Perceptive Software Reviews in Kansas City, MO

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
122 Reviews

3.6
122 Reviews
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Pros
  • People are very kind and the work-life balance is highly valued (in 12 reviews)

  • Flexible time off and work from home schedule (in 6 reviews)


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

  • Product is a little cumbersome and the growth process of being acquired by Lexmark is not super smooth (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive, though the rapidness of change (even for the positive) can be unsettling at times.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS

    I have been working at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    Flexible time off and work schedule, ability to work from home when you like, senior management devoted to maintaining a relaxed and fun company culture. Strong emphasis on work-life balance and overall pleasant work atmosphere with many perks.

    Cons

    Mid-level management often managing employees with more experience and knowledge, opportunities for advancement infrequent despite frequent restructuring of teams and departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior leadership does a fantastic job of communicating down--free flow of information hits a hiccup with mid-level management. Try to overcome this obstacle.

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    High learning curve, but good support system and room for growth

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Consultant in Shawnee, KS

    I have been working at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    Perceptive is a great work environment. A real attempt is made to create a fun and creative place to work. There is some lack of organization and consistency, but given the determined growth of the company this is not out of place or really even a negative

    Cons

    Although they are making an effort, there are still real inequalities in the compensation and promotion track. Until they cut away the luck of the draw approach to the plum assignments necessary to meet the metrics of promotion, there will be talent that looks elsewhere out of frustration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On the surface the use it when you need it vacation time is great, but underneath there is an implicit punishment for taking time off. This 'earned' time off doesn't count towards your utilization and as a direct result, time off will almost guarantee that you will not be eligible for a quarterly bonus. At the end of the day it feels really bush league.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Work hard, play hard but you have to make yourself noticed.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS

    I have been working at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, ability to make mistakes and try new things.

    Cons

    They have a hard time recognizing some of the best talent they have. Management can be insulated and miss who the really important minds are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your people.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Shawnee, KS

    I have been working at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    Great benefits, awesome culture, fun coworkers, and great product to sell.

    Cons

    It is definitely growing and there are some growing pains that go along with that.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS

    I have been working at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    Awesome company culture (e.g. internal and external dodge ball tournament)

    Cons

    Going through some growing pains

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not just for the newly graduated

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS

    I have been working at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    Positive environment
    Place for growth and learning
    Competitive pay
    Flex scheduling
    Better than the many other places I have worked in my life. I don't understand the hate some people who are no longer here show. Just grow up and move on like I have done with prior employers.

    Cons

    My fat butt can't get up speed on the slide. Seriously I really like it here and haven't found a lot of cons. You are learning their program so your skills don't transfer to other places really well.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I am glad I had the opportunity to work for this innovative company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS

    I worked at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    Growing company with lots of opportunities for professional growth.

    Cons

    Very intense fast paced environment that doesn't always allow for work life balance.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    The company offers opportunities for learning and growth, but size and creeping bureaucracy threaten its unique culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS

    I have been working at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    First, the company has a rare, innovative and flexible time-off policy (no official time tracking). Second, compensation is fair and benefits are excellent. Third, there is the near-guarantee of proper investment and continuing growth (particularly internationally) following the company's acquisition by Lexmark. Fourth, opportunities for learning about the company's particular area of technology (enterprise content management) are abundant.

    Cons

    The good ideas, determination, and hard work of the company's founders bred a critical mass of success. Success bred rapid growth. Growth bred the typical creeping bureaucracy, with more layers of management, more meetings, less direct involvement between the founders and typical staff members, and less overall agility. The company's acquisition by a larger firm has only accelerated these trends, as distant executives increasingly exert control over aspects of daily life that used to be taken for granted, such as a highly responsive, locally minded employee-tech-support organization that is merging with the mothership and losing the personal touch it once had. Acquisition was not supposed to change the company's laid-back culture or local customs, but there's no doubt it has started to happen and will likely continue. If you are comfortable with a corporate feel and a growing sense of subsidiary-ization, Perceptive can still be a rewarding place to work. But those who recall a more improvisational, startup-oriented environment, heavily laden with the personalities of the founders and the hustle of underdogs, will find much has changed. I suspect it's just a matter of time before those who created this enterprise will move on to other challenges or retire to their well-deserved yachts or second homes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To those who started this company, it would be great to see you roll the dice and start a new enterprise after you fulfill your current obligations. You were superb at building something from nothing, and could undoubtedly do it again.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sheep go to heaven ...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS

    I worked at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    Events
    Free breakfast
    Comfortable building
    Ok salary
    Smarter than average co-workers, though that doesn't apply to managment

    Cons

    Lack of vision at the mid-management level
    Rewarding a 'status quo' mindset
    Yes-men environment
    Technologically backward in many departments
    Good ideas go to management meetings to die
    Health insurance co-pays were terrible
    The lack of time-tracking really became just an exercise in management awarding time off to their favorites. Beware, that policy can and was used improperly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage by committee. You'd be better off. Trust the wisdom of the masses. Non-management staff have better ideas than you do. It's clear you're just trying to stay under the radar of top-level management, and your short-sighted, corporate-speak goals show it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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