Perficient Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
225 Reviews
3.1
225 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is usually good, but depends on the project you're on (in 24 reviews)

  • There are good people at Perficient (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • In terms of business units - the primary one is IBM (in 14 reviews)

  • Ineffective middle management and senior management entirely focused on acquisitions (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Perficient full-time

    Pros

    Perficient has a great work-life balance culture.
    There is a ton of variety of work.
    It is a fast paced environment which makes learning happen naturally.

    Cons

    There aren't any serious cons - it is a great company with consistent growth. I hope the company continues to grow!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Constantly acquiring smaller companies but failed to grow bigger, Go figure

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    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Mid City, MO
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Mid City, MO

    I worked at Perficient full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay and above average PTO and benefits. Relatively younger work force and self-funded health plan make company health insurance affordable with good coverage. Good, talented people to work with if you can find them as part of the just got acquired group or a few diamonds in the rough within the older business units. You also get company stock (not option) as part of the compensation package when you reach certain level. It is only good if the stock price goes up because you have to pay taxes on the day it is vested. you might end up loosing money if the stock goes down.

    Cons

    No career opportunities! This is how the company works. It grew to current size by acquiring 2-3 smaller companies every year or so. That strategy used to work many years ago. Now, it is only doing so to survive, by acquiring companies with good earnings to keep Wall Street happy and stock price steady. The problem is not the acquisition itself, most of the time, they do buy good companies. The problem is with the integration. If you don't integrate the newly acquired assets, how can you keep the best talent you just bought? So the GMs and VPs are either from newly acquired company or people who play politics well. Very rarely you can work your way up to GM level. Remember, this is only a mid-size company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you don't figure out how to keep the best people you acquired, you will never become a billion dollar company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    OK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Perficient (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent Pay and Benefits. Depends mostly on who the client is.

    Cons

    Expect too much internal work

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    i was a solution architect with perficient - pm and managers do not stick up for you

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    Former Employee - Solution Architect in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Solution Architect in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    decent benefits, nice salary, good with work life balance

    Cons

    management not friendly, not a lot of opp for advancement

  6.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good culture and benefits. Good opportunity to learn, some very smart people working here

    Cons

    Everything depends on your team and manager, the entire environment is a hit or miss sometimes

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Solution Architect

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    Current Employee - Solution Architect
    Current Employee - Solution Architect

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

    Pros

    Above average benefits with average pay and decent and/or generous billable bonus plan depending upon for how long you are working with company. 4 weeks of paid time off. But beware it is capped 80 hours so you must use it otherwise you are going to loose it and it is easy to loose track if you are swamped in critical project. It is easy to climb ladder up to Solution Architect level but beyond that there aren't many opportunities for career progression.

    Cons

    Perficient is just a collection of many staffing boutiques acquired over years with no consistent company wide structure and culture. Company's senior management is responsible for this mess as most of the GMs, VPs aren't home grown but ex-CEO and founders of acquired very small companies who are always busy playing ugly power game as they don't have faith in each another and to make situation worse, they are geographically dispersed. Constant politics results into frequent firing without any reason. I have seen many senior employees who have worked for company for more than 8 years go with no notice and severance package under the excuse of the project ended and/or they are on bench for 2 weeks. Shrunken profit and dry pipeline made some sharp folks leave company in anticipation. Company's focus seems to be only inflating balance sheet and it really doesn't care about amalgamating acquired company and as a result there is no culture. Earlier growth strategy(acquiring companies) is not working effectively anymore and now they are desperately cutting cost by reducing bench time. You will be asked to work on some crap SharePoint projects that has nothing to do with your skills and talent as management again desperately tries to achieve ambitious(or impossible) utilization rate. It all depends for which unit you are going to work for. However during my long tenure with the company, I have met people from several units and hears similar stories. For instance, MSFT NBU, the unit I worked for, was reorganized several times for political reasons, genuine people were cornered and inefficient and below average that were dear to senior management were rewarded. Wrong flattering in monthly team calls of this dumb technical leadership has become norm and it has failed several clients and this is the major reason Perficient doesn't get much repeat business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please invest sometime to figure out the real reason why company's stock hit 52 week low last week instead of focusing only on short term utilization rate. Cost cutting by letting talent go as the project ends or the person is on bench for 2 weeks will not help. Instead get rid of impotent sales people particularly those don't know how to sell and feed on many deals thrown by Microsoft and hire some quality that can replenish projects pipeline. Please act in company's best interest and never fire an honest, actively contributing person for a political reason, otherwise technology talent is going to leave you soon, the way I did. Focus on organic growth and show the door to non-contributing politicians in senior management. They are going to fall out very soon anyway as they can't save their skin too long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great to abysmal

