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Neudesic Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.6 111 reviews

82% Approve of the CEO

Neudesic CEO Parsa Rohani

Parsa Rohani

(57 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good place to learn new technologies and how they get applied in Neudesic projects (in 8 reviews)

  • I am fortunate enough to be working for a group that value work/life balance (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Micro Management at manager level and consultant level spies who creep behind you (in 9 reviews)

  • Senior management lacks vision and strategy (in 7 reviews)

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    Technology savvy professionals to work with and to learn from

    ALM Architect I (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsNeudesic has a culture derived from its early roots with Microsoft: it tends to hire people with a highly technical background, even if they are at sales and management. This provides an environment where technical prowess is valued, and where merit is taken into account when being promoted.

    ConsThe company is growing its overall business so sometimes it has to retreat from overreaching into the market. Travel needs are a lot depending on the market you live in, and your specialization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt needs more and/or better expansion planning so that the business cycles don't catch them by surprise. It could also do better in the process of laying off senior executives. The current process is rather abrupt.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    90+ Hour Work Week!

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsGreat People! Excellent Reputation! Chance for advancement!

    ConsUpsizing too fast! Trying to Tackle Too Much Too Fast! Training takes a back seat!

    Advice to Senior ManagementCan't put a square peg in a round hole!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sloppy bonus-chasing management

    Senior Consultant II (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsThere was always the potential to work in various modern software technologies with top technical people, but the bottom line is Neudesic only tackles large contracts, ignoring many small but technically challenging greenfield development opportunities that would keep their consultants happy and fulfilled.

    ConsThe local office for which I worked simply wasted my abilities and experience on boring leftover projects, ill-conceived failed discovery projects, and poorly-managed IT projects - often outside my home city, necessitating much inconvenient travel. And when I was also subjected to major verbal abuse and condescension from a senior colleague, I received no support and no remediation. And that abuser has been allowed to continue working at Neudesic.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the bonus-chasing culture for your management. It affects all the non-bonus-earning technical people who end up with limited technical opportunities and severe stress because of it. And that's why most of the colleagues I once worked with are now no longer at Neudesic.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wish I'd come onboard sooner

    Principal Consultant II (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsAggressive and responsive technology practices. Constantly improving practices, utilizing feedback, applying new patterns. Interesting work, great work from home flexibility. I'm lucky to be on a project team, rather than staff aug, which might affect my outlook somewhat. Great team culture. Great lunch/drinks culture.

    ConsHaving a hard time hiring enough people to meet all our needs/potential needs. Occasional cases of difficulty communicating with offshore team members.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to improve and adapt practices as you're already doing.

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

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    Best Consulting Culture

    National Director (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsAmazing coworkers, better inter-practice and inter-region collaboration than I've seen anywhere else. Supportive and collegial atmosphere. Great opportunities for advancement, and an ability to forge your own path. If you don't want to be the smartest guy in the room anymore, this is the place to be. There is an amazing culture of innovation here, and the company's products, solutions, frameworks, and accelerators set Neudesic apart from the competition.

    ConsCommunication can be spotty sometimes, culture of constant change is off-putting to some who prefer predictability.

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

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    Great company, passionate people

    Manager (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsJust a great group of people who are passionate about what they do and who also have fun doing it. The company also seems to do a good job of hiring people that are highly competent in their respective fields.

    ConsToo many good ideas, not enough time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs with many companies that are “lean and mean”, it is difficult for everyone to follow through on all the important initiatives due to limited bandwidth. Management should regularly communicate to people which projects are the highest priority ones to focus on.

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

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    Not worth your time

    Practice Director (Former Employee)

    ProsThere are certainly a couple of positives to the company:

    1.) The consultants you work with will generally be fairly top notch technicians and generally all around good people, with few exceptions. This extends (typically) to the account execs and a few of the operational folks, but that's where the boundary ends.

