Fry
2.9 of 5 30 reviews
www.fry.com Ann Arbor, MI 150 to 499 Employees

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Corporate culture only concerned with the bottom line

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Ann Arbor, MI

ProsFry does employ some very talented developers. You're always going to find someone willing to spend some time to help when you're stuck, need something explained, or just to bounce ideas off of. If you're looking to break into the e-commerce field, Fry could be a good place to start. You'll be exposed to large clients with diverse requirements.

ConsThough the sign on the outside may say Fry, make no mistake that this company is now MICROS. The culture now reeks of that large, corporate mentality that's only concerned with the bottom line. Emphasis is placed on working as many billable hours a week as possible. There is no real mentorship for junior or senior-level developers, nor is there any involvement in the very active Ann Arbor developer community. Though management pays lip-service to Fry being an innovative company, the projects are all cookie cutter and almost no investment is made in investigating anything new. The proprietary e-commerce framework used for every project is out-dated, missing features that clients expect, and doesn't scale well for some clients' requirements, thus leading to poorly built solutions that are difficult to maintain. Management does constantly ask for feedback, but never acts on any of the feedback received.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't assume that what has worked for you in the past will continue working in the future. This industry is constantly evolving, and you'll die if you don't evolve with it. Act on the feedback you're getting from your employees. You've hired really talented people who all have great ideas -- let them contribute.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a job

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    Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at Fry


    Pros: Public facing work Problem solving environment Work can change often, leaving a non-mondane feel Most middle managers try to treat you with… Cons: Parent company is struggling to understand business (MICROS) Senior leadership caught in a whirlwind of exodus Direction of the company not clearly determined at this point (Mid… Advice to Senior Management: Determine your direction and drive toward it Hire associates who subscribe to the culture and direction set forth Lead, follow, or get out of the way Continue… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    It's just a job.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at Fry


    Pros: The atmosphere is casual, though that's changing a bit. Management generally lets you… Cons: Upper management has been stripped of all authority since the Micros-Retail acquisition. Middle-management titles are handed out like candy, in lieu of higher compensation. Spot bonuses and… Advice to Senior Management: Gather more information from Micros before terrifying employees in all-hands meetings (e.g. "We're more profitable than we've ever been, and that's why nobody's getting their… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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