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Skyward Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to start a career in application development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Stevens Point, WI
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Stevens Point, WI

    I worked at Skyward full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity to work with all levels of developer talent. Entry level programmers can learn from developers that have been programming for decades.

    Cons

    Programming is an "up or out" vocation. There is plenty of room at Skyward to grow for a few years, then you either have to break into management, or move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Performance doesn't matter, kissing up does

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Skyward

    Pros

    Good product, used to be a good place to work when it was a smaller company. Now trying to act like a larger corporation and are loosing their way.

    Cons

    MICROMANAGEMENT at it's worst. Have to document every second of activity in real time. Company does not trust employees and offers very low salaries for this market. Company does not value employees because it thinks its product is so good that employees don't really matter. If you don't live in Wis. opportunities are very limited.

    Nepotism is also rampant and many managers are incompetent and unqualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on experience, knowledge and performance, not on whether or not you live close to the home office. Quit micromanaging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Disappointing workplace on several levels

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevens Point, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevens Point, WI

    I worked at Skyward full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are not bad for the central WI area. Very easy commute. Good opportunities to network with customers in the educational technology sector.

    Cons

    The workplace is a stifling cubicle farm environment, with a great deal of micromanagement. As one example, there is a dispiriting obsession with internal timekeeping, to the extent that productive time is often wasted ensuring that time tracking reports are in order. Dress code is not in line with the casual atmosphere you would expect at most small software companies. Nepotism is severely blatant, so an employee's blood relations and who they golf with will have a great deal to do with their standing in the company. Several upper management figures could probably not cut it in a solely merit-based environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a family-run company, many problems stem from the deeply-ingrained sense of entitlement by family management, so no advice will change this reality. However, Skyward is trying to pretend as if they're bigger than they really are. As a software company is a college town, they have the opportunity to attract young talent and create an exciting environment in the high tech field, but they needlessly wrap themselves in micromanagement and the stifling corporate culture of a company ten times larger.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great product, but be prepared to be micromanaged.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customs Service Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Customs Service Representative in Austin, TX

    I worked at Skyward full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you like to travel, this job provides the opportunity to see small towns as well as big cities across the country.
    The product is sound and is great for the customer.

    Cons

    For the size of the company there seems to be an inordinate number of levels of management.
    The amount of micromanagement is almost to the point of being asinine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees, deal with issues on a case by case basis and don't make sweeping changes that drastically effects the quLity of life of the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Skyward cares about employees a truly great place to work could not be happier!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevens Point, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevens Point, WI

    I have been working at Skyward full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Skyward is an amazing company to work for, I could not be happier. They truly care about their employees. They offer competitive salaries and benefits. The future of Skyward looks very bright! They are expanding and currently have outgrown their two offices in Stevens Point and are planning on building a new building in Wisconsin. This company has been very successful for the past 30+ years. I am happy to be a part of it!

    Cons

    There are a lot of managers, sometimes less is more. However, it also means there is always areas for advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Started well, ended in bitter disappointment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Skyward full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you live in central wisco your in good shape. The rest of the company is pretty much out in the cold.

    Cons

    Poor inexperienced management that is handicapped by arrogance and mediocrity. Growth is pitiful. There is no upward mobility unless you live in central wisconsin. Oh and your name better end in King.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Solid, high-tech company. Nice people. Good Values.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevens Point, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevens Point, WI

    I have been working at Skyward full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Being a family-run company for more than 30 years, Skyward has a unique 'feel.' Known for hiring highly qualified, intelligent people, you get a real feeling that the workforce has a level of energy that isn't found everywhere. The customers we deal with, being school districts, are wonderful. They're smart people that care a lot about kids and their education. There is also a lot of growth at this company. For the foreseeable future, they're only going to expand into more territory and gain a larger market share of the K-12 administrative software industry.

    Cons

    Depending on the department, there can be a lot of travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More clear leadership would be appreciated, so that everyone company-wide can be on the same page with the company's vision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Small family company trying to run with the big boys

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevens Point, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevens Point, WI

    I have been working at Skyward full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Skyward offers a great salary and benefits package for recent college graduates, including generous PTO, health, vision, dental, disability, life insurance, 401(k) with employer match, and a section 125 flex spending plan. Skyward is very dedicated to a niche market (school software) and tends to serve that market well.

    Cons

    Skyward is aggressively trying to compete with larger, better-equipped rivals through state contracts and large RFPs. Unfortunately, they are spread very thin (with some people in customer service working >60 hours a week just to keep up), upper-management thinks within the "small-town Wisconsin" box, and in an effort to control costs while outlaying exorbitant amounts pursuing new contracts, there is absolutely zero expansion and growth potential. When people bun out and quit, nepotism becomes rampant or the positions aren't filled leaving others to pick up the slack while padding the bottom line. Promotions, when and if they do happen, are largely based on your relation to the King family and how well certain individuals like you--not on your loyalty, skill set, or ability to contribute to the organization.

    Employees in customer service or QA will not obtain any marketable skill sets and management will not support you in pursuing any certifications or college coursework which will help you. Programmers will leave this company with the same skills they had when they arrived--which are now outdated. The only place you can grow here is in $ales or IT, and even then you'll be working with technology 3-5 years behind the curve. This company is NOT committed helping their employees--only selling product.

    They watch your every move with internal timekeeping and resource management systems and are given no flexibility in how you do your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some really talented people working for you who don't get any of the recognition they deserve. Your salaries and benefits are not on par with your competitors. You offer zero opportunity for growth once employed. Employees who are unhappy or wanting to move elsewhere in the company are shown the exit door. You are losing great people in your PM and CS departments. And there are at least a half dozen I know who will leave once the right opportunity comes around. Is that "right opportunity" going to be with Skyward or somewhere else?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice place to work, competent employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - IT Intern in Stevens Point, WI
    Former Intern - IT Intern in Stevens Point, WI

    I worked at Skyward as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    At least where I worked (IT), the group I was with was easy-going and friendly. Didn't take too long to get up-to-speed. Reasonable workload (I'd almost say a touch light at times, but I'm not going to complain about that)

    Cons

    Lots of cubes, one of my goals is to find a company that doesn't do that. They give the short-term employees old, slow PCs...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Win back WI

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Ok if you liked to be micromanaged

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative/Trainer
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative/Trainer

    I have been working at Skyward

    Pros

    -Travel opportunities
    -Customers are mostly pleasant
    -Fair benefits

    Cons

    -Micromanagement
    -Low starting salaries for employees with relevant experience
    -Lots of Overtime

    Approves of CEO

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