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Helpful (5)

Great place for a developer

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Former Employee - Systems Developer
Former Employee - Systems Developer

I worked at OverDrive full-time (More than a year)

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

There seems to be a lot of negative comments, those may be from other dept. but the development teams were typically great. Good for recent college grads, you'll be able to learn quite a bit on the job if you aren't up to par on the .net framework. As long as you have the fundamentals down you'll do great. The systems team staff is very knowledgeable. -Semi-flex schedule -People are generally nice -You get to work with the latest technologies -Nice work environment(new building) -Good place to learn and grow -Get to work on cool projects -Decent benefits

Cons

Pay could be better, occssional long work days a little before I left

Advice to Management

Promote talent faster.

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  1. Helpful (6)

    Growing pains really hurt my excitement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OverDrive full-time

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

    Pros

    Brand new campus in a nice building, things like outside patio and walking path are nice to use during lunch.

    Cons

    Micromanagement has taken it's toll on OverDrive. This company has so many bright talents that just can't shine because the executive and director-level staff hold them from truly utilizing their talents. They claim that they look for "outside the box" thinkers, but it has to fit within their world still or else it gets directed right back to being inside the box. The ability to move up inside this company is very hard, it's filled with college grads-3 years of experience and 10 years + experienced. If you are one of the unfortunate few between those you pretty much have to wait for somebody to move until you have a chance to move up. OverDrive has recently become very reactive to the market, with heat from competitors burning at their feet I saw them immediately clamshell and go back to the old ways of doing things...like they did 20 years ago. They used to thrive on innovation, now you just have to be able to meet the status quo because innovation is generally seen as a bit too much outside of their realm. It's really a top-down issue at OverDrive, and it starts straight at the top. Between micro-management and poorly-planned and poorly-executed ideas it was too much to be a part of. OverDrive has recently become the kid on Christmas that wants the most toys and not the best, brightest and most-useful toys. That is very unfortunate. Some departments put in some serious overtime all for a glorious pat on the back, never seems to be a real appreciation for those staying late then half of the senior level management. Growing pains really hurt their ability to be proactive to the market. With over 200 employees now, they still want to occasionally run it like a 50 person company.

    Advice to Management

    Quit getting in your own way! If you learn to actually trust and respect your employees you will come up with a much better product. Quit with the hypothetical deadlines just so you can show off pretty-looking things at tradeshows, if you want to do that, plan ahead! Also, if you want to be that "cool" tech facility, then be it, you have a 2013 campus with 1995 policies and thought processes. One last thing...quit with the words "Fire Drill". Do some planning ahead!


  2. Helpful (5)

    Be skeptical. Nothing at this company is like it seems on the surface.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OverDrive full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The CEO is great at selling a vision. Be skeptical though as this is a vision that company has a great deal of trouble following through on.

    Cons

    Be skeptical of the reviews from June 23, 2013 through June 26, 2013. Notice that they are the only positive reviews submitted and all within a few days of each other. All other reviews submitted prior to this timeframe were unanimous in that this company is terrible. I suspect their management is trying to mask the image that the company is a terrible place to work. This is just like the company runs, they make promises and statements to customers that are way off base from the truth.


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