PolyVista Reviews

Updated June 15, 2015
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  1. An amazing experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at PolyVista

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Some of these other reviews make me laugh, pretty clearly people are bitter. I've had a great experience, I get to work on game-changing projects with some of the biggest companies in the world, an experience that is second to none in my book. I'm not micro-managed, and given creative freedom to instill some of my own ideas into the framework of our strategy. Awesome co-workers that are always willing to help, and an environment that fosters collaboration. Financial comps are well in line with efforts and results produced. The best thing is having an awesome product and service to stand behind, easier to get motivated to sell when you see the power of the products and the results it produces for customers. Lots of recent investment in growing awareness of the PolyVista brand which has led to greater success for sales/mktg.

    Cons

    Change happens probably more that it should, but as a nimble yet growing company that should be expected as the market is constantly changing and evolving as well. With some employees/mgmt in different locations sometimes outside communication isn't the most efficient. Brand awareness is growing, but still not to an everyday recognizable level yet.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing forward, and don't let your foot off the gas. Bad mgmt was let go a year ago and we've flourished since then, lets keep going. Continuing to build awareness is key, as it both shortens and makes the sales cycle easier.


  2. You can't find the hidden problem if the problem was never hidden

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    Current Employee - BDA in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - BDA in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at PolyVista full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation can be good, friendly coworkers, good amount of PTO, good work life balance to an extent, free food on Fridays.

    Cons

    People have been complaining about the same things for a long time and they are never addressed or resolved. It's hard to believe we work for a business intelligence company and yet management does not catch on to the trends of why employees are so upset, why sales are not closed, and why even the best employees become unmotivated.

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about responding to people's reviews on these sites. Start being proactive in solutions for employee retention, personal development, and closing deals. Start going to trade shows, create professional networks and build a respectable reputation. It's a perpetual uphill battle if you rely on 100% cold calling. It's kind of hard to ask someone to give you a dime without ever seeing you face to face.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great Product, Mediocre Ownership

    Former Employee - BDA in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - BDA in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at PolyVista full-time (Less than a year)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - The product is very valuable. - Direct coworkers were friendly and helpful. - Lunch in office every Friday.

    Cons

    - Prospects have no clue who the company is or what they do. This makes it nearly impossible to make a sale even after they have agreed to a meeting.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Please look elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PolyVista full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You will feel good with the pay in your first couple of months then you will get hit with reality. The reality is that the company cannot acquire a client and had not for the last 3 years. All operations besides sales are outsourced overseas. Us jobs are not valued as you are only valued if you can generate 10 sales a week. This is something that is garnered impossible as there are only to local techs.

    Cons

    Office culture is open but breeds redundancy. You will be held to booking meetings everyday that will not transpire into anything more than hurting the account strategy within your personal accounts. Upper management is hardly ever there and does not seem to really care. No work is done outside the office, meaning that everything needs to be done over the phone. Product is week in terms of visualization compared to other products and price point is unfair as it relates to the competition. Owner will not be supportive over the long haul as you are just a number.

    Advice to Management

    Please look elsewhere


  6. Frustrating and challenging, but very satisfying and rewarding.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Sales in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at PolyVista

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Astonishing product/service offerings, some amazing work with text analysis. Flat management structure removes micro-management. Rewarded for your successes. More recent focus on developing new products/services to meet market need. The best co-workers I've ever been around, or at least most of them.

    Cons

    Direction the company was going wasn't always clear - things changed more than they should have, and in result some great employees sought out work elsewhere. Benefits package is good, but not great. Didn't get rid of poor performers/toxic employees fast enough.

    Advice to Management

    I left because of how good my resume had become because of what PolyVista experience had done for me in my personal and professional growth. My advice, is to set a clear overall vision for the company, and get the team to buy-in and every move you make, whether or not changes occur, is in the direction of the overall vision. Need more strong leaders to help develop and grow new talent and retain current talent. Things seem to be trending upward, but an influx of fresh talent could push you to the next level.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Beware. This is a dead end telemarketing job.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PolyVista full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free lunch on fridays. You can basically come and go as you please. Performance is based on how many calls you make a day.

    Cons

    Management and ownership have no clue what they are doing. People are hired just to make a lot of calls and a few demos that go no where. There is no career path or opportunity at this company, unless you plan on telemarketing for the rest of your life.

    Advice to Management

    Give up. Admit that you have no business running a company and move on.


  8. not so frustrated after speaking with friend who left PV for greener pastures and misses PV

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PolyVista full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Have been given many opportunities to grow professionally, take on responsibilities and new roles that would have not have happened elsewhere.

    Cons

    It can be crazy at times. remote leadership and management so at times support and direction is weak. goals and measurements change too frequently. expectations are unrealistic.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Dead end job at a company going nowhere

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    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at PolyVista full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When I started the compensation structure was really good.. but that changed. The other BDAs were great people to work with and I met some awesome people.

    Cons

    The compensation structure changes on a whim and continues to take away from your salary. There are absolutely no opportunities for advancement, regardless of what they tell you. The company is shrinking, rapidly. Management seems to have absolutely no direction or idea what they are doing. They operate on an out of date sales model and fail to close deals repeatedly. It is tough watching your hard work constantly get fumbled and then told lame excuses for why the prospect wasn't right. Suggestions or ideas for improvement fall on deaf ears, and at times threaten managements ego, no matter how helpful you're trying to be. Your job is constantly on the line, not because of your performance, but because they have to cut salaries from the budget. It shouldn't be so hard to have open lines of communication is such a small company, there shouldn't be the disconnect that exists

    Advice to Management

    Honestly? Give up. Sell what you have left and exit the industry. You have no business running a company. The only real chance you have of saving this company would be to hire an actual industry professional, completely give up control to them, and hope on a wing and a prayer that they can save this sinking ship. But even that is a long shot.


  10. Helpful (1)

    The owner needs to bring on a business coach to help make better decision

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - BDA in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - BDA in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at PolyVista full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great office leadership and good people to hang around

    Cons

    Changed the compensation to an unworthy level. CEO makes random decisions in the immediate operations of the company


  11. Helpful (3)

    Bleeding Money

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - BDA in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - BDA in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at PolyVista full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can make a lot of money

    Cons

    Launching a career here is not a resume builder Dealiing with the outsourced HR department is painful You are compensated for how busy you are, i.e. completing introductory meetings to sales leads no matter how useless you already knew that meeting was going to be because that person was not a budget holder, decision maker, influencer, or even in the right department; and not the value you bring to the company, activities including market research and qualifying leads It takes an astronomical amount of meetings for sales executives to close one deal Performance metrics are based on superstition and not on industry norms or historical data Compensation plan changes so often you will never know how much you are going to make Projects are never completed when they are planned over several days or weeks they are always abandoned Lack of coaching from senior staff, you are berated and threatened to perform at their standards but are not instructed on best practices to reach them or the advice you are given is so general that it is useless, cookie cutter advice No pricing model for the product, profit margins are non existent Anyone who has studied business can see that the PolyVista Kalamazoo office is reminiscent of ENRON. Financial stability of the company is kept secret, employees are bullied to reach unattainable sales metrics and ethics are questionable.

    Advice to Management

    It would be possible to reach the the high expectations with better coaching and a market research department, that way BDA's don't have to go blindly looking for prospects and in the end costing a lot of money to the company. Many BDA's joined PolyVista to help build the company into a world class business, not just to collect a paycheck. Please treat your employees with dignity and respect because in the end you are all on the same team, the sales team, the team that is suppose to bring in money not waste it.



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