SemanticBits
3.6 of 5 13 reviews
www.semanticbits.com Reston, VA 16 to 50 Employees

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Updated May 16, 2014

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SemanticBits CEO Ram Chilukuri

Ram Chilukuri

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    Successful and friendly environment but a bit unorganized.

    Lead UI Designer (Former Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsNice friendly folks, made friends quickly
    Free snacks and drinks
    Challenging work and keeps up with the times
    Small group if that's what you like
    Telecommute potentially
    Pretty decent pay

    ConsLong commute to the Dulles/Herndon area
    A bit isolated in terms if food, stores, etc. have to drive a little bit.
    Personally, communication wasn't always good in my experience

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

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    OK Company for a short term job

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsNice office, convenient location, professional trainings and certifications reimbursement (most of the times - at management discretion), happy hour every month.

    ConsLimited technologies for healthcare projects, people are appreciated only if they work overtime, evenings and weekends and are replying to management emails and chats no matter what time of the day or night it is. Most of the projects are gov funded which makes everybody vulnerable at any government weird event.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople are your value - do more for them. Get non-gov funded projects.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent people to surround yourself with & Undoubtedly a good company to work for.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsI have been in this company for close to 5 years now. Its very disheartening to see some of the comments written here about the company in which I work. It's more from disgruntled employees or for some the grapes are sour. Just venting out your ire anonymously won't help. I am not saying Semanticbits is the best company, but it definitely is not mediocre or the way some of my current or ex colleagues have written.

    Here is my UN-biased opinion.

    * Ram Chilukuri our CEO, strongly believes in making a difference in every employee's life.

    * Excellent working environment with really smart and knowledgeable people. Great Opportunity to learn new technologies and enhance your skills. Its the perfect company for learning & grooming. I would like to call it a "Budding Developers Paradise" & i am sure Senior folks will enjoy the freedom and challenges.

    * Freedom to be yourself and go wild as far as your creativity & innovation is concerned.

    * At Semanticbits we follow very well know & latest engineering practices. I can confidently say we have a inclination towards latest & greatest.

    * Appraisal is yearly. AFAIK, employees have had pay raises every year for the past 4 years. There are no bonuses like in financial companies. NOTE: We all know, that the best time for Salary negotiation is at the time of joining. Once you are in, there will be no Salary adjustment. So do your research and negotiate right before you join ANY company.

    * Certifications & Trainings in the line of work are eligible for re-reimbursement. These have to be self-initiated and discussed as part of growth plan during annual review meetings.

    * Semanticbits strongly believes in co-located teams. Working remotely for longer durations (more than a day or two) is usually discouraged. But on a case by case basis, i have seen employee's with pressing needs/reasons being approved to work remotely for as long as a week.

    * Company annual party is held during the month of October. Loads of eating, drinking & dancing. We also have a rewards ceremony, where in, outstanding performers are awarded and rewarded in front of family members, friends & colleagues.

    * Happy hour twice a month. If that gets boring the whole company goes Bowling. If Bowling gets boring anybody is free to suggest what they like to do. If it is feasible, it will definitely be organized.

    Cons* Appraisal system needs a re-haul. Seniors in the company have been asked to provide feedback in this area of concern. I personally feel that this area of concern will be addressed pretty soon.

    * Growth is another area of concern. Company needs to grow in-order for people in the company to grow. When this is the case "Patience is precious", if you are keen about growth.

    * Mentoring skills have to be honed. There are highly skilled people at Semanticbits & there is a lot of potential for mentoring.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to better communicate the vision and progress being made towards that vision, more accountability needs to be put in place so that individuals can direct action towards the vision & stretch the organization to perform exceptionally.

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

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    There are better options, think again before you join.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    Prosa. Chance to work on relatively new technologies like Hibernate, Spring and Grails.
    b. People leaving here are in top class firms with better benefits.

    ConsThere are many, but the key items are
     a. There is no proper vision and business model.
     b. There is no specific salary structure some "pets of the CEO" are getting 120K, where a normal Software Engineer is stuck on 80K for the past 2 years. (Do a search on http://www.flcdatacenter.com/) to confirm what I am saying.
     c. No proper salary review, the management really do not care about employee growth and employee benefits are very less compared to industry standards.
     d. Lack of HR process, you need to take care of yourself, like if you want to renew H1, you have to remember it and go behind the company lawyer, and have to pay for H4 extensions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease try to change your attitude, otherwise you will loose the key talented people on board.

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

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    I have gotten to work with extremely talented people on interesting projects while growing my skills.

    Vice President of Biomedical Informatics (Current Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsSemanticBits employs highly talented, self-motivated people. There is ample opportunity to learn new technologies and enhance skills. Furthermore, the weekly happy hours and yearly parties allow us to grow together as a team, while the structured team and Agile development structure provide for an environment where skills are appreciated. Employees that perform well seem to get excellent raises whereas the review process allows employees to get feedback when they are not meeting expectations.

    ConsProject scope and schedule can be aggressive, and we are often pushing new releases out regularly. Our clients can change their focus rapidly, requiring us to retool and rework.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA better developed employee handbook would be useful. Often project managers can be different than our official supervisor, which can be confusing at times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Herndon, VA

    ProsHighly talented people with cutting edge technologies. You got full freedom to design best solution. Always working on latest technologies. No politics

    ConsOnly Salary. No profit sharing, no bonuses..nothing..not much growth....

    Management has no well defined policies. . So they may allow one person to work from home but not to other.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave some well defined policies..
    Start motivating people and share some profit with them..People cannot work for years without any growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A diverse experience where you get opportunity to work on lots of different things

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsPeople are very smart and intelligent, senior management is approachable, work hours are flexible, use of latest technologies and open source platform

    ConsLow salary compared to industry norms, work is not very challenging, review process is very adhoc, management is always breathing down your neck

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to spend some money, try to expand aggressively and find projects beyond NCI and NIH, put some formal processes in place to review employee performance

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    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsSemanticBits is a small company which is growing very rapidy. The people there were really smart and knowledgable. It was a very good learning experience.

    ConsThe management of the company needs to start focussing more on generating the business instead of trying to manage day to day work

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management of the company needs to start focussing more on generating the business instead of trying to manage day to day work

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