (Business Process Analysts) and leave the management of developers to Technical Leads/Solution Architects.
    5. PMs/PDs do not manage the cross functional teams such as BPAs, Data Migration, Technical teams etc and expect them to communicate seamlessly.
    6. PMs/PDs do not manage user expectations/requirements well and spend years to gather requirements. When the requirements are still incomplete, they would push the blame to technical people for “not delivering the project”.
    7. Politics are abundant in the company. It still runs like a family business (with feuds of course) whereby each competes with each other and sabotage each other.
    8. Appraisals are not transparent. You can be hardworking and exceed expectations but your rating is moderated to be lower than free loaders who are kakis to management.
    9. All project teams within the company do not talk to each other. Very common for each team to develop the code from scratch when others already implemented the code in other projects.
    10. After 25 years of delivering Government projects, the company still function like an early start-up, with no documentation or frameworks for development.
    11. The corporate QA is non-existing. Some projects do not have proper documentations for 2 years or more and yet, such projects can pass internal project audit.
    12. Most PMs/PDs are incompetent and only know how to bootlick the VPs for promotion. Even if VP makes wrong decision, they just follow blindly and be the yes-men.
    13. Most PMs/PDs are without integrity. They can anyhow make empty promises to customers and keep delaying the projects shamelessly.
    14. Most PMs/PDs are headless chicken. They would just get the rollout date from customers blindly and work backwards the schedule. They do not know what’s critical path in IT projects and they just keep throwing resources, in the hope that projects can be delivered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Review the Cons listed. There are many elements of truth as everyone is saying the same thing for the past two years.
    2. You need to revamp the company and weed out the freeloaders and bootlickers. These bad eggs are chasing the good people away.
    3. Many projects are running for years and by the same PMs/PDs. If they can’t deliver, it means they really can’t deliver. Even if you throw money, more resources, the project is not going to fly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Saw Ken Wye will change the company culture with his vision.... hopefully

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at CrimsonLogic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good staff welfare and benefits.

    Some genuinely nice and helpful colleagues.

    Can make as many demands as you want when you are your boss's pet.

    Threaten to quit if you know that you are indispensable to your boss and you usually get your way.

    Cons

    May be treated as 2nd class citizen unless you can help your boss to achieve his KPIs.
    Some HODs are just all talk and no action, indecisive, cannot multi-task and take long time to complete one task.
    Excessive gossips, sharing confidential information freely and bootlicking even by management staff.
    Nice office building located in a ulu place so most staff dress like going to the convenience store.
    No career development plan. When you leave on the dot it means you are underworked. Want to hire cream of the crop but unable to retain staff. Many staff got integrity problem. Plenty of freeloaders.
    Authoritative management style.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reflect on your own work attitude before you judge others. Don't act high and mighty just because you are the boss and your subordinates don't have a chance/dare to feedback about your attitude, management style or work performance.

    Be prepared to replace staff who are still stuck in the old way of doing things or continue to sit on things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Like Man Utd Being Managed By David Moyes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Good technical people who knows their stuff. They are very helpful and always hardworking to work over the weekends to help to deliver the project.

    Cons

    Very lousy project management. Many senior project managers or project directors do not have basic knowledge of how to manage projects. They behave like interns and always pass their responsibilities to those below them to make decisions for the company. Always go hiding and tai-chi even in front of the clients.

    These managers/directors would reward the yes men who bootlicks. Genuine people who work hard and identify problems are usually ostracised. And when times are bad, these so called managers/directors would act blur and claim "no visibility" and said nobody highlight the issues

    The company still have good technical people but every month, they are drove away by lousy managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have transparency in appraisal. Currently, bad people are being rewarded and promoted just because they are yes men and sucks up to the managers. On the other hand, good people are being penalised and make to work all the extra work while free loaders just being rewarded for doing nothing. Appraisal is still one way. VP and Senior mangers would just anyhow overwrites the rating and called it "moderation". This chases good people away and they move on to take senior positions in other companies.

    Need to clear up the deadwood and freeloaders, especially the ineffective project managers/directors. With them around, it's like Man Utd being managed by David Moyes (although it's an insult to Moyes as he still have integrity and professionalism). If not, no matter how many good people you have, the company would still go downwards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software engineer Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at CrimsonLogic as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good learning experience in terms of Project and new technologies in open source platform

    Cons

    Very bad treatment from higher management
    Very demanding work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plz respect people and give time for the family and other personal tasks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    I worked as an intern for 3 months at the company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at CrimsonLogic as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, friendly colleagues, walking distance from NUS

    Cons

    The works can be boring sometimes. Supervisors gave too many redundant tasks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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