Parago Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
28 Reviews
2.3
28 Reviews
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    Overview

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

    I worked at Parago full-time

    Pros

    Parago has enjoyed steady growth as well as stable leadership over the last several years. Opportunities to move up if you get in with the right team. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    If you are not on the right team, you will not move up - very cliquish (like most companies). There was no training when I started. Yearly reviews are mandated, but little to no feedback is actually given - managers appear to just want to satisfy the requirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to who is actually doing the work and reward them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good Company for short time

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer  in  Lewisville, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Lewisville, TX

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

    Pros

    Small company so get more money, faster promotion, good technical exposure, If you want to learn more technical and lern to work in pressurized environment, good company to work.

    Cons

    Smaller company, hire and fire policy, 1 person rule.. Only the director makes all the decisions. No team environment. No training. Requires to be productive 1st day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Exceptional Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Report Analyst and Developer  in  Lewisville, TX
    Former Employee - Report Analyst and Developer in Lewisville, TX

    I worked at Parago full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work environment with great co-workers. Pay is competitive and company pays quarterly bonuses if company budget numbers are met. Opportunity for advancement is available, but gernerally speaking, since many posistion have been filled for sometime, turn-over at this company is very low.

    Cons

    The management style mostly. Too little communication when needed to complete projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved with your employees. Stop by, say 'Hi'. Check in to see how the day is going, work load progressing, address any issues or problems. Biggest complaint I had was management style was a little 'distant'. I don't want to be micro-managed, nor am I making that suggestion. But I think it's important to maintain rapport and 'face time' to check in with your employees on job performance, pace, and continuing education, cross-training and introduction to new technologies the company is moving to or considering for future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Resume Builder and Decent Pay…Too Toxic for the Long Term

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lewisville, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lewisville, TX

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

    Pros

    opportunities for skill development, company observes most holidays, employee appreciation events, satisfactory compensation (and bonuses)

    Cons

    Too many bad managers. They sacrifice the morale of their reports (bad training, not recognizing when people are being overworked….), everyone is so overworked - it's impossible to have a healthy work/life balance, out of date tools and limited resources make work harder than it needs to be. No opportunity for advancement - as hard as everyone has to work there, it's not doing anything for our careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more structured training to make sure that employees are getting what they need (even if they have a bad manager), change the review system - it's tedious and is useless to help employees, create more opportunities so that hard workers can advance.

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

    Decent, but my department, is very disjointed and unorganized.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Marketing Manager  in  Lewisville, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Marketing Manager in Lewisville, TX

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

    Pros

    Decent compensation, good workspace, good and safe-feeling job security, good company values and fun events, CEO makes sure to take the time to update everyone on how the company is doing.

    Cons

    Promotions, organization, "drama," gossip, and not getting along with each other. Bad management. Obsession with hierarchy. Wasted time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get things in order, manage projects better, and draw lines between each employee's roles better so no one is stepping on anyone else's toes. Recognize and address bad managers when you see them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anc  in  Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Anc in Bronx, NY

    I have been working at Parago full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    An OK company to work for.

    Cons

    Nothing good. Nothing bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Overworked and Department Lacks Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parago

    Pros

    fun company events, great people, bonus plan, decent benefits, business growth, strategic CEO and Executive Leadership, offers a level of job security.

    Cons

    Many of the people in middle management and Director level positions possess poor leadership skills at best and do not have the skills to recognize talent. Employees are overworked and are unable to have a healthy work/life balance. There is no opportunity for advancement for those who are interested in career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge that great employees are feeling burned-out from being overworked. Hire Managers and Directors with GREAT leadership skills and oust the less than mediocre people in their current Director and Management roles. Hire more employees to help relieve the overworked employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Toxic culture

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Lewisville, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Lewisville, TX

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

    Pros

    Hard-working and talented coworkers, some departments are better than others, decent pay. It's a good place if you like a lot of chaos.

    Cons

    -- Horrible work/life balance and upper mgmt doesn't care if they burn out their employees
    -- Company tries to save money by hanging on to old technology. What upper mgmt doesn't seem to understand is that they're losing more money that way. The amount of inefficiencies at Parago is ridiculous.
    -- This is a software company that is being driven by business and they have no regards for how a good technology company should be run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company is going to continue to lose business and miss deadlines unless you figure out that it the company culture that needs to change. You need to value your employees and start taking your technology side seriously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not bad

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  White Bear Lake, MN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in White Bear Lake, MN

    I have been working at Parago full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits for full-time employees

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities to move up the ladder

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Misleading.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  White Bear Lake, MN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in White Bear Lake, MN

    I have been working at Parago part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I can't think of any.

    Cons

    This company frequently schmoozes employees, building them up to feel special and valuable, then discards them. They buy out their competition and leave hard-working employees in the dirt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to remember that CSRs and QA and data entry types are the reason why you get to be so rich and successful. Don't treat them like they're disposable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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