Accela, Inc.

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Operational inefficiency

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA

I worked at Accela, Inc. full-time (more than an year)

Pros

No pressure to perform, add value or execute - so if you are looking for a company where you can show up, do some work and go home - this is the place for you.

Cons

Too many to list - highlights: junior executives (no experience running a company and it's obvious), severe micromanagement, outdated policies, outdated employees

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire folks who know how to run a software company.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Worst of Both Worlds: Small Company Resources, Big Company Silos & Micromanagement

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    Current Employee - Various Corporate and Customer Facing Roles in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Various Corporate and Customer Facing Roles in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Accela, Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you believe in helping local and state governments become more efficient by automating their processes...you might want to work here. Accela software can have a real impact. It can be cool to know you're helping governments do more with less and perform their services better even during an economic downturn. But the software still isn't as innovative as it could be.

    Cons

    If you want to work for a dynamic, flexible company that empowers its employees and has innovative management...forget about it. The whole structure of the company is weak from the top down. There's no real strategy or plan from year to year. Most of the executive team is personally connected to the owner but lack many basic business skills or education. Most of them have never worked at any successful software company. Top execs almost entirely male. Only a couple of women in senior positions. The exec culture also demonstrates disrespect for the staff. They don't empower their workers and they don't respect the expertise or advice of their employees. Even when they hire people with successful track records and deep experience at other companies they ignore their knowledge. It's the classic B-school textbook chapter about how mediocre management forces mediocrity on the entire organization. The classic downward spiral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try hiring good people and *listening* to them. Give them the tools & resources they need and then let them SOAR. Stop trying to micromanage functional areas you know nothing about. That's how successful companies happen...dudes. Another good idea would be cleaning house and replacing yourselves with execs who know how to grow successful companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Multiple implementation management

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Accela, Inc.

    Pros

    The variety and complexity of the deployment work within all sizes of government agencies provides a rewarding and challenging career option.

    Cons

    Prior to the downturn in the economy, staff were stretched thin. After layoffs and departures, staff are overworked and under rewarded for their efforts.

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