iSoftStone Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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iSoftStone Chairman and CEO Tianwen (T. W.) Liu
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Pros
  • There are still a few great people left doing awesome delivery (in 5 reviews)

  • Work from home (if you get the job) (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • No clear career path to getting promoted (in 4 reviews)

  • High Turnover - turnover is currently so high at isoftstone (Q1-2014) that the company has had to discontinue employee departure announcements (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great Company and Great People

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Kirkland, WA

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

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

    Pros

    I got a chance to meet and work with really great and bright minded individuals. My manager Scott Bowen really helped me along my career path and made sure I kept on growing. Good salary.

    Cons

    401k matching could be better, but it's not a deal breaker.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. I enjoyed every moment of me being there.


  2. Little recognition

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA

    I worked at iSoftStone (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Had a great boss. Smart, reasonable, and easy to work with. Facility was pleasant and flexible work hours were a nice perk

    Cons

    Low pay, and very long hours with little recognition for the sacrifices necessary to get the job done with minimal staffing.

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for and even your most die hard fans will wake up one day and ask themselves why they give so much and get so little (pay, recognition) in return.


  3. Great Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kirkland, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location in Kirkland with a fantastic view. Better yet employees are treated well with ample opportunity for growth. Management is open and flexible when it comes to schedules. Good work is noticed and rewarded.

    Cons

    Difficult to bond with fellow co-workers due to the nature of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent as changes come up.


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    Disposable temps

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Test Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Test Engineer in Kirkland, WA

    I worked at iSoftStone

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

    Pros

    Decent rate and benefits package.

    Cons

    They kick contractors to the curb and don't look back.

    Advice to Management

    Value the temps you hire just as you would your own regular employees.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Development Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Manager/Senior Consultant in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Development Manager/Senior Consultant in Kirkland, WA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - For the first years of working at iSoftStone there was an excellent working environment. Easily the most generous and fulfilling company I had worked for. - They had the first true Centers Of Excellence I'd experienced in a company (many claim this but it's really just a buzz word. Here it was legitimate.) - They're going back to their roots (before the acquisition by iSoftStone it was Akona Systems) and have broken off their creative offerings into a new subsidiary called SILK. The grand launch will be this year (Summer, 2015) which may spell a new era. - While I was there a developer could advance but really needed a champion in the form of a manager who could push. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    - Culture imposition by China management crept in over time; manifested by tightened margin, less and less autonomy, local management being hamstrung, less and less benefits (down to the level of Coke no longer being stocked in lieu of off-brands). - Started feeling like a body shop when I departed. - Worker satisfaction lessened dramatically the last year I was there. - High attrition the last year I was there and immediately thereafter.

    Advice to Management

    The local managers care. They're hamstrung by their overseas counterparts. The company needs to either allow the North American offices be run by the NA management or sell the company off to an NA firm. Either that or they need to no longer be public and go back to a private model. Either way it's not a very tenable position to be in...


  7. It was a new and exciting Position

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Analyst II in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Test Analyst II in Boise, ID

    I worked at iSoftStone (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a lot about all smartphone technology, Windows, Android, iPhone and Blackberry phones.

    Cons

    There was a steep learning curve. Job was contingent on business outlook, which was ever changing.

    Advice to Management

    Coach new hire technical leads on people management skills. other then that I thoroughly enjoyed my position and management was awesome. excellent training from your staff.


  8. Software test engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Testing Engineer in North Bend, WA
    Former Employee - QA Testing Engineer in North Bend, WA

    I worked at iSoftStone (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great teas to work with

    Cons

    They don't pay that much and Management is very slow at finding work before the end of your project

    Advice to Management

    You know when a project is going to end so make sure you have work for those employees before the project ends


  9. Manager Software Development

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

    I have been working at iSoftStone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good people, good company and easy work from there

    Cons

    if they offer more training that would be perfect.


  10. contract worker

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

    I worked at iSoftStone

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

    Pros

    work at home, decent pay

    Cons

    would like more input from managers and easier access to sites


  11. Some very supportive teammates

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

    I worked at iSoftStone

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Subject matter experts were always available for advice and support. Weekly status meetings allowed you to learn about other projects and to touch base with fellow PMs. At the consultant level, a very fun group of people.

    Cons

    Management would make decisions regarding your project and inform you just as the decision was being implemented. As the project manager, being kept in the loop is critical.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication between account managers and project managers. Business decisions being made do affect the project manager's plans and approach.



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