ERDAS Reviews

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    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    - Nice atmosphere, work-out facility in the building, good work-life balance

    Cons

    - Salary is not competitive
    - Mergers/takeovers contribute to mess

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    It use to be a good place to work but executive changes in the past few years altered its course.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Norcross, GA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Norcross, GA

    I worked at ERDAS

    Pros

    Interesting technical and scientific problems that Intergraph/ERDAS are trying to solve for their customers. The industry in which they they serve is on a growth trajectory for many years to come and there is a need for qualified scientists, engineers and software developers there.

    Cons

    Like many companies who chase quarterly earnings, they are no different. They have become a marketing company where shortsightedness and self preservation are the norm for the the vast middle management tier. Sales and marketing are more important than quality products, the main reason they have lost record numbers of highly skilled technical staff over the past two years through voluntary departures. Hard line implementation of Agile has stifled innovation and created an environment devoid of creativity and enthusiasm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open and honest communication is a great tag-line for a managing human beings. All you have to do is follow this with your heart and listen to the assets that walk out the door everyday and return every morning.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Great place to work with motivated people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at ERDAS

    Pros

    Erdas has a pool of talented people and working with them make life interesting every day. Also the management pays attention to your ideas and gives you chance to prove yourself.

    Cons

    Uncertainty due to frequent merge and acquisition is killing the spirits.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Sweatshop atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Norcross, GA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Norcross, GA

    I worked at ERDAS

    Pros

    Interesting Geo Spatial technology if you understand the vast domain.

    Cons

    Truly a sweatshop where workers are put under heavy stress ALL the time. Poorly implemented Ajile leading to micro-management. Management thinks of itself highly, but the employees feel like they are working for FoxConn! Management induced bad morale by trying to get employees jump thru BS hoops and openly telling employees they are all replaceble.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be like Google or Apple, treat your emploees well. Its a 2 way street.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Downhill Slope at ERDAS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at ERDAS

    Pros

    - Casual work environment: no dress code
    - Decent benefits: probably more PTO time than many other companies
    - Diverse work environment

    Cons

    - Very weak/inexperienced management team: get ready for politicking, blatant maneuvering, and lack of communication - a junior team focused on watching their backs rather than steering the ship...
    - Pseudo transition to agile, but still operates like a 90's software shop: major problems coordinating software releases, which leads to stressful deadlines/pressure.
    - Might just be the economy, but serious budget constraints: hard to get access to modern hardware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - We know you report to Hexagon, but sometimes you need to take a stand on doing things right: for the company and employees. If you don't have integrity, please resign.
    - Lead by example.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Tough place to work in down economy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ERDAS

    Pros

    Very casual work environment, low stress

    Cons

    Currently in penny pinching mode. Causes unneeded stress when you have to justify even a small amount of money to spend on something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to concentrate on improving employee morale

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Working at ERDAS

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Programmer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at ERDAS

    Pros

    ERDAS in general is a very nice atmosphere to work within. There are a lot of very talented people at the company. In general the work environment is very laid back and the management are easy to talk with and they are very flexible with working arrangements.

    Cons

    The various parts that make up the company can be very cliquish, i.e. there is not a lot of sharing between the various groups.
    There has been something of a cabal that has been running the company and if you don't completely agree with their vision you can be left out in the cold.
    The financial straights that the company has been going through for the last few years has also added stress to the working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better and two way communications within the company can only help.

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    Steady downward spiral with hands-off management, hit or miss dedication to corporation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ERDAS full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Original ERDAS Inc. employees tightly knit group working with solid goals, utilizing team goals and with a spirit of unity. The company was privately owned and as soon as owners understood financial situations or had good or bad news to convey, it was fully imparted as much as possible to the company. The management first took salary cuts before staff was reduced. In fact, human assets were the last to be sacrificed in the event of downturns. Not so once ERDAS was purchased.

    Cons

    Acquisitions and hands-off management created an us against them environment turning focus of company from flagship software to parent company hardware sales. After six years of failure and law suits, company turned focus back to software with management taking praise for renewal of profits, although former ERDAS employees made the turnaround possible by doing what we knew how to do. Although one or two executives turned out to be competent and dedicated team players, management went from bad to worse with time. One leader had no qualifications to manage groups, much less a corporation. His favoritism of employees who failed to do their jobs harmed morale and business. He lasted not much longer than the competent employees he advised that Intergraph lay off at the time of the ERDAS/Intergraph merger, saving his friends by claiming they could do the work of the laid-off employees. They couldn't and left the company or were laid-off themselves. The end result was that everyone lost. Layoffs continued, cutting into the core of ERDAS history, product knowledge and innovative spirit. Leica and later Hexagon rarely communicated much to employees and then what was communicated locally often consisteted of untruths, veiled as information from the parent company. Managers were forced to lie to employees after reviews, after being forced at times to give their best employees little in raises and not allowed to determine overall distribution of raises to their staff.

    HR had either complete control of much of the company or no power whatsoever to practice ethical HR protocol, traveling to exotic locations when no apparent need for such travel existed. This should be blamed on the lack of management from the parent company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'll preface this by saying I learned much from my tenure at ERDAS, most of it positive and affirming; however, when management accepts positions without qualifications in order to make a quick buck and reap glory, staff understands this immediately. It upset most and depressed a good many. Not all employees seek to improve their position by brown-nosing but hope to create good products or work hard and earn recognition by so doing. When the bosses need too many strokes from employees to do their work, there are problems. When top management allows upper management to bully employees who don't work for them, significant issues generally exist. I'd always heard the phrase "the fish rots from the head down" but never understood it until the last few years at ERDAS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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