Terenine
1.6 of 5 20 reviews
www.terenine.com Chattanooga, TN 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Mar 5, 2014

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A Waste of Good Talent

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Terenine full-time

ProsChattanooga is a very scenic and wonderful city
The people were good to work with and the environment was casual
Vast Majority of days I went home on time
Good Equipment, and at least attempted to stay up to date.

ConsDon't expect to advance very far unless you are a fundamentalist Christian who believes the world was formed in seven days.
Management seemed to turnover with great frequency, and never could quite settle on a coherent strategy.
Little accountability and desire to do great things with their applications.
Too tied to an old and precarious business model, and unwilling to move beyond it.
Just too much turnover, particularly for people with technological expertise, to do anything effectively.

Advice to Senior ManagementCool it with the right wing theocratic dominionist nonsense, and develop a strong and coherent management strategy, and stick with it for at least a year or so.

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

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Sketchy

Senior (Former Employee)
Chattanooga, TN

I worked at Terenine full-time for more than 3 years

Prosexposure to lots of technology.

Consdeceptive about intentions, clients, and revenue.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind another line of work

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

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"Christian" company, evil to the core

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Terenine

ProsSome of the workers are pretty good. They talk like nice people, but every thing they do, every policy they have, is evil

ConsLots of evil. Seriously, did nobody notice that the moneychangers were the only peopl in the bible that Jesus actually got violent with? Every business practice I have seen is sleazy, right down to not allowing customers to print loan agreements, because "We don't want them to have a copy". Random drug testing. Lots of lip service to "we take care of our people", with no substance behind it. One manager got rid of a bunch of people because he "had to show that he was doing somthing".

Advice to Senior ManagementStop being evil. Practice what you preach. If you are going to be evil, please stop pretending that you are nice; it really doesn't play well

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

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Upper Management killed a great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Chattanooga, TN

I worked at Terenine full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat community of middle and lower end employees
Advanced technology

ConsUse of Christian faith to entice employees to "feel good" about working for a payday loan company.
Upper Management (at the time) basically ran everyone off who had a brain.
Customer base was dwindling drastically.

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

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Think long and hard before you work here - rebranding to Cloud-swell.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Chattanooga, TN

I worked at Terenine full-time for less than a year

ProsChattanooga is a great town. The pay was OK since they are forced to bring in out of towners who don't know better yet.

ConsStrangest place I have ever worked. A culture built up of keeping your mouth shut and your head down, since things change so quickly you stay with a constant level of stress wondering what the hell is going on and what will I get yelled at for today that I had NO inkling about. LITERALLY had direction change between the time you received it and the time you got back upstairs to your desk. A VERY small handful of competent folks pick up the slack for a large group of very mediocre talent. Meetings are run very haphazardly, rarely are agenda's or meeting notes distributed, and many times so many ppl will be invited nothing will get done and no action items are assigned resulting in hours of much wasted time.

Executive level management lacks vision and strategy with enough thought for lower level people to attempt to execute. When presented with scenarios that will be encountered in their ultra high level "strategy" you will get yelled at and dismissed summarily for trying to quantify and qualify said "strategy", not sure why there is a culture like this, other than Sr. Mgt will not push back against executive mgt in their monthly "Ops Review" meetings, and the two people in the Executive Mgt really do not have a technology background, but think they do.

The place has very few real external customers, it only stays afloat because its primarily funded by the pay day loan empire, which a great deal of the structure and organization is designed around making it seem like all the "collaborative" companies are independent, but in fact are all one. In a normal industry these "collaboratives" would be depts within the same company, but in trying to mitigate regulatory and tax liability it's setup like nothing you ever seen elsewhere - makes for very difficult circumstances - the "collaborative" will want solutions around which T9/Cloudswell has NO expertise whatsoever, yet be expected to provide them and support them. This obviously doesn't work very well.

They are upfront about the uber-Christian environment. Can't say you weren't told, but it's still embarrassing when you have visitors and they see the creationism non-sense. I'm not sure justifying your preying on low income American's with pay day loans by giving way a small percentage to foreign christian charities will pay your karma debt, but it's a private company and the owner can spend his money any way he wants.

Advice to Senior ManagementNothing I or anyone says will change this.

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

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Great people

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chattanooga, TN

I have been working at Terenine full-time for more than a year

ProsFantastic coworkers. Reasonable salary. Beautiful city and area to live. No shortage of interesting and varied work. Lots of room to advance. Nice hardware. Good immediate supervisor. Flexible environment.

