Applied Systems

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It's not what you know, it's who you know...

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, IL
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, IL

I have been working at Applied Systems

Pros

1. Every Tuesday you get your choice of a free bagel.

2. Casual dress code.

3. In house cafeteria.

4. Co-workers are nice and friendly. I've made a lot of friends.

5. Occasional Company Mixers that allow you to drink and converse with Co-Workers.

Cons

1. If you're a creative, free-thinker, with amazing ideas you will not be heard.

2. The only way you'll get ahead is if you know someone.

3. Business as usual since the 80s.

4. A lot of work for minimal pay.

5. Raises are done on percentages. Don't expect getting big raises.

6. Don't expect nice work equipment. My chair is stained yellow from when people were still allowed to smoke in the office. The padding is so worn I constantly fear developing hemorrhoids from sitting in it all day.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to your employees. Understand that if you pay them fair wages you take money out of the picture, thus making everyone more productive. It turns out that when you pay people, they have a vested interest in the success of the company they work for.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Too Much Micro-Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in University Park, IL

    I have been working at Applied Systems

    Pros

    If you live in suburbs near University Park, this is a great commute. Depending on where you are coming from, it's the reverse commute, so little traffic. Overall, the building is clean and people are pleasant. Benefits are adequate, and there are other little perks. Training classes are helpful. Great place to get experience and then move on to bigger and better career opportunities.

    Cons

    Salary is on the lower end. Communication is often poor. Some management is in place because of the fact that they know someone higher up. They are subsequently not always the most knowledgeable and professional at their jobs and tend to micro-manage (sometimes to the point of borderline harassment) those under them to mask the fact that they themselves are not the most qualified. Additional/longer breaks are allowed for those who smoke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to hire more knowledgeable/professional candidates rather than those you happen to know. Increase salaries and let employees know they are worth it. Work on better communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2. 11 people found this helpful  

    If you Value doing a good job, don't work there (made it 16 years but only because I lived close)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in University Park, IL
    Former Employee - Developer in University Park, IL

    I worked at Applied Systems

    Pros

    If you like hanging out after work on your own time, you get free beer and food at least 6 times a year. If you have kids , you can get a lot of time off "caring for them".

    Cons

    1. Low Pay - Seriously, and if you manage to make more than 40 grand a year - Some VP's will push to get rid of you unless you're related, or "really good buddies" with senior management.

    2. CSS system. If you are a developer and do quality work - the CSS system will work against you as someone that is incompetent will be able to flood more PMG's into the system making it look like they are actually doing something other than sending new bugs back into the system for the competent people to fix. Suck up early and often to keep your job.

    3. Hard work and extra hours is expected and not rewarded.

    4. Some of the middle management get their promotions despite being unable to do the same tasks as those they manage.

    5. If you're a developer, you're locked in a basement (seriously) cube farm. You even have to have your monitor in a certain space. The temp control is awful most of the time, there's mold, and a leaking ceiling where the cafeteria is above the cube farm. It's also right near where maintenance has their office (with associated odors and noise). There's also an enforced dress code (unless of course, the heating/cooling is on the fritz in which case they'll let people know there's a casual day allowed - and they'll send out that e-mail after you go home).

    6. Weekly reports on your web browsing are sent to your supervisor by default.

    and much , much more...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get testing up to speed so the incompetent fools turning in hundreds of PMG's are actually punished for their poor efforts. It might look good on a graph, but it's seriously killing your product and costing you hundreds of thousands in Salary.

    Clean out the middle management soon, and stay with what those guys in Texas wanted when they bought out Bob. While their methods were draconian, the clean , lean management style did help advance the company.

    Invest more in your people instead of damage control. Stop adding berms and Bushes and Trees, and give back the Christmas bonuses in some form.

    And most of all, stop with the marketing stuff in the Quarterly updates. It's a waste of cash that can be better spent elsewhere (like on salaries and bonuses).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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