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Dysfunctional

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Manager  in  Houston, TX
Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

Pros

+Excellent people
+Nice perks (free snacks, ice cream, etc)
+Good location (Houston office)
+Good products with satisfied customers
+Growth company that's doing very well financially
+Excellent internship programs
+Culture and values are great

Cons

-Extremely disorganized
-Senior management are very reactive and never follow through with a plan
-Compensation not very competitive
-Little room to grow; still a small company at heart
-Lack of communication between groups
-Difficulty making decisions
-Internal politics becoming a big problem
-Expect employees to work long hours; poor work/life balance
-Very high turnover

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Delegate. If you want the company to grow at the rate that's being communicated to Wall Street, the same three people can't be making every single decision. The lack of trust senior management has in employees is detrimental to morale and hurting productivity.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other reviews for PROS

  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Lot of talk and drum beating to attract investors, final results are a joke. Look at profit, revenue and P/E.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Very rigiorous interview process for Developers (only).
    New technologies being tested all the time.
    Free drinks and chips and candies.

    Cons

    Very few leaders. CEO has a good vision, but dictatorial. Has some close buddies whom he promoted soley to have total control over all departments.
    Every other person is a VP or director. It is quite common to have a layer of 3 or 4 VPs reporting to each other.
    Lot of glitter from the outside to attract good talent, who will like it for a while until they realize things are different.
    Development Team is the strongest both in quality and politics.CEO was from that department so they take all decisions about the product and the product mangement team is basically a group of note takers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please share the wealth. Make each and every employee a part of the success not by praising and handing out end of year worthless gifts, but providing things that you and your favorite employees enjoy - bonus plans, and sell them stock options at the same price as you get them.
    Think about the customer. Yes, think about the customer. Think about a product with having cool capabilities and not just cool technologies. Dont first build products and then expect customers to buy it just because you think it is a good product. There is a lot of domain knowledge specially in the airline side, use them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    A good place to learn corporate politics

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, average pay & benefits, travel.

    Cons

    Very hard to grow, lack of direct support (technical/managerial), they expect you to be self-efficient from the beginning, which is difficult as often hire people with little technical backgrounds - but this is good for their contracts, if they hire people with technicalities who can crash through projects with less than estimated billable hours, their clients would complain for paying too much. In this sense working inefficiently is beneficial to them, as long as it can be controlled.

    You need to find your own allies here and socialize with them on regular basis, it'd make life a lot easier. This place is not for everyone, especially if you are not from the greater Texas area, those who grew up locally and went to school in UT or UH tend to have better networking opportunities with senior employees, otherwise, be prepared to work 150% harder and do lots of ass-kissing, seriously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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