Mitchell International

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Mitchell International Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
105 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I got to commiserate with some great people about all the crap we had to endure at this place (in 11 reviews)

  • Good people to work with and fair compensation (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is a myth, but celebrated at Mitchell (in 3 reviews)

  • Close minded senior management staff (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh...

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Mitchell International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It can be a good place to work if you don't care about producing quality products or delighting the customer.

    Cons

    Mitchell is faced with the hard realities of driving the business purely on short-sighted financials for way to long. Non-existed product quality and more than a decade of technology catch-up to do. Not a company for those who value engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a meaningful vision. Find the company's identity and fix the hiring practices. Learn to trust.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of Management-Good Old Boys Club-Bad Existing Management

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    Current Employee - Content Management in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Content Management in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Mitchell International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Every 2 week paycheck. Colleagues are good. If you go with the flow, you will survive, if not Beware. Idea's are Not accepted.

    Cons

    Lack of qualified Management, promote from within, with NO management skills. Cigna Health Insurance said Mitchell got the 'Bottom Of The Barrel' Health plan for their employees & it is not good. This company sucks the life out of you. Take, Take, Take & give nothing back. Makes feeble attempts to increase employee support after every annual employee survey, which they Fail miserably every year. This place has no clue & is just money hungry. After the failed attempt to merge with a rival company, which company lawyers should have known would create a monopoly, the federal government turned the merger down and Mitchell lost millions. Management stayed and employees paid for inept management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together, you are on a Downward slide. Hire Qualified Management that can motivate employees. Get out of the Good Old Boys mentality & Treat your employees fairly. Quit taking all incentives and benefits away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    One of the worst corporate cultures I've experienced

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Mitchell International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are some really smart people you get to work with (mostly the workers under management layer). Mitchell has experienced success in spite its poor management and products. If customers could easily switch from Mitchell's bug-ridden software, they would in a heartbeat.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional management
    Poor leadership/lack of clear direction
    Constant fire fighting mode

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First - listen to the feedback in the Employee Engagement Survey and actually do something about the valuable employee feedback. Stop wasting employee's time if you aren't going to listen to them.
    Second-increase pay and give bonuses to employees. Pay at Mitchell is really low.
    Third-only promote managers who are good at leading and communicating. Way too much politics at this place and many managers with poor people skills.
    Fourth-Sales should not be running the company. Stop the culture of overpromise and undeliver.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Amateur managers who haven't a clue what leadership is about.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Mitchell International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good location by UTC, nice people, reasonable hours.

    Cons

    Veal pen sized work areas, horrific managers who are absorbed with advancing and keeping their jobs by taking credit for work of those they manage, miniscule raises, no promotions, abusive reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train managers on leadership skills, reward hard work, provide work spaces that promote human dignity rather than detract from it, give decent raises on occasion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Run Away If You Are Thinking About Working Here!

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Mitchell International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Close to where I live.

    Cons

    This is THE most DYSFUNCTIONAL company I have ever worked at in my career! Most of the management is more of a hindrance to projects instead of helping them. Only out for themselves. How can any company properly produce software when only the management get bonuses for releasing features, not quality? Working the people underneath them to death. Even making them work long hours and weekends while they are unwilling to.

    I have to hand it to the sales team (non I ever meet while I was there) for the ability to sell the worse products I have ever seen. Even heard this directly from customers.

    Favoritism runs big including mangers from India hiring friends and laying off current employees to make room for more. Even going so far as bringing over pregnant women from India so they can have their babies in America!

    Mitchell has a very bad reputation as a software development company to work at in San Diego and that reputation only gets worse. The work area is horrible, benefits get worse and worse and pay raises are pretty much non-existent. The HR department makes it harder and harder to do your job, I guess to justify their existence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. None of the senior management have any idea how to properly run a software company! Alex Sun has no idea what is really going on in his company. I don't think the entire time I worked there he even came into our area to see the looks on our faces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incompetent Management Team

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Mitchell International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    pay is lower than market
    offshoring work to save some change, but ending up fixing the mess they have made....and even costs more $$$

    Cons

    Bad attitude CTO, yelling at subordinates, dominating
    kissing up to stay longer
    incompetent managers, directors -- no sw background or leadership
    fires people now and then through out the year due to loss of revenue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    needs new management team and CEO, Sun must go
    unrealistic projects/requirements
    incompetent managers play cards, chitchat, laughing, hiding in their cubes all day long, saying unwise joke...too noisy! meaningless awards

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Demotivating to high performers, do your research before joining.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Mitchell International

    Pros

    Many employees deeply believe in Mitchell and will support the business to their dying breath. Executives enthusiastic and lively.

    Cons

    Ineffective management loses high performers too quickly and ignores all issues with low performers. Makes collaboration more difficult and increases backstabbing.
    Upper mgmt says all the right things to drive a new and innovative culture but actions often contradictory.
    "we are a leading technology company" in the same breath as "here's your 7-year old computer to code our newest product on."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in an efficiency consultant for management and shake it up. Give us good leaders and stop shedding the truly innovative leaders!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you have skills, do not work at Mitchell

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Mitchell International

    Pros

    They pay on time.
    Other than that hard to think of anything

    Cons

    Using 15+ year old technology
    Build/Dev environment cripplingly slow
    Management Overly Horizontal at the mid level and overly Vertical as it goes up
    Paralyzing beaurocracy
    Rude, incompetent people rule the building
    New HQ is inconvenient but would appeal to people working in small enclosed spaces like a submarine
    Implementation of "Scrum" process is poorly done and the worst of all worlds

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of all the lightweight techies in high positions and get some people who actually know what they are doing
    Realize that you are a technology company and play it like it is
    Get rid of the vertical structure at the top -- too many people between "doer" managers and Alex -- Alex only hears what his SVP's say and the SVP's don't know what's going on
    Start treating people with respect not treat them like children with all the inane policcies at the new office
    DO enforce policies about people acting professional however -- what's the point of everyone dressing up if the coworkers act like thugs in loafers?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Company focused on short-term results, not employee contributions

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Mitchell International

    Pros

    At the mid-manager level, the company has some quality employees who really care about the business. Peer level communications within select groups can be good.

    Cons

    Mitchell is not a top organization. Senior management is disorganized and sometimes misdirected, resulting in frequently misaligned priorities, lack of long term strategy, and chaotic work environment. Effort and contributions are not appreciated as evidenced by limited or no positive feedback for work completed. At its core, the environment can be a bit of a sweat shop with lack of resources and support. As a result, employees struggle to get projects completed, but don't receive respect from management for contributions that they make.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to step back, evaluate long term strategy, and recognize employees for the positive contributions that they make. Learn how top companies manage employees else you face the risk of losing your #1 asset - your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Look behind the curtain, you will find Oz. It is a facade put in place for new investors.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Mitchell International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are events each 2-3 months to celebrate how positive the state of the company is. Often held after important and valuable resources get let go.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a myth, but celebrated at Mitchell.
    You can get cheaper health insurance on the private market.
    You will get nowhere unless you are part of the old boys club.
    RIF events are every 2 or 3 months.
    Pay is below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something with the employee surveys.
    Do not push poor scores back on the employees to fix. You need to fix the issues.
    Hire SEASONED, EXPERIENCED employees to meet client needs vs. recent grads with ZERO experience.
    Stop over promising.
    Pay market value.
    Enough with layoffs followed by cheerleading events.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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