Epic Systems Corporation Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Horrible place to develop

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Epic Systems Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The food is amazing, the campus is nice (although traffic and parking is a nightmare). The pay is decent and apparently it is increasing. The benefits are very good. Epic has a huge share of the market and honestly has the best product out there. They aren't going anywhere and your job should be safe for as long as you want it. They are desperate for developers.

    Cons

    HR does not tell the truth about what you will actually be doing. Depending on what team you get placed on, the code ranges from slightly broken to profoundly broken. You will almost certainly not work with .NET. You will work with Cache (also known as MUMPS) and VB6. These are old, unsexy languages that struggle to work with modern technologies. Epic works around these limitations by being "clever" (which should set off warning bells like a depressurizing submarine). Most of their tools are homegrown or obsolete because no one supports Cache and VB6 anymore. It's possible to work 40 hour weeks by not volunteering for anything. You will work on the most boring bug fixes that they have. If you volunteer for anything your workload will increase to the 50-60 hr/week zone, trying to integrate new development into the incredibly finicky and interconnected codebase. Basically, a boring, frustrating job with questionable management and the potential for major overwork. They have a massive backlog of bugs that need to be addressed as they slowly begin to modernize their code.

    Advice to Management

    You claim to hire young, passionate, skilled programmers who like challenge, which is reasonably accurate. You then run them through a mediocre, one-size-fits-all training program and proceed to dump profoundly frustrating bug fixes on them until they give up. In my year at Epic I did not meet a single young developer with a positive outlook on their role, career, or the code base in general. If you keep trying to hire the best, they will want something more interesting than applying band-aids in the worst parts of your code base. "Developer at Epic" is not the same job as lawyer or doctor or firefighter or other dream job. People will not sit through 2 years of drudgery to prove themselves and reach a point where the job doesn't suck. They will leave and find another development job that doesn't suck. Also, consider hiring people with actual management experience. I really didn't have much faith in management from my role up to the president of the company really having a firm grasp on how to best utilize their developers or maintain a real plan moving forward.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good First Job, But Difficult to Last Too Long

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Epic Systems Corporation (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Great benefits (healthcare, dental, 401k) -Awesome pay, especially for many people's first job out of college -Young, progressive staff -Extremely smart employees

    Cons

    -Company gives an allure that they care for their employees, but ultimately they take advantage of them in many ways -High amount of travel -Extremely high, often unrealistic expectations


  3. Fine so far

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Epic Systems Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Campus is cool, food is pretty good. The crowd there is young and pretty friendly

    Cons

    Haven't done all that much here yet. But seems like a lot of work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing I guess. Haven't been around long enough to say much else


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  5. Software Developer

    Current Employee - Software Developer in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Epic Systems Corporation (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with and great pay!

    Cons

    Only one location, and the snow isn't fantastic. The amount of time off you get isn't great either.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up on time off.


  6. Software engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Epic Systems Corporation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I seriously cant think of any.

    Cons

    The worst company ever, they would drink your blood and suck your soul.


  7. Accounting Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting Assistant
    Current Employee - Accounting Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Epic Systems Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome benefits, great coworkers, super cool campus. Overall, really great company to work for.

    Cons

    Everyone is smart and driven so you really have to work hard to stand out and move up.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and make changes based on their feedback.


  8. Work hard play hard

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Texhnical Services in Verona, WI
    Current Employee - Texhnical Services in Verona, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Epic Systems Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, beautiful living, fun coworkers, and a mental challenge. Private company with ethical and quality standards / integrity. Inspiring female CEO who is nerdy but relatable.

    Cons

    Work up to 50 hr/week, plus at least a 30 min commute to live near downtown Madison. Requires great investment of effort to do well

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring. The work needs to be spread out among more of us to keep the daily schedule manageable.


  9. Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Had a great team lead

    Cons

    Some things were weird but overall it was good


  10. Wrong fit

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager & Implementation Consultant in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Project Manager & Implementation Consultant in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Epic Systems Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If this company culture fits for you, there are excellent perks for staying.

    Cons

    Many PMs believe (and do) you must work 24-7 in order to be successful; culturally, this wasn't a fit for me.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly explain that implementing software means configuring complex systems; a strong interest in computer science is a must.


  11. Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Epic Systems Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great campus, great salary for recent college grads, good project management experience

    Cons

    Wisconsin is a lot harder to adjust to. Must like what you are doing, expect 55-60 hour work weeks



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