Perceptive Software

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Perceptive Software Reviews in Kansas City, MO

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
113 Reviews
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Pros
  • People are very kind and the work-life balance is highly valued (in 14 reviews)

  • If you need to work from home, then that is completely fine with them most of the time (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • There is a bit of a clique-ish mentality in middle management that is somewhat difficult to crack (in 6 reviews)

  • Professional Services Policies are a mess (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    An upbeat company packed with brilliant minds

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS

    I have been working at Perceptive Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've never witnessed a company culture with so many amazing coworkers. Everyone is invested in each other and the spirit of helpfulness runs deep in every employee, both to each other and to the customers. No one settles for any less than absolute perfection in the product, so the product is at a consistently excellent quality. The unlimited vacation plan, while unconventional, is quite enjoyable, as well.

    Cons

    Changing company culture due to Lexmark's influence; employee satisfaction is no longer quite as high a priority in the company as it once was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Despite Lexmark's unconventional employee/manager review policies, I think it's important for Perceptive to reinstate a typical yearly review between an employee and their manager. The company should begin requiring much smaller release windows, as well.

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

    Perks of the company overshadowed by policy mess

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    It's a good company to start out of college with, the company has a good name in the Kansas City area. They have a good product, and there is a great deal to learn in the company. If you home in on a product that nobody knows there's a potential that it can turn into a job title.

    Cons

    In the short time I've been here, acquisitions have been degrading the company culture. The things they were once cherished for such as 'Pour by Fours' and team outings are slowly being phased away. Professional services is nothing but a mess, leaving consultants to clean up the messes of sales, project managers and the like. Work-Life balance no longer exists; good luck getting time off when you're balancing multiple projects that are blowing up. There is a severe disconnect from sales to professional service, and it seems to be widening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get down on the floor level and really see what's going on. Find out where disconnects are happening and do something to alleviate it. Talk with middle management more.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    My experience at Perceptive was great, but could have been a bit better.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Salesforce.com Developer in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Salesforce.com Developer in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at Perceptive Software as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I loved the laid back atmosphere that Perceptive has. They didn't mind that I didn't wear business casual every day (most people wore jeans or cargo shorts and a polo). They push to have "fun" at work, so they have a slide going from the second floor down to the cafeteria, a dodgeball court, ping pong tables, and corn hole in the office. The hours are also very flexible. If you need to work from home, then that is completely fine with them most of the time.

    Cons

    I was an intern, so I didn't have a whole lot of time to form too many bad opinions on the company. My biggest bone I had to pick with them is their structure. My department was going through a couple of different managerial changes during the time I was there, so that made it hard to know what to do and who to ask when I needed guidance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS

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

    Pros

    They have a dodge-ball court in-house and a annual company wide dodge-ball tournament. They are very good with flex-time and unlimited vacation time. They are a growing company.

    Cons

    After 9 acquisitions, they are still not profitable.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sales Engineer

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Kansas City, KS

    I worked at Perceptive Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The office culture and work hard / play hard atmosphere on the sales team encouraged employees to remain engaged but not feel like they were suffering while at work. Free beer helped.

    Cons

    No direct comp for Sales Engineers means individual performance is not rewarded, tracked or measured.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Uncap commission, let the SE team make as much money as they can.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Everything is Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lenexa, KS

    I have been working at Perceptive Software full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, culture, time-off, personal growth, compensation

    Cons

    None, none, none, none, none

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More pay and benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    A bright star slowly falling from the sky, what once was great is on it's way to destruction.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Shawnee, KS

    I have been working at Perceptive Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Culture, food, 401k, dress code, vacation policy. Great place to start as an entry level employee. Just don't stay long.

    Cons

    Immature organization. Too prideful of this culture... It's fun and all, but also not the point of operating a company. Keggers and caffeine makes smart employees happy enough only to temporarily cover the contempt of how sad middle management and lack of experience is. And you better be a native English speaker from a Big 12 school... Else you will be shunned from the majority of the e employees in Shawnee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some of the tough decisions already. You sold the company and expect to compete in the Fortune 500 and international spaces but still want to operate like a small business that caters to Mom and Pop businesses with boiler plate solutions. The "hey I am a 25 year old wiz" thing, armed with bad templates, is not what it takes to cut it long term. The empty promises made to your larger customers may soon be the only "image" this company has. Cookie cutter simply will get you in far enough to fail. Hire some people with experience help transform the way you are doing business and grow., or at least TRY to do something different. Something beyond a tentative 3 month roadmap could help. Otherwise, all I see is a sinking ship with a pile of old ink cartridge money in the cabin, being driven by someone with no map or idea what it's like to navigate these types of waters. Hey, at least some really smart decent people got rich.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great growth potential but a migration towards Corporate micro-management has hindered workplace experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager - Professional Services in Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Manager - Professional Services in Shawnee, KS

    I have been working at Perceptive Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great growth potential for entry level employees, true open door management, comfortable work environment

    Cons

    Salary is lagging behind regional standard, too many products currently offered causes confusion and obstruction, poor communication between company divisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what we need to sell, jettison the rest, and allow other departments to push back on sales about questionable statements of work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fun, relaxed company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Shawnee, KS

    I have been working at Perceptive Software full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Environment, People, Energy all contribute to a great culture.

    Cons

    Management is often out of touch with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, hit a salary wall

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Architect in Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Technical Architect in Shawnee, KS

    I worked at Perceptive Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company. Great culture and people

    Cons

    Salary growth can be stagnant if you start there early in your career as with any company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be proactive in assessing the needs of your people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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