WAND Corporation

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WAND Corporation Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
37 Reviews
2.8
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Dave Perrill
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  1.  

    Drastically improved company with the potential to become a GREAT company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Designer
    Former Employee - Digital Designer

    I worked at WAND Corporation (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dave taking over was the best thing to happen to Wand. Senior did a great job creating the company, but his personal investment in the company became detrimental. Improvements have been made and more improvements phase in regularly. When I started, I always felt like my job was in jeopardy. I haven't felt that feeling in years. There are some incredibly dedicated individuals working very hard to make the gears turn.

    Cons

    Not all employees are as dedicated. There are a few cancerous individuals that, be it because of work ethic or attitude, could be eliminated all together, not even replaced, and the company would benefit. There seems to be a great divide in the hours worked: either you leave earlier than you're supposed to, or you work several hours later than expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe in what you've done and what you're doing. Wand is without question an entirely different--better--company to work for than it was seven years ago. I also believe that some of the improvements are overlooked by staff because of the workload or key employees that drag the team down. You MUST address the workload issues. Overtime cannot be the norm. Find a way to minimize the overtime and compensate when the workload increases. Take the design team: still the same number of designers as four years ago yet two or three times as many sites. Their overtime alone justifies having another body, so get two and ease the pain. Only then will they be able to begin being proactive and not just reactive. I agree with your drive to have employees "want to be here, not need to be here." Help them understand that you want them to be there, too. Do that and every Wand review will be 5-stars. This is all easy for me to say as a guy who has never run a business before, so take my constructive criticism for what you will.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Come for starting work experience, leave for better pay

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    Former Employee - Help Desk in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Help Desk in Eden Prairie, MN

    I worked at WAND Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company does its best to try and accommodate you to find a schedule that works best for you.

    Cons

    Lack of promotions based on experience
    Low starting pay
    No training for new employees
    Mediocre benefits. Half the cost of the employee is covered, any dependents are paid 100% by employee. This means you and your spouse, health benefits would run you upwards of $500-600 a month. If you have a kid as well, you're looking closer to $900-1000. You're basically just working for benefits.
    Without an A+ and N+, do not expect to get promotions or get paid more while working at a company that is proprietary. In all honesty, the A+ and N+ are wasted here because you don't work on hardware and you don't do networking.
    Management is constantly changing the rules on how things should be done - this makes it very hard for the help desk team to do their job effectivly to assist the customers to the best of their abilities.
    Management is quick to punish/yell at employees instead of helping their employees do their job better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote experienced people. Show them you want them around because they can do the job.
    Increase pay for all levels on the help desk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Detrimental

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN

    I worked at WAND Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    My co-workers were the best part about this company. I'm still good friends with many of them today years after my exit.

    Cons

    The management and owners we're terrible. Poor moral. No plan to succeed. No to mention taking the wrong path to creating new product. Don't take untested product to your best customer and expect them to stick around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Letting me go was the best day of my life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Friendly on the surface - Toxic behind the smiles

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WAND Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Dave is a better manager than the old group. So that's a positive.

    Cons

    Loyalty is short for anyone who expects to move up. Filling the owners pockets is priority #1. Constantly under-staffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up already.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to grow, learn and build expertise

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Sales in Eden Prairie, MN

    I worked at WAND Corporation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology. Lot of opportunity to learn new tech and explore new technologies.

    Cons

    There is always a time-crunch and urgency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to people and their skills. There are many good people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Loads of unrecognized potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at WAND Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, great people that work hard and enjoy working together. If our product did what was advertised this company would be amazing! President is in the trenches and really believes in his people.

    Cons

    Massive divide between upper level management and working staff and rare opportunities to advance or get a raise. Really poor health insurance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your good people what they are worth and they will bleed for you.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to grow in your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WAND Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Openness, fun, employee growth, cool building, interesting products, fun people to work with

    Cons

    Parking is an issue and benefits are good but not perfect. Work hours are reasonable but work often comes home.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst company I've ever worked for.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor/Manager in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Supervisor/Manager in Eden Prairie, MN

    I worked at WAND Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    My co-workers were the most dedicated and intelligent people I have ever worked with. I'd hire a former Wand employee in a heart beat. I also would like all to know that Chad was one of the best bosses I've ever had.

    Cons

    I literally had PTSD from working at Wand after I walked out. I vomited as soon as I got home and then spent several weeks in a confused paranoid haze. I am still affected now. I don't think I will ever be normal again.

    My schedule was: wake up at 2:30am, work until 4:00am. Arrive at the office at 6:00am. Drive home at 6-6:30pm. Set my alarm for 11pm. Start an overnight procedure and then try to sleep for a few hours. Repeat. I was on call 24/7 and would receive calls from the overnight staff at 1am frequently.

    This was my life before I completely lost it. I quit after my daughter said "Stop yelling at me." I hadn't even realized I was doing it and she had done nothing wrong.

    Wand will bleed you dry and destroy your sanity. Please, for the love of your family, do not work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would seem that one can dress more casually now and Dave is now running the company which is a plus but please, please, please make the software work and hire additional staff when your middle managers ask for them. I probably would have stayed if I could have hired to my needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work and your instantly part of the team!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WAND Corporation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great group of co-workers. Small enough company that you can know everyone in the building, Open to ideas and discussions. Plenty of room for advancement. The building is great, There is a lounge with couches and video games to enjoy on your breaks. Everyone is a rock-star and we all work together to make a great work environment. This is definitely a great place to work and I am new to the company, but I am extremely happy about where I am heading and how I feel working for the company.

    Cons

    I have enjoyed working for this company a lot thus far and I don't really have any con's. If I had to pick one thing, it would be the parking. With the company growing so rapidly, we need to acquire more parking spots.

  11.  

    Much improved - need to judge for yourself

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

    I have been working at WAND Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The culture has changed a lot since I first started here 3 years ago. With the changes to the leadership team (Dave is President - not John Perrill), this is a good place to work. Owners are not the only members of the leadership team and don't make all the decisions. I like my job here. I read the negative postings and don't believe they are from current employees - it doesn't match what I experience. We have jeans day every day now; arcade games in the lounge.

    Cons

    The building is full and parking is a pain. Break room is really small but there is a new employee lounge and can eat lunch there too. Temp is an issue some days - too warm or too cold. Could use more TAC Associates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better health benefits for families.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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