arvato Systems North America Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. Growing and shrinking pains

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    Current Contractor - Developer in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Developer in New York, NY

    I have been working at arvato Systems North America as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexibility, investment in employees, ability to move between projects and different roles, strong technical leadership and use of the latest and greatest technologies

    Cons

    lots of morons in management, sudden growth due to big projects caused pains and then big projects have been lost resulting in lay offs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember the companies roots. technical people built a solid reputation of quality deliverables with little management oversight. then arvato grew, managers thought they knew best and cost went up, quality went down and projects were doomed. listen to the technical leadership and be the communication to the customer but don't try and do more than that.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2. You may feel like a cog in a dysfunctional wheel.

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    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at arvato Systems North America as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and location

    Cons

    Company does not manage large projects well, and has lost business and seen its reputation tarnished as a result. Arvato NA specializes in Hybris consulting, and has benefited from the buoyant Hybris market. But it now faces competition from leaner agencies. Prospects are murky at best.

    Hiring and promotions seem based on interpersonal factors and ties to the management, rather than technical depth. Technical leads are often inexperienced and prone to mistakes. At least one "Hybris architect" at the company is unfamiliar with Hybris.

    Little analysis is done prior to writing code ... the "ready, fire, aim" design method seems to predominate. Since analysis is superficial, software frequently needs to be reworked.. Critically, accurate estimates of times required for deliverables cannot be made. Final outcome : missed deadlines and unhappy clients.

    Management style within software development teams tends to be autocratic, with little appreciation for the value of building consensus.

    Technical work can be routine and boring at times, especially on larger projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    An organization with bleak future

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY

    I worked at arvato Systems North America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    One of the very few things I enjoyed working here was the work life balance.
    Spacious office space.
    Flexible time.

    Cons

    1. Compensation much below industry average. This wide gap has lead to a massive exodus.
    2. No room for change. You're either a hybris developer or manager. I can't speak for the non-technology departments.
    3. Forced boss-employee relationship. Once you have a supervisor, be prepared to be treated on a lower level.
    4. Subtle favoritism. Unless you speak German or are in the "elite" circle, do not expect your voice to be heard.
    5. No challenging work.
    6. Inefficient processes. Unnecessary, overly complicated and slow way of doing things.
    7. Works as a department of a company, rather than an independent organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Be more transparent. Get more people involved in decision making process.
    2. Consider the feedback from employees. Nothing was ever done with the feedback. Also, "employees around Bertelsmann are not satisfied with compensation, so we're not far behind", is no excuse for not making a change.
    3. Restructure the sales department. Everyone in the company knows this is the elephant in the room.
    4. Don't rely only on hybris.
    5. When hiring someone, see if they fit into the company culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great friends, excellent talent, Company with a lot of heart

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at arvato Systems North America

    Pros

    It really is a "people company". The kind of place where everybody is important and treated like the best thing since sliced bread. Satisfaction and exit surveys are actually acted on, processes are transparent, you can easily speak with everyone from CEO to interns and the parties/ events are pretty epic. Probably the best company I've worked in.

    Cons

    Some processes are still unstructured which works on some level but not on others. A lot of growing pains visible as indicative of a growing company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more information more often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to work for an eCommerce service provider

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY

    I have been working at arvato Systems North America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    1. Smart fun people
    2. Work with fabulous enterprise eCommerce platform in Hybris
    3. Work with fabulous brands such as Nikon, Levi's, Adidas/Reebok, Taylor Made, P&G, Puma, Benefit Cosmetics, Novation, etc.
    3. Rare combination of a startup atmosphere with the backing of a large multi-national corporation.
    4. Flexible hours for technical people so good work-life balance.
    5. Great benefits

    Cons

    1. Has experienced growing pains from rapid growth over the last few years.
    2. Must develop better project management structure and career development.
    3. As services company, projects (and employee performance) are affected by clients. If you’re assigned to a project with a client that has unrealistic expectations or is unwilling to do what they need to help themselves, your performance will suffer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Project manager types naturally will have power in the company, so they make decisions evaluating technical people, but will often lack the knowledge to properly evaluate them (and their potential). The current job market means experienced technical people are in high demand. There is a huge risk of continuing to lose your best technical leaders if this doesn't change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Nice and cozy company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at arvato Systems North America

    Pros

    1. nice and smart people
    2. flexible hours
    3. well planned project
    4. great location
    5. diversities
    6. expanding
    7. new office soon

    Cons

    1. career path is not very clear
    2. limited partners

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company! Fantastic developers!

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY

    I have been working at arvato Systems North America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic developers and architects. Great knowledge pool. It's a very stable company and all the projects are success. Great work culture and casual work environment. If you are a hybris developer then this is the company for you to learn.

    Cons

    Should give equal opportunities to everyone
    Pay well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Marketing team is a concern. They aren't able to increase brand value of the company even though developers do a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Great People, Less Standard work culture

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at arvato Systems North America as an intern

    Pros

    Great people, Growing company, Flexible

    Cons

    IT Services domain, Stringent deadlines,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Not Google, but could be a LOT worse

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY

    I have been working at arvato Systems North America full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    +Although there is pressure I never feel stress
    +Pay is about right for what I am expected to do
    +I work with great people at the top of this industry
    +good bonuses
    +time off

    Cons

    -I fix a lot of bugs but do not get opportunities to design or write software from the ground up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need more office space, you are growing which is great but it is sad to see new faces come in with no desk to sit at.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Not bad

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

    I have been working at arvato Systems North America full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, Management, Freedom

    Cons

    compensation, lack of direction, uncertainty

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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