SciVantage Reviews

Updated August 7, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Small Startup Company Turning Medium

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SciVantage full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Startup atmosphere (not for everyone). I think that's the source for lots of negative reviews. Yes, there's lots of work (sometimes hectic and unplanned), but there is also lots of flexibility. Scivantage allows work from home for extended time (even from other countries at times). Staff is friendly and there's lots of energy and friendliness. Lots of young talent and things to learn. There's daily fruit, soft drinks, pool, table tennis, foosball.

    Cons

    Fast paced growth caused a lot of rash decisions to be made early on. This debt needs to be addressed and resolved to ensure the further growth can be supported. There's a lot of restructure in upper management ranks recently as the company crosses from small to medium size. This brought on a lot of doubt, angst and fear in the lower ranks.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more to lower ranks about plans not to lose talent during the turbulent times of re-structuring and reorg.


  2. Helpful (3)

    BEWARE - This company is NOT CLIENT FOCUS

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    Current Employee - Management Information Systems Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Management Information Systems Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SciVantage (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This is a small company, flexible hours, However, management has no respect for hard working people.

    Cons

    This company used to be a good company, but the constance lies and promise to client, client started pulling their contract, Scivantage hired new management who laid off all the small people. Scivantage will lay you off even if you are on FMLA, Vacation, and during human sick time. This company has no respect for employees who has dedication many years and long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and Treat your employees right. STOP Laying off and think about your clients, Retain the talent and STOP Promising client work you cannot deliver.


  3. Helpful (9)

    The company is losing all its talents, and going downhill fast

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SciVantage full-time

    Pros

    small company feel, flexible schedule, used to have a lot more Pros. Now, almost all gone.

    Cons

    Constant change from the top without communicating to the whole company, and continuous layoffs. Super depressing atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    Stop laying off people. You need to retain the talents. That is the knowledge and asset of this company!


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  5. SciVantage passionate employees with mis managed domestic and offshore resources.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Product in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great location in Jersey City with a decent business model. SciVantage employees are a mix of seasoned Wall Street Business/Technical veterans, offshore workers and younger employees with limited Brokerage exposure. Management will allow employees the ability to utilize new technology and develop skills. A good place for a recent grad to work for a few years.

    Cons

    The offshore model is most challenging and has changed several times recently. The domestic product teams is scattered in the North east and a challenge to deal with. Management is having a challenging time getting the correct management team with frequent Management and employee turnover. Many of the domestic employees tend to be younger and have limited command of the English language. A firm of this size and age requires all levels of management to have direct and frequent communication with all levels of employees. The revenue stream is also questionable at Scivantage with the firm being run with venture capital. Pay scale is lower than more mature firms.

    Advice to Management

    Work on doing a better job frequently communicating the firms direction to staff. Eliminate all offshore work immediately and require all employees report into the home office. Provide training to employees to develop skill sets.


  6. Helpful (1)

    An overall unhealthy workplace!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Convenient office location. Gym discounts. Average salary.

    Cons

    1. Projects in the company are poorly run due to ruthless, talentless and delusional project managers. Project Managers never manage projects following the SDLC methodologies. Projects may not even have any system/business requirements, architecture documents, estimates, WBS, milestones, etc as project managers are too lazy/busy to write them. Because there is a lack of visibility of project milestones/due dates, project managers may harass technical staff to push project due dates whenever they feel like. When projects somehow succeed, project managers take all credits of work others contributed. 2. Like everywhere else, office politics and bullying exists and it can get ugly. When more superior staff members did not get management support to get their ways, they deliberately dumped their responsibilities to new team members without cross-training them to pay management back. 3. Previous senior management used to allow staff to work from home due to overnight production callouts or legitimate causes. New management came in and revoked the work-from-home policy. 4. Offshore development teams do sloppy jobs and expect US teams to clean up their messes.


  7. Great peers... Can be a lot of work

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    Most of the employees are really good people. it does breed an atmosphere of team work and cooperation.

    Cons

    some of the work necessary is actually unnecessary of time was provided to make permanent fixes.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Fake interviews- Don't go for this company ever!

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    Former Employee - Junior PM in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Junior PM in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing is good for these people

    Cons

    They call candidates, interview then 5-6 times, hold them and ultimately say NO. They just do time pass and the Indian JR. PM working for them are horrible....Just wastage of time and money!

    Advice to Management

    Don't waste time of people who need job..if you don't like someone reject them in 1st/2nd round..don't call them 5-6 times and at the end say NO..Peers can never decide a candidate....they why management is sitting?


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good learning experience especially since the company was in a growth spurt.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SciVantage full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy Ability to work like a startup - try new technoloies with proofs Encouragement of fitness

    Cons

    Projects may trump vacation Releases may go way over the 8 hours

    Advice to Management

    Value employees, review on time and employees will value you.


  10. Lack of Comradery and Job Training

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited Beverages at your disposal (huge plus!) and the compensation wasn't that bad.

    Cons

    Lack of training, no unity and job security.

    Advice to Management

    During the interview process I was told that the position I was potentially hired for was similar to the job I quit to work there. Highly inaccurate as the position was more technical that lacked support from peers and management. The Dept. I worked for was the Maxit. The Jersey City team shared inquires concerning this product with the Boston team. My impression of the Boston Team was that they were highly competitive and not supportive. A very unfriendly culture. In addition, there was no training! So if you're lucky you may can grasp the work as it is up to the person if he/she can properly interpret their duties as there was no training at all. Again no support from management or peers, you are on your own. To be frank (and not to sound bias) I resent companies that prefer to hire more workers that just came to the US, as oppose to employees with credentials and that was born and raised on US soil. There wasn't that many US employees in my opinion. This irks and baffles me! For the short period that I was employed there, I can honestly say that my experience was not an enjoyable one! Not a great company to work for long-term, if you ask me.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Poor management and no work life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many of the managers are flexable about your work schedule, but only because there's no work life balance. You will work A LOT.

    Cons

    1.The average employee works at least 50 + hours per week (if not much more). Management makes you feel guilty if you can not work overtime and puts a significant amount of pressure on the employees to perform. You will work morning , noon, night, and weekends. There is NO extra pay for this work. It is free labor. 2.Do not expect a raise, a 401 k contribution, or a bonus. The company is behind 2 years on paying out promised bonuses even though they continue to meet their annual goals. 3.There is no process, no training , and no real project management in the company. This is obvious on the Maxit side. Note: DO NOT work for the Maxit side of the company. It is completely client driven. You will lose all your free time! They work every weekend and even holidays with no overtime pay. 4. You will hear the CEO scream at employees from time to time. He is known for tirades in which he humiliates employees in front of other employees or even in front of a client.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO needs to start caring about his employees, create a proper work structure, and clean up the code base so the system works properly. This company is a legal nightmare just waiting to happen.



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