WSI Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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  1. Innovative and fast paced

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

    I worked at WSI full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    WSI is a world leader in weather and weather technology. They supply critical information to millions of people everyday. The employees at WSI are the backbone for everything. The people at WSI have been some of the best I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    The work load can be a bit high. It can lead to extra stress. Deadline commitments can be tough to meet.


  2. Not what it was. The boat is low in the water

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA

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

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

    Pros

    - Great people mostly - No too much politics among employees - Pay and benefits are ok - Still has some good products, but not the leader it was

    Cons

    - Competition has overtaken WSI and gaining ground in most areas - Slow to keep up with current trends and technology - Strategy unclear. Senior management not in touch or communicating well - Marketing team in flux, lots of short term hire and fire. If you are a marketing person have solid plan B - Few promotion opportunities, Many employees seeking to leave

    Advice to Management

    Make a sensible plan, communicate to the workforce and stick with it instead of adhoc reactions. You have to invest in people, training and technology to get the returns you are looking for.


  3. Old Fashioned Ideals But Good Career Experience

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Somerville, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Somerville, MA

    I worked at WSI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very complicated, interesting products and the intelligent employees that built them lead to an intellectually rich environment you can really learn a lot from.

    Cons

    The place feels like it's from the mid 90's. Cubicle farms, lack of collaboration, a management team that hasn't kept up with the times.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep young people for more than a few years, you must address the culture. There are lots of good options for engineers these days - for many it's also about liking going to work along with things like pay & benefits.


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  5. Profits outweigh other important concerns

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WSI full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are many talented and intelligent employees who give it their all. Also, WSI does extend health insurance benefits to domestic partners.

    Cons

    While working at WSI, it became apparent that profits outweigh other important concerns such as product quality, customer satisfaction and employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    Money is not the only thing.


  6. Fast-paced and exciting

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  7. Celebrate geekery! And enjoy.

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    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.


  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    After our company got bought out things went downhill fast.

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    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    So much potential that's stymied by senior management

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    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good people, interesting work

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    • 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.



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