Ektron Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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  1. Ektron

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    Former Employee - Software Quality Assurance in Telford, TN
    Former Employee - Software Quality Assurance in Telford, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    relatively small company, great working atmosphere

    Cons

    office environment not the greatest, release schedules weren't held too strictly, felt like the company could go under or be bought out (which it was eventually) every day

    Advice to Management

    To improve employee morale, don't keep the company's health status from being secret and lying about it


  2. Helpful (3)

    Beware of this company

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Nashua, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ektron full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are no real reasons to work for this company which is one of the worst employers in the area. Don't be confused by the good reviews on top. Everytime someone writes a bad review, it looks like the HR department forces 5 people to write good reviews so that job seekers can be misled into applying here. Nashua is filled with people who know about this toxic company. Just walk out the door and talk to anyone who has ever worked here before - you will just see bitterness. Read about it on reddit and other sites.

    Cons

    Gender based discrimination Race based discrimination Non experienced managers with 100% attrition record being promoted year after year Pending litigations from employees facing discrimination

    Advice to Management

    You are hopeless.


  3. A very good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ektron would let you progress as far as you were willing to work to achieve. With little exception, I found nothing in my way of career growth. When they trusted your abilities you were given autonomy and freedom. I would consider working for Ektron again if the right situation came along.

    Cons

    A lot of very young employees. Some of which are not career mature and expect to be treated as brilliant little thinkers. And at times there were too many cooks in the pot so to speak and we lacked consistent direction.

    Advice to Management

    Team building programs either in or out of work. My current company does a lot with Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Marketing in Nashua, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was able to learn a lot during my time at Ektron. My VP of Marketing was an excellent teacher and he led the marketing team through a transformation that made us one of the best performing groups in the company. Ektron offers a good work/life balance and the location is great for people who live in Southern New Hampshire.

    Cons

    Where to start? Inept leadership. Non-existent culture (sorry the ping pong table doesn't count). Lack of a cohesive product strategy. A sales organization without any sales people to do the selling. Worst of all, Ektron cannot recruit or retain talent. The amount of turnover at Ektron is astounding especially in Marketing. Mostly I'd say Ektron has become toxic. Few outside of the executive team have any faith in the leadership. The company president rarely leaves his office. Ektron is now seemingly being run by its outside venture investors who are unusually involved in the day-to-day management of the business.

    Advice to Management

    It is too late to provide any actionable advice for Ektron management, but I hope they have learned a valuable lesson for their future jobs. Invest in people and culture first.


  6. Helpful (8)

    Potential success drowned by management stagnation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office is a great location in NH, there are not a lot of technology companies in NH of this size so that's a great plus. My pay is right in line with other offers in the area. I had no complaints about my personal compensation. You might have the fantastic opportunity to work with and visit some of the most well known companies in the US. Depending on your role, travel is a possibility. Flexible hours. You are able to run errands. Go drop your car off for an oil change etc without anyone breathing down your neck. The people. Alcohol consumption, although probably technically not permitted, is widespread and accepted.

    Cons

    For many years employees followed the carrot. We were lead to believe that the company was in a much better position in the market than it actually is. While working there, you believe the story, you believe the hype. "Ektron is finally going to hit it big time", "we will revolutionize the market". When you finally step outside the door and take off your rose tinted glasses you see it for what it is. It's a company desperately trying to keep up with multiple fast moving dynamic successful companies building well conceptualized, engineered, marketed and documented products. Ektron lacks a true innovator within it's management. During a specific project we were literally instructed to "build it how XXX does it". That was the specification for a feature. Now I have no problem replicating a feature of another product if it's within the law, but where's the innovation you're touting? Whats going to spark this revolution? I've never seen so much wasted talent as I did working there. Working on poorly planned features, with no specs, no design and short time frame. Everyone did they best with what they had. The company could have been successful if they had utilized and appreciated the engineering team appropriately. Since leaving, I've witnessed customers and other developers trying to use the system. Initially I thought it was a one of usability issue, a one off bug. But after a couple of weeks I began to feel bad for them. I witnessed the frustration and the annoyance. I felt ashamed to be partly responsible for what they were experiencing. "Why do you have to..." "oh, you have to click here, then there, then go back here.... yeah i know it's strange, that's just how it is"..... "i have to do this every time?" "...it's a bug in Ektron." That's what happens with a skeleton staff of engineers spread too thin and literally no product management or project management until 2013. No project or product management for years. This explains the poorly thought out, missed features and major inconsistencies throughout the product and not the quality or competency of the engineers. No training or investment in skills. No career planning. Alcohol consumption, although probably technically not permitted, is widespread and accepted.

    Advice to Management

    Double the size of the engineering team and invest in project managers. Give these project managers and the product managers freedom to do their job. Identify and remove a few staff members who have been elevated beyond the capabilities.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Micromanaged to death

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Nashua, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ektron full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Potential for better days if there is some changes in management, good location

    Cons

    Product doesn't have the ability to influence decisions, management doesn't listen to feedback, C level micro manages everything

    Advice to Management

    Let go of some control, get some experienced person in charge of engineering


  8. Technology centric company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ektron full-time

    Pros

    Company values the engineers. Using latest technologies. Good benefits overall.

    Cons

    Limited career. Somtimes you wont get


  9. Great company and great people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management team values customer, partners and their employees. They value live/work balance and also offer great benefit from healthcare to office fun.

    Cons

    Many changes but for the better.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great innovation of the product.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to develop a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very interesting and fun market and product - Senior managers are approachable - Career growth opportunities are there for those that go after them - Fast pace, good place to learn

    Cons

    - Benefits are average - Morale has its ups and downs

    Advice to Management

    Better communication would help morale.


  11. Helpful (1)

    I love coming to work every day.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ektron full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Because Ektron is a smaller-sized company, my contributions have more of a direct impact on our success.The people I work with are excellent and professional; they are the best! I have creative input and license because they trust me to do a great job. I often wake up early to get to work because I want to. The location in Nashua is great for my commute and also puts me in reach of anything I need or want (such as errands at lunch time). I also think that adjustments to the business in the past couple of years have been very positive, and the revenues are demonstrating that we are on a great track.

    Cons

    Sometimes, it has felt like flying crop-dusting (flying by the seat of our pants) but over the last couple of years or so, Ektron has steadily lifted and become airborne (initiating better, more predictable controls) and is growing to another level. Small companies often have ups and downs, but Ektron is making the right decisions and growing and won't be small for much longer.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring the right people with talent and integrity.



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