Vertex (Pennsylvania) Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Vertex (Pennsylvania) President and CEO Jeff Westphal
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  1. So Far, So Good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berwyn, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berwyn, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vertex (Pennsylvania) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I've been with the company for a little over a year; great work/life balance, reasonable timelines, super-nice people, and many folks are there for over 20 years. The CEO of the company is very down-to-earth and extremely likable. Huge inspiration.

    Cons

    I guess some could argue that with a flat-lattice organization, there can be an adjustment period.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Positivity is contagious!


  2. 18-year veteran

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vertex (Pennsylvania) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Vertex Inc is both an established and a growing organization. Next to its in-market and upcoming software products, which include its heavy-duty tax research groups and the data they provide, Vertex's biggest assets are its compassionate president and staff. You'll work your butt off, contributing to teams and to projects, learning all the time.

    Cons

    Vertex Inc is not your kind of place to work if you want to be micro-managed, work in a vacuum, or want someone else to take responsibility for your work and your growth. Also, if you have the mind-set to climb a ladder, title by title, this isn't your place; there are not a lot of levels, title-wise, in most departments.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with your open-door communications, including the quarterly company-wide updates and the round-table discussions.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Vertex Inc

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vertex (Pennsylvania) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Vertex Inc is a growing organization. Along with growth comes opportunities. The biggest asset of Vertex is it's compassionate people.

    Cons

    Depending on your personality type (i.e. you like to be micro-managed), you might view our unique structure as a con. However, if you are an individual who likes to be self-directed and try new things, our structure could be just what you are looking for.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep the lines of communication open. With all the change, it is so easy for an individual to get swallowed up and lose their way. Never stop living our values.


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  5. Great beenfits.. no room for growth

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    Former Employee - Test Manager in Berwyn, PA
    Former Employee - Test Manager in Berwyn, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Vertex (Pennsylvania) (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people... great benefits..if you are looking for longevity, here is the place to be.

    Cons

    no upward mobility... expect to stay in the position you were hired in.


  6. Use them for what they offer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vertex (Pennsylvania) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance exists. You just need to play the game. Great health benefits and time off policy. Work from home opportunities for most people. Oh, and $0.25 Snapples!

    Cons

    Working with management is like working with a bunch middle schoolers playing 'Game of Thrones' - very catty and childish. The 'Flat' organizational model isn't, it just formalizes the Haves vs. the Have Nots. 'Strategy Teams' are just exclusive teams for executives. These teams are slowing down the decision making process since now you need two or three 'Strategy Teams' to approve anything. This is a result of Executive and Middle Management not embracing the flat organizational model.

    Advice to Management

    Either abandon the flat model or bring in leaders who are willing to embrace this change. Leadership's perceived loss of power is wreaking havoc across the organization and keeping Vertex stuck as an organization instead of moving forward.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good people - chaotic management internally

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berwyn, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berwyn, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vertex (Pennsylvania) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company is trying to become a flat organization which is admirable - however, there's a reason 99% of all well run companies in the world don't adopt this approach.

    Cons

    The company spends ridiculous amounts of energy internally talking about how and what to do. Is led by an ego-maniac who cannot lead the way he preaches to other.


  8. Little Growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff in Berwyn, PA
    Current Employee - Staff in Berwyn, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and strong place to work while raising a family

    Cons

    Small family run business philosophy with little opportunity for growth

    Advice to Management

    If you are favored stay where you are. Company needs to give it's current staff more opportunity.


  9. Great Place to Work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay, your supervisors or as Vertex calls them your team leaders are both receptive to feedback and trusting in the employees

    Cons

    Very few cons, perhaps better communication throughout the company. Nothing worth leaving for.


  10. Not good

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice location, not bad of a commute

    Cons

    Hyper-critical employees and management, favoritism, overall negative environment, long hours, no work-life balance though the company said they support it, lack of direction

    Advice to Management

    I already tried to give it but they wouldn’t listen


  11. Slow and steady pace

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Berwyn, PA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Berwyn, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vertex (Pennsylvania) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Vertex is a good place to work. If you are looking for a stable company with stable employment, this is definitely the place to be. The benefits are pretty good and there is definitely an attention and focus on balanced work life. Overall its a good place to work if you don't want your world turned upside down. Its a slow steady pace that won't have you pulling your hair out from stress. It will however test your patience if you are a passionate person. I would recommend the company for someone who would enjoy steady employment but doesn't want to be challenged.

    Cons

    Depending on the departments you work in the people can be like drones. The work is repetitive and it is demands based. There is very little change and change is often shunted or frowned upon. Probably like most companies there is very little room for advancement. Most of the positions are lateral positions and don't offer much in the change of responsibilities. There is also no natural career path. In addition, most of the employees that work here have been employed since companies inception, so the idea of moving into a position that is vacated by a tenured employee is far to none. Innovation is discussed but it is a very slow process and the technology offered by the company is behind the times.

    Advice to Management

    Where to begin.



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