ConsSalary is not competitive within a 2-hr radius (Ok for Chattanooga though). Raises are puny. No bonuses. Can't retain top talent, turnover is impossibly high. A little uncomfortable with primary funding sources (can't discuss, either). Senior management has an attitude that they are doing employees a favor just to give them a job, and therefore employees owe them. Attempt to grab all employee's private IP (anything you do on your own time and equipment is owned by them unless you get an exemption in writing). Constant flux, management still hasn't figured out what they want the company's core competences to be. Hypocritical 'Christian' environment.

Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize and reward the value of your employees. Treat them like you want to be treated yourself. They aren't your slaves, that mentality needs to go.

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You can quit, but you can never leave

Employee (Current Employee)
Chattanooga, TN

I have been working at Terenine full-time for more than a year

ProsSome fantastic co-workers. You will be challenged and have technical arguements that will sharpen you. Some of the best technology in this part of the country.

ConsUnfortunately, none of the fantastic people are in management. We all wonder if they went on retreat and thought, "how can we be more evil?" Part of the answer is making employees sign ridiculous "company protection agreements" that basically keep any of us from getting a job if we were to leave. They have stabalized the workforce through fear of lawsuits.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop being evil. Treat your employees how you'd like to be treated. Apply some of your Christian charity to your own people instead of beating them up. Rebrand yourself already and provide some actual leadership and direction instead of creating fear.

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

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Made good contacts, but it's not the place they claim it to be

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chattanooga, TN

I have been working at Terenine

Pros1. It used to have lots of great people - good for networking - but many have since left.
2. The owner claims to support a fairly decent cause.
3. Salary is best in the area - if you've been hired since the last management change.

ConsThe short story is that the management is completely incompetent. They have consistently been unable to provide direction; they do nothing meaningful to promote retention or raise morale; and titles are of no consequence.

Benefits are pretty bad overall, morale is extremely low, and people who have been there 2 years+ probably haven't seen a raise during that time. Many of them are long overdue. The company instead burns them out and pays twice as much to relocate people and provide salaries to them. It's an interesting concept. And like everyone else has said, communication doesn't exist. At least meaningful communication doesn't exist.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company is on the wrong track and it is clearly a management issue. The best thing to do right now is listen to the suggestions being given from the people that still work at this place. There have been a number of things pointed out that could be fixed that continue to be broken. It may also help if you can see your own faults and stop pushing all of the blame on employees - specifically, ex-employees that can no longer defend themselves. It's childish and ridiculous.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very depressing with incredibly low morale

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chattanooga, TN

I have been working at Terenine

ProsThere are a few good people still here that are worth meeting and connecting with.
Due to the incredible loss of employees you can ask for any amount of money and they will pay it.

ConsManagement refuses to accept that they continually make bad choices and let good people go. Everyone who has left has said to the highest echelons of leadership that they need to remove certain bad leaders which at this point has spread to most leadership positions. The only person in leadership that has been here longer than a year is the President. If you move here and accept the relocation bonus, because apparently we are unable to hire locally due to the bad timesfreepress articles, it is just not worth it. You regret the decision within a month by two you are finding ways to pay it back. Things have gotten so bad rumor has it we are contracting with technical companies to do the jobs we can't do since we have lost most of the staff.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake the time to accept that we are all looking and or waiting for other jobs. In the meantime perhaps stay back and let us do what work we can, all you are doing now is continually making things worse. Moving departments around just puts us under other bad leaders that cause confusion in who we report to and how we are to do our jobs.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Struggling company with potential

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chattanooga, TN

I have been working at Terenine

ProsChattanooga is a beautiful and low cost place to live.
Terenine has potential to be a major player in the market.
There are some talented people working here.

ConsInformation is not shared among the company, the rumor mill is how everything gets communicated.
Management doesn't have a handle on anything and sends mixed messages throughout the organization and their own teams.
Management believes that vision statements and loosely defined goals are the answer instead of getting their hands dirty and makings things work.
Favoritism is a serious problem within the organization for both hiring and promotions. Make a buddy in management, kiss enough (you know what) and you will go far, until someone better comes along then they will get the glory.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake a moment to listen to your employees. They are your most valuable resource and not children to be talked down too. Don't lash out when people criticize, but look in the mirror and fix the problem. Not everyone responds to being threatened.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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