Mitchell International

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Mitchell International Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
110 Reviews
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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  

    Great people. Great culture.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Mitchell International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Real project for interns. Sufficient resources and learning opportunities. Supportive, energized, and enthusiastic people.

    Cons

    Lower pay than bigger companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    People are really supportive. You could learn a lot if you know what you want to learn.

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    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst Intern in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst Intern in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Mitchell International as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    1. People are really supportive.
    2. Colleagues are very smart and dedicated.
    3. My boss is really open to my proposals. He accepts as long as my proposal is beneficial to the project/company.

    Cons

    People are too nice in Mitchell. If you are not active, you may feel lost. However, if you have your career goal, Mitchell is a good company because they provide many opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK

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

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with at mid to lower management people. There are alot of skilled and technical people to learn from.

    Cons

    Restricted by management who may be out of touch with latest technology and process/strategy. Rewards "heros" instead of recognizing failures at the core.
    Mitchell is a Sales/Service organization and the culture follows as such.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to performers instead of horn blowers who have no semblance of process or strategy that would truly benefit our customers.
    To be a true 'Technology company' you have to curb the sales/service culture.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    good company to work for could use improvement in management selection

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Clerk in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Clerk in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Mitchell International as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    casual work environment, good pay, good benefits. convenient location off major freeway. flexible hours.

    Cons

    poor management at least in my dept but bearable. low dept morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    small gestures of appreciation go a long way...for example, saying thank you or sponsoring a lunch once in a great while to show employees that their hard work doesn't go unnoticed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mitchell has lost its soul

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice new building, but "collaborative style" cubes can be very noisy. Great people who work hard, give their best efforts, and care about the customers.

    Cons

    Lots of dysfunction in the product development life cycle which impacts everything from sales to customer satisfaction. They tend to rush products to market without adequate testing and then spend lots of time fixing things. They are trying very hard to be a big corporation and have added so much bureaucracy and layers of process to everything. The salary and benefits they offer do not live up to this image of big high tech corporation. People work really hard, but often fail not because of lack of effort or talent but because of a legacy of bad decisions and poor planning. The CEO openly states that they only care about results, not effort. This makes it almost impossible to get promoted because it's so hard to achieve positive results. There is NO work-life balance - the place will suck the life out of you. It used to be a great place to work, but I'm sorry to say it has lost its soul.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize employee effort more. Plan better and set realistic obectives and deadlines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plenty of pros, with some significant cons

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Mitchell International has some decidedly positive attributes. They've gotten rid of the 'business casual' dress code they began enforcing in the fall of 2010, so as long as you're not in a customer facing division, you'll be able to wear jeans for now (if this is important to you, be warned that Mitchell has gone back & forth on dress code over their history). Lower level employees (like a software engineer 1) are typically hourly, so you'll get additional pay if they work you additional hours. They will reimburse you for at least some continuing education tuition (UCSD Extension courses are the norm), provided you meet some minimum grade requirement. There is a huge company-wide push to agile development, but they're struggling with it. Still, it's great to see them moving in that direction at such a significant level. There is a small gym, and they bring in trainers from the YMCA to lead a few different types of fitness classes during lunch, morning, and after-work hours. Finally, and I have saved the best for last, a lot of the developers I've met here are great people, with whom I absolutely love to work.

    Cons

    You start with only 2 weeks of vacation, and you do not get anything more until you've been there for 5 years (at which point you get a 3rd week). You'll see vast sums of money invested in image and branding, but if you're expecting up to date, high-quality hardware to work on, you can forget it (also, pretty much NO developers get laptops). Managers have a history of being less than honest with their employees, so you can't trust what you're told directly, and I've sadly learned that you can not believe any promises made by a manager until it is visibly delivered upon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The unfortunate tendency for managers to lie to or mislead their charges leaves a very sour taste in everyone's mouth once it comes to light, and it almost always does come to light. To me, this is the absolute number one problem, and it leads to an un-trusting, unpleasant "us vs. them" work environment. Overall, the company feels very reactive, and very seldom proactive. Early warning signs of a problem are widely ignored by managers until they become emergencies, leading to avoidable long hours and stress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Headed in the right direction

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Mitchell International

    Pros

    Forward thinking management
    Lots of employee events paid for by Mitchell
    Attempts are being made to cosolodate the dozens of apps that Mitchell owns
    Good teamwork

    Cons

    Lots of legacy applications that need to be replaced
    No one person has information about all of the apps
    Knowledge spread among multiple people and difficult to collect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving forward, you have really good applications that just need updating and fine tuning
    Give employees balance of work and home life

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Reorganizations on almost a monthly basis speak to the lack of vision and compency of the management team

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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

    Pros

    Work standards are low and performance is not of high importance. If one "goes with the flow and does not challenge the status quo one can stay on for many, many years.

    Cons

    Senior management by and large has no experience running a software company.
    Senior management does not have the vision and dicipline to execute long range plans. Execution is limited to small reactive bursts of 3 to 6 month activity before priorities shift and existing plans are dismissed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The private equiy firm runnig mitchell would do well to sell of the pieces. This is likley the best means of recouping the investment made in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK place to work, Not much opportunity for professional growth

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    Former Employee - Director of Product Management in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Product Management in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Mitchell International

    Pros

    Stable company, good benefits and salary

    Cons

    No professional development opportunities. Very few opportunities for promotions. Annual reviews and raises not based on performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide professional development opportunities. Have true career paths defined for employees and a result based system for promotions. Change the review and raise process to be performance based, not based on where one is in the salary range. Allow more than one or two in a group to get excellent review ratings--it leads to poor morale within the company when one is judged on a bell curve.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good but could be a lot better

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    First level management and below are good people because they haven't been assimilated by the system yet. You'll probably meet a coworker that will end up being a friend for life (or maybe even your wife). The masses are smart and want to do the right thing, they're just being bound by the bureaucracy of big brother Mitchell.
    If you come in from the outside you'll likely get a better position and pay than someone that has been there a while.
    805 & 52 area has traffic but it isn't that bad even in traffic.

    Cons

    Cubes are really small, the walls are low and you will have 8 people within 8 feet of you. Managers get an extra big yet still small cube. Everything is open and loud so they have speakers playing static to cover it up.
    You need to be a player to get anywhere. Being the nerd that saved the project doesn't go far.
    It's not what you know, it is who you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Your direct reports are only concerned with their careers and will avoid telling you the truth at all costs. Nobody wants to tell you the truth which is why you keep getting blindsided with what is obvious to everybody but leadership. You need people that are willing to say more than "Yes".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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