Keste

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Great Oracle Platinum Partner!

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX

I have been working at Keste full-time (less than an year)

Pros

You get to play with great Oracle technologies
They have Exadata and Exalogic systems in house (just a perk)
They are making money and not just spending it
They provide training (you need to request and get it approved)
Keste is full of the best and brightest people
Keste is flexible with most issues (working remote, travel restrictions, negotiations)

Let me start of by saying that I interview new Oracle candidates on a weekly basis. I have asked Keste, what exactly are they looking for in new a hire? The answer from our staffing group is always, we want the BEST and the BRIGHTEST! Keste is not looking for someone that likes to "get by" or someone that is just looking for that next job, they are looking for the top 1% of the population.

If you want a chance with Oracle and the advanced tech that surrounds Oracle, Keste is a great place to grow your already built Oracle knowledge! There are other corps out there that will run you and run you until you drop. Keste is not like that. You might get put on a project that makes you work harder than you've ever worked before, but you will learn, grow and mature from that experience. I have interviewed with the competition and the best bang for your buck IS Keste. If you're looking for a bit of fresh air, Keste can help provide that. Make sure that when you interview with Keste, you're up front with your requirements. Keste has a very difficult interview process for certain positions. If you're one of the few highly sought after Oracle consultants, you'll have no issue getting exactly WHAT YOU WANT !! If you're like everyone else and maybe you need a bit more experience or maybe you're not polished, then I would not recommend Keste to you as they are looking for Sr. type individuals.

Cons

Not really a con, but people that do not excel at Keste, probably do not enjoy fast paced and high volume work. You have to be able to work hard and adapt to change. Keste is a small company, but they have strong goals and management is always willing to listen. As with most companies that are under 300 employees, management is pretty flat. This is good and bad. I enjoy working directly for the CTO. However, he holds me to a very high standard, this can be good and bad at times. I've worked for VP's and CEO/CTOs for the majority of my career and I have found it to be very rewarding. I read one persons feedback that said that Keste was the worse place he has ever worked. That seemed a bit harsh and unwarranted. Keste is NOT the worse place to work and I promise you that if you're open, willing to adapt and hard working, Keste is actually a very pleasant company. Out of the 8 reviews (9 if you count mine), the negative reviews are from people that did not communicate well with management or didn't get along with others. Don't be hard headed people, learn about your team and be flexible, small companies like this usually have less structure and guidance.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep up the good work! With 200+ employees you might have to start allowing the employees to manage a few of those day to day tasks. Running a tight ship is how you got to where you are today and I understand that, but make sure you are empowering others, listening to others and focusing on the future. I know it's hard sometimes to "give up" power, but don't think of it as "giving up", think of it as empowering others to help you grow and mature. Keste WILL get there, but you can't carry ALL the work on your shoulders 100% of the time.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Many good things but some things to work on

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Keste full-time

    Pros

    - Great people centric CEO.
    - Very Smart technical people
    - Great relationship with Oracle

    Cons

    - Very Centralized decision making that could cause delays
    - Employees are great technical people not consistently good consultants
    - hard to understand for some decisions that involve giving responsibility to resources that have no idea how to handle them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Decentralize some decision making
    - Remove some of the redundant processes that only cause delay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you like inefficiency this is a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Keste full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful office environment
    Ability to work from home at times
    Convenient location
    Free water, coffee and tea
    You will not starve, always a lot of food around from random meetings
    They are a functioning company

    Cons

    Meetings really don't accomplish much
    Executives don't know how to lead
    Great place for a man to advance his career but not a woman
    Micromanagement is rampant
    They hire you to do a job and then put up roadblocks every step of the way
    No respect or professionalism
    They expect you to be available all the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people
    Stop spending money on things that don't really matter in the long run
    Take some executive leadership courses and put them into practice
    Lean the golden rule
    Lean how to budget

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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