Reddwerks Corporation
2.5 of 5 35 reviews
www.reddwerks.com West Lake Hills, TX 50 to 149 Employees

Reddwerks Corporation Reviews

Updated May 25, 2014
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2.5 35 reviews

                             

50% Approve of the CEO

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Alex Ramirez

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38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    On the uptick, people are just not writing about it.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsIt's common knowledge that people tend to write negative reviews with more ease and more eloquence. However, it is unfortunate that people who would have good things to say often times just miss the chance.

    All the negative reviews here are genuine, as in they are the genuine expression of personal feelings and opinions. But those, by definition, are just as good as anybody else's.

    I have been at Reddwerks for almost two years, and for long I shared the same negative feelings that animated those bad reviews. It would be unfair, though, if I did not speak up and strike a blow for the commitment the new leadership is showing to turn things around.

    There have been quite a few changes in the past few months, but the most worth talking about is the team's morale. Going to work has become for many a pleasure, from what was an unavoidable doom just up to few months ago.

    Whiny people tend to complain a lot, and the larger the audience they can reach, the louder they cry. If you are considering joining Reddwerks, don't let the negative reviews on here discourage you at all. It would be silly if they did not concern you at all, so just ask for an audience with any of the current employees, especially those who are in the role or in the team you would be in. Just don't be afraid to ask questions.

    Pros about Reddwerks:
    1. The people: I am never the smart guy in the room, and I just love that. Endless opportunities to learn and to grow.
    2. The pay and benefits: free health insurance for you and your family, salaries higher than the average.
    3. The challenging and diverse work: no two days are the same, projects are very dynamic, involve a lot of ideas exchange.
    4. The size: a fairly modest company, you'll get to know everybody if you want, and your ideas count more than they would in a large corporation.
    6. Austin. Austin is known globally as a mecca for creative and entrepreneurial people, including musicians, artists, tech companies, and the University of Texas and its new medical research hospital to name a few. It consistently sits atop Forbes' annual list of the best cities for jobs and scores highly in other demographics rankings. It is the third-fastest-growing city in the nation, attracting large numbers of college grads, immigrants and families with young children. You will rarely see more active people, running with their dogs, biking, paddling or rowing on the lake downtown regardless of the 90+ degrees average, nor more packed bars and restaurants.

    Cons1. Work schedule: can be quite hectic sometimes. You might have a slower day today and having to work up to 2:00 AM tomorrow, but overall quite balanced.
    2. Some managers and senior people's demeanor, sometimes excessively condescending. Ok, you are very smart and very accomplished, with a long career and a nice car, but your worth is only as large as the grace you show to others, especially those whose title is lower than yours.
    3. Some people's team spirit. Ok, we have been beaten up for a long while, but it seems to me that executive leadership really is on our side now, we have no reason not to give our best. Let's get aligned with that. Just to mention a trivial thing, let's answer emails even just to acknowledge we received them!

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's too early for anyone to judge whether we are heading towards the right direction, but it's great that we are finally able to focus on steering the ship rather than just struggling to keep it afloat. We are finally showing courage, turning down unprofitable and non-strategic business that falls out of our core strengths. We are putting an effort in hunting for and taking on more and more sustainable business, that's vital if we want to go further than just making payroll. Let's keep doing it.

    Also, there's a lot of more empowering happening under this administration, and I commend the management for making it happen. Our team (and their brains) is the real only asset we have, as in, the only one that generates income. Keep fostering an environment where people's ideas are welcome, don't ask for feedback just because you know it's a good leadership practice. Listen to your people, and they will keep surprising you.

    As a concrete advice on improving the company's culture (which has really come the long way in just a few months), just make sure nobody is made fun of by being publicly called out on something, or unceremoniously shut down with not so polite remarks during any team meeting. There are situations where that could be fun, but don't assume everybody likes to be laughed at. Most people do not just like you don't.

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

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    Austin, TX

    ProsSmart people in the company. Interesting problems.

    ConsNot well defined product. Too much non-productive conflict among employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep working hard.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Austin, TX

    Prosoffice culture, salary, city, great people to work with

    Conshard to get promoted within the company

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive your support to your engineer and let them grow within the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The more you lie the fatter your paycheck gets!

