ICW Group

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ICW Group Reviews

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
36 Reviews

2.5
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work and make a difference.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology Memmber  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technology Memmber in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    - Small company, which allows you to put in good process and good ideas into practice;
    - Culture of saying yes to recommendations if you have good ideas or want to make good changes
    - Stable, profitable and in business for 43+ years - that says something!

    Cons

    - hard to get good people to join
    - base pay seems to be average, but bonuses have been getting bigger

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - not clear what one of the C-level staff does all day; you know who I mean if you work there

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Poor leadership

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

    Pros

    Enjoy my co-workers, but management needs training.

    Cons

    Talk the talk, but do not walk the walk.
    Poor communication due to complicated company poetics and dynamics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No career path for growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great place to build your resume, bad place longterm.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst (Non-IT)  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst (Non-IT) in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Great exposure, location, and exposure to different technologies.

    Cons

    Pay, benefits, and too much politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with other departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Too many chiefs on high horses!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    I met some AMAZING friends through working at ICW. And the happy hours. While I often felt frustrated with KP and DH and where they were taking the company, I was provided with some excellent growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Where to start? Wayyyy too many managers and not enough people to do the actual work. They pay terribly and expect managers (I was one) to motivate entry level employees to work their behinds off for practically nothing. I put in a lot of time at ICW and was one of the lucky ones to get in on the good side and be given some great chances to move up. If you crossed the wrong person, you might as well pack up and leave because there's no coming back if you aren't liked. Very discouraging environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourselves and start recognizing the talent that you have on staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work and fine tune skills. Perhaps not a place to make a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - IT Employee in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, great co-workers, reasonably good pay, intellectually engaging job, can have big impact since it is a small organization. The company is going through a very good period financially while growing in leaps and bounds. There is a lot of work to be done.

    Cons

    Politics and a top/heavy IT organization (too many managers). Meanwhile there are not enough bodies to get work done and there are no back-ups for critical functions.

    Lack of accountability. Some people will be more than happy waiting to be told what to do instead of taking charge of things that need to be done.

    HR is unpredictable. Sometimes it seems to be working for the competition. Particularly when you are looking for candidates to hire, HR will have the toughest time finding resumes from qualified candidates. In the event IT finds a good candidate, HR will take its sweet time to extend an offer. We have lost more than a few candidates this way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many managers, especially project managers, and too few people getting actual work done. Get rid of the dead-weight and replace them with skilled people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Mid size company not big on IT

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Quick decisions since it is a small company

    Cons

    Company almost appears to be not serious about the Business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Some ok people, but the upper management are all back stabbing weasels.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    It's a pay check, use it while it lasts.

    Cons

    Massive corporate infighting. Poor leadership from the top to middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the CEO and his little toady, the COO and get some real leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Fairly positive.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company provided a car, gas and the autonomy to normally do what was needed and required to perform the function of the job.

    Cons

    The head of the department tends to micro-manage the consultants

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the faith, trust and respect of those who do the job to allow them to do it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to learn

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn insurance principles.

    Cons

    High tolerance for failure.
    Small company with narrow-minded ambitions.
    Unprofessional behaviors are tolerated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a career path for your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    After some struggle, ICW Group is on its way to success

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    ICW Group has plenty of caring and capable employees and first line managers and has built a solid foundation for taking on the harden market coming next few years. Has made significant progress toward establishing policies, processes, and standards in many areas. Outstanding culture and values can be seen in every corner of the company, with great mix of work and life.

    Cons

    IT still falls many years behind on technology and has a long way to go to become a leader in the industry. There is not enough emphasis being given to skill development and talent retention, which may prevent the company to become a great leader. Members of the engineering teams could use some more freedom in choosing the best solutions and technologies to fulfill the business needs, and encouragement in innovation to improve efficiency and ROI. But quite limited in career opportunities due to relatively not so large in size but rather lengthy history of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider to share company profits with its employees such as awarding stocks and offering ESPP.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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