PolyVista Reviews

Updated April 28, 2014
Updated April 28, 2014
12 Reviews

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12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Frustrating and challenging, but very satisfying and rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Sales in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at PolyVista

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Scary to look back on it

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Sales in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at PolyVista full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You can do whatever you want

    Cons

    There really is no real scope on product innovations and future growth. No direction that can actually lead to profit and hurts all moral within the company. People leaving and getting let go in drones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont hire people if you cant coach, they cant do all your job. Then when you are wrong you cant blame them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 for more than a year

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

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

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

    I worked at PolyVista full-time for 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

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bleeding Money

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

    I have been working at PolyVista full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Beautiful Product, Easy-Sell, Booming Business and Rapidly Growing Company

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at PolyVista full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    PolyVista has afforded me many great opportunities in an incredibly short amount of time that I know I would not have received from any other company. Within 2 years I’ve moved up to manager and will soon be moving again into a more analytical role. I talk to the most powerful people in the country on a daily basis and I can tell you that we work very hard at PolyVista but always as a team – very tight-knit crew. And while we do work very hard, they always reward it. Very exciting times…I’ll be buying a new car this weekend!

    Cons

    We work around client's schedules, which can sometimes be a little crazy - but I guess that's what you get when your clients are the most senior executives at Fortune500 companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great software product with no one capable getting it to market leading the company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at PolyVista

    Pros

    The product is developed and works great. If you are looking to get into a career in software sales where income is your only concern, then this is a company for you.

    Also, they have Friday lunch catered in the office.

    Cons

    There are no other opportunities outside of sales. Management's hidden goal is a sell-out (though they would never tell you that) eventually so there will likely never be other opportunities outside of sales. Management has little to no experience in actually managing people with career progress ambitions, only software and sales. Corporate communication is non-existent from the top-down and you will never know what is going on. I don't recommend working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Feedback to management is useless. They don't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Entry Level Opportunity for Recent College Graduates

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

    I worked at PolyVista

    Pros

    - The average performing employee coming straight out of college will easily make 45,000-50,000 in their first year.

    - You are not left alone on an island. The upper management is easy to contact and talk with if any issues arise.

    - A rapidly expanding company which provides you with the opportunity to move up in the company quickly based on your results. 8 months out of college an exemplary employee was promoted to a position that others who had been in the software business 10 years were at.

    -Company is very clear about what steps need to be hit to be a success, so you are never left wondering whether you are doing well or not.

    - Great work life balance for someone fresh out of college or with a few years of work under their belt.

    Cons

    -Was apart of the first group that came in 2010 there was no set plan in place which resulted in higher frustration and high turnover levels at the beginning. Though since the initial difficulties there is a set plan and things are running much smoother for the individuals and the company as a whole.

    - This is a job that truly requires an inner drive that is hard to gauge in an interview. If you are not the type of person that has that drive you are not going to succeed and when you witness others around you succeeding you will become quickly frustrated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As stated before the kickoff was rough but since than things have really started to pick up. Continue to stay in touch with your employees and drive home the point that individually what they are doing is very important. As you begin to expand it is important to make sure the individuals are not lost in the shuffle.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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