Descartes Systems Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Great place to work, fellow co-workers who are intelligent, motivated and friendly.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Descartes Systems (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a developer i work from home full time, and with a large number of years working for this company, i am allowed a significant amount of freedom and discretion in choosing which technologies to use in building muy teams applications.

    Cons

    At times it can become very cororate and alot of tme spent deaing with beurocracy. Vitual meeting can also drain a frustrating amount of time and energy from actual development.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Would be perfect if they only paid a fair salary

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Descartes Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great medical benefits, vacation time, and flexibility to work from home at times.

    Cons

    They do not pay a fair salary for the position and the years of experience. Many great invaluable employees have left for that reason after many years of working here and not getting compesated properly for their work.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Not the best company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Manager in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Descartes Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A set work schedule. The ability to work overtime. A relaxed office environment.

    Cons

    Unhealthy working conditions. Overworked staff and underpaid. The bonus and salary increase structure is false. Employees have received stellar performance evaluations with no compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate staff and their hard work ethics. Give out incentives and awards. Create room for advancement.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    NOT THE BEST PLACE TO START YOUR CAREER

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ocean Expertise Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Ocean Expertise Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Descartes Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked here for 5 months and the only thing I liked about this company is the Benefits. The pay is not that great because even after having a college degree the pay is bad.

    I worked with the Ocean Expertise Analyst department since September. I left because the driving was long and you can never work from home even after if you had a laptop. The team members were awesome, they were always very helpful and kind. I learned a lot from my teammates but my manager hated it whenever I learned something new. You won't learn anything if this manager is around she will make sure to let you down all the time. Only great person in this company to work for is the VP he is a great guy and a very knowledgeable man.

    Cons

    It does get overwhelming, not a lot of people to talk with, training for new employees are lacking and no opportunity to grow unless otherwise you do something extraordinary.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay for people and have workers getting involved in projects, new hire training, fun activities understanding the FMC regulations and tarriffs.


  6. Helpful (3)

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administration in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administration in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Descartes Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment and friendly, easy going coworkers. I enjoyed everyone there and the atmosphere is great. Also, they had great benefits.

    Cons

    Training was somewhat lacking. Everyone was busy with their own workload so it was hard to get assistance or training on new issues and/or projects.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Nice vertical but management is technical top heavy and have limited business types

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

    I have been working at Descartes Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Distributed work environment is great.
    Pay is good.

    Cons

    Heavily matrix structure
    Too distributed
    Heavily off-shored development

    Advice to Management

    Hire more business people
    Be more business focused


  8. Helpful (3)

    Overworked

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

    I worked at Descartes Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Get to take on a lot of responsibility over a diverse set of systems. It is a great learning opportunity.

    Cons

    A lot of fire fighting. Lots of short term thinking from above. Resistance to invest in labor saving tools. Callous treatment of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to give ALL your employees recognition for their efforts. Recognize high turnover as a cost.


  9. Director of Tax

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Director in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Tax Director in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Descartes Systems full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity work with taxation jurisdictions in Europe, Asia, and North America

    Cons

    Limited resources, inadequate feed back and failure to respond to proposals by senior management in timely manner

    Advice to Management

    Hire more middle level finance staff


  10. Helpful (4)

    Dead end, with decent PTO.

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

    I worked at Descartes Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some very knowledgeable individuals around if you luck out and get the chance to work with them. The benefits package is pretty good and it is a paycheck which means something in this economy.

    Cons

    The organization is plagued with stagnation. There are no career paths and zero employee development programs. Consequently, patience of junior talent only lasts so long and they move on. This has led to most lower level management being there because they stuck it out rather than being promoted based on merit. Upper management is unapproachable and incredibly disconnected. I've literally gone several months at a time without any sort of meeting to plan or discuss anything.
    Promotions are non-existent. The pay is absolutely horrendous and raises are like an urban legend. You will be worked like a mule and never receive any feedback. There is too much animosity and the office culture is utterly terrible.
    The organization is very resistant to change and process improvement does not exist. The "big picture" solution is to keep poaching smaller companies rather than invest in the people or infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and they will take care of you. As it stands now, when the economy comes back around there are going to major issues when everyone heads for the door.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Dissapointment and buffled how bad Senior Managment can be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sof in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Sof in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Descartes Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The vacation package is 20 days after 4 years of employment, which is something unheard of. 7 sick days, 1 personal day, 7 holidays - extremly good. The company also have a great health insurance and 50% matching 401k. You might be able to work from home, at least some of the time, but that depends on your direct manager work philosophy.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay compare with the same position in the industry - somewhere in the lowest 5% of the normal curve. No respect for employees, no raises. They had the performance review last year, and salary review this year - long process, starting in mid-October. When there was finally a time for senior managment to actually come up with the numbers (middle of January) they not only ignored the schedule, they acted like there was not salary review and haven't even mentioned the issues in CEO webcast three month later.
    The morale is extremly low since all the employees I know feel extremly disrespected. Six best developers already left, and the most of the rest is looking for a new job. Productivity is very poor, since there is no motivator - no raises, and a big demotivator - being treated like s..t by the senior managment.

    Advice to Management

    You guys up there need to quit. There is total disconnect with you and the employess. If you want developers to work on McDonald salaries, open offices in China.



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