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Don't work here unless you enjoy being abused!

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I worked at Descartes Systems

Pros

The people working there are great and work well together, even under the extreme amounts of stress and expected extra working hours.
You can be open about looking for another job, because everyone working there is!

Cons

No work life balance. Management/Executives suggest how life should be, but do not follow through making employees work long hours, including weekends without any extra compensation. No raises for a number of employees for years, however the CEO het a 119% salary increase?
Always working under cutbacks, refusal to purchase badly needed IT infrastructure due to lack of cash flow. Goal is to bandage everything and spend no money.
They would rather expect an employee to work 24/7/365 to keep stuff working manually than pay to fix it properly, and don't expect a bonus, a raise, or even a thank you for doing this extra work.
Staff is underpaid and over worked.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Start treating your employees with respect. Start spending some money to make things better. The IT infrastructure is sadly underfunded.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Nice vertical but management is technical top heavy and have limited business types

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Descartes Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Distributed work environment is great.
    Pay is good.

    Cons

    Heavily matrix structure
    Too distributed
    Heavily off-shored development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more business people
    Be more business focused

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Not the best company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Manager in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Descartes Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A set work schedule. The ability to work overtime. A relaxed office environment.

    Cons

    Unhealthy working conditions. Overworked staff and underpaid. The bonus and salary increase structure is false. Employees have received stellar performance evaluations with no compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate staff and their hard work ethics. Give out incentives and awards. Create room for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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