EMIS Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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  1. Worst company I've ever worked for avoid...

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    Former Employee - Software Support Consultant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Support Consultant in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Easy work, becomes repetitive then becomes boring.

    Cons

    Sold me the job in interview so that I accept the job on the basis that I'd be given extra training for development. Soon realised that the training promised would never materialise.
    Loads of favouritism within the organisation basically it's a case of if your face fits. You'll see individuals working extremely hard often hounded by management. Whilst others (the managers favourites) sat around doing absolutely nothing!
    Within my short employment span there not a single day without major national fault effecting users which confirms how unstable the Emis web system really is. This understandably has made users migrate to its major competitor.
    Friday dress down is basically employee extortion so that a piiss up can arranged. There's no employee union you are at the managements peril so God forbid if you fall ill & your not classed as the favourite few.
    If your seeking development within Emis then you do not fall for lies within the interview it will never happen. The majority leave for those reasons hence the high staff turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to upper management..stop treating staff as slaves, they are worthy respect. Have departmental managers that are worthy of being classed as manager not the individual that does Specail favours outside work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Getting better all the time

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    Current Employee - Developer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Developer in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at EMIS full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Development. Management is working hard to make things better all the time. Everyone is listened to and taken seriously. People are hired for potential and are expected to learn what they need to know, a learning environment is in place. Seniors always have time to teach/help. Lots of bonding and out of work social if you find a group you like.

    Cons

    Easy to get overlooked if you are quiet. Salaries are perceived as being lower than they could be (I am not sure this is true as the company tends to hire on potential and therefore people come in less skilled than to other jobs). Until recently no clear career path but this is now fixed. Lots of work and it is important and challenging so can be overwhelming. Could be a bad place for someone who isn't motivated to keep working to learn all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep trying to improve always.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Support Department: good social life, little else

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EMIS (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The team I worked with was a great bunch.
    The offices are outside of the city centre, meaning there is a good chance you will get a parking space.

    Cons

    The salaries in the support teams are very low.
    As a consequence of the salaries being low, it is rare to find consultants with a high level of technical ability
    There are few benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The support department may not be bringing in the revenue, but it's still important to try and attract good quality consultants by offering more attractive benefits and salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Fantastic Job before starting University

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    Current Employee - Second Line Support Developer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Second Line Support Developer in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at EMIS full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyable part of a small team of a much bigger company different challenges some application programming and web development very reasonable to work for i would still be there if i had not had problems with uni

    Cons

    you must complete there training even if you know it all from working for other companies who work for Government

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The development environment works well don't change it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Underpaid and stressful.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    You got to learn a product that third party companies would pay your worth to know.

    Cons

    The job offered at interview tends to have very little in common with the role you end up doing. You are thrown in the deep end in a very stressful environment, sick days are rarely paid, promised admin days do not materialize and the pay is atrocious in relation to the intensity and hours worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after your trainers better and the company will benefit in the long run. The company is blatantly being run in a manner to please the City and not the clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. If your looking for a job for life with promotion opportunity look no further.

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    Former Employee - Training Consultant in Newcastle under Lyme, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Training Consultant in Newcastle under Lyme, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Two days are never the same, Great field based teams with great support from regional management EMIS also provide fantastic promotion opportunities regularly to help you grow and expand your skill set.

    Cons

    Often long distance traveling in the car, Poor Accommodation whilst on official business, VERY POOR quality company cars (Citroen C4s) especially when considering it costs the same in company car tax as an Audi A1.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never forget where it all started and those who are out in the field doing the real work, especially moving forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great Stepping stone company but not worth hanging around if you're looking to make any sort of decent of money

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    Former Employee - IT Support, Second Line, Software Tester, Development Scheme in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Support, Second Line, Software Tester, Development Scheme in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great for a first IT job as they will train you and not expect you to be fully IT literate.
    Will take on staff without prior IT experience.
    Friendly Staff, made a lot of friends here.
    Lots of opportunities to earn time in lieu and other benefits.
    Company has good contracts which keep the companies future assured - you're not going to be out of a job.
    Expanding rapidly creating new promotion opportunities.
    Once you get out of the 1st line can be a very enjoyable job.
    If your able to get the first promotion it becomes a lot easier to start moving up.

