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Keep looking if you enjoy growing your career or technology skills

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Former Employee - Senior Member of the Development Team  in  Yardley, PA
Former Employee - Senior Member of the Development Team in Yardley, PA

I worked at Activant Solutions (California)

Pros

There are some really great and talented people that work here. They offer an extremely competitive benefits package. They do pretty well salary wise, as long as you don't want raises.

Cons

I'll just start by saying that the biggest of con of working here is that you career will stagnate to the speed of a snail. This may not be a cons for some, but it was for me. I enjoy learning new technologies and creating new products. However, you will only have the opportunity to do this work if you are in upper management or are one of the chosen people.

They implement new development methodologies (SCRUM) without making any effort to remove the old processes. Everything stays the same while you are given more meetings and processes to follow. Eventually, they will implement so many processes and meetings that no work will get done. They are actually not that far from it now.

Since most of the upper management in the development team has been with the company for a very long time, there aren't really any new thoughts being brought into the development team. You are encouraged to bring new ideas to the table, however don't expect to be able to implement them or have them implemented. For some of the management, this has been their only job since they graduated college. Apathy runs rampant on the development team. Most of the staff just doesn't care.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You have a large talented staff. If you want to keep the strongest technologists, let them breathe and stop slowing their progress with meetings and processes. You will be shocked with the team that you have built if you just let them do what they do best, develop software.

Doesn't Recommend
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Other Reviews for Activant Solutions (California)

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work long ago. Senior and Middle management is sorely lacking in management skills

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    The people you work WITH across the country are a good group.

    Cons

    All executive management is concerned about is the bottom line. Sadly, eventually the fact that they have completely disregarded their employees will affect the bottom line in the end when they lose these people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN to your employees dont just pretend that you are

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    doing the best they can with resources at hand

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    the people and customers are the best, fair management team, hard work and long hours will pay off with good rewards

    Cons

    long hours, and demanding work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen and promote your internal talent

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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