Pictometry International Corp.
3.2 of 5 18 reviews
www.pictometry.com Rochester, NY 150 to 499 Employees

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Chris Barrow

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57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good company, but is going through a transition.

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Rochester, NY

    ProsSmart people, fast pace, fun culture.

    ConsLots of changes, financial challenges.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pictometry Sales management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA product that when people see it they want it. In the early years of the company it was all new business.

    ConsAs the county government sales grew and became mature after 7 years there needed to be more products to pitch to existing customers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe senior sales management team only counted prospects in the sales cycle. There was no emphasis on new programs to get more sales. The direction was to keep doing what we did for the first few years of the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid Portfolio, Interesting Technology, But Leaders Don't Walk the Talk

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    Rochester, NY

    Pros- Interesting products with loads of untapped market potential.
    - Does employ a handful of quality leaders & individual contributors with industry experience, and who bring a strategic mind set, good listening skills, and are innovation-driven.
    - Recently announced acquisition will force the tough questions to finally be addressed.
    - Solid patent porfolio.
    - Government business continues to be the best-run and most solid organization within the company, driven by leaders and strategists who understand their customers and continually revisit their models to ensure they evolve as customer needs evolve.

    Cons- Many of the senior leaders are not adept at basic management practices such as effective communications, building strong teams, creating and cascading objectives and goals, developing directional strategy that is backed by facts and data, holding subordinates accountable, and ensuring that their teams understand, at the most fundamental level, the strategic direction of the organization.
    - Senior leaders protect their turf to the detriment of the business.
    - EagleView brought to the merger a culture of agonizingly democratic decision-making, with 'stakeholder teams' of employees at the bottom of the organization able to stop any new initiatives dead in their tracks. Not a culture or structure that fosters the innovation or risk-taking needed to create new markets, forge new paths for the firm's portfolio of SW and Solutions.
    - Company lacks high level product strategy/roadmap, therefore, product/project managers create their own priorities, or, worse yet, are driven by sales leaders whose priorities change daily. This leads, predictably, to a chaotic environment.
    - Very limited opportunities for career growth outside of the technology organization on the Pictometry side of the company.
    - Small company politics at times make it very difficult to navigate land mines as a new employee or consultant.
     - Office space is very constrained in the Rochester NY facility.
     - Work/Life Balance varies widely across functional teams and leadership styles.
     - Leaders above first-line managers tend to keep teams and employees at arms length, working remotely and rarely spending time on-site (with a few notable exceptions).

    Advice to Senior Management- Take a hard look at your skills and talents, and move aside if they are not a good match for what the company truly needs: Leaders, coaches, seasoned strategists and general managers with breadth and depth to take the company to the next level.
    - Put your money where your mouth is relative to Product Management and Strategic Roadmap development and follow through on committed initiatives.
    - Create a separate development approval path for priority 'new business' initiatives if you truly want to bring new products and solutions to market and grow your business.
     - Ask employees directly about what they need to succeed,and what barriers are in their way; then listen carefully and act on what you hear. Surveys are not the way to accomplish this two way dialogue.
     - Provide basic management training to middle managers and spend time on site with your teams - you will be surprised at what you learn when you observe and listen in person to what is really going on "on the ground" within your own organizations. You can't get this same insight any other way than by spending time with your teams, face to face. I can't emphasize this enough.
    - If you truly care about the people you are leading, then show it by spending face time with your teams, soliciting their input on what is working and what is not, and then building that strategic roadmap together with your product management team and business leaders as agreed over a year ago. Commit to it, invest in it, and implement - no excuses!!
    - Invest in development resources when the new market opportunities are clear. Don't commit to a new business initiative, but then constrain the teams by not approving development/technology investments critical to create the new business. This just results in teams chasing their tail and a lot of wasted cycle time among your staffs and engineering teams. Coordinate your response to new business proposals, commit to the new business for the long term - as a leadership TEAM, and then support the new business owners and hold stakeholders accountable to deliver.
    - Don't mistake sales plans for product strategies

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Like death by a thousand paper cuts

    Sales (Former Employee)

    ProsGenerally good people to work with that share in a Team environment.
    Good products that help with business efficiencies

    ConsToo many to name,
    Sales management the industry best at micro-management

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf I were CEO, I would fire the senior sales and sales operations staff. They do nothing all day except look at spreadsheets. They are out of touch with the customer.

    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 Products

    Sales Administrator (Current Employee)
    Rochester, NY

    ProsNow is an exciting time to be working at Pictometry since our recent merger with Eagleview. We've always had great products and now we also seem to be moving in a positive direction for growth. I'm excited to see where the company goes.

    ConsTwo companies are merging into one...there are some growing pains.

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

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    So much potential

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLaid back culture. Casual attire. Exciting technology. I laugh every day at work. My co workers are hilarious.

    ConsDue to laid back atmosphere slackers are kept on board leaving a small group to carry them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake the hard personnel decisions that need to be made. In the long run it will pay off and make your jobs easier.

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere is nothing to be proud about.

    ConsLots and lots of cons

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe considerate of the people who actually do the work besides your own salary.

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

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    Sales (Current Employee)
    Rochester, NY

    ProsGreat management, Great co-workers and really cool products

    ConsTakes a while before any requests are honored

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    Great product. Was a fun place to work with a common goal shared by all employees. Very toxic atmosphere now.

    Sales Manager (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat imagery. Great technology team.

    ConsVery poor new leadership, they do not know what to do with the company. Extremely low morale,
    Low pay, well below market. Declining sales comes with cost cutting so everyone is afraid of losing their job. Management treats employees like chattel because of the poor job market. Sales management spends most of their time looking at spreadsheets instead of getting in front of customers to learn what they can do to stimulate sales. Keep away from this company at all costs

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Board of Directors of this company need to completely replace the executive management team across all sales and marketing functional areas. Sales will continue to decline until this action is taken because these folks are completely lost and out of touch with the business. None of the new executive staff even came from the industry so they are clueless about what to do except fire people becasue of their poor performance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you want to hate your life, work at Pictometry

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Rochester, NY

    ProsPictometry has a very cool proprietary technology that is unique to the industry and we are doing some very cutting edge stuff.

    ConsThe senior management is looking to sell the company in a few years and they are making it a shell in order to make it look like we are incredibly profitable. Completely unrealistic expectations in all regards. Senior management thinks you are worthless and has no problem replacing anyone with differing ideas. Pay and benefits are well below competitors in the industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease look at the long term viability of the company. You may sell the company in a few years, but it will result in hundreds of people losing their jobs because you have cut everything to make us look incredibly profitable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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