QAD

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Superb global team.

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Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Santa Barbara, CA
Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Santa Barbara, CA

I worked at QAD full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Beautiful, state-of-the-art facility, close-knit team, opportunities for autonomy.

Cons

Typical pressures imposed by lagging economy.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Scrutinize some middle-management positions.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fine to start here, but keep an eye on the door.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at QAD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    --Friendly people-- Most coworkers are reasonable, friendly people with good industry experience and genuine interest in their work. There isn't a lot of socializing in the corporate office, but no one is mean.

    --Semi-flexible work environment (depends on your department). Great for parents and families.

    --Working here generally isn't that demanding. Telecommuting an occasional option for most employees.

    --Gym on-site-- Kept clean and in good working order, a great place to decompress and meet people you don't otherwise encounter in your workday.

    --Lunch provided-- Nothing to write home about, but it's free.

    --Beautiful location.

    Cons

    --No opportunities for advancement or upward mobility-- Promotions and raises almost never happen. Middle management has to fight hard to reward their employees for work done well.

    --Below-average compensation and below-average supplies-- Pay is far below industry standard, which is not unusual for Santa Barbara county, but even then QAD is near the bottom of the barrel. Taking a comparable position at the same level netted me a 50% increase on my salary. Almost everyone is on a computer that is 5+ years old, with outdated software and hardware on its last legs. This is kind of par for the course--there's a consistent investment in appearance (lunch, gym), but not a lot where it counts--supplies, investment in employee development, career growth.

    --Metric-based corporate culture-- Semi-annual reviews break the company into a bell-curve of achievement with no actual impact on day-to-day life. High-performing employees are praised, but not rewarded. The same employees are penalized for over-inflated performance issues because the reporting metric requires criticism as well as critique. The review system is designed to keep everyone in their places and justify a lack of advancement across the board. The entire culture of the company focuses more on rubrics, administration, and bureaucracy than actual performance.

    Bottom line, this isn't a bad place to work, but it's a bad place to grow. If you're looking to get your first years of experience, or you're looking for a place to crank out 15 years until you can retire, work here. If you're looking to grow within a company, rather than just build skills and experience for your next job, find somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the employees you already have. If you continue to bring in young, talented people, all you're going to do is educate them enough to get their 5 years of experience and get out the door. Stop trying to keep the employee experience in stasis and start thinking about how you can develop it in a positive direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Always layoffs in tough times

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Carpinteria, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Carpinteria, CA

    I worked at QAD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere, good people on the front lines

    Cons

    People are often promoted to their level of incompetence.

    When they have a bad quarter, the upper management's answer is to layoff a bunch of people instead of working on their internal processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't blame the employees when the stock tanks.

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