Versata
3.0 of 5 13 reviews
www.versata.com Austin, TX 500 to 999 Employees

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Randy Jacops

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    Great Opportunity *IF* You Get The Culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros* Very metrics focused: You always know where you stand. The metrics are very transparent and you can see how you stack up at any given point.
    * Well-defined processes tempered with reason: There is a process for just about everything. The nice thing is that managers are reasonable and can allow for deviation if there's a good reason for it.
    * Working from home is awesome!
    * I tend to make a lot of suggestions. It's really great to have managers that thoughtfully consider all suggestions and don't just leave me hanging.
    * Nice balance of being able to work independently, but still be part of a team. (I'm not sure if this is true for all departments, but it is VERY true in mine.)
    * There's not a lot of documentation in some cases. This is great if you're a "go-getter" who is happy to do the research and come up with a creative solution. (It's probably not so great for people who expect to always be able to get a cut-and-dry answer from their direct supervisor.)
    * The people rock! It's great to have an opportunity to work with people from all over the world.

    Cons* You have to have the self-discipline to stay focused working at home (which can be difficult, especially in the summer when the kids are out of school.)
    * There is a fair amount of oversight in the name of fraud prevention. I think it's all legit, but you need to have a personality that isn't prone to imagining black helicopters in the sky.
    * The rate at your time of hire is your rate. There isn't really an opportunity for your rate to go up over time (unless you move to a different, higher-paying position.)
    * There's no paid time off. This system works ok, but it's up to you to plan and make sure you have a financial cushion for sick/vacation days. With that said, management has always been beyond great at approving time off when needed.

    Advice to Senior Management* Maybe consider giving employees who have 1+ year tenure a paid day or two off (since there isn't an opportunity to improve your rate over time.)
    * Consider cost of living adjustments to rates every 5 years or so.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Trying to make bricks without straw. Or clay.

    I Was Never Told A Title (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsWorking here is a chance to learn a lot of skills that you did not really want to learn, such as being your own sysadmin and doing engineering jobs that someone else knew how to do, but they were laid off. There is no office, so if you like working from home this is ideal.

    ConsExtremely under-resourced, almost no HR or IT support, incompetent managers. Communication is difficult when staff is spread over many time-zones and speaks many different languages. Strategy and supporting tactics seem to be completely undefined.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSmoke and mirrors might work in the short term as a business strategy, but in the long term you can't retain customers without giving them something worth what they are paying you, and you can't create that valuable thing without engineering staff that are well-trained and well-supported.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fantastic Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexibility is key, they care about one thing only, do your job well and hit your metrics. If you meet the requirements you won't find a better place to work. Great people, no politics just a ton of nice folks working hard to do a great job.

    ConsVirtual life can be lonely.
    Not everything is perfect but on the whole it is probably the best place I have ever worked.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Versata - WTF?

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Oakland, CA

    ProsYoung company, fun group of people. Interesting roadmap.

    ConsNot a pay for performance place. Old boys club. Product has evolved but still very esoteric. What does Versata do? Compensation wasn't very good. Lots of worthless stock options were granted during the .bomb. Employee morale in the toilet. Recognition only provided to top brass. Employee feedback non-existent. Work/life balance was out of whack. Respect for the little people/worker bees was little to none. Fairness wasn't always observed. Benefits got worse over time due to poor health care planning.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire some people with good experience, not just people you like. Implement a pay for performance policy for your people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Procedures would kill a employees ...

    CSM (Former Employee)

    ProsA lot of multicultural employees from all continents are working together to achieve the best results for customers. Very nice team co-working and cooperation between employees. Not so bad to work as freelancer.

    ConsThe Procedure Management stuff too much frequently change the procedures without any reason, and that's the reason for unsatisfied employees. Very strange attitude about trial work (one week without any salary if you didn't "satisfied" hiring management without any transparent explanation and without transparent overall trial period result score.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice opportunity if you want to work from home and make some money. No Training, old software, dissatisfied clients

    Senior Account Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsNice opportunity if you want to work from home and make some money

    ConsIf you have some respect for clients you do not want to work for them. They promise products or upgrades they are not even developing

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's all about ownership

    Senior Developer (Former Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsYou get a good chunk of features/projects to own and be responsible for E2E. Can't think of any company that gives so much responsibility for folks with similar experience.
    Great people

    ConsWorkload can get too much at times

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Was a great and really really fast-paced experience...!!!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExtremely high-quality of work and the pay is pretty good.

    ConsProcesses and their way of operating changes so quickly that no matter how adaptable you are you sometimes get tired of the changes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Temporary Resume Builder.

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    Pros- Pay is ok.
    - Opportunities if you speak English + an additional European or Asian language.
    - Many telecommute opportunities.
    - Great resume builder.

    Cons- Salaries are not competitive.
    - No bonuses.
    - Company enforced high turnover rate.
    - Top Down Management Style.
    - Communication about goals suffers due to Top Down Management filtering techniques.
    - Ownership of IP more important than Innovation of IP. This is not due to the efforts of its software engineers. The company exists to buy up struggling companies with loyal customers in the same way hedge funds exist to buy up struggling factories to squeeze pension plans. In both cases, the actual product being produced is only important for the intangible (and very valuable) goodwill that it brings in from current customers. Very profitable in the short-term, fatal in the long-term.
    - Top Down philosophy places scavenging corpses above resusitation, and places life support above industry innovation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Technical Delivery Manager (Current Employee)
    Mumbai (India)

    Pros- High amount of flexibility in terms of working hours, option to work from home
    - Flat hierarchy, everyone's opinion is counted
    - Great opportunities to rise fast in the organization, leadership opportunities within a short time frame
    - Competitive salaries

    Cons- Not many employee benefits like bonus, gratuity etc
    - In india, employee option not available generally, its on a contract basis that provides flexibility but its also risky.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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