Ektron

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Updated Jul 22, 2014

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3.4 23 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

Ektron President and CEO Bill Rogers

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55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Technology centric company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsLimited career. Somtimes you wont get

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Potential success drowned by management stagnation

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Nashua, NH

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsFor 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 Senior ManagementDouble 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stay away from this sinking ship

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Nashua, NH

    ProsIf you have no experience you can grow quickly if you grease the right people.
    Manage employees more senior to you in tenure, experience and capability.
    If you talk well, you can grow to the highest levels of management. No other skills required or necessary.
    Little oversight over your day to day work.
    The right place to move from support/ services to engineering or QA and eventually be a manager there.

    ConsBias against Asian employees
    Some gender bias
    The best people left already
    People with the longest tenure also left
    No career growth
    No transparency from management
    Worst HR department ever
    People with less experience and tenure will be made your manager one fine morning with no advance intimation and they will come to your desk and tell you they are your new boss.
    A lot of senior employees left recently. You will have to take over the work they left with no documentation or help from others.
    None of the managers here have ever worked with good managers before or trained for their job. They are all frogs in the well, often first job after college - never worked anywhere else - never saw anything different anywhere else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou already know the problems and chose to ignore them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Micromanaged to death

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Nashua, NH

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet go of some control, get some experienced person in charge of engineering

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to develop a career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Nashua, NH

    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 Senior ManagementBetter communication would help morale.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I love coming to work every day.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Nashua, NH

    ProsBecause 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.

    ConsSometimes, 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 Senior ManagementKeep hiring the right people with talent and integrity.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company and great people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsMany changes but for the better.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue the great innovation of the product.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fast paced Innovative company in CXM and CMS space

    Management (Current Employee) Nashua, NH

    ProsI have been with Ektron for 2+ years.. Time went fast and enjoyed working every minute of it.. Ektron has Kept the innovation commitment for the past couple of years and looks very promising into the future.. CEO is a visionary in the space and he is very approachable to discuss ideas and to have a social conversation.. Company trying very hard to keep life & work balance in the work place..

    ConsChanges to the management in the near past.. which is a good thing in the long run

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the innovation track going forward..
    Keep improve the Work/life balance for employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awsome high tech company that has grown the product footprint and position year over year

    Regional Sales Manager (Current Employee) Nashua, NH

    ProsAmple chances to advance and improve as my own career exemplifies... going on 14 years now.
    Amazing vision and top level direction on where Ektron is going as a company based on past success and customer needs... always building new products, fast paced, exciting technology that typically leads the industry.

    ConsChange happens fast and the ability to adapt as quickly is a requirement for success.
    Up tempo requires commitment and loyalty, must be "all in" to prosper.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work, Special kudos to a few departments. New support leadership that launched the portal for customer self service. New agile engineering processes running at a high velocity. Strong go to market plans through partners and the direct sales team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company, Product, and Customers for Career Growth

    Employee (Current Employee) Nashua, NH

    Pros• Fast Paced
    • CEO is Visionary and Thought Leader
    • Senior Leadership has an open door policy and is interested in growing their employees either here at Ektron or for their future careers
    • New Senior Leadership’s focus is on customer success
    • Products trajectory is among the best in the industry

    Cons• Some perception issues in the industry due to some previous employees with an axe to grind which if you allow it can take time out of your day and allow for undue stress

    Advice to Senior Management• Stay focused on product innovation
    • Continue the path of product roll out strategies and customer success

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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