Perceptive Software

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Perceptive Software Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
113 Reviews
3.2
113 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great people, good culture, great benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Perceptive has a very relaxed culture. As long as you're getting your work done, they aren't sticklers for the 40 hour week or the 3 weeks of vacation per year thing. It's a work hard play hard atmosphere. Compensation and benefits are also very competitive for the area.

    Cons

    The fun culture seems to be declining since Perceptive was bought by Lexmark. Many of the perks have been slowly disappearing and I'm not quite sure when (or if) that will plateau.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Stay away from this company. You can do better elsewhere.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Perceptive Software full-time

    Pros

    They reimburse your expense reports.

    Cons

    Layers of bureaucracy. Micro management. Busy work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to school.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but culture is slowing changing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer

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

    Pros

    Lots of good and smart people work at Perceptive. Company culture has always been one of the strengths of Perceptive. Strong core ECM product which has been supplemented by several solid products that were acquired.

    Cons

    All the acquisitions have caused many challenges in all departments. The company culture has always been good, but it has slowly changed since the Lexmark acquisition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Perceptive Software sales and marketing organizations are very poorly run

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Not many unless you like hanging around work at 4pm on a Friday once every couple of months for a "Pour-by-4" . . .just what I always wanted . . . spend more time with my work mates at the start of a weekend.

    Cons

    Sales management in particular is very unprofessional and inexperienced. They tend to hire young, cheap labor from Kansas City area and push them until they burn out and leave. 2 year tenure is considered a veteran. Pay (commission) plan is so convoluted and confusing that they had to create a special calculator spreadsheet to estimate what they have another system already setup to calculate. . . and once you figure out the net commission rate you will want to cry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop buying unrelated, disparate companies and then expect your sales staff to sell their products and services after a 10 or 15 minute power point presentation on the product that you pass off as "sales training".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for in the past

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shawnee, KS

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

    Pros

    Used to treat employees well

    Cons

    Laid off many people people

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Culture change on all fronts

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to do a lot of innovative things while at Perceptive Software. They did a great job implementing Agile in development so if fast-paced software development is your thing, this could be a great job for you. The perks are nice (though exponentially less nice than they used to be) - Friday doughnuts, beer Fridays, and great Christmas parties... when they have them. The benefits fall on the better side of comparable companies, and the work-life balance is good for most.

    Cons

    As they've been acquired by Lexmark, the company has grown exponentially but hasn't found the level of talent it had before. Most fun company events have stopped altogether, and there has been a highly unfortunate shift from the company as a software development organization to a sales organization. The increasingly frequent acquisitions take the focus away from the kind of organic growth that made the software what it was. They are also abysmal at rewarding employees who have been there awhile and add the most to the software. Promotions are infrequent and don't come with much of a bump.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't settle for hiring lesser talent in favor of growth, reward the people who have put in hard work, and renew the focus on software development instead of sales and acquisitions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Perceptive Software full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, friendly and helpful colleagues, good benefits, solid pay. Lots of promotions from within.

    Cons

    Losing some of its fun and unique culture due to Lexmark. Not a huge deal, but I know it irks some of the senior people here for 5+ years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the things that separate Perceptive from other companies or you will lose some very talented people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Customer Facing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great culture, great perks, and great people

    Cons

    start up feel diminishing as PS grows

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very positive experience, one of the best places to work in Kansas City

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Shawnee, KS

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

    Pros

    Perceptive Software offers a great work/life balance, fair wage, good management, and plenty of advancement opportunity. It continues to be one of the best places to work in Kansas City.

    Cons

    The culture seems to be melting away little by little ever since being acquired by Lexmark.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember where you came from.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Place to work, Lexmark makes it tough

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS

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

    Pros

    Culture and values are one of a kind and going to work everyday was like being with family. They have (or had) a wii, dodgeball court, and gym in their corporate office in Shawnee. They were extremely competitive (but good sports) in corporate challenge.

    Cons

    Lexmark is sitting on their culture taking away what they did best. The HR deparment didn't develop fast enough, or wasn't able (poor leadership/management) to meet recuiting needs. Gross amount of KU fans, fairly obnoxious during basketball season. So follow KU sports because you'll be talking about it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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