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Basys is trying to

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Linthicum Heights, MD

I have been working at basys

ProsThe owner hired a new president in mid 2009 to come in and make some tough decisions that are long overdue. Beware though. Not all of the decisions are popular.

Truthfull communications to the staff have improved under the new president. There is less spin and more direct communications when there is bad news. This has been a welcomed change.

If you have the right skills, patience and persistence, you can contribute to the resurgence of a once very strong company. If you are in the middle of the staffing pack, receive good direction from your supervisor, and then perform, you will likely do fine.

ConsBecause of the restructuring effort that has been under way since early 2009, there has been substantial layoffs. We are still waiting to see the first fruit of this restructuring effort.

Nearly all of the top management have been replaced with people that are certainly smart but with little knowledge and experience of the specific industry that Basys serves.

The new president yields a love/hate staff relationship. Not much room in the middle. And there appears to be a very short path to the negative side. She projects a hard nose manager style much more than a leader style.

Accountability seems to stop short of the executive leadership. Setting unrealistic goals, failing to reach them, and then holding only the senior management team accountable is weak leadership.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere still seems to be too many separate initiatives going on. Figure out what is the most important thing (singular) to accomplish first and get everyone focused on that. Make sure that is attainable within the desired time frame.

Many of the staff here are not working towards a company goal or vision, but rather are just working. Dig into this. Is this a reflection of the leadership and communication? If possibly yes, then own up to it and do something. Reconsider a clear communication of the vision, and a clear understanding from the staff of what the vision is and how the work they do each and every day contributes to that vision. I can and will do more if given the opportunity.

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Basys is not leading they are catching up at best

Programmer (Former Employee)
Linthicum, MD

I worked at basys

Pros- Veteran Programming staff (until recent round of defections) are smart people and great to work with to learn one's craft better.
- very GREEN and healthy company. Owner has fresh fruit delivered weekly. Recycling is strongly encouraged and enforced.

Cons* Management tends to try to lead by fear, yelling, losing control at meetings
* layoffs of people that served the company well for decades with no notice (and door codes changed next day) does not make anyone feel secure.
* Many software decisions (libraries, tools) are dictated by cost not quality. Software purchases or delayed or great software suggestions fulfilled with worse FREE or cheaper software.
* Can't let go of their green screen mainframe app and modernize it, any attempt to do so is shot down for paired back modern app relying on Mainframe app
* Claims of importance of software quality only materialize when SCRUM meetings examine Unit Testing and triple check deployment, as well as code shipping for each sprint.
* Ignoring software deployment problems (VM issues, source control implementation bugs) and deploying too many places without quality tests is recipe for customer deployment headaches at ship time.

Advice to Senior Management- New management needs to know benefits industry and customers better. Their staff does, their management does not.
- You will always lose new sales to competitors until you have an end-to-end modern product, not a Web App built that requires mainframe software beneath to solve the business problem. Green screen must be hidden, even if it is the "engine" no customer should have to use it.
- forcing programmers working on new software to maintain old will hurt the new software, hire programmers to maintain old software so your most knowledgeable talent can work on new product.
- treat employees with more dignity and respect
- if you layoff long-time employees don't expect remaining employees to stay, expect mass defections
- Good programmers will make or break you, treat them to bonuses and raises, not yelling and pressure

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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basys is not the place to be right now

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at basys

Pros*work/life balance - most of the time,
*decent benefits
*there are some bright people in the company
*people on the whole are good folks
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Conssenior mgmt doesn't have a clue on how to turn things around. lots of change going on over the last year. new president took over and has replaced all senior mgmt. company has had two layoffs this year with over a quarter of the workforce (which was somewhere between 75 - 80 employees to start the year) being let go. morale is low and it is showing no signs of improvement this year (employees and customers are unhappy).

Advice to Senior Managementemployees need direction/leadership from management which is lacking in most areas. which new management has lots of experience, they don't really understand the business. the needs to be more vision and strategy coming from the top buts seems to be getting lost in the translation.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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