HCSS Reviews

Updated July 8, 2015
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  1. Great employer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HCSS

    Pros

    Friendly people, great benefits, good product

    Cons

    Slightly low pay for software developer


  2. Helpful (2)

    Be careful

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HCSS full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Probably a great opportunity for entry level marketing, programming, etc. Their average hire age is 25 (which should be in the con section). Great potential but....

    Cons

    I was hired to make some serious changes and I reported directly to the president. That did not sit well with others in upper management, which made things very difficult - but that was anticipated. I don't think these guys are going to get to the next level in their industry unless there is a massive change in their develop direction, how they are handling their legacy products, and how they address the needs of their market. They might be at their peak. From what I experienced, the necessary changes may be impossible without the president (and founder) leaving and staying away - plus a large group of other management. Time will tell. Maybe they will do what needs to be done when another company does what they should be doing - and have the ability to do. But in reality, most other software companies that successfully developed out of the 80s, but have failed to overcome their legacy software are in the same boat. As a whole, the employees are very inexperienced. Almost every upper-level manager has been moved up and several are very young and green. Such managers are very easy to control and command low salaries. Many of the experienced ones are quietly riding out their time. I would agree with most all of the management cons provided here, and would assume that most of the pros are from younger employees. If you are a seasoned software professional and/or executive manager, I would advise you to stay away or use great caution. Have a good backup plan or a great employment contract that will protect you.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit a game changer, hand it over, and retire.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Ok company for the right person

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at HCSS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Most of the people are great to work with They have an ok onsite gym and offer onsite workout classes You can work from home if your manager lets you

    Cons

    Somewhat childish environment which can make it hard to get work done. There is a clear difference in how the development side of the company and the services side of the company is run. The development side has the upper hand.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Not Me

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HCSS

    Pros

    Software they have generated is by far industry leading.

    Cons

    Seems the owner is a tyrant. One should learn that once you get to a point in the Coroporate world/; You stp back. You allow the people you yourself have hired to do a job to do just that. There jobs. You do NOT micro manage personel and then call it culture.

    Advice to Management

    Do not work for this firm .


  6. Helpful (2)

    Many opportunities for developers to advance their skill sets

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Sugar Land, TX

    I have been working at HCSS full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Little red tape - if you're enthusiastic about working with or learning a technology - be it .NET, iOS, Android, SQL - you will get the opportunity. -Growing company - mobile is really taking off in this company, and opportunities to develop on iOS and Android are aplenty, as well as opportunities to take lead on projects. -Work from home days -Wellness programs - personal trainers come a few times a week to train employees in HCSS's gym, allowance to spend on wellness activities outside of work -Great people - Colleagues are generally friendly and laid back. It's a low-stress atmosphere, no micromanagement.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.


  7. Helpful (5)

    An excellent place to work

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

    I have been working at HCSS full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Yearly reviews and raises based on performance, as well as a generous bonus every December 15th 100% healthcare for you, 50% for your spouse and 100% for your children after 3 years Flexible hours Work from home once every two weeks Three weeks of paid vacation starting On-site gym, fitness classes, track, basketball court and locker-rooms Fully stocked kitchen with fresh fruit and lunch every Friday. Full financial transparency with full company meetings on how we are doing each month. Partial ownership: gain private stocks in the company the longer you work here Relaxed atmosphere with agile development processes, an open-door executive and managerial policy and the ability to define your role in the company. Full support from senior-level employees.

    Cons

    The owner of the company can be a bit blunt and firm in his feelings of direction for the products. Understandable, considering he built the product from the ground up, but it can still feel limiting for some.

    Advice to Management

    None. Out of all the companies I have worked for, this one is by far one of the best.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Wonderful people but questionable management.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HCSS

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good possibilities to learn essential skills; excellent wellness programs; people are friendly and helpful; ideas and initiatives are heard and welcomed.

    Cons

    Unclear scope of work, constantly changing plans and priorities; the goals are declared but not pursued; people are moved from team to team each quarter.

    Advice to Management

    More commitment to the declared goals; strengthen mid-level management.


  9. great mid size company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HCSS part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great co workers great wellness culture

    Cons

    Career growth opportunities was sort of limited


  10. Helpful (12)

    It is NOT what it seems

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

    I have been working at HCSS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Perks like basketball court, track, personal trainers, gym, free food and drinks. They have a niche product that is the dominant leader in the industry. They also have a talented programming side of the company.

    Cons

    Do you ever get that strange feeling that something just isn't quite right? Well...welcome to HCSS. Underneath the endless perks is an underbelly of internal politics, intimidation, and backstabbing worse than a daytime soap opera. You can't throw a ping pong table and a gym in a building and call it your "culture." Also, whatever book is the hot talk of the day becomes a new policy and direction for the company. Did I mention the owner has half-a-step on a banana peel? One can short of a six pack, if you get my drift. Don't believe the hype people, just remember, you were warned.

    Advice to Management

    There isn't anything you can do, except maybe provide a free on-site psychiatrist. Wait! That's a good "idea," make sure you log that one pal.


  11. Helpful (11)

    Great idea, poor execution

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

    I worked at HCSS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The facilities are great, hours are reasonable, and direct contact with customers and trainers makes it easy to learn and understand the business problems.

    Cons

    Management. The company has seen a lot of success and as a result Mike (the president) has become convinced that he is the expert in everything. He fosters an environment of cronyism, overrides or ignores major customer concerns, and refuses to listen to competent employees. As a result, the best managers and engineers don't stay long. Due to a constant influx of trainees, lack of wider industry experience, and incompetent micromanagement, programmers spend the majority of their time propping up 20-year-old hacks. Second, for programmers, work experience here counts for nothing on a resume. Employers don't care about VDF experience, and development team processes are very different from industry standards.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust your employees. Your job is to cast vision and equip them to reach it. Executives should not be involved in code review, feature design, prioritization, or other day-to-day activities. If you can't trust your employees, replace them. Then, get out of their way so they can succeed.



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