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Pros – 1. Salary (for 6 years of experience they are paying 120K which is not bad)
2. Free tuesday lunch, free breakfast (bread, cereals)
Cons – Too many!
1. Management has no idea how to run a company; they don't know what is called "service" and how it should be provided for a product.
2. No engineering focus;
- 95% of employees come to office and fix bugs (rest 5% are big shots). That's it!! And, surprisingly the bugs are present since the early version of the product (10-year old) and yet not discovered.
- No focus on design/architecture; no one among current set of employees has any idea on the architecture of the product. No one knows in detail even if they are there for more than 7 years (and yet they want new hires to learn that within months!!)
- The product is based on all sorts of wrong things; its a simple web app written in Java, but uses home grown frameworks and technologies which I was using back in 2003. All these are almost obsolete with respect to current trends!
- No technical mentoring; senior employees are less aware of what is happening in technology world.
- Most complicated build/release management I have ever seen in my entire career. And, no one cares (because they have no engineers to think and implement a simpler solutions!)
3. No "expectation setting" with new hires. Only one expectation is set "fix bugs". The craziest expectation is "if you are more experienced, you can fix more bugs"
5. No focus on design/architecture.
Advice to Senior Management – 1. Rearchitect the product; by doing cosmetic surgery to an old man and putting new dress on it, will not enable the old man to sprint like younger ones. Accept the fact that your product is based on outdated technologies and open your mindset to fix it.
2. Put extra focus on technical side and form a core product engineering team; as a product company you need it.
3. Embrace Linux.
4. Make sure your managers are aware of a very important fact "expectation setting"; they lack that miserably.
5. No focus on design while coding. The employees whom I was dealing lack design skills; they are just dumb programmers.
6. Learn how to provide after-sale service. Else, outsource service department.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
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