Davis Vision

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Davis Vision Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
17 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Management involvement was very supportive

    Cons

    Company resisted change environment and was very heavily labor intensive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing

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

    I have been working at Davis Vision

    Pros

    Good management. Everyone work well together. There are a lot of knowledgeable people throughout the company and willing to work with you.

    Cons

    Salaries are competitive and relevant to the market, however the only downfall is there are no bonuses and no tuition assistant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider bonuses payout for all employee and not just director and above. Invest more money in training and education. But other than this, the company is very good to work for.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Horrible, avoid this place like the plague

    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Plainview, NY
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Plainview, NY

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

    Pros

    None, unless getting paid every two weeks on time can be counted as a pro.

    Cons

    No chances for advancement, bullying is rampant, no respect for employees time, a culture of lying and deceit is prevalent, management is unprofessional and doesn't like to be asked questions or to be questioned, you have people in leadership who cant even speak the english language, nepotism is common place, and the list goes on....a mafia environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to treat and respect people. Stop enabling poor unprofessional behavior. Quit putting your head in the sand about what goes on before it comes back to bite you.

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    Optical Assistant

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

    I worked at Davis Vision full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are ok, commision allows for extra bucks.

    Cons

    Horrible upper management, no soft skills, do not value their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire management that is capable of understanding what it means to lead a team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to have a decent IT environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Latham, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Latham, NY

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

    Pros

    At the level of programmer or QA specialist, there is relative job stability.
    If you keep your head down to stay out of trouble and can deal with dysfunction, there can be good days.

    Cons

    Erosion of Benefits under HVHC (parent company)

    December 2012
    • Paid holidays reduced from 13 to 8 per year.
    • One of the paid holidays is "Fiesta Day", which is pertinent only to associates in San Antonio. Latham associates are not forced to take Fiesta Day off; rather, they can take a day off of their choice as long as that day is within two weeks before or after Fiesta Day.
    • Floating holidays (birthday plus two other days) eliminated.
    • Unused vacation can no longer be rolled over to next year. This becomes a big deal in the annual rush (each fall) to get features released for January 1. In addition to working extra hours evenings and weekends during this period, programmers do not have the ability to take outstanding vacation days, effectively losing them.
    • Granularity of sick/personal time reduced to 4-hour blocks. If you have an AM doctor's appointment and arrive at the office at 9:30, it costs a half-day.

    January 2014
    • Flex-time is eliminated. Associates must be in the office from 8 AM to 5 PM (to ensure adequate coverage…). A one-hour lunch is optionally mandatory, meaning you can take an hour for lunch or just work nine hours per day. You also have to be available outside of the 45-hour work week, of course.

    March 2014
    • Gym and health club memberships no longer reimbursed. The announcement for this was sent just hours after an e-mail was sent touting the large financial reserve the company has.

    Dysfunctional Processes

    Company culture (in place well before HVHC took over) results in programming requests being thrown over the wall without adequate detail. Programmers spend a significant amount of time doing business-analysis tasks before they can even begin programming.

    The very process of determining functional requirements is frustrating, at best. Whether it's due to lack of knowledge or fear of taking responsibility, business decisions are stifled by meetings and lack of consensus, only to be laid aside for a future meeting.

    There is a left-hand/right-hand communication problem. Features will often have progressed all the way to QA when another person will voice an objection to the way the feature has been defined. Development time is wasted, QA time is wasted, and more meetings are frantically organized.

    On paper, there are scheduled releases to the production environment. In practice, interim releases are hastily pushed through because something was left out of the requirements, a promise was made to a client (without consulting IT), or there was inadequate planning for regulatory compliance.

    A symptom of the chaotic release schedule is the fact that there are three separate QA database environments, each with a suite of disparate features designated to an upcoming release (in theory). What you end up with are deployment issues that require extensive troubleshooting, for example because a script has been deployed to database A, but not to B.

    Application Architecture

    Three separate claims systems, each of which has different business logic. Countless reports, export packages, queries, EDI jobs, all without a unifying vision. Repetition of code and processes create a maintenance nightmare. There is no ERM/CRUD implementation, just a hodgepodge of stored procedures. There is a TON of business logic in stored procedures. There is a TON of client-specific logic in code and stored procedures.

    All in all, it feels like you are continuously applying band-aids and choosing the least awful method to get your code out the door.

    Attrition

    Programmer turnover was fairly normal (perhaps a little high) until the beginning of 2014. In the first six weeks of the year, five .NET programmers left the company. It would not be unrealistic to predict that two or three more will leave in the coming months.

    As of May, 2014, there has not been a single programmer hired to replace those mentioned above. The workload of each outgoing person gets transferred to those remaining and it doesn't take many iterations before the stress of being responsible for unfamiliar functionality, on top of your current workload, takes its toll.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The first step is admitting there is a problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Unfair

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Accounts Receivable in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Accounts Receivable in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Davis Vision full-time

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere. Great coworkers.Sad to say but I do not have any other pros to give.

    Cons

    No room for advancement unless you know some higher level friend/family within the company. Low pay. Poor management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Professional environment with lots of growth opportunities for those willing to work hard.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Latham, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Latham, NY

    I worked at Davis Vision full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You have a good network to help you do your best.

    Cons

    If you're a CSR, Union forces everyone to start at the same wage, even those with more experience. Working hard, or being good at your work isn't always appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing can really be done as long as the union is trying to keep everything "fair"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Davis Vision full-time

    Pros

    Good Experience at this company

    Cons

    Big fish small pond at this company

  10.  

    Avoid this place at all costs

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    None at all, in any aspect.

    Cons

    Endless work days, often had to work weekends, cut holidays and benefits after move to San Antonio, people were fired weekly, upper management changed nonstop, bad service provided to clients, no one knew what they were doing, stifling environment, impossible to please, no set business polices, unethical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ask your subordinates for suggestions then fire them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    No longer anyones pleasure

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - White Collar in Plainview, NY
    Former Employee - White Collar in Plainview, NY

    I worked at Davis Vision full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you were at Davis under the Davis' rule, it was a good place to work.

    Cons

    There is no longer concern for employees. Benefits are not great anymore. Compensation is slipping. Pretty much everything is a con at this point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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