Election Systems & Software Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Mixed Bag

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

    Pros

    Lots of hard work in an interesting industry. Good entrepreneurial spirit and people who are interested in their jobs.

    Cons

    Management is endlessly playing games with salaries, which are in the low range. Lots of talk about pay raises and bonuses that never materialize or are less than expected. This especially happens during the interview process when they want you to come on board. Quality of management ranges from very good to very poor.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Nothing special

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Base compensation good, but otherwise nothing to write home about.

    Cons

    No real investment in employees. Organization overall pays on the lowest 10-15th percentile in all markets...as a result they cannot attract average-to-top talent. Exec management is old and stuck in their ways. With job economy becoming healthy it will be difficult for them to retain their top talent. Better benefits, relaxed atmosphere, and profit sharing/bonuses would be a starting point. Overall they need to pay 5-10% higher on average.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your most important asset: people. Run the company with the intent of making your best people love it. Currently your best people work there just because they are naturally driven and the economy was not previously healthy.


  3. Lukewarm

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Contractor in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Election Systems & Software full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, friendly people. Company had fresh fruit delivered daily for everyone, which may sound like a ridiculous thing for a review, but it was the only highlight of my day. At first glance management seems open to new ideas and technologies. Initially took the position as a possible career move.

    Cons

    Disorganization among actual project aims, and disconnect between upper and mid-management. When project quality is questioned by front line employees, mid-management is more likely to accept sub par work as long as it "looks" good. Upper management seems clueless to what mid-management is, or isn't, doing. Atmosphere lukewarm, like nice people sleepwalking.

    Advice to Management

    A more hands-on approach from top management to what your direct subordinates are actually producing.


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  5. Software Development

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Election Systems & Software (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good place to work looking for new ideas and thus you are able to add your input to the mix of other managers and employees

    Cons

    revenue stream up one year down the next 3 due to the election cycle. Attempts to improve this reality have not been very successful


  6. intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Intern in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    best place for a opurtunity

    Cons

    no cons no cons no cons


  7. Good place to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Great, caring, friendly co-workers; - Good benefits.

    Cons

    - Lack of advancement opportunities; - Pay is as little as they can get by with; - Overtime is not appreciated or rewarded but it is expected.

    Advice to Management

    Walk your talk and put your money where your mouth is!


  8. Helpful (3)

    Managment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Election Systems & Software full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The doers. The ones that stayed were very hard workers and underappreciated.

    Cons

    Nepotism. Controlling. Volatile. Underpaid. Worked everyone endless hours until they would give up and quit or they use that person as the excuse for the strenuous working environment and fire them. They use and abuse people that have high levels of work ethic. They turned the meaning of doer into equaling peon. They made it known that a leader is not a doer. Half of the company has the title manager and they use that title to dominate and demand. Titles are the end all there. Fake it to make it. Politics are out of control. Secret vacations are done every year to take the top employees out to celebrate. It was NEVER the employees that poured their blood, sweat, and tears into the work. Anyone associated to the boys club is treated like king. The boys club would spend hundreds entertaining themselves with dinner and drinks while the doers are given a 30$ a day food fee when traveling. If you get caught up in the hype about being a part of a historical company and stay you will end up sleep deprived, unhealthy, angry at the world, and volatile. I can't think of one person there that hadn't lost it in tears at some point over how they were treated and I worked there for a long time.

    Advice to Management

    I use to think I could help change your environment but now that I have been exposed to real healthy companies I wouldn't know where to start. The only thing I would say is please appreciate what you have in the doers they deserve to be appreciated and paid for their worth.


  9. Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good hours, flexibility, good pay

    Cons

    Nepotism/favoritism is pretty rampant and affects departments. Not much room to grow if you are looking to move up in your career. Stuck in old ways of tenure = promotions. Titles carry more weight than necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Promotions should be by employee value and not last names.


  10. Helpful (3)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Mediocre at best

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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