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Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. Strong Company and more to come

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    Current Employee - Projects/Implementation
    Current Employee - Projects/Implementation

    I have been working at Vermont Information Processing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Much of what other reviewers noted. Child care, health benefits, gym access both on and off premise. New building and parking lot alleviate the previous complaints about space. Hard work is recognized regularly. Don't expect a parade for little things, but if you keep your head down and do the job well, you'll see results. Initiative is rewarded as well. If you have an idea or process that may help your fellow workers, it's encouraged to give it a shot. Being in a "projects" department, I travel frequently. VIP lets me keep the benefits of that travel (status, airline points etc). Generous ESOP for those willing to stay for several years. Self management approach. Managers will let you do what you do best in my department. They don't feel the need to micro manage. They do expect that if you have issues, you report to them so they can get you the appropriate resources. Low politics and red tape. Since it's a relatively flat company in terms of hierarchy it's easy to voice an opinion and be heard. Doesn't mean they will accept it, but I've never had an issue getting to my manager and higher to present new ideas or concerns. Bottom line, you can get what you put into it. It may take some patience and a little while, but work hard, and VIP will take care of you. This isn't a "do the minimum and get rich" workplace.

    Cons

    Requires good personal management skills. If you require some one telling you the next step every time, it's probably not going to be the easiest job. Recognition - You get it, but it's a plain "Thata way to do it". Don't expect fanfare and trumpets. If you require constant reinforcement for your work, may not be a great fit. Software is a legacy product. The company is working hard on improving constantly though, We are slowly but positively getting with the current tech. Still, there is a reason we've been a primary software solution for beer route accounting systems for over 20 years.

    Advice to Management

    It seems we are moving in the right direction. Make sure time lines and goals are accurate and build in some "floating" time to achieve the results. Keep listening to the employees, they are the front line and the back bone with the customers, the products, and the company. If there is a common sentiment among them, it is probably worth looking into and addressing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Best tech company in VT

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vermont Information Processing full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee owned, pay is good, hard work is recognized and rewarded, Childcare on-site, growing staff, gym on-site, profitable, convenient location, family culture, excellent benefits, new product development. VIP is the leader in providing software to help sell more beer.

    Cons

    Nothing to report here. Hours are normal. Sometimes it's hard to find a parking spot, but that shouldn't be an issue in the future with the new building and lot coming soon.


  3. Helpful (1)

    A great place to have a job, but not a career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colchester, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colchester, VT

    I worked at Vermont Information Processing full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    A lot of hardworking people. Willingness to train. No college education or relevant experience required. On-site and affordable childcare. You can screw up pretty hard and not get fired.

    Cons

    While there are a lot of hardworking people, the people who don't perform stand out and still get to stay. Seniority and connections take precedence over anything else. Management doesn't care about anybody at the company for less than ten years. Must bring your own stationary because none is supplied. Hours quoted to customers for jobs are wildly inaccurate, as teams report what management wants to hear rather than what is actually done. Salary is wildly unbalanced between junior and senior members of teams.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that just because the numbers don't agree with what you did fifteen years ago, times and technology have changed and the job is much different.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Nice people, mediocre product, below average compensation.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Colchester, VT
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Colchester, VT

    I have been working at Vermont Information Processing full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice folks to work with. CEO is a good guy.

    Cons

    Terribly inept management. NOT a tech company as advertised. Poor employee development. Below average wages and opportunity for growth. Outdated product. Slow to react to market shift. Little to no recognition of engineering talent. Sales team based, not engineer based.

    Advice to Management

    Start looking at engineers as your greatest resource and not a deficit to the bottom line. Put quality before quantity. Don't promise the customers every little thing they ask for; this leads to a low quality jack-of-all trades, master of none product. Pay good engineers market rates: salaries for C and Compiled Language engineers should start at 70k not 50k. Stop discounting the value of true talent with programs like ITAR.


  6. I have worked for Vermont Information for about 4 years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vermont Information Processing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Vermont Information Processing has a fabulous ESOP program. If you like to be married to your job, being available 24x7 you can advance quickly at VIP. There are some really great people that work there. The location is great, close to the interstate. Many of the employees exercise during lunch. They often walk, run, bike and walk.

    Cons

    The culture is extremely difficult. There are a couple of managers that are excellent and treat their employees like human beings, others treat their employees much more like objects which can be easily replaced. The company doesn't believe in yearly reviews. They also don't believe in giving raises or cost of living increases. They will increase the rates to their customers however they don't feel the need to pass any of that on to their employees. There is a definite split culture at VIP. The men play basketball with the CEO. It sets up a situation where women are at a disadvantage. No training, no incentive to work harder etc. The employees who have been around for a long time are heavily invested in the ESOP. They want to protect their interest at all cost. Those in management will not fight for their employees. (with 2 exceptions) Communications need improvement on all levels.

    Advice to Management

    Please treat your emplyoyees like human beings. We should be treated like your most valuable resource.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Work hard but not smart

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Colchester, VT
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Colchester, VT

    I worked at Vermont Information Processing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strongly positioned company in a stable industry Hard-working, team-oriented, family-friendly workplace Comfortable office building Affordable on-site child care Competitive salary Cadillac health insurance plan ESOP retirement benefit Education course reimbursement On-site fitness room Reduced corporate membership to area gym Fitness reimbursement Employee of the quarter award

    Cons

    Software product is antiquated, unmaintainable, poor quality Business operates on legacy mainframe technology Executives lack vision and leadership Management is composed of company veterans (survivors) Over-emphasis on deadlines rather than evaluating results Resistant to newer technology and methodologies No employee development Few chances of a raise or advancement Political culture mimics crudeness and backscratching of beverage industry Office is located far from transit, pedestrian and bike corridors Inadequate parking lot Company-wide bi-weekly meetings are repetitive quarterly departmental reports



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