Lenel Systems Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Don't bother

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsford, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsford, NY

    I have been working at Lenel Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great support for continuing education - They're working on getting code reviews into the "process." Maybe this is a dislike, since it should be a given. - They try to do the agile methodology. - Developers get very nice workstatioins. - Very nice co-workers. Very little in the way of politics.

    Cons

    - Lenel is owned by a conglomerate that is focused mainly on manufacturing. They don't really understand how to run a software company. Expect unrealistic deadlines and pressure from upper management to compress the schedule. Expect management to think a lot in terms of headcount and throwing bodies at projects, even if the bodies are on other continents. - The internet access is severely restricted. Expect to use your home internet connection to do the research you need. Personal iPads with 3G are becoming popular. - The corporate parent uses a strict waterfall methodology which is at odds with the local office which tries to do agile. This is sub-optimal. - Developers get to do very little development and when they do, it's under heavy deadline pressure. In fact, co-ops often work on more interesting projects than senior developers. - There's very little opportunity for advancement. Your best bet for getting ahead is to get your masters on the company dime and then get out. - It's not uncommon for developers to spend a year or more on the "maintenance team," i.e. 2nd-level support. - The overall technical competence of engineers is pretty low, as they are encouraged more to become problem-domain experts than to expand their development skills. - Loud working conditions - Health benefits are sub-par - Vacation time is sub-par. New hires start at 2 weeks with the option to "buy" a third. - The company spends NO money on furniture. Expect to sit in a $50 chair from OfficeMax. - As with many mature companies, there's a massive and poorly architected legacy codebase. It's an albatross around the company's neck. "Rockstar" developers are the ones that know their way around the code base, not necessarily the ones that know how to write great software. - The management structure is matrixed. You will have conflicting demands from multiple bosses.

    Advice to Management

    - Get back to the basics of managing a software house. - Study the practices of successful software development organizations and implement them. - Try to foster innovation. - Make sure that the technical competence of your developers stays up-to-date.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Company lack competent leadership

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

    I have been working at Lenel Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    promising product lines and global market penetration Excellent tuition reimbursement benefits 401k match and good PTO policy

    Cons

    Leadership team does not have experience to manage a global team Lack of cohesive strategy to focus company on customer retention and growth Leadership indecision has driven out some of the most competent employees Severe budget constraints - layoff and no position back fills Company culture does not allow for open honest communication

    Advice to Management

    Take more input from your reports and implement them Be more open in your communication about product strategy with you employees Be less Rochester centric.


  3. Helpful (1)

    I have been working at Lenel Systems

    Pros

    *Environment where people on the front lines want to build strong teams and produce good work. *Diverse and strong Access Control and Video software portfolios.

    Cons

    *Upper management changes faces every 6 months, therefore company growth is too often stymied. *Management is divided, many have opposing and sometimes hidden agendas not related to improving business. *Many experienced and knowledgeable employees are leaving. *Product quality continues to be less of a priority. Product is released knowingly with major issues.

    Advice to Management

    Hire management personnel experienced less in hardware and more in software development, which is what Lenel does. Host events that improve product development philosophies and support abilities. Listen to your employees, and when you do actually take action and speak less words.


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  5. Growth and expansion

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales and Business Development
    Former Employee - Sales and Business Development

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent product..Technologically very advanced and stable. Physical security management Solution provider to fortune 100 companies.

    Cons

    Choking on expansion strategies. May be a bit lost among the stalwarts in the MNC conglomerate. Playing in a fast changing landscape and get left behind

    Advice to Management

    Need to bring back the product focus, invention and expansion. Employee attrition high after too much flux in the operation structure within the group


  6. Helpful (1)

    From Great to Good...

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

    I worked at Lenel Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employees can be some of the brightest and customer service driven people you will ever work with. Company has a good reputation for its products.

    Cons

    Management is too much into managing and reports and perhaps not connected with how value is actually provided to customers.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge UTC to invest even more into the business and make it a priority to keep the people who make it happen.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Continued decline in employee satisfaction and ability to produce product per plan as parent company increases influence

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lenel Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent peer camaraderie and support. Ability to self-direct work to some extent. Teammates welcome new ideas and perspectives. Others are genuinely grateful when you help them out.

    Cons

    Many long-time employees that molded the success of the original Lenel have now quit, taking their work methods and knowledge with them. Very little opportunity for promotion or career growth and advancement. Outstanding performance by the company is no longer passed on to employees in any substantial reward. Poor communication. We are often surprised. Leadership is out of touch with the day to day work of the bees.

    Advice to Management

    Walk around and talk to all the people doing the work. Think and plan more before we jump into new modus operandi.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Software Developer

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

    I worked at Lenel Systems

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Work in a very exciting field of security products. Job security is good since they're just expanding. Will pay for college classes.

    Cons

    Often fall behind on their own deadlines, and forced to work overtime to get software out the door. Limited internet access, blogs and personal email are blocked.

    Advice to Management

    Either hire more developers or relax on the software specs. Allow developers to have complete internet access and treat them like they should, the work horses of the company


  9. Helpful (1)

    Lenel could be a great place to work with a couple of changes

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Lenel Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The atmosphere and people are great.

    Cons

    The pay and compensation are poor.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees



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