Novacoast Reviews

Updated April 30, 2014
Updated April 30, 2014
9 Reviews
3.7
9 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging, Dynamic Environment

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    Former Employee - Developer  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Developer in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Novacoast full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are a lot of ways to learn the ropes at Novacoast as an IT consultant. Their intern program works very well to move candidates through to full time consultants.

    Cons

    They have a particularly heavy focus on Novell software, which is a niche market these days. While that lends them to being SMEs in that realm, Novell is a dying company and technology.

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

    Good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Novacoast full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Most of my peers and coworkers are friendly and easy to get along with. Company demands a lot out of you while allowing me to take time off as needed. You get to learn a lot and touch upon many areas/responsibilities. You get what you make out of your career. Department I worked in consisted of excellent and genuinely great people. They have a pool table. I was fairly compensated for my job.

    Cons

    Leadership is made up almost all founders/homegrown employees and heavy pipeline of individuals waiting to advance. Organizational structure and hierarchy is confusing sometimes. Decisions for perks and promotions could be very politically driven. To get resolutions for issues, may need to raise concern beyond your supervisor. Company culture not clearly defined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring change and innovative ideas to Company. Hire and strive to keep talented individuals. Technology companies need to grow with customer demands.

    Develop company culture.

    More parking spots for your employees.

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

    None of the small company benefits with all the large enterprise drawbacks.

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    Former Employee - Developer  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Developer in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Novacoast full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, fun, sociable coworkers. Laid-back work environment. Potential for flexible hours and locations. New projects every few months. Great place to get exposure to various technologies and business practices. Santa Barbara has wonderful weather. They have a pool table.

    Cons

    IT culture only adds frustration and inefficiency to development, resulting in a goldmine of software engineering antipatterns. Hesitant on using anything remotely cutting edge, instead opting for legacy or vender solutions. If it isn’t obviously and catastrophically broken, don’t fix it. Skimps on resources needed to get job done. Company nonessential employees are treated as disposable and paid as such. Seniority is far more important than correctness. Huge talent vacuum in mid-senior positions; it’s very rare to have a mentor or team lead, even rarer for them to actually mentor or lead. Completely reliant on senior management to get work. Usually only paid when there is project billing, but management expects extra unpaid hours put in building the business. Don't get fooled by the 'Developer' title – you’re still mostly doing enterprise IT or vender work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micromanagement is rarely the solution and generally wastes everyone’s time; non-management doesn’t work either. Take responsibility for mistakes instead of playing the blame game. Be open to feedback instead of immediately dismissing disagreeing opinions with a holier-than-thou attitude. Communicate and update others in senior management instead of having proxy battle through employees; also, fend off attacks from senior management in other divisions. All the risks and costs of business should not be a burden of the employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Pleasant but unaware of the situation in the field

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    Former Employee - Clinical Analyst Implementation Project  in  Ventura, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Analyst Implementation Project in Ventura, CA

    I worked at Novacoast full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice folks, well paying jobs

    Cons

    Not forth coming with information even when asked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more information to the perspective new hire

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Happy Novacoaster

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    Current Employee - Client Executive  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Client Executive in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Novacoast full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Top notch Staff, professional, helpful, everyone is positive

    Cons

    So far I haven't found one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep Doing what you're doing

    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needed more money

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Novacoast

    Pros

    Liked the company, services, products etc.

    Cons

    Sales managers were really just the top salesmen and were getting most of the deals. As usual, an engineering company by and for engineers and salesmen were not valued properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One particular owner (#2) was just that...

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Client Executive

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    Former Employee - Client Executive
    Former Employee - Client Executive

    I worked at Novacoast full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work at home
    Ability to make additional $ only if you have the right connections
    Good relationships with major vendors

    Cons

    Very unreasonable base salary and the commission structure not in anyones favor except Novacoast
    Territory managers are equally competitive and not really a Manager
    Engineers make double and quadruple the commission then that of sales
    No solid direction if you do not have any sales background - I felt horrible for those with none or little the latest hire was an ex owner of a retail womans boutique - makes no sense
    The will charge your against your commission for any small fees or credits for customers
    They side with engineers over sales in conflicting situations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your sales force a decent salary and stop charging them for things that should be the companies responsibility. Hire sales force that are experienced and try not to strong arm your vendors when your in the wrong and ruin relationships

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Novacoast
    Current Employee - Novacoast

    I have been working at Novacoast

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, leadership team is friendly and supportive.

    Cons

    Hard to find work for newer employees

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novacoast

    Pros

    Encouraging cooperative and goal-oriented environment, good pay and benefit structure, and the flexible mentality that provides the opportunity to learn new skills as new needs arrise.

    Cons

    The pace of work at Novacoast can cause stress for those used to a slower-paced schedule.

    Recommends

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