ikaSystems Reviews in Worcester, MA

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
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  1.  

    The company tries to hire from the best BUT the company has a way of wasting those talents!!

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  Southborough, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Southborough, MA

    I worked at ikaSystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Competitive salary. Great talents. Great system and products.

    Cons

    If you think your talent will be utilized here, think again. If you think the reason you were hired in the first place will be recognized and heard once you get in, you need to re-evaluate your priority. There is no structure, no leadership, nothing. It is like staring at a blank wall.. Empty!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing. Leave. And let someone who knows how to lead and communicate start taking over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work, however, it's a small company with lack of training resources and not good company benefits.

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Southborough, MA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Southborough, MA

    I have been working at ikaSystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Need to always take initiative or else nothing gets done by management.

    Cons

    Lack of structure, lack of training resources, too many obstacles regarding resources and systems access. ALOT of outsourcing makes it difficult to do your job. In other words, departments being outsourced, etc.Employees do not feel that their jobs are safe and feel confident about their knowledge due to lack of initial training regarding product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be structure and a dedicated training resources in each product. Management does not understand how systems work. They make decisions without this knowledge and grunt worker get burnt in the process. Employees do not feel that their jobs are safe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Opportunities. Committed People. Going to change the Healthcare Industry!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Southborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southborough, MA

    I have been working at ikaSystems full-time

    Pros

    Leaders, managers and employees are committed to transforming the way work is done in this organization. Revitalized focus on quality, process enhancements, efficiency, productivity and hiring top talent.

    Cons

    Company is going through an enormous transformation - the velocity is intense and there's no place to hide. People who are not top performers with cutting edge skills will not survive. There's very little slack in the system and everyone needs to "pull their weight". Burnout is a risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course on process efficiencies and don't let up on demands for high quality work. Build some extra capacity into the system to give your best employees a chance to re-charge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Start up environment, building and transforming. Great product and great people.

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    Current Employee - Technical Manager  in  Southborough, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Southborough, MA

    I have been working at ikaSystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People, Product and sense of accomplishment.
    Able to impact the bottom line directly due to size of the organization

    Cons

    Work life balance...working on it. Lack of investment in training. Need to do a better job at holding people accountable.
    Need more transparency
    Adding a number of high level roles, need more hands on deck to execute the work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people- training
    Hold people accountable
    Hire additional individual contributors to execute the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Forward looking, Growing and Transforming

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Architect  in  Southborough, MA
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Southborough, MA

    I have been working at ikaSystems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Making major enhancements in process, technology and quality. Growing rapidly. Very cool technology challenges. Really good people (mix of experience and new people)

    Cons

    Some people who aren't high performers and/or are not evolving their skillsets are not happy. It's a classic example of a company moving from start-up to high growth mode and that isn't comfortable for all people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management generally takes a "cannot confirm or deny" attitude regarding future layoffs. I'd recommend that they get more specific. More specifically, 1) If you deliver and customers love you, you have nothing to worry about, 2) if you're on the tech side, you have to either grow by having up-to-date technology skills (SOA vs client server) or progress as a business expert (health plan guru) e.g. to lead implementations. 3) If you're performing repetitive tasks, automate them and take on more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Lay offs and Outsourcing of jobs!

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    Current Employee - Like I Would Disclose!!  in  Southborough, MA
    Current Employee - Like I Would Disclose!! in Southborough, MA

    I have been working at ikaSystems full-time

    Pros

    Diminishing pros - I do not see many pros other than that the Benefits may be good here.

    Cons

    Lay offs always feel personal though they may not be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys did not know how to manage $150mn of capital. You give excuses(senseless)
    WE thought the the capital was supposed to lake us to the next level by leveraging our domain expertise. Instead you spent the money in reorganizing - yet to see results. I am not sue how many of the employees including Sr. Mgmt can confidently say that things have improved and they have a better work-life balance. We were slogging in the start up phase and remain in the same state after over 10yrs of existence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    i loved the work environment , very smart people worked there

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III  in  Southborough, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in Southborough, MA

    I have been working at ikaSystems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    experienced people worked there , you will get the best knowledge

    Cons

    some startegy and process need to follow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i cant advice on this they are smart

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Embrace the change....but not so easy!!

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    Current Employee - Technical Analyst  in  Southborough, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Southborough, MA

    I have been working at ikaSystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Dynamic work environment
    - Welcomes new initiatives
    - Enough scope to grow
    - Excellent group of people

    Cons

    - Could hit the jackpot or go completely extinct in near future
    - Too much politics
    - Should be very competitive to handle the work load and pressure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Very challenging,

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Southborough, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southborough, MA

    I worked at ikaSystems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The staff is very nice.

    Cons

    Not enough help to do the jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to hire more workers,developers and less administrators.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company trying to figure its way to grow from start up mindset to a mature organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Southborough, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southborough, MA

    I worked at ikaSystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A great group of technical folks. They take on any client related issues as personal issues and don't wait till they get to resolution.

    Management team does seem to have a vision to take the company forward.

    Cons

    Too many aggressive commitments. Situation is improving, but the people are not comfortable as there is a clear gap between executive team and rank & file. The Executive team plan of transition to maturity not yet fully understood by the rank and file, which at times creates the issue of trust.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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