Tessella

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Tessella Reviews

Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very Enlightening

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Tessella full-time

    Pros

    Variety of projects
    Quick promotion
    Great work culture. Small and friendly staff
    Bi-annual conference in England

    Cons

    Small office space
    Lack of variety in project industries

    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Tessella review - I resigned recently

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

    I worked at Tessella (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable Salary & Benefits
    Internally Structured Very Well

    Cons

    Projects you are stuffed into are not matched to your interests, and there is NO CHANCE of getting off a project if it is ongoing other than resigning.
    Project Managers follow internal processes because they don't know any better
    Project Managers big up their roles all the time. I feel that often the company is about Project Management that Software.
    More than a few people there feel that they are important

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't promote internally - that is mostly the problem.
    Employ more people from outside the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good support form senior management, great progression

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Abingdon, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Abingdon, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great client projects
    Intelligent Staff,
    High Quality Work,
    Generally good support form senior management,
    Teaches great understanding of the software industry
    Good internal/in house training courses

    Cons

    internal promotion processes not clear to junior staff,
    Most senior staff have worked up form junior positions so little experience of other business processes/techniques gained from other companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company - can become frustrating as you grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Programmer in Burton upon Trent, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Programmer in Burton upon Trent, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Caveat emptor: I left the company 2 year ago so this information may be out of date:

    - Very well run for an SME
    - interesting customer project domains
    - Quick progression through to more responsible roles eg Project Manager
    - Training opportunities arranged by the company
    - Career progression and pastoral support can be good (but depends on who your line manager is).
    - Sales and PM process is transparent which allows junior staff to see how projects are won and run if they are interested. After working as a PM at Tessella you'll know more than most about the software services industry.
    - The people are on the whole much smarter academically than almost any other company.
    - Good salaries especially for those working in the north.
    - Very high expectations.

    Cons

    - Resistant to change and ideas from the rank and file.
    - Internal system software is old and poor. Resistant to using 3rd party software.
    - Senior managers tend to have come through the ranks and been with the company for much of their career. There are few fresh ideas. Eg the company were resistant to Agile long after much of the software industry had accepted it as standard.
    - Thus - there are a few senior managers that are there because of the time they've spent at the company who aren't especially skilled in the sales and leadership roles they've found themselves in.
    - Lack of diversity within the staff. Mostly white, male 20-30 somethings with higher eduction degrees in maths/science.
     - It's a very smug company. While the people are very smart and the company is well run, there is a certainty that the Tessella way is superior and alternative ideas are treated with suspicion.
    - There's a promotion ceiling at the junior manager level where you can struggle to push beyond.
    - Like any consultancy there is uncertainty over which projects in which locations you'll be working on in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your staff more. You hire exceptional people, then treat them like children. You're very lucky to have the employees that you have, but don't appreciate them sufficiently (despite thinking that you do).

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    They pushed me too far, I eventually resigned like the others

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Programmer in Abingdon, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Programmer in Abingdon, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Some good projects to work on
    A free lunch with your line manager each month

    Cons

    Every penny must be extracted out of the customer at any cost. A bad feel to it all.
    Terrible Internal Systems (timesheet program and Lotus Notes)
    Computers are not good specification
    Some people are paid very well, but they aren't worth it.
    The Tessella Quality Manual informs you on how long your sentence is at each grade and before you are promoted. Serving time isn't about Quality! It is very hard to be promoted outside serving your time, except for the new job titles they make up every now and then.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management need to have worked in other companies to know how to manage someone properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Glad to be employed, glad I resigned

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst Programmer in Abingdon, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst Programmer in Abingdon, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good induction in to IT
    The company pays for you to take Open University courses.
    Annual pay increases (although the pay increase is small)

    Cons

    There's a club of older guys there that tend to out you down a lot
    Some software architects can't do the job but they push you around a bit
    Can be disorganised and the office is chaotic
    Can have job insecurity if they don't find you a project to work on
    Lots of discussion about improving internal IT stuff but with all the hype, it still is bad
    Career progression isn't about ability but about getting brownie points

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Greedy Senior Management and lots of lower-level staff worried about the next redundancy round

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Consultant in Abingdon, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Computer Consultant in Abingdon, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Some interesting projects to work on
    Reasonable salary
    Promotion is structured - it is like McDonalds, after 2 years you get promoted, then after another year or two and you get promoted to the next

    Cons

    It isn't your fault if there is no work. You are chosen for redundancy if you are not billing (in the redundancy rounds, no-one that was 'billing' was ever chosen in a redundancy round).
    You can be put on projects that don't match your skills but you are just available.
    You can be put on projects where you are 'just a pair of hands'
    You can be put on projects that are boring. I am a scientist and I don't want to work on a mismanaged DIGITAL ARCHIVING project ever!
    The internal systems used are dire. A timesheet program written in VB6, Lotus Notes, a home rolled CRM.
    You have minimal autonomy and there can be micro management.
    Lots of "know it all's" with opinions on everything.
    Sales culture is to get every penny out of the customer. Often this means that there are stroppy email messages sent to existing customers for more money, and you as the software developer have to go and work there being a different face of the company and having to apologize for the hard sales tactics and behaviour.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the senior management, change the mid management.
    Ask yourself why so many people leave dissatisfied.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winchester, England (UK)

    I worked at Tessella

    Pros

    Everything was OK but then I worked in the Winchester office which has now closed. The Abingdon office has moved.

    Cons

    The general day to day activities all had to be recorded on a time sheet and you were critisied if you didn't have the right hours in place.

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