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Things are not as they seem

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at HCSS

Pros

Comfortable working conditions - lots of nice perks

Every day is casual day - shorts and t-shirts normal

Good benefits - insurance fully covered

Cons

The company went through a growth spurt and cultural change over a short period of time. Changes were not all good.

Wages are far below competitive in the industry - 32K starting entry-level salary might have been acceptable back when the company was founded, but these days you might do better waiting tables.

The company has little interest in using software technologies and processes developed and refined in this century. Its legacy codebase is all that matters. We hire and train more new entry-level software developers from scratch than experienced developers with real world experience - their "modern" approach to software development is out of place, and from a business perspective it is cheaper to train new developers in a technology that won't get them a job anywhere else. The developers who are lucky enough to work with newer technologies build new products and concepts that nobody cares about.

Ridiculously complicated hiring process that wastes time and resources. It is a miracle that anybody endures it and gets an offer. The process begins with an employment test that must be taken on-site. It has absolutely nothing to do with the job and many applicants fail. If you pass, your resume gets a review and you might get a phone interview. Pass the phone screening and you get to come back to the office for several one on one interviews with your potential peers. Interviewers at this stage are often pulled in at short notice and each have their own idea of what an ideal candidate for a position is. If everyone you talk to approves, you get to come back yet again for a final round with the executives, and once again there needs to be a 100% consensus before an offer is considered. One might have better luck getting elected student body president at a small university.

An artificial culture - lots of HR fluff pumped at the newer hires and job candidates. "Culture" is a well-crafted web of deceptions and half-truths to make the company look like something it simply isn't and never will be. Many who have been here for a while realize this but generally keep quiet (or amongst themselves). Newer hires who were talented enough to land better jobs left very quickly after forming the same realization.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Develop a long term vision and stand by it. Simplify the hiring process. Consider industry standards when determining wages. Treat and respect employees like professionals who are there to give their best. This is a software company where people want to take their jobs (and be taken) seriously. Leave Disneyland in California.

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    Great employer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HCSS

    Pros

    Friendly people, great benefits, good product

    Cons

    Slightly low pay for software developer

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many opportunities for developers to advance their skill sets

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Sugar Land, TX

    I have been working at HCSS full-time

    Pros

    -Little red tape - if you're enthusiastic about working with or learning a technology - be it .NET, iOS, Android, SQL - you will get the opportunity.
    -Growing company - mobile is really taking off in this company, and opportunities to develop on iOS and Android are aplenty, as well as opportunities to take lead on projects.
    -Work from home days
    -Wellness programs - personal trainers come a few times a week to train employees in HCSS's gym, allowance to spend on wellness activities outside of work
    -Great people - Colleagues are generally friendly and laid back. It's a low-stress atmosphere, no micromanagement.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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