SciVantage Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Small Startup Company Turning Medium

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ

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

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

    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)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at SciVantage full-time

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

    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!


  3. Investment Data Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Data Analyst in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Investment Data Analyst in Wilmington, MA

    I worked at SciVantage (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small company feel. Autonomy

    Cons

    Lack of management presence and support


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  5. This company is in trouble!!! Stay away!!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SciVantage

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

    Pros

    They are flexible with work hours.

    Cons

    This company used to be great. Then they took on too much work, started losing money and began laying off their staff. While laying off staff that continued to hire execs that did nothing for the company. The employees that are left are being worked to death. The company does not hav a good balance of work and personal life. The company never contributes to 401k or pays out the bonuses that were promised to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees and treat them right or there won't be anyone left to turn out the lights.


  6. Needs work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computer Engineer in Lakewood, CO
    Former Employee - Computer Engineer in Lakewood, CO

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits were decent Interaction with management was minimal, pro and con... Annual meetings with employees

    Cons

    Interaction with management was minimal, pro and a con. Company only offered reimbursement when traveling for the company. Salary was below market.

    Advice to Management

    Interact with employees and engage with them on a regular basis. My interaction with my three managers I had during my 2 years at SciVantage was a joke to say the least. When an employee has to schedule time to speak with a manager about a review or to ask about a review it is horrible. When a manager when asked how was my review says you have to talk with another manager about it who doesn't even work for the company it says something about the management team.


  7. Unorganized Managment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at SciVantage (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours Start up environment Annual company holiday party was done well Developed a tuition reimbursement program in 2013

    Cons

    Little opportunity for career advancement Headquarters in Jersey City Partnership with Broadridge was described as a positive strategic maneuver but it became clear that was a mistake No matching 401k contribution

    Advice to Management

    Speak to sales team that is promising resources to clients. Either have them communicate honestly the resources that will be available, or staff enough resources to properly serve clients.


  8. Buyer Beware, their software quality goals are "get it out the door."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SciVantage

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

    Pros

    They are growing and if you are only developing new products, it might be good. There are some nice and talented people who work in the hardware and networking side.

    Cons

    Scivantage is beholden to one man's vision which is to build new products, get customers to sign ... and then probably retire with all the bonuses he has given himself. He has a few talented IT people, especially his CTO in charge of hardware and networking; however, their coding goal is spin up products fast - if not with good software principles - and "get it out the door." This means that the products are held together with duct tape rather than investing in best practices and re-factoring code. I suspect that any firm that comes along and offers similar products written by more talented developers and a company that actually wants to build quality services will be able to steal clients simply because firms will grow weary of patchwork efforts to keep their products running. If you are a software developer desperate for work, go ahead, but once you see their software architecture, you will understand why few senior developers stick around.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think upper management has any interest in listening and only has plans to get more venture capitalists to invest in a company that is providing short-term gains at the expense of providing quality to their clients.


  9. Good company for people to start the career with, not a good place to grow with long term

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People are friendly You do not need to work very hard Nothing much i can think of

    Cons

    low pay support during the weekend maintenance mode, nothing new going on

    Advice to Management

    pay employee better, work on how to get work done effectively.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Product in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at SciVantage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  11. An overall unhealthy workplace!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ

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

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

    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.



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