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsSteady Paycheck. Made some good friends. Learned about how to survive in tough situations.

    ConsSo you want to work at Reddwerks.?Great choice! But In order to survive here you must keep your ethics at home. Lying to customers is considered an art, and the better you are at it the faster you move up the food chain. What did you say.. "Why need to lie to the customers?" Good question. There's no concept of project deadlines here. Historically there has never been a single project that Reddwerks has delivered on time! It is ironical that one of the company's official mottos is "don't bs the customer". Yet we are encouraged to bs to the customer all the time when onsite to cover up our shortcomings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire a pastor!! Or go to business school to get proper education!

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

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    Promotions go to friends and brothers/sisters - not based on your work

    Hardware Associate (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsNo dress code, ability to expense stuff, points from airlines and hotels

    ConsLots, no raises, poorly ran, CEO got ran off by board, lots of turnover, lots of firings, on reflection horrible HR as they gave away a 50000 car for like 5 new hires

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote based on hard work, give raises every year no matter how small, pay expense checks even when company is failing, get better at your job

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

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    Worst company I've ever been a part of

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsThe pay could be good if you don't mind the long hours, broken management, and no job security.
    A lot of smart and great people, management excluded.

    ConsReally broken management. Losing money. Let people walk all the time even if someone was just hired less than a month ago. If you are going to join this company, please think twice because there is no job security. I really regret not heeding the true and negative advice given on Glassdoor and joined the company anyway and regret every moment of it. Most of the positive reviews are likely fake as they were written by HR. In reality nothing reflects the positive comments given here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out what you want to do with the company, with the people, and with yourself before the company goes out of business

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

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    No Work Life Balance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking with really smart people, not a lot of red tape to get your ideas through, some opportunity to get your ideas heard.

    Conslots on-site time, which includes weekends. You will be on-site for a couple of weeks, or sometimes 3 weeks, depending on the project, and you will be working really long, and odd hours.
    Not very good with pay.
    Reviews done rarely, and hence getting your titles adjusted or compensation adjusted is not very frequent.
    Expenses can take time to be re-paid. Best case is 3 weeks, and worst case is 7 weeks in current model of repaying expenses. It was worse in the past, where it once took approx 4 months to get paid.
    Work life balance is horrible. You work a lot, and travel a lot.

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    Overall very positve

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat product that is needed in the market

    ConsCompany has been undercapitalized fro a long time

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    February Brings Change to Reddwerks Leadership and Direction of Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFebruary has brought a new direction to Reddwerks through the naming of Alex Ramirez as the Interim/CEO. This month alone, the company has assembled for two company wide meetings sharing information of the leadership changes which had taken place. Then on the final day of the month came the sharing of new business, sales and operational strategies. New leadership brings new ideas, new viewpoints and new perspectives. Coordinated efforts and communication among leadership members seems to be bringing about a different vibe in the ranks. A momentum shift could be taking shape as a renewed focus heads the company into a more successful chapter of Reddwerks.

    ConsLeadership transitions are never an easy task for all parties involved. Attitudes are changing and the atmosphere seems relaxed during this transition period. It was sad to see some good people leave the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNew leadership, new ideas, new horizons to be conquered! Many smart people in this company. Building upon the new attitudes and directions and keeping the team unified moving forward will be the challenge. Seems like a few good steps have taken place. Building the culture of the company is important so the company can add new staff when the time is needed.

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

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    The biggest Fuster Cluck I've ever been a part of.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere are some incredibly smart and cool people who have worked for Reddwerks; unfortunately, management ran them all off.

    It's a cool product that really makes a difference in the industry.

    ConsWhere to start. Go-lives are a nightmare. Started off with five "easy" 18-hour days. Followed by a 37-hour shift, followed by 4 hours of sleep. Then a 26-hour shift followed by six hours of sleep, 22 hours, five hours of sleep. And then three flights to get home, that take more than 18 hours, because the company is too cheap to get a direct flight.

    The pay isn't worth the hours you work—this alone cuts your salary in half. Being locked in a room with the CEO for a few hours at a time while he rants about Obama and makes misogynistic comments keeps you from your job, so you have to work late AGAIN.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCEO once told me (I will never forget this quote!) "I like telling people what to do. That's why I started my own company."

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

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