New World Systems

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New World Systems Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
57 Reviews
2.7
57 Reviews
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New World Systems Founder, President & CEO Larry D. Leinweber
Larry D. Leinweber
39 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company provided free fruit and yogurt every Friday morning (in 6 reviews)

  • Turnover is incredibly high, but the few underlings who stay, tend to be great people (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • No availability to work from home, better not be late on a 2 foot snow day either(Yes, this is a software company) (in 4 reviews)

  • Recent improvements in dress code and flex time probably did not go far enough (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    I grew with the company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New World Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ability to grow my career and pay.
    Challenges abound.
    High tech software in the Detroit area.
    Profitable business model adds stability.
    Trustworthy top management and ownership.
    Opportunity to own stock in the company for long term top performers.
    Great customers.
    Wonderful coworkers.
    Company growth.

    Cons

    Hard to find good professional talent in Detroit area.
    They keep mediocre employees around too long because it's hard to replace them.
    They expect most employees to be self starters.
    They refuse to follow popular employment trends.
    Dress code (a small thing) ends up being an issue because the big issues like pay, job security, and benefits are well taken care of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get current employees to post on glass door to show it's a good company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work. Borderline sweat shop. Waypoint, not a career destination

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI

    I worked at New World Systems

    Pros

    Pay is ok, not great. Technology dated, but market for systems pretty out-dated so there is a fit for the solution in market. Very repetitive projects. They do tend to reward performance, but it is inconsistent across departments. Good chance to learn about software, but this aint Silicon Valley. More like a 1990's auto company than a software business.

    Cons

    CEO awful. Micromanager with trust issues. If you don't "punch-in" for 60 hour week, forget being successful here. They tend to chew through the senior leadership (a result of the CEO micromanagement style?) and that leads to lots of change, not all of it good. CEO is very focused on the "catch someone doing something wrong" model. In fairness, it is his company,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up and learn how to run a multi-million dollar company, rather than a personal fiefdom for the owner/CEO. Empower your people and put a bigger focus on customer service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big Brother/1984 Management Mentality

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Troy, MI

    I worked at New World Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company provided free fruit and yogurt every Friday morning. Talented and intelligent employees. Troy is a good location to work.

    Cons

    Number of hours worked was valued more than quality and quantity of work. Management did not seem to value, respect, or trust employees. Not much communication between divisions; seemed like two separate companies. Not enough paid time off led to burn out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Smart people, poor leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New World Systems full-time

    Pros

    Some truly smart people to work with that want to do the correct thing. Decent compensation

    Cons

    Huge trust issues exist and it's rare that honesty prevails when dealing with Executive management or honesty prevails but common sense loses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great "Onboarding Program"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New World Systems

    Pros

    Great 3 month start up plan
    Strong product
    Great technology

    Cons

    The start up plan was a simple check list and a task that management did because they had to. No real support for long term success.
    Management is fragmented
    Chase all opportunities even those they know are losers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide training and leadership to bring employees the best possibility of success
    hire better demo teams
    Focus on high probability wins

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK, just don't stay long

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New World Systems full-time

    Pros

    Pay is OK and if you come in at a low level there are plenty of opportunities to take on more responsibility and advance. If you don't rock the boat you can have a long career.

    Cons

    The projects are very repetitive. You can get a solid two years experience and then you'll notice you're doing the same things as the year before (Another customer conference? Woo hoo!) If you've done it twice, it is time to move on out of there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What you're doing works, but you won't retain the best talent unless you either make the environment better or bring on more challenging projects. Oh, wait, top leadership won't see this unless we put it on a transparency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    An honest review

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Troy, MI

    I have been working at New World Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall, I think a lot of the reviews on here are a bit extreme, so here is an honest review from a developer's point of view.

    + A lot of great people work here
    + The software is interesting
    + Good befits
    + Quarter pop

    Cons

    A lot of the things people have said on here are true:

    + Long Hours

    + Poor pay -- though this varies A LOT. NEGOTIATE YOUR SALARY. They will low-ball you. Counter-offer.

    + VERY poor managerial decisions.

    + Software is perpetually sold to customers as capable things that it DOESN'T DO. Very complicated and complex things that it doesn't do. Hard deadlines are set by someone you've never met or talked to. When that deadline hits, the software ships to customers regardless of whether or not it works. You will not be told this deadline, and if you are, it is probably a fake deadline to make you work harder.

    + No upward potential at all. They RARELY promote from within. Do not expect to come in a "Junior Solution Consultant" -- Yes that's a title... -- and ever become a head developer

    + Process for every miniscule business function. Some teams literally have substantially more managers than developers.

    + Micromanagement

    + Vastly different working environment for different employees. If you are in the profit center or future profit center of the organization, you will be given nicer desks, the flexibility to arrive to work whenever you want, work from home, and the ability to spend hours of the day playing ping pong (literally). If you manage to get on this "elite" team, your experience at the company will be vastly different.

    + Workforce is highly fragmented. The company is divided in half (Aeigis/Logos) and then into "Core"/"Vision" (bug fixes vs new development). The vision team is given preferential treatment which causes a lot of animosity from the Core team.

    + There is NO communication across teams -- you must go through your manager (process for everything).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add some level of transparency and consistency to the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    No Expectations, No Disappointments

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Troy, MI

    I worked at New World Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    As has been hit on by a lot of people here, a lot of the day-to-day workers are tremendous. Turnover is incredibly high, but the few underlings who stay, tend to be great people.

    Cons

    As has been stated by other reviews, this is not a very forward thinking software company. It's an OK place if you're a white male, otherwise you really don't have a chance at long-term success at New World. Pay is bad for everyone, time off is horrible and they really do care more about you being at your desk 9 hours a day than any level of productivity. It's a very stagnant environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd have no advice for management. The company runs like something out of 1984. The people in charge think everything is great, won't hear otherwise, and honestly don't care. If they can break employees a little, they will but their happiness / unhappiness is unimportant.

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

    Good Work , Bad pay

    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at New World Systems full-time

    Pros

    Not a bad place to start
    Other developers are good at their work.
    You will learn a lot working on the products if either you have not worked on that technology before or if you are a fresh grad

    Cons

    Starting salary for fresh grads is lower than the average by almost 10%
    Pay raises are bad , i have seen people with a few years of experience make what should have been paid as new college grads
    There are about 5-10 key people who are extremely overworked and if they ever left the place would fall apart.
    The CEO is so money conscious he believes that hiring interns or even providing training to new college grads is a waste of money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees more

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company culture that embraces sycophants, weasels and nepotism.

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    Former Employee - Director in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Director in Troy, MI

    I worked at New World Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are bright, insightful, decent people working in the "trenches".

    Go to work from 8:30 to 5:30 everyday and you may manage to survive.

    There is free fruit and yogurt every Friday for the trodden masses.

    Senior management is duplicitous but not quite as sly as they believe.

    Cons

    Hours are valued far more so than productivity.

    Archaic - in terms of both the company's management style and it's product development philosophy. Falling further and further behind it's competitors from a technological standpoint..

    Do not use work email for any personal communications - it is monitored and because it is technically the "property" of the company it can and will be used against you at will. The same way you will be terminated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great leaders surround themselves with, and recognize, even greater talent. Not so here. Because of this shortcoming this pseudo empire is destined to implode. Leadership is old and out of touch with the customer and employee societies it relies upon. The lapdogs who desire to be successors to the throne are professionally inept, unscrupulous and worse, cowardly. A kingdom built upon this foundation will only crumble.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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