Parata Systems

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Parata Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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2.7 26 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

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Tom Rhoads

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32% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    3 people found this helpful  

    Once good company going downhill

    Associate Software Engineer (Former Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsPeople are awesome. Very easy to work with.

    ConsLayoffs because contracts not secured. Business people need to do better.

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

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    Low quality work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCo-workers , Some company organized functions,

    ConsPoor management, Not enough resources, High Turn rate,

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop attempting to save money with cheap products and poor software.

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

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    Was once a great company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCoworkers seem to be for the most part team oriented

    ConsBenefits not quite what they used to be, work stress always increasing, larger area of coverage

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't forget what it used to be like to work here.

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

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    Big Problems, no organization, out of date, poor financial outlook due to slumping sales

    Engineer (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsGenerally people are easy to work with and willing to help. You just have to be willing to work on complete nonsense with a straight face.

    ConsManagement is terrible. Most upper management are married, related, or go to church together. Middle management is extremely risk adverse which stifles innovation and progress. Their core products are out of date and probably dangerous to people who use them daily(pill dust blown into the room). They have had 3 layoffs in 8 years and very unstable but remain top heavy for reasons seen in this review and others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop viewing everything with rose colored glasses. Generate real data to forge a proper path instead of embarking into 10 different directions like an ADD kid. Give proper time and resources to develop products rather than tossing junk out the door nobody wants to buy.

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

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    Really is a Best Place to Work!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsCore values are truly values from the top down, not lip service; GREAT products; employees are made to feel valued; work-life balance; generous paid time off; terrific opportunities for career growth; passionate employees; high-energy workplace; discounted insurance premiums for participating in wellness program; we work hard together and have fun together!

    ConsLike every company I'm familiar with, we can struggle with internal communication; we can also struggle with our focus - although I know it often stems from a good place, it can be counter-productive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing to make employees and customers feel valued, and to put out terrific products! Make sure important intiatives are owned and managed.

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

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    Good culture and environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsParata has a strong work/life balance depending on the department (with the exception of field service employees). Friendly culture, promotes heavily from within.

    ConsLack of structure and formal processes. Company known for taking on too many projects and lofty goals at once with little planning on how to execute. Management changes direction quickly with little strategy or planning. Everyone in management staff related to each other. Compensation poor, bonuses virtually non-existent. Most of management does not know how to 'walk the talk'. Points fingers at each other and barely communicates.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on a few key initiatives rather than everything at once. Take time to develop formal processes and stick with them. Hold on to key talent.

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

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    Company in trouble.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsGreat people who work hard and well together. Employees are the company's best asset. Products are cool and interesting. Service and call center team do a great job keeping customers happy. Great HR team trying hard to create "best place to work."

    ConsCEO has stale perspective and lacks ideas for how to take the company to next level. Holds employees to high standard but talks trash about employees and customers in meetings with other company leaders. Engineers regarded as commodities and we're first to go in layoffs. Field service engineers overworked and underpaid. Pay lower than industry. No 401K matching. Nurse measures your waist, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc. to determine how much you pay for health insurance. Random tobacco testing. Marketing is revolving-door nightmare where experienced employees are forced out. Not enough focus on customers, only people who might buy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out how the company will make it in a changing health field. Your competitors are lapping you. Make peace between departments. Ask employees what's really going on, listen and make a plan to follow up. Reward employees for telling the truth about how things are going. PR about how great the company is won't hold up to the truth. Take a look at what made the company successful as a start-up. Focus on customers and employees.

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

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    Great Possibilities not realized

    Field Service Engineer (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood culture and people to work with. Great support if you are in the field. I am an FSE in New York so, I have a great support network when I need something. Independent work environment.

    ConsManagement via "good ol boy network ". Pay is poor and overtime is always expected. Promises made are not kept. You are expected to travel out on Sunday and home on Saturday for example, when you are working out of your area. No new technology, no plan to leverage current customers with additional products to sell.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome up with some new products before the competition does. If you are going to make a promise then try to keep it, at least some of the time...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great People! Great Culture!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsThe people and the culture is what makes Parata a wonderful place to work. It is a growing company, but it still feels like a small company in a lot of ways. The work you do makes a difference to the company's overall success. Everyone bands together to get the work done and most people have a do-whatever-it-takes attitude. There is a lot of flexibility here and we have a lot of fun while getting the job done. You can tell management cares about it's customers and it's employees.

    ConsThere are two separate buildings in Durham - corporate and the operations center. Sometimes having people in two buildings make it feel somewhat disconnected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPublish the corporate goals earlier and in a more standardized way.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    We do more with less...and we love it

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEmployees at Parata are encouraged to think outside the box and to keep the Customer's needs at the forefront of what we do.

    ConsSometimes the resources that are needed are not available.

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

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