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17 people found this helpful

Run, don't walk.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

I worked at Innovative Interfaces, Inc full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

There used to be tons of pros: a library tech company run by librarians, flexible schedules, talented, driven people, hard workers, nice atmosphere, strong customer focus, etc. Those USED to be the pros. Sadly, none of that really exists any more, so I can't honestly think of a single pro for working at this horrid place.

Cons

Pretty much everything about working there. VERY low salaries; secret 'bonuses' to a rare few that are laughable, bordering offensive; dismal work environment; employees are written up for not showing deference to senior management (yes, this really happens), 'cash is king' attitude means there is absolutely no value from the management to the long-standing loyal employees -- they're just dead weight that make too much money, so fire them and farm it out to India. Seriously, don't work here.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay your employees a fair market salary. Get over your need to be placed on a pedestal and stop demanding deference. Show some true appreciation for the few people that have not yet fled this sinking ship of a company, before whatever soul is left in Innovative is gone.

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  1. 16 people found this helpful

    Was ok for many years. Not anymore.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Innovative Interfaces, Inc full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Generous vacation time if your job allows you to take it.

    Cons

    With the recent change in ownership, the company is going through organizational chaos, and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight. Employees are valued much lower than the business's bottom line. This is a complete reversal to what the previous management valued. The people who worked here made the company great. With layoffs and the best people leaving after opening offices in seemingly less expensive places, we're left with a larger company that is propped up with alarmingly little industry knowledge, broken processes, and extreme inefficiencies. With a larger company full of what the new management likes to think are skilled professionals, we are somehow outputting much less than we used to,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing games with the intellectual property of your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Innovative Interfaces, Inc Response

    Jun 18, 2014

    Innovative has gone through a big, very big transition over the last year. We are becoming a global company with employees located all over the world. We appreciate that it is a particularly hard ... More

  2. 14 people found this helpful

    Was a great place to work for years, but not after private equity acquisition

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    Former Employee - Service in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Service in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Innovative Interfaces, Inc full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work (with libraries), intelligent coworkers, great customers.

    Cons

    New management has a very short-term perspective, which is sad after years of slow, steady growth and genuine partnership with customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get on with your sale (or whatever you're planning), hopefully to a buyer who understands the library market. Long-standing customers are losing their trust in Innovative as a brand, just as long-standing employees have lost touch with the mission of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Innovative Interfaces, Inc Response

    Jun 18, 2014

    The mission of creating a fabulous company that cares about creating and enhancing software to help libraries thrive is still very much alive and well. It is harder to do now because we have ... More

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