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Updated July 6, 2015
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  1. Fast-paced and exciting

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WSI

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

    Pros

    Lots of ownership over your role
    fast-moving environment
    Ability to grow quickly in the company

    Cons

    some teams need to be more proactive about upgrading talent

    Advice to Management

    Focus on great people, not just some people
    Ensure fast-moving engineering teams aligned to deliver value quickly


  2. Celebrate geekery! And enjoy.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Every day I look forward to going to work. Super smart co-workers. Good leadership. Fancy tools. Extensive use of enterprise Google products. Real-time collaboration. Stupid rules are eschewed.

    Cons

    Some folks are a bit over-utilized.

    Advice to Management

    Know that we have been tactical for a long time; it's going to take some time to turn us all into brilliant strategists.


  3. Helpful (2)

    If you like staying in one position forever....

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WSI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some flexibility in work schedules

    Cons

    Continuous hiring of upper management with no addition of actual employees that produce product.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    After our company got bought out things went downhill fast.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Andover, MA

    I worked at WSI full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn, grow, and work as a team. If you work for the company in Andover things could be good. Opportunity to work with cutting edge technology in a number of areas. C++, C#, OpenGL, Weather, Database, Java, Mobile, etc.

    Cons

    Company is losing money and downsizing its newly acquired company. If you work in the Madison office, your time at the company is probably limited. The company is not doing well financially and looking for ways to cut costs. They currently support two sets of software that do the same thing, since acquiring Weather Central in Madison. There is no opportunity in Madison, only Massachusetts or possibly with The Weather Channel in Atlanta.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring vice presidents and focus more on the average employees.


  6. Helpful (3)

    So much potential that's stymied by senior management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WSI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Broadcast products are dominant in the marketplace. Aviation products seem well respected in the field. Energy products are well-established. There are very intelligent professionals working at both the Andover and Madison offices. This is particularly true in engineering, meteorology, and SQA. There is a close relationship among employees if they are working in the same department. There's such amazing potential here, but...

    Cons

    Senior management is slowly destroying the company. There are poor decisions that are driven, primarily, by extraordinary pressure coming down from corporate through to senior management. There is a very top down culture and managerial style. Some of the good middle managers block it; others not so much. When trying to reasonably explain that the goals are unreasonable and alternatives are offered, nothing of true consequence is done. Just talk.

    Advice to Management

    Be absolutely truthful with your employees and invest in developing those employees, through training and coaching. This isn't offered now, and some senior managers could use it. Trust and support your middle and product managers. Eliminate the top-down style, and replace it with an environment where employees can apply their expertise appropriately without massive pressure. Hopefully, the company will be sold soon so that the private equity mess is out of the way. Bring in a new, slightly younger, less controlling CEO. If you wait too long, your talent will gradually fade.


  7. Very supportive, excellent Company, would recommend to my friends and family

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Director in Harahan, LA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Director in Harahan, LA

    I have been working at WSI full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Currently have a retired Army CSM as the Project Manager, he has brought the mindset over from the Army - therefore he believes in mentoring/training your replacement (I've been able to schedule my Subordinates to receive the same training I have received). And I've been able to attend training that is helping me become more effective and efficiency in my job, plus training for my own professional development - so I can move up within the Organization.

    Cons

    It's a Contract company, that works for a different Contract company, and they report to a Federal Agency. Therefore, the biggest disadvantage is not being able to have a direct link the the Federal company, all/most communication must travel though the middle Contract company. From my point of view, It's a 2 layer communication situation.

    Advice to Management

    As a Manager, I'm very happy with the support I've been given from the Project Manager. I'm not micromanaged, I'm afford the tools to get the job done, and I've been able to run my section accordingly.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good people, interesting work

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

    I have been working at WSI

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting and important work.
    Can really have an affect on people's lives.

    Cons

    Limit growth potential.
    Many departments require 24 hour support.


  9. Cool products that directly touch customers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Forward thinking software development company using advanced technology to build customer facing products. Products make a difference in our daily lives - most people don't even realize they are experiencing a WSI product. Focus on outcomes and performance - treats people like professionals. Cares about employees as individuals. I look forward to coming to work everyday....always learning something new.

    Cons

    Need to update the office space which is in process.

    Advice to Management

    Continue transparent communication on division results.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Company is not a good place to work

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At one time was a great company, there are still some great people working here, but they will be leaving soon.

    Cons

    Disconnected management, horrible work environment, and falling pay. 4 years in a row with layoffs should tell you all you need to know about this company.

    Advice to Management

    Outside of changing senior managers, not much can be done to right this ship.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Worst place to work I've ever been at (or heard of)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WSI full-time

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

    Pros

    Convenient location, near 495 and 93.

    Cons

    Bottom fishers, refuse to pay market salaries. Promotions artificially suppressed, again to keep salaries lower. Management deceives customers (over promises) and employees alike. Benefits are horrible, I know of people at non-profits who have better. Management delights in "burying" people, so you have to work long hours. The code base is the worst I've ever seen, I wrote better code that was better documented in college (no exaggeration). Little formal testing, bugs often found by customers.

    This only applies to the aviation division, I think the media division is better.

    Advice to Management

    There's no hope that I can see for fixing this, just run!



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