Overwatch Systems

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Talented co-workers, career-limiting management

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Austin, TX

I worked at Overwatch Systems

Pros

This is a place where your co-workers will be strong and you will be able to build your skills in many ways. They do (sometimes) pay overtime and they promote from within. They will provide opportunities to lead, if you want them, though those opportunities are typically quite low-level. Think responsibility without matching authority, autonomy or compensation. If you are a talented developer looking to work with other talented developers and are approximately mid-level in your career, Overwatch can provide solid opportunities for growth.

Cons

There is no rational incentive to work harder than average or get into any leadership role with Overwatch.

If you take a lead role, you get no raise, yet have more to live up to on your performance review. Performance reviews are set to prevent rewarding more than 2-4% of the employees, regardless of individual performance, across the board. Since more than that percentage of the workforce is in a lead position, the lead is doing themselves a disservice by accepting the additional requirements.

If you simply perform your job just as you are asked to do, you will be graded as meeting expectations. Going the extra mile in any capacity, from trying to improve quality to the skills of those around you to sacrificing time with your family, working free overtime, producing more than the next coder, stepping up to a lead position (without the additional pay), or even working through Christmas multiple years in a row (real example) will not be enough to earn you anything better than "meeting expectations", as there will be at least a few handfuls of others who will do this, and only a couple of folks are allowed to exceed expectations.

Also, mistakes are quickly and publicly punished. One does themselves no favors by taking risks, as success gains no rewards and failure is quite publicly, quickly and harshly punished.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Senior management, ask yourself: why are there so many shouting matches among your leaders? Not the programming-leads, the actual hands-on leadership: architects, managers and above. Why is it that there is such a silo-effect throughout the company, with one faction battling the other faction for control? And why deny Christmas vacations for so many year after year?

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Nice Place to Work, Close to Home

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Overwatch Systems

    Pros

    Many of the programmer's are sharp and top notch
    Generally everyone is easy to work with
    There are a lot of fun state of the art things you get to work on
    Very flexible work environment
    Great office spaces with available views of the greenbelt, you don't necessarily work in a cube.
    Close to home
    Management does give out lots of certificates and lunches for jobs performed well.

    Cons

    You feel like a consultant, but aren't paid for extra hours
    Management seems to occassionally lack direction
    Raises and bonuses are not great for the general employee population
    Benefits are mediocre compared to other companies
    Tech leads don't get paid any more than a senior programmer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate the employees that are landing you contracts or they will get another job. Provide more of a direction to developers so they can more easily plan tasks. Make the tech lead a position that not only has more importance, but increases compensation for the tech lead.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Flexible place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Overwatch Systems

    Pros

    One of the best things about Overwatch Systems is they are very flexible with work schedules. Taking time off is fairly easy and engineers do not always need to report when they will be out.

    Cons

    There is no way for engineers to work remotely. This makes life challenging when working loads of overtime. Projects tend to end at Christmas time, so that is when the engineers are working the most overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow developers to log in to the network more easily so that they can work from home sometimes. Pay and benefits need to be improved now that additional compensation is not an option.

    No opinion of CEO
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