    Cons

    Poor wages. Made 3 position advancements in Emis in support and development and struggled to get over 20k pa.
    Difficult to get noticed as large number of staff, so unless you are able to make a big impact you could be in the same job for 5 years without increasing your wage.
    Talent isn't nurtured and retained as it should be.
    Development is very poorly managed.
    As a company it is very departmentalised and the communication between departments is poor.
    A lot of system downs due to poor hosted and deployment management which all filters down to support.
    Support Department tends to be the dumping ground and is not rewarded for dealing with all problems whether caused by Support, development, hosted or deployment.
    Support have terrible late/sickness policies that do not take into account personal issues/transport etc.
    Development workload is poor, often have weeks with nothing to do and then have one week to fit in 3 weeks work.
    Although the new system is good and looks great, its functionality and stability leaves a lot to be desired and emis have a lot of unhappy customers.
    Within Support you often will have to wait 6 months before you receive agreed pay increases, which seems unnecessarily lengthy and unfair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support - Need to gain more of a budget to pay staff better to hold on to talented people.
    Development - Need to gain better management direction to create more balanced work schedule

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Good for a career start but don't stay too long

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Gave me a grounding in the health informatics and EMIS systems are highly thought of in the sector. Friendly staff and quite sociable

    Cons

    No staff development or investment and so high technical debt. (I left after several years with the company and found many of my base IT skills to be outdated - onus was on self development but that can only take you so far), The company has grown quickly taking many small department managers to levels far beyond their ability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve delegation, provide training and opportunities to staff (rather the cliques). Stop the detailed procedures and micro management, the IT industry contains many clever people and treating them like children doesn't provide results.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Cheap labour and a high staff turnover

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    Former Employee - Developer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Developer in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Very flexible, laid back approach, using up to date technologies, some helpful staff.

    Cons

    Pay is terrible, benefits are none existent, staff turnover is alarming and there are many cliques. Organisation within departments is poor and there are no organised social events paid for by the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set out clear plans on how you can progress through the company as there currently is none. Invest in training, don't make the employee pay to become more skilled.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Excellent Company to start a career with who give anyone a chance - a little too much red tape.

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    Former Employee - IT Support in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Support in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The people are great and there are lots of socialising opportunities.The main office is in a nice area with free parking. They give people with relatively little experience or qualifications a chance at proving themselves which is rare to find in today's job market. The amount of guidance available means you can rarely go wrong. Every solution is documented and fixes described in a vast knowledge base. This helps employees with no technical experience become excellent problem solvers without them even knowing it. The business is innovative and a market leader which provided excellent job stability and looks really good on a CV. An Excellent place to start an IT career.

    Cons

    The amount of procedure, policy and red tape is suffocating. Although this allows for Emis to employee low skilled staff and train them up quickly and efficiently, any bright stars would quickly absorb the training and leave for pastures new as soon as possible. I would expect Emis to have a high staff turnover in certain areas of business and with no progression in year 1 regardless of talent I'm not surprised. This is odd as they give people without qualifications jobs but then if they surpass expectation and would be better suited to another area of business they will not allow them to move and would even let them leave the company rather than break the procedure. I found management had very little power and were really just providing statistics and guidance. It may have been that to some degree they hide behind procedures to be your friend and still say no. Too strict on lateness and sickness that produces unnecessary pressure and stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let anyone who stands out leave the business because of a procedure. It's bad business to let your best people go.

    Allow team managers a little more management discretion so that in times of need they can help staff out and not hide behind procedures.

    Sickness and lateness is a tricky one. It is a Pro for people who are late and unreliable as it will teach them the importance of punctuality, however anyone who is punctual and reliable will feel punished for others peoples short falls if something does actually go wrong.

    Keep giving people a chance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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