Applied Systems Career Development FAQ

Read what Applied Systems employees think about career development at the company. Employees have questions about everything from promotions and mentoring to job security.

Applied Systems has a career opportunities rating of 4.

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March 8, 2019

How are career development opportunities at Applied Systems?

Pros

Room for advancement and great portfolio of products.

Cons

Culture can very from office to office.

Room for advancement and great portfolio of products.

March 8, 2019

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December 16, 2018

What kind of career opportunities exist at Applied Systems?

Pros

At an upper management level, the company makes efforts to create a team or family feel for all employees. This "trickles down" to the lower level employees in the form of various company-funded social events throughout the year, and these do help make you feel more appreciated. Applied also has various small but meaningful initiatives to help morale, such as a volunteer program (a paid day to volunteer for a local community cause rather than working at your usual job) and an intranet-hosted art/photography exhibition with contests, where the winner can select a charity to receive a donation from Applied. Many of Applied's locations began as other companies which have been acquired over decades of Applied being a dominating force in its industry. The exact "feel" at each location is therefore going to vary a little, but based on my experience, the people are nice, management is fair and balanced, workload is reasonable, and facilities are well kept. There are many opportunities to move in the company, either laterally or vertically. The process to apply for other internal jobs is straightforward and Applied does not usually try to lock you into a role if your heart is elsewhere...you are allowed to move around within reason. Vacation accrual is to the standards of (not better than) the Ontario ESA. Sick time is better than currently required by law in Ontario. Allowance to use both is fair; it is not difficult to take vacation time, and while some carryover is allowed, the company encourages you to use it as time off. This is a refreshing difference in 2018 when many employers want you to take it as pay and forego the time off. Everyone deserves a break, and Applied recognizes this.

Cons

Rate of pay: some of the jobs that exist at Applied do not have direct comparables at other organizations due to some unique structuring that exists at Applied. However, in many cases you will find that the market value for your work is more than Applied will pay you. Applied does pay an acceptable living wage, but the money does not beg you to give Applied your life-long career. Until this changes, Applied will be seen as a stepping stone by many rather than a career destination. The CEO puts together presentations to the employees to provide updates on the progress of the company as a whole. This in itself is a good thing, but when coupled with the above issue, it is somewhat of a double-edged sword: I am happy to know that the company is doing great with record profits, but I am paid merely satisfactorily, and I can clearly see that profits support a raise for employees whose performance merits it. Upper management is either unaware of or chooses to ignore major communication and role issues that exist between certain teams. Applied has multiple products originating from multiple original development companies, since acquired, and getting proper cooperation to happen between these teams can be somewhat challenging. It is not uncommon to get caught in the middle of a finger-pointing scenario, where an issue genuinely belongs to one team but that team has declined to own it, and another directly affected team has to fight to get the issue recognized and corrected. Lower level management that engages directly with the employees tries to resolve the above issue, but it evidently does not get far enough up the ladder because long term resolution just doesn't seem to come.

Advice to Management

Push for higher wages when an employee is a true asset to the operation. Even the most altruistic person will leave to take a better paycheque elsewhere, if offered it. Get dev teams and support teams for various products to fully understand the scope of what they are responsible for, and to own issues without resistance when they come up.

There are many opportunities to move in the company, either laterally or vertically.

December 16, 2018

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November 20, 2020

How are promotions handled at Applied Systems?

Pros

Flexible schedules, generous time off, true sense of belonging, great people.

Cons

Inconsistent promotions, some apparent favoritism

Advice to Management

None at this time. Advice I would have given a year ago no longer applies. I think the company is going in the right direction on all fronts.

Inconsistent promotions, some apparent favoritism

November 20, 2020

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June 9, 2020

How do employees feel about their professional development opportunities at Applied Systems?

Pros

Great co-workers! You get your birthday off! This company is continuing to grow, they will be around for a long time.

Cons

Middle management has no training on how to manage people.

Middle management has no training on how to manage people.

June 9, 2020

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November 12, 2020

What is the feeling of job security at Applied Systems?

Pros

Starting pay for entry level jobs is good. WFH for most jobs. They've handled the pandemic with no layoffs and have gone 100% remote. Free bagels on Tuesdays. Everyone I've worked with or come into contact with has been very professional.

Cons

The health insurance is very expensive. At least it is if you have to get family coverage.

They've handled the pandemic with no layoffs and have gone 100% remote.

November 12, 2020

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