XATA Reviews

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  1.  

    The only reason to stay is the people you get to work with...

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Representative (Turned Into Customer Support)  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Technical Support Representative (Turned Into Customer Support) in Eden Prairie, MN

    I worked at XATA

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Benefits are okay...better than others. At one point management enjoyed making the department a more fun and lively place.

    Cons

    Horrible management. Attempts to weasel out of paying employees what they're entitled. Bad communication practices between management and their lower level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Happy employees are productive employees. If you treat your employees like garbage you're going to get minimal effort in getting work done. If so many people are actively looking for employment elsewhere then there's obviously an issue...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Roller coaster in the dark without seat belts

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Oakville, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Oakville, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at XATA

    Pros

    Cool technology, most of technical people are very competent; non technical people are very nice too, as long as they aren't managers.

    Cons

    Lack of direction, lack of clear communication between management and lower level employees. Managers don't seem to know what they're doing. You can feel a strong sense of distrust between the new "architects" and the solutions development teams. Apparently, it doesn't matter how good you are, the new architect will tell you what to do and how to do it. Micromanagement everywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very difficult. Most of old "managers" were fired. The new CTO should open his mind and leave all the prejudices aside; please, try to understand the business and the technology behind before proposing new solutions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Poor Senior Management, Back-Stabbing, 3 CTOs in 5 Years, Highly Political and Toxic Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at XATA

    Pros

    Good technology, decent co-workers, Salary is ok but could be better

    Cons

    Toxic work environment, 3 Chief Technology Officers hired in last 5 years, no work life balance, no appreciation from management, good people are leaving or are removed because of highly political environment, no raise or bonus given to managers and below in 2009 but Directors and above received bonuses, there is no trust, Managers/Directors asked not to say complete truth in Leadership meeting, senior management offer more money to people when they leave,.....too many VPs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is time to start "inspecting" what your direct reports tells you......don't blindly trust them and make or support their decisions.......... have conversation with real people below who is doing all the work. Offer more money to employees (not many left anyway now) who have been with company for many years instead of offering more money to new people who are leaving, Hire actual people to do the wok instead of VPs

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Poor experience. Unpleasant place to work, very little feedback, back-stabbing and dishonesty among departments.

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    Former Employee - N/A
    Former Employee - N/A

    I worked at XATA

    Pros

    Peers are generally pretty good below the manager level. Pay and benefits were pretty decent for the industry - nothing great, but on par. Some long-term employees with lots of knowledge of the industry.d Good place to learn the industry - Xata is still considered a leader in the field.

    Cons

    Horrible communication from management Director level and above. Mid-level managers were pretty good. Highly political, very little accountability. Senior management not respected at all. Most of the good people have left, the only ones that remain must have some sort of compensation package waiting for them if they stay on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take responsibility for your own issues - don't dump on your employees. Support your employees and it will result it a better experience and product for your customers. I believe Jay Coughlan is doing the best he can, but I believe he was mis-led by his direct reports (VP's) for a long time and now there may not be a good way out of a bad situation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not satisfied.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at XATA

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on different projects/products. Friendly helpful coworkers.

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance. 80 % people are always looking for job. Good work are not often recognized. Lack of good quality management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more flexibility to people. Try to appreciate the hardwork people put in and I am not talking about middle managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Fast pace company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at XATA

    Pros

    Good place to learn a lot of cool technologies.

    Cons

    Always in crisis mode. Unsecure. Poor process/quality management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on process/quality. Work/life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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