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Good job to start out of school that teaches employable tools and skills useful for future endeavors.

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Current Employee - Client Services Analyst in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Client Services Analyst in Boston, MA

I have been working at Compete, Inc full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Fun, young work place.
Nice office space in downtown Boston.
Good place to start building tech tools (scripting, data visualization, etc.)

Cons

Very sales driven, without much care for project feasibility.
Work demands are sometimes unrealistically high.
Project based work is often month-based and creates a strong sense of routine.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Variable depending on the team. Good opportunities for growth, but there is a definitely a sense of bureaucracy.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Compete was great before acquisition when the leadership changed. Now the company lacks solid leadership.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Compete, Inc full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Location is great. Smart, fun people in general work for Compete. Products are interesting.

    Cons

    A big culture shift happened at Compete several years ago after Don McLagan left as CEO and the VP of Sales took over as CEO. The company, when Mr. McLagan was CEO was on the right track. Employees were happy, upper management listened to their teams, the company was doing well, teams were motivated, morale was high.

    After Scott Ernst (former Sales VP) took the helm, a sad change occurred at the upper management level. Upper management became very cut-throat and was/is generally unsupportive of mid-management and staff.

    When the company initiated an anonymous survey to all employees to assess the happiness level of employees, the results were very bad and the Exec team was surprised (the rest of the employees were not). As a result, the Exec team coordinated a management training seminar which all managers attended but the company failed to follow through and fully implement lessons learned from the seminar, thus resulting in "still bad" management and unsatisfied employees whose needs are ignored and days are overworked. Employees voices often go unheard.

    I would caution people from working here unless you like tough sales-mentality-like management and expectations that you will often work extra hours and weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your teams and truly act upon their advice. Stop pretending to listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Could be better

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Compete, Inc full-time

    Pros

    Depending on your team, you can work on some pretty interesting problems and with some smart people. Really, really, great location. Generous commuter reimbursement.

    Cons

    Management only cares about sales, it doesn't seem to care about engineers. Developer workstations/laptops are super old. There can be a lot of red tape to get things done (unless you're in sales, then you can get things done). It's hard to get IT resources. Knowing Compete tracks everything our panelists do online can leave you feeling icky sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Highlight engineering developments not just sales. Look into the perks engineers seem to get at other companies and maybe offer some of those.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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