Pointwest Reviews

Updated January 7, 2015
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  1. Good experience for a career newbie

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Pointwest full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Opportunity to travel
    - Challenging projects
    - More or less a right balance between corporate and casual
    - Evaluation is based on competency

    Cons

    - Be stuck with the same project for quite a long time
    - Career evaluation process isn't done on a regular basis
    - 3 years is too long to be contractually bound with the company, post training

    Advice to Management

    All good, except for that instance that I hoped that you listened to the survey done back in 2008 regarding people's choice of work location (prior to the Technohub move). Some people, including myself, got hassled with the relocation.

  2. Overworked, no career advancement, office politics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Clinical Specialist in Quezon City, National Capital Region (Philippines)
    Former Contractor - Clinical Specialist in Quezon City, National Capital Region (Philippines)

    I worked at Pointwest as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work itself is quite manageable and there is much to learn.

    The company's main focus is PBM and we don't have that here in the Philippines. You will learn how the PBM industry works and how it affects the lives of employees in the States.

    The office is fully air-conditioned, always clean, there is an endless supply of fresh water to drink and most of the people are very friendly.

    Cons

    They will demand that you work overtime and beyond your capability. You will be coerced to work not only overtime but to sacrifice weekends, holidays and you will not be fully compensated financially.

    Their 13th month and performance bonus is very low.

    There is no career advancement even though you put a lot of effort into the job and sacrifice the said weekends, holidays and overtime.

    There are office politics, which is present in most companies but it is quite blatant in this setting. The team leaders do not practice what they preach.

    They will reprimand you for being late or absent but they, themselves will often not follow their own advice. You work night shift and it will be taxing on your body but your efforts will not be financially compensated.

    Their training system is terrible, they will give you a shallow run-through of the basics and then give you complicated requests that you're expected to finish immediately without any errors.

    They have unfair compensation packages for contractual and project-based employees. These employees are also human, they need to be treated fairly and not like mechanical workers.

    They do not encourage life-work balance. If anything, they want you to dedicate all your time to their company. You will be reprimanded if you even think of taking time off.

    Advice to Management

    Increase your worker's salary.

    Provide better compensation packages to contractual and project-based employees.

    Make sure you monitor your senior workers to see if they're truly following your company policies.

    Encourage life-work balance and do not demand ridiculous amount of hours and fail to financially compensate your employees. Your employees are the reason why your company is standing and continuously earning, learn to value them more.

  3. Ok for newly grads, but not for experienced professionals

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    I worked at Pointwest full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Has great training, if you're lucky there are really great seniors there that can serve as mentors specially if you're a new graduate. Great office too. Everyone is nice and friendly. Supervisors and immediate superiors are accommodating and sincere, well some are. Has onsite opportunities.

    Cons

    Has bond for newly grads, and eventually no career management. The expected cycle is for those from boot camps/newly grads, to eventually resign from the company after their 3 year contracts due to uncompetitive salary. Then company will then hire new batch of boot campers. Also, contractual employees and new hires are paid way above

    Advice to Management

    Stop being cheap and stop your profit only bottomline. Maybe have a long term goal of keeping quality employees and offer competitive services than milking boot campers.

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  5. Satisfactory

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

    I have been working at Pointwest full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There's opportunity to work onsite with clients. In terms of dollars, you will definitely be earning above Philippine salary. But money is of course not everything. They will definitely promote the notion that Filipino workmanship is key and is one of the best, if not better than most Indian contracting firms onsite (kind of biased here but it IS true just because the communication gap is next to nothing--and communication is key for any consulting company)

    Cons

    Like most consulting/outsourcing firms, increasing the client's bottom line is high priority. Which really means contractors--although more qualified or more skilled--have to deal with go with the spectrum of the 'underpaid'.
    Once onsite, there is little room for salary increases, bonuses, as you are basically doing contracting for clientele.

    Advice to Management

    Make salary more competitive.

  6. Employer of choice

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

    I have been working at Pointwest full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Smart people, Great and comfy office ambience, Nice facilities, Challenging projects, Gives training to people who wants to do career shift and start on a new career track, Provides opportunities for people to be deployed out of the country depending on project. Provides a lot of extra curricular activities for employees. Cool company freebies.

    Cons

    Work under pressure and stress. Salary not totally competitive for entry level and employees with less than a year of work experience. No canteen.

  7. Pointwest gives you opportunities to hone your skills

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - BA/Developer
    Former Employee - BA/Developer

    I worked at Pointwest

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    There is career growth and/or advancement.

    Cons

    Not too bad but benefits are not that competitive.

    Advice to Management

    n/a

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