Kingland
3.1 of 5 17 reviews
www.kingland.com Clear Lake, IA 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Jun 3, 2014
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3.1 17 reviews

                             

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David J. Kingland

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great job - if you can sit well

    DRA (Current Employee)
    Ames, IA

    ProsFlexible schedule, good work environment, friendly staff

    ConsTedious, boring job tasks. My personal training was nothing more than mediocre.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter training and require less hours worked during school year

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great work schedule, boring work

    Data Research Analyst (Former Employee)
    Ames, IA

    ProsExtremely flexible schedule. I mean, if you miss work, just text your manager. No questions asked.

    ConsBoring work. If you aren't in your manager's "buddy circle" you won't get promoted. Was promised promotion within the month - it took 6 months and a big blowup between me, my coworkers, and managers. Don't trust anything they say about the future until it happens.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop making empty promises. If you're going to promote, actually promote. If someone is looking to advance, let them. Trust your employees! Also, if you're going to create a new position or change something with the organization, actually have the intentions of doing that. I am sick of hearing about a change and never seeing it happen.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIT experience, Nice people, young environment, flexible schedule,

    Conslow compensation, not competitive, lack of professional social skills, bad atmosphere, repetitive work

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    ProsFlexible hours and fun people

    ConsHard to move up in company

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    Data Research Analyst (Current Employee)
    Ames, IA

    ProsHR is very nice. If they decide to hire, they will give the offer on the spot.

    ConsSalary is too low. It can only be a part-time job. No valuable tech skills can be learned. Not so much interaction with other co-workers.

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    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ames, IA

    ProsNone at this time today

    ConsDisorganized workplace, Management doesn't know processes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mundane

    Data Research Analyst (Current Employee)
    Ames, IA

    ProsThe flexibility of this job was unparalleled. It is the perfect resource for a busy interning college student.

    ConsThe work is very mundane and quite rotary. It isn't difficult to get ahead if you stick with it, but that is the problem.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a way to spice up the work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good first job out of college

    Solution Engineer (Former Employee)
    Clear Lake, IA

    Pros- Work schedule is, more or less, flexible and allows employees to work from home if necessary.
    - Even entry level employees are given incredible amounts of vacation days to use, prorated based on start date, immediately after starting.
    - Cafeteria with granola bars, yogurt, milk, cereal, etc. all free for employees.
    - Decent learning opportunities working with some very intelligent people.

    ConsUnfortunately, Kingland needs to work on quite a number of things.

    First: compensation. Salaries are incredibly low across the board, especially for developers. Salary information for every position are publicly available to the company, except for those in the 'executive hallway'. This leads to suspicion about what they are paid. The structure of compensation is in dire need of a remodel. A large portion of 'total compensation' is based in 'incentive'. This means that part of your pay can be taken away for whatever reason the company chooses to give. To my knowledge, this has never happened. Also, bonuses are taxed at a much higher rate than normal salary, so the 'total compensation' number is a little deceiving.

    Second: career development. There is a program set up at Kingland that provides a set of requirements that each employee must meet before they can be promoted. Normally, this would be a 'pro' for me, however there is only one track per position. Example: A software developer can be promoted 4 times from entry level just by doing 'normal' developer things. However, after that, they need to start taking on leadership roles which takes them very far away from development work.

    Third: tooling. Kingland is a process heavy company. They use an Application Lifecycle Management tool that is almost unusable. Written in Java Swing, the UI is not intuitive and is quite a RAM hog. Also, the laptops that are provided are not powerful enough to meet the requirements of everyday work.

    Fourth: management. As previously mentioned, there is only one career track for people to follow and it is the path to management. Those who are in management positions now do not have any idea how to manage a group of people. As people, they may be nice, but as managers most of them fall very short.

    Fifth: secrecy. Everything is done behind closed doors. This means that employee achievements are never recognized beyond the office of their manager. It also makes career development frustrating when a group of people are discussing what team they are going to move you to but not including you in the decision process. Lastly, bonuses are sometimes provided to employees who have gone 'above and beyond.' When those kinds of bonuses are given behind closed doors and kept "hush hush", it looks like favoritism and is disheartening to others.

    Sixth: China. Kingland recently opened an office in China and has been ramping up the operation quite rapidly. Working with people halfway across the country is hard enough, introducing a language and culture barrier on top of that makes it harder. The difference in code quality is glaring and frustrating.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFix the salary structure: tone down incentive based pay and up the base salary. Don't be afraid to reward your employees for meaningful contributions, but try not to bake it so heavily into base pay.

    Train your managers: get all of your managers together and send them to management training. Effective management is not something that everyone knows inherently, they need to be taught.

    Process: if you want to make a process around a certain activity, pull few people who perform that activity on a regular basis into a meeting room and talk about what makes sense. You don't need to write the process out right then and there, but get some feedback from the people that it will affect before you publish it into law.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good internship opportunity for Ames students, boring work & work environment.

    Data Research Analyst (Former Employee)
    Ames, IA

    ProsAmes office has young students that make for a young environment. That being said there are many "characters" or students lacking professional social skills. Flexible scheduling. Ames office is in an old theater and sometimes movies are shown. Expanding.

    ConsDatabase is Kingland strength but that means employees deal with the same data over and over again. Atmosphere that tends for more isolated/"put headphones on and focus" work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet new hires more integrated. I didn't know my team until it was time for me to leave.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, small teams, low pay

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Breakfast, coffee, fountain drinks provided throughout the day.
    - Small development teams.
    - The people are friendly, and adept in application development.
    - Cost of living is very low.
    - Just purchased real estate to expand their secondary location in Ames, IA.

    Cons- Pay is on the lower end for software development.
    - Lacking of amenities.
    - Overtime common for developers

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake the pay more competitive to retain your developers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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