Vecna Technologies Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Deborah Theobald
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Pros
  • Vecna allows good work/life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • You have the opportunity to take up to 10% of your working tracked time to do community service (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • First of all, the time-tracking is horribly stressful (in 3 reviews)

  • While 40 hours seems reasonable, actually having to track that time, especially as an engineer, is plain silly and draining (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Vecna Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is extremely flexible and promote a very healthy work-life balance. They have a lot of excessive perks like a masseuse and a pottery kiln. They do a lot to create a community feeling among employees. The benefits are spectacular.

    Cons

    They lack long-term vision and survivability. Engineers are given far too much leeway and control over project planning, and client-facing employees are not included in project planning. Compensation isn't great.

    Advice to Management

    Vecna isn't thriving with a startup culture. Tighten the reins and start running the company a little more strictly.


  2. Helpful (1)

    review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Vecna Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    lots of clubs and laid back

    Cons

    it is a one man show


  3. Helpful (10)

    Company needs work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Vecna Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good health insurance, everyone is the type of person you would trust. The company may or may not be in a position to capitalize in the huge healthcare market. There are a lot of things that have to be worked on as a company and you can be part of it if you have experience and want this challenge.

    Cons

    These things the company needs to work on prevent you from interesting problems the company could be focusing on. There is a lack of ownership and direction, especially the last few months, although the company is trying to get back on track. It's pretty clear that things are not good. The last two lead software role managers left the company, two rounds of layoffs, manual testing as a software developer, etc. It feels as if no one wants to take responsibility. The CTO is clearly more passionate about the robotics, and they are changing their name, rebranding the new robotics company so as not to be associated with Vecna. I think many people are not proud of their work, more ashamed of it. As a junior software engineer, this is not the place you work at to build your skills and best practices. It is unclear what is expected of you.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Good Career Starter/Career Transition Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vecna Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A place wear you can not know where you want your career to go and they give you to opportunity to shape your goals.

    Cons

    The lack of structure and processes make it difficult to be evaluated on things that are tangible to your work performance.


  6. Helpful (1)

    On the Up and Up

    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vecna Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I will say morale was a little low earlier in the year, but it is definitely improving. Some peoples' positions have been shifted around but I think that's smart decision making. The benefits are really great. I love not having to worry about paying ridiculous amounts out of pocket for health care. Flex time is good so I can bring my kids to their appointments, summer camps, etc without having to take a whole day off. Always something to eat in the kitchen too. My supervisor is really approachable and so are the execs. They really take my suggestions to heart.

    Cons

    Time tracking is annoying and I don't get the point of it. Also waiting for tasking. It seems like all my tasks have to go through a few people which takes forever because everyone is so busy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to us, we have good ideas! Would love another roundtable soon to just talk and ask questions.


  7. Helpful (12)

    Tragic story of collapse

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people Friendly team members Benefits are good although in part to make up for lower pay Good location

    Cons

    Vecna had been a good place to work. It felt like it was leading healthcare IT trends or at least that was what management told us. But the company was based on a huge VA contract that brought in all the money. That contract caused management to get arrogant and they deceived themselves into thinking they were market leaders. They refused to listen to the market or employees that might suggest positive change. Now it's too late. Too many employees are afraid to speak out to management.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your offices and really listen to what is going on in the marketplace. Try to salvage something that real customers want and will pay for. Stop the BS and get real


  8. Helpful (15)

    Wasted potential - Time for a Changing of the Guard

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vecna Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great perks like food and flextime Good learning experience (of how not to run a company) Smart and friendly coworkers Excellent location

    Cons

    You may be let go at any time Management is very egotistical Low salary compared to competitors No profit sharing due to poor financial performance No coherent strategy or leadership Hard for engineers to make progress due to changing goals

    Advice to Management

    Management won't listen, so I won't waste my time giving advice. If you are considering Vecna for your next job, please dismiss the marketing materials you have been shown and think carefully. You may have a chance to work on a team with really smart engineers, but it comes at a huge cost. You can probably do better.


  9. Helpful (13)

    The wheels have fallen off

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Like most other reviews, the benefits are pretty great. Location is beneficial, but brings its own drawbacks. Working with the VA was a great long term strategy for Vecna, but that relationship has had a quick and messy ending.

    Cons

    There was no formal process for dealing with internal issues (HR issues). People were supposed to deal with the problems on their own, but most people are young professionals and don't have experience dealing with conflict never had to manage people who have conflicts. There are no professional managers at the company. Over the last 2 years the leadership team had tried to bring in professional managers, but those folks last less than a year. There have been multiple rounds of layoffs in 2015. The first round in January was supposed to be the only round of layoffs in 2015, but there were additional layoffs. There is no loyalty from Vecna's leadership team, they have fired people this year who have been long term employees, all in managerial positions. Integrity is an ideal that the company espouses, but they have had numerous personal integrity issues with senior leadership members, that were either never addressed or addressed long after the occurrence. The current employee base is young and inexperienced and there isn't a ram product pipeline.

    Advice to Management

    Show some loyalty to the people who helped build your company. Develop a strategy that can be executed, not just dreamt about and talked about at the monthly meetings. Develop your talent into leaders and decision makers, rather than people who are taught to not make decisions without the CTO's initiation or approval. Let professional managers manage and lead the business, and let the dreamers develop the products of the future. Let people make their own decisions about whether to drive to work or not. If you want to have internal metrics to manage your own employees, you should hold those people accountable to those metrics, and if some don't hit their metrics, then their internal leadership responsibilities should be taken away, and they are stripped of their internal titles. Make the work place a place where everyone feels that their contributions are appreciated, rather than some groups are more important than other groups.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Okay Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vecna Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small company with some of well-meaning business goals. Casual work environment, flex time and an abundance of healthy snacks for employees.

    Cons

    Volunteer work was somehow tied to performance metrics. In my opinion that seems to take away from the free will of service.


  11. Helpful (10)

    Sinking Ship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some good people & food trucks

    Cons

    This company is a sinking ship. The company thrived many years ago when government contracts were flowing. Now they can barely keep the lights on. No new contracts or prospects coming to fruition- just talk and lies. Leadership is terrible, there is no direction, and no future. Literally a new person quits every other day (no joke!). The environment is so toxic. Trying to get out asap!!



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