Election Systems & Software

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Election Systems & Software Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Omaha, NE

    I worked at Election Systems & Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun, great co-workers, ability to give opinion

    Cons

    all male management - hard for women to advance to C or E level

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A strange place to work.

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Election Systems & Software as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked with a few talented developers but the good ones didn't stay long.

    This would be a good place for a new developer to learn at and then leave.

    ESS is located in Omaha, NE which has a thriving tech industry so finding better opportunities doesn't take long.

    Cons

    This was a strange place to work. Communication between employees and departments was definitely an issue. There seemed to be a new disaster each day that resulted in long hours and people running around panicked. Deadlines seemed to be set by when someone wanted something done and not based on what needed to be accomplished, number of resources, etc.

    As a contractor I don't pay attention to company politics, this gives me the luxury of being brutally honest with the client. I was hired for my expertise in a specific area of technology. After roughly two weeks I wrote up an assessment of the project for my manager. My manager was a good guy and understood the issues but he was also a new employee and didn't want to rock the boat.

    The lead on the project was in over his head and the team had a code to the lowest common denominator. If he didn't understand how something worked, like reflection, we didn't use it. This was an important project given the circumstances, probably worth millions of dollars and it was shocking to see it sink because of a lack of experience. For a greenfield project the code was a mess and SOLID principals were tossed out the door. This was the first time I've ever "fired" a client. I learned that another developer on the team left a week or so later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm an expert in my area and not really qualified to tell ESS how to fix their problems. I'd look around at the companies you're losing talented people too and start there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The election industry is cyclic so be prepared to be laid off on the off election years. "Oops, we've hired to many"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Election Systems & Software full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Somewhat Flexible with time if your in with your manager, otherwise your the only one every actually working in your department.
    Good holiday schedule.

    Cons

    Terrible communication internally between departments.
    Focused more on keeping people that are terrible at their jobs, but have been there for years instead of keeping truly talented staff new to the company. Company needs to reduce nepotism and cronyism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This if for the CFO....Take notice of what actually goes on in the departments. Managers taking credit for their employees work. Getting rid of someone because they can and not because their not doing their job. Managers are not always consistent or fair with all of their employees. They pick favorites and the others suffer. I was there for several years and saw this with almost every department, especially the one I worked in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocre at best

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Election Systems & Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible with time when not putting out fires.
    Good holiday schedule.
    Decent pay if early in career

    Cons

    Understaffed in many areas, and they don't seem to want to fix that, rather they expect ridiculous hours to make up for over-promising to customers.

    Terrible communication internally between departments. Development was continuously left rushing to include features that sales had told customers already existed, while fixing bugs from previous rush of coding.

    Focused more on keeping people that are terrible at their jobs, but have been there for years instead of keeping truly talented staff new to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out the cancer that stifles the rest of the company. Yes you keep meeting profit goals, but instead of meeting profit goals every year, blow them out of the water by letting the truly talented individuals (if you still have any left) do what they do best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many hard-working, knowledgeable people thwarted by owner-placed execs and inexperienced high school classmates

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Election Systems & Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Culture very training oriented and still a few well experienced management.

    Cons

    chaotic "I am too important to do this and I don't care" attitude, often at the customer's expense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The election industry is cyclic so be prepared to be laid off on the off election years.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Support Manager in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Production Support Manager in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Election Systems & Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good people to work with easy access location.

    Cons

    One can be expected to work very long hours if needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good pay, but no advancement opportunities.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Rockford, IL

    I worked at Election Systems & Software

    Pros

    Very good pay. Easy going work environment; that is it is not regimental. Good R&D funding for development tools. Excellent office spaces.

    Cons

    Products are arcane, and company deliberately stifels innovation to reduce re-certification costs; have been told NOT to fix bugs because the change will cause another certification cycle. No room for advancement. Company tends to hire from outside rather than promote from within. Does not respect seniority at all; layoffs by mid-managers tend to be used to get rid of peole thay don't like personally rather than less qualified and less time on the job. Too much nepotism. No profit sharing. Don't be come to proprietary; you might be out the door on a moments notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring mid-level managers from outside the company. Company needs to reduce nepotism and cronyism. Many new hires come from the same company. Establish a profit sharing program. No. He operates in a vacuum, and has been growing the company by buying smaller companies rather than developing from within. Typically have ended up with inferior additional products that usually have bugs or technical faults.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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