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Excellent company stability and a ton of growth potential

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berwyn, PA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berwyn, PA

I have been working at Vertex (Pennsylvania) full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Growth potential, innovative and collaborative culture, stable environment, work/life balance, benefits, etc.

Cons

If you do not like collaboration then this environment is not for you.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue to listen to your employees as the company grows.

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    Unrealistic expectations at every corner.

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    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Berwyn, PA
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Berwyn, PA

    I worked at Vertex (Pennsylvania)

    Pros

    If you're a Java developer - you'll probably love it, and they'll probably love you. If not good luck. In either case see #5, if you can live with that, you'll probably be ok. Those that do "survive" do so for a very long time - there is little turn-over here but that has both it's positives and negatives. Positive because it's stable, negative because there is never a "changing of the guard."

    Even though they are suspect of it, you can work remotely. You are given a lot of leeway in dealing with family / life / little kid Dr appointments around your work schedule, yet in a backhanded way you will be criticized for it.

    Compensation amongst the "contingent" is slightly above market - but at least it beats below market.

    Cons

    Where to begin...
    1. If you work in "software" either coding / analysis / management, etc if your expertise is anything but Java forget about it. You WILL be looked down upon - even to the point of being of told of "negative comments" - borderline inappropriate, about others who work in your field. There is a reason why others in your field are leaving - they are tired of it.

    2. Positive feedback is completely non-existent, even to the absurd of being chastised about best-practices, and opinions in your field - so all those years you've been doing the work you have are just incorrect. Instead you will be belittled, corrected, told how wrong you are.

    3. Process - this place is fantastic at following a set of processes that is needlessly complicated (much like the work before you that you are expected to fix), never seamlessly followed, and never communicated until after the fact. Not even their own repository is isolated from the build process which the end customer has access to. No branching / tagging - even developers are frowned upon from doing this; no isolated environments for dev, test, UAT, production.

    4. Radical Assumptions - this is NOT the place to work if you, like most normal human beings, take a break once in awhile to read current events, facebook, go for a walk, etc. You like most others, get your job done but realize you're not a monkey and can't do this for 8hrs straight. Let anyone else see what is running on your screen and you WILL catch hell for it.

    5. Ridiculous Fiefdom - the lead developers are regarded as gods. Enough said. You're wrong, get used to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be increasingly obvious reasons why you either can't find or retain talent in areas for which your products depend, but are not connected to Java. "Middle management" - the one's overseeing your project, seriously need to take a course on motivation and how to cultivate real productivity in your drones - lesson 1: your employees especially your "contingent" are not drones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great if you are a long term employee

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berwyn, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berwyn, PA

    I have been working at Vertex (Pennsylvania)

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent. Business problem is varied, interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    Management focuses on continuous long term strategy develoment and seems detached from the real business challenges and opportunities. Too many teams of overlapping responsibiltiy leaves no one responsible and a chaotic organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a COO and senior staff with real experience in their disciplines and build a real organization and a culture that values new approaches

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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