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Norvax Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good people, great experience for gaining sales experience and exposure.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Norvax full-time

    Pros

    The people are very friendly, good office atmosphere. Lots of events planned for the employees to get to know one another.

    Cons

    Commission structure is constantly changing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Deceiving Products, Frat-Boy Leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager Level in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager Level in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Norvax full-time

    Pros

    - You might be able to get some experience you could take to a more mature company.
    - If you are young and good looking, and hetero, you might find it to be a nice dating environment.

    Cons

    - Frat-boy old boy network among original owners
    - Employees not listened to
    - Demeaning, deceiving products which seem to be more than they really are
    - Customers-last culture is ingrained and cancerous.
    - Horrible pay, treatment and benefits, while partners reap millions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about your customers and employees.
    Be transparent with your product offerings.
    Tell the truth to customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Take this review from a veteran.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Norvax

    Pros

    Casual dress code
    Young employee base to gain business experience.

    Cons

    Total mismanagement. Completely unrealistic sales goals especially for new sales team employees. If you aren't part of original team then you can pretty much forget it. Incredibly large egos at the top from a young executive team where early success has gone to their heads. Managers would routinely tell sales team to not be totally truthful about where sales leads are being generated and how many times they are sold. Unlimited days off? That's gotta be a joke!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more truthful with your employees and especially with your customers. George Carlin said it best……..running a business gives you license to steal!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Operating on a think tank mentality. Unorganized. Poor communication.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Norvax full-time

    Pros

    Great for agents - lots of giveaways, good pay, great training, good culture.

    Cons

    Operating on a think tank and startup mentality. Size and age of company do not match being able to respond. Management not supported like agents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    If you're not senior management, you're nobody here.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Norvax

    Pros

    Casual office atmosphere
    Fast pace with upward mobility

    Cons

    Frat-boy mentality
    Non-VP employees treated as second-class citizens
    Executive management does not take suggestion well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little bit of humble goes a long way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    good place to learn , no growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Flexible hrs.
    Laid back work life.
    unlimited vacation policy.

    Cons

    High attrition rate.
    No growth and movement between different teams . Will be stuck doing the same thing every day -> which means no career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to keep around the veterans for longer maybe by incentives and challenges

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    fun, challenging, dynamic environment!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Norvax

    Pros

    - Flex time on Fridays
    - Unlimited vacation policy
    - Flexible work hours
    - Hands off management
    - Minimal micromanagement
    - Opportunity to work with many fun people
    - Responsible for your own success
    - Supportive management

    Cons

    Norvax is not a great place to work if you require constant management. The management team is supportive but has their own work to do, so they are not constantly checking up on you. If you thrive on receiving assignments for your daily work, then this is not a good place for you to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enforce the flexible friday schedule! Some departments are better about taking advantage of this benefit than other departments. It's there for employees to use!

    Recommends
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Norvax

    Pros

    - Coworkers are nice
    - Great break room and free coffee
    - Agile methodology followed which gives a fast turn around too high priority features from customers

    Cons

    - Management lies during the interview process giving rosy pictures of benefits and the kind of product they have
    - Fires consultants with no notice immediately when they find the consultants are productive and are not willing to convert to fulltime
    - Unlimited vacation concept (Is really not unlimited, you get no more than 2 weeks in practice).
    - By far one single large client

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Management should be upfront with the expectation of the role they are intending to hire for.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very Demanding, Unrewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Norvax

    Pros

    -People are nice, you would like to work with them and have a beer with them.
    -You will learn (less or more depending on you) at Norvax regardless of your role and work.
    -Everyone is in the same building, there are hardly any communication problems.
    -Quite close to downtown, plenty of places to eat within 10-15 mins of walk.
    -Company seems to have decent annual revenue but the means of revenue look short-term to me sometimes, I hope I am wrong and company' revenue keeps on increasing.
    -PTO is not defined so it needs to be approved by managers whatever amount you need to take whether 10 or 15 or more. I dont think managers will approve more than 15 but PTO rules are something that could be a pro or a con depending on how flexible your manager is. I do not like this rule though, I prefer the usual way of defined PTO days per year.
    -Management wants all the teams to be synchronized on company' vision and encourages activities related to that.

    Cons

    -Management is quite demanding, you will find yourself doing the job of 2 people most of the times.
    -Layoffs happen anytime of the year and I feel management seems to use layoff as a way to fear the remaining people work even harder. I dont know why people stick around, maybe it is due to bad economy because it is very difficult to work in an environment where you constantly feel you might get fired. I have seen top performers getting fired because they do not get along with management or they raised voice on behalf of their team which makes me nervous and look for job somewhere.
    -Less Pay, very less compared to industry standard. Annual appraisals dont change many things.
    -Company is not really taking off to be anything spectacular or eye-catching in news, it seems to be going through routine stuff.
    -Industry is very competitive and there are lots of small players in it as the technology seems to be quite copiable. No disrespect, but you just need couple of good sales people, couple of good developers and I think you can get the ball rolling in this industry.
    -Not a con really for Norvax but Insurance industry is not very exciting, it is not an industry that you would have a talk about generally outside your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Norvax could be a good company to work for if you reduce your micromanagement and empower the teams to define the future. I think your over involvement is unintentionally hampering innovation and freedom of thought at Norvax.
    -Hire only the best and pay them well. Dont hire otherwise no matter what.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Might learn, but pay & benefits HORRIBLE

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Norvax

    Pros

    - Mostly smart people
    - Learning ground
    - Free to write your own code
    - Product is software, so you'll see your work in action
    - Unlimited vacation days

    Cons

    - No transparency in where the company is going
    - Business and Technology departments don't communicate well
    - No innovation happening
    - Stale industry as health insurance is boring at best
    - Benefits and pay are bad.
    - Treat employees unfairly, letting them go after they give two week notice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with employees and let them innovate. There is an ROI if you allow developers to clean up the code base. Be open and honest with where the company is headed.

    Doesn't Recommend

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