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Perficient (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can find good in any company you work for. For Perficient it's about latching onto the limited number of truly talented employees they have working there. And there are a few but that's where it ends. The key to happiness working for Perficient is to gravitate towards those people who make you feel good about working there because without them it's an unbearable environment.

    Cons

    The #1 negative of working with Perficient is it's inept and incompetent executive leadership team. They have no idea what they are doing. I have never worked for a company which is so disconnected, driven by the wrong things, does not listen to their employees at all, only concerned about the price per share. I honesty don't know how the company does as well as it does except that historically it has survived by acquiring companies to keep the revenue numbers looking good for its shareholders. After that it's a complete and utter failure in integrating those companies. There are a bunch of little commanders running around the company thinking they can do whatever they want. There's no unity or cohesiveness. You literally could get away with capital murder at Perficient as long as you are contributing to billable hours and adding to the revenue stream.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice to the management because they won't listen anyways. They make lousy hiring decisions for the wrong reasons in places that are most critical to the company. This company is an absolute mess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    ok

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Stamford, CT

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

    Pros

    good benefits , work from home

    Cons

    salary could be a lot better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Company asking employees to write positive reviews

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    NOTHING good to say about this company.

    Cons

    I have been told employees have been asked to write POSITIVE reviews for my old company Perficient on Glassdoor. This is one of the most unethical breaches of protocol I have ever witnessed. I can tell you that for your own benefit, avoid this company like the plague. All they care about is their stock price (which is tanking now) and their employees are completely expendable. You better stay utilized if you are a consultant, because what I am witnessing is once you hit the bench, you are terminated immediately. No severance pay either. They'll work your butt off, but try to get ahead and you'll never get there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a conscience. Care about your people. Don't keep laying off people for the sake of laying them off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    It used to be great, now Perficient is a horrible place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are good people at Perficient. The consultants genuinely care about the clients and work very hard to deliver successful projects. There are a lot of interesting projects with some high profile clients.
    The benefits and pay are ok, but seem to get worse every year.

    Cons

    The work environment at Perficient has declined to intolerable over the past 6-9 months. There are many factors that have contributed; unwise acquisitions, declining sales numbers, over ambitious revenue projections, unsuccessful implementation of internal IT platforms.
    The knee-jerk reaction of middle and senior management has been panic and micromanagement, most likely trying to save their own skins. Middle management is incompetent, they don't manage or show leadership to their teams. Sr management focus on acquisitions and now cost cutting as a way to achieve numbers, there is no organic growth strategy.
    Sales forecast and staff utilizations are updated about every two 2 business days. This is a labour intensive exercise since they cannot get the new Oracle EBS tool to work. As a result people cannot focus on their core jobs because they too busy focusing on management's latest fire drill request.
    Consultants are being let go the minute they are not utilized, with no severance. This has made people edgy or proactive in leaving.
    Sales is being bullied by middle management to inflate opportunity pipelines or risk losing their jobs.
    Management refuses to take any advice or criticism. If you aren't fully endorsing the plan and tell the managers how awesome they are, you will be on the outside. People have just given up.
    Vacation policy will not allow for accruals past 80 hours. It is use it or lose it. Many people lose vacation if they are involved in a critical delivery point on a project .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to start listening to the employees. When someone raises a concern, do not immediately label them as wrong or not a team player.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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