    2.) If you're looking for a better salary, by all means, go to Neudesic and do not leave ANYthing on the table. Whatever they offer you - tack on 15-20% more. Benefits aren't great, and it doesn't take more than a fairly simple financial justification to show how much you'd be hurt (again-typically) going to Neudesic. Moreover, the manner in which they staff (sort of a "just in time" model) further opens financial opportunity for you. Just ignore the bonus plan as any part of your compensation because it's drivel if you're not a Director or better. Ignore that in any financial calculations you perform.

    ConsThis is certainly a pretty non-exhaustive list, but suffice it to say, there's a reason I took a pay cut to leave Neudesic. I would encourage you to peruse LinkedIn and look at the exodus taking place. At this point, the departures, by and large, are not involuntary. For example, pretty sure the vast majority of the CRM practice (including the head of it) now works for a competitor. Sales execs have left in droves. Sinking ship, you say?

    1.) You don't get the tools you need to do your job.

    For a company that's supposedly bringing advanced solutions to bear for customers, I can't say how many times it's been painfully embarrassing to compare MSDN SKUs with customers. The vast majority of enterprises are on Ultimate. You get Professional (maybe it's Premium, but I'm fairly certain it was the former).

    This extends beyond MSDN. I had a team that needed a tool that was about $500/seat. Requested it and it went to the ether... of course, the customer came to the rescue and bought the licenses anyway. Pretty embarrassing.

    Then again, all of this is a step up from the former situation Neudesic was in where they were "sharing" an MSDN license. While they do get licenses to VS only for their partner level, all MSDN products were available on the LAN and several people had the password to the account. Yes, as you know, there's no such thing as a "shared" license.

    2.) No operational maturity.

    If you've worked in a proper consultancy before, you'll cringe. As a great example, apparently it just occurred to them after 10 years that you should include bench time when figuring out loaded cost for an employee. Of course, this could've been just what was claimed, because it's pretty inconceivable for a consultancy not to account for this, but hey...

    Of course, this has an impact in that every account exec was impacted by this sudden realization. Oops! Note the exodus of account execs from Linked In. And Practice Directors for that matter.

    3.) Your PTO counts against you.

    If you're a consultant (i.e. below a Director), your time off counts against you when it comes to 'bonus' calculations. Note that few consultancies include your time off when calculating your chargeability. So back to the point in the "Pros" with respect to your financial modeling - toss the bonus out the window when doing your math, unless something drastically changes.

    4.) My way or the highway (if you're the CEO).

    Don't really want to get into this too much, suffice it to say - he will get down into the details and may or may not arbitrarily penalize you (outside of your employment agreement, mind you) because he doesn't like the way a customer behaved (or even when it's their own operational failure).

    The list goes on, but that's a short and not so sweet version of it. Don't waste your time...work for one of their competitors that knows what's going on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementForm a board, sit on it, and hire executives that have run large consultancies before. No, MCS doesn't count.

    You do not have the operational capability to achieve your stated financial goals and wasting capital on fluff projects is not the way to get there either.

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

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    Just a stepping stone to your career. Don't hang around to smell the garbage

    Practice Director (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsGood technical people and exciting leading edge project

    ConsNeudesic tries to be national practice delivery model but does not know how. All direction only comes from an authoritarian CEO. Sales and delivery management have been given unrealistic goals that are unachievable and forces a negative attitude on everyone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHarvest the people for career advancement, and don't use utilization goals as your main measure. Start trusting people who are loyal to the company

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

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    Nice environment, flexible company

    Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsCooperative people, healthy competition, easy access to the top management

    ConsToo many dispersed project members

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to work on team building where coworkers can bond better with one another. Devise ways to get employee feedback from time to time.

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

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    Do not expect severance pay!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThat was a great company to work for when it was a small company. There are a lot of smart developers and interesting projects with new technologies.

    ConsSeems to be a problem finding right people for the job, too many directors and not that many developers who can deliver.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you laying of people at least provide a severance pay, that would be expected from the company who is claiming to be one of the best

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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