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6 days ago

Software Engineer- Mobile

API Healthcare San Diego, CA

• Participates in the quality process though unit test design, authoring, and review. • Develops high quality complex software in an ISV setting… API Healthcare

17 days ago

Product Management Business Analyst

API Healthcare San Diego, CA

1.Partners with customers to identify opportunities for application of analytics in Workflow Management solutions 2.Executes on alpha projects to… API Healthcare

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Lisa A. LaBau
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at API Healthcare full-time


    Fun activities every so often Flexible work hours Plenty of work to do Sort-of open office layout


    Management pretends to be team-focused in front of the teams, but looking out for themselves only behind closed doors. Any mistakes are assumed to be employees