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I have been working at Trapeze full-time for less than a year
Pros – Strong set of principles underlying all of the work. The processes are well documented and are sensible, if they are not sensible then a good discussion takes place to improve them. Relaxed work environment; things get done on time but at a relaxed pace.
Cons – Open concept office, can hear everyone chatting, headphones are a must.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2012-06-09 08:31 PDT
I worked at Trapeze full-time for more than a year
Pros – Get placed onto projects that go live within weeks of working there. Get to work on short projects that take a few months to develop. Getting to work with Python and Django. Pays really well.
Cons – The projects are the same. Not an agile environment: undocumented code, no unit testing on the front-end at all, expecting QA to catch all bugs instead of preventing bugs, no consistent release schedule.
Overtime happens way too frequently and estimates are ignored or are aren't trusted by managers.
There is no consistent coding style and the excuse offered is that each project is different.
Constant interruptions and noise level is usually high. Account managers, project managers are sitting near developers which breaks their concentration and has probably caused a lot of bugs. Headphones are a *must*.
More interested in warming a chair than in producing good code.
Problems and technical issues are swept under the rug and hidden as much as possible. Development occurs in silos. There are no constant teams, you don't know who you'll be working with on the next project.
Project managers play favourites and developers are assigned only to things that they've already done. There is no room for growth or learning.
They mess around with contracts; some developers were contract-to-hire past the typical 3-month period. No one has been promoted unless promotion means more work without a title change or salary increase.
Advice to Senior Management – Create consistent teams of 3-4 developers who can handle a project on their and keep that team together.
Move the developer area away from the managers and the other departments.
Pressure clients for better specifications and more User Acceptance Testing.
Trust developers to make estimates correct within a day or half a day.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-08-08 06:47 PDT
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I worked at Trapeze full-time for more than 3 years
Pros – Interesting projects, good mentoring and a lively team to learn from.
Cons – It got stagnating for me after 2 years. As in other small design firms, the protocol for making design decisions is quite dictatorial, and because of the small scale of the team, there wasn't much scope for monetary growth.
Advice to Senior Management – Take projects that are proportionate to the size of the team.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2012-10-16 13:52 PDT
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