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Corporate culture only concerned with the bottom line

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI

I worked at Fry

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Fry 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.

Cons

Though 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 Management

Don'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.

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    It's a job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at Fry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Public facing work Problem solving environment Work can change often, leaving a non-mondane feel Most middle managers try to treat you with respect Company offers entire solution packages, from creative, development, hosting, and project management Casual work environment, minor perks (lunches, cake, discounts, etc)

    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 2011) Compensation packages are subpar with industry (and a change from several years ago) People are scheduled for near full utilization making it hard to learn, grow, develop Communication about changes comes in dry, unclear, and poorly timed emails

    Advice to 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 to communicate, just remember that people are smart and will either figure out what is going on or assume the worst, which is deadly


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    It's just a job.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at Fry

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The atmosphere is casual, though that's changing a bit. Management generally lets you come and go like an adult. Medical benefits are pretty decent. Co-workers aren't usually hostile.

    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 / or salary adjustments are frequently promised, but rarely (if ever) materialize. Employees with seniority are leaving en masse, and morale is terrible. Projects and initiatives are reactive, rather than proactive, forever changing when a wheel gets squeaky. General lack of direction and purpose in most departments.

    Advice to 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 annual bonus. Or we might.") Stop making small token gestures to boost morale, and make a real one. Money and security are things you can take home. Leftovers from client meetings and access to a Kinect aren't. Acknowledge that individuals are doing the work of two or more people because of the exodus, and adjust your expectations accordingly.


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