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An all-too-easy place to be stuck

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Current Employee - Quality Assurance  in  Verona, WI
Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Verona, WI

I have been working at Epic Systems Corporation full-time for less than a year

Pros

Management with farsighted plans, no needless crushing or controlling policies, that takes social responsibility issues pretty seriously. Whimsical campus (sadly, that fades into the perceptual background pretty fast, but it keeps popping back up as a plus too) and delicious food. Many bright and engaging coworkers. There is a ratrace, but participation is strictly optional (in fact, not really an option in the QA role).
QA is the lowest-stress role, hours 40-42/wk, 50 max in stressful moments.

Cons

Epic will tell you they're special, different from other companies, etc. They have a tendency to exaggerate their good deeds and policies, and there are many people around who swallow it uncritically. If you are bored by white and Asian yuppies, you'll find yourself very sad here.
Specific to the QA role, pay is low and increases slowly, and the role is not really respected by other roles. The chances of transitioning the work you do from boring things to interesting things is pretty low- odds are you'll test software day in and day out as long as you stay at the company.
Specific to me, I am infected with Generation Y special yuppie-ism. It is a lifelong and incurable infection. I studied beautiful and interesting things in college, and only came here after a year of failed applications to more interesting jobs, with the knowledge that grad school is a horrific economic trap. I despise testing software, my motivation levels fall and fall, and I probably will not be able to hold my job here much longer. If you are a more hardworking person than I, you may last longer, but your attitude will steadily get grimmer. If you are more like me and unable to beat yourself into doing boring things day in and day out, you will probably end up one of Epic's demoralized and ineffective liberal arts grad QAers who thought they were above doing a job robots will one day be able to do, and whether you're invited to leave will depend solely on the whim of your immediate manager.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I'm sure you get a lot of more generally applicable advice from better writers than me. So I'll stick to an issue specific to me: be warned, intelligence tests and looking at people's college records won't warn you that some people's heads are just irredeemably in the clouds, no amount of doing a little good or having a little fun or making a little money will pull them down. The work to be done does not line up with human interests. You would be wise to inform yourself with this fact before the desperate battle you face in motivating your employees.
Also, get over yourselves/get some perspective. You're good at what you do, but so are many people. You got lucky. Many people equally talented are your underlings, their talents kept in check by the endless supply of mindless things they have to do.

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No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fun work with a lot of significance.

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Epic Systems Corporation as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Pays well, good benefits, engaging work. The campus is beautiful, and Madison has great access to outdoors-y stuff nearby, along with a lot of good restaurants and shops along state street.

    Cons

    The intern program felt a little disorganized, and is relatively new.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Your skills can rust here

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Epic Systems Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - I hear the base pay has increased
    - Food in the cafeteria is good

    Cons

    - Outdated technology like cache and VB6
    - The CEO is like a dictator and decides everything
    - I suspect HR fakes reviews on review websites and salaries. Check out the flowery English!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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