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VFA Reviews

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
16 Reviews
3.5
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Hard work is always rewarded.

    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Access to lifestyle perks due to location of office.

    Cons

    Commute if living in suburbs

  2.  

    Marketing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA

    I have been working at VFA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good opportunity, learned a lot about a new domain (capital planning), great team and people, working in Boston (location), great customer base.

    Cons

    Low budget that often restricted creativity, leadership, not as software focused as it should have been.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very large prospect / custom deals are shifting the company's strategic focus. Better communication from executive team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Travel Opportunities and Good Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facility Assesor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Facility Assesor in Boston, MA

    I have been working at VFA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work remotely on own schedule. International travel opportunities.

    Cons

    Tight deadlines without flexibility. No compensation for working extended hours. No compensation for weekend travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more with remote employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Satisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at VFA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    fast pace challenging environment for us

    Cons

    Hierarchy is not well established.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company, Great space.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in Boston, MA

    I worked at VFA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    * Great people
    * Well respected products
    * Leader in the industry
    * Innovative products
    * Very approachable CEO. Values your opinion.

    Cons

    * Continue to promote outdated products
    * no 401K matching

    Recommends

    VFA Response

    Mar 18, 2013

    Correction: The 401(k) Plan does has a matching componant to it. The annual employer match is discretionary and it is funded once per year, if approved. In my 6+ years with the firm, the match has ... More

  7.  

    Good Place to work with good people

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at VFA

    Pros

    Nice people to work with .. great team and opportunities to work with nice technology

    Cons

    Product and sales seem to be the main issue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up improving

    Recommends
  8.  

    Over all it's a great company but they don't take time to really train their employees with data entry.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Assessor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Field Assessor in Boston, MA

    I have been working at VFA

    Pros

    I enjoyed the field travel and working with teams of three, my comrades. Company pays for flights, hotels, rental cars, and meals (per Diem rates vary). Overall this is a nice job if you don’t mind traveling to new places and can handle living away from your family in a nice motel/hotel for two weeks.

    Cons

    Once back from field data input is very time consuming (3-4 weeks). Deadline pressures are very real and managers don't realize how much extra work is added on with some projects. They are more eager to get it done...some are too are over worked with too many projects to respond to or check up on field staff issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very few managers mentor their subordinates. Yes we are expected to know our trade, but data entry on their computer system is extremely detailed orientated and very time consuming. They should share their experience or incorporate the “tricks of fast, repetitious data entry” into their training and mentoring program. I found very few willing to do this. Managers do not debrief and discuss finished projects, they are too busy on current and upcoming ones to really ask line staff about improvements or feedback on just completed projects.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Good experience with an above average group of dedicated, friendly, and knowledgable employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at VFA

    Pros

    Management is understanding of work - life balance. While employees do work hard they are treated with respect and offered flexibility to deal with personal matters. WFH options are available based upon one's role (as to be expected). Pleasant team environment.

    Cons

    Office/Building layout is not condusive to lots of cross departmental intereaction.

    Recommends
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    OK if you can play the internal politics game.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at VFA full-time

    Pros

    Good location, Some very talented people

    Cons

    Management seems more concerned with achieving their bonus goals than improving the business and their bonuses are not designed to improve the company, Lots of in fighting, Departments are pitted against each other, No career advancement, besides developers and engineers, below market salaries, no reimbursement for trade certifications or education

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your product is your people, pay more attention to them and find a buyer soon while you're still worth something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    NOt A Bad Place

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

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

    Pros

    Travel and good work, Flexiable work enviorment

    Cons

    Pay is somewhat low, low to nonexistant bonus structure. Doing more with less

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company to a larges company with more resources

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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