Overwatch Systems

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Talented co-workers, career-limiting management

Principal Software Engineer (Former Employee) Austin, TX

ProsThis 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.

ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementSenior 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?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A Nice Place to Work, Close to Home

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) 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… Cons: You feel like a consultant, but aren't paid for extra hours Management seems to occassionally lack direction Raises and bonuses are not… Advice to Senior Management: Compensate the employees that are landing you contracts or they will get another job. Provide more of a direction to developers so they… More
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    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Flexible place to work

    Software Engineer III (Current Employee) 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… Cons: There is no way for engineers to work remotely. This makes life challenging when working loads of overtime.… Advice to Senior Management: Allow developers to log in to the network more easily so that they can work from… More
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