Applied Systems

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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)

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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).

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lots of work little reward.

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    Current Employee - Support Tech Lvl I in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Support Tech Lvl I in University Park, IL

    I have been working at Applied Systems

    Pros

    Very family friendly company. They are so supportive of their employees with families. They have a room setup for nursing mother and even expectant mother parking.

    Cons

    They don't like to hire new employees for their smaller products so there can be a lot of work for those people. It also seems like people are always moving around and switching positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer better compensation to your employees and let us know where we stand. As it is you have no idea what the pay range is for your position so you have no idea what raises mean.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company to get the first 1-2 years experience but no long term possibilities in any department.

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in University Park, IL

    I have been working at Applied Systems

    Pros

    The culture is very laid back. People can enjoy some flexibility in schedules and management is very accepting of a variety of schedules. Easy to make friendships and co-workers are great to work with.

    Cons

    Information is rarely communicated between departments. Information is gathered by trial and error rather than from training. Ever evolving software is difficult to retain conversion consistencies which opens the door for more errors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to retain the talent by training and compensating adequately across the industry, not just South Chicago. Provide a clear progression of raises/promotions to give employees a goal to work towards.

    No opinion of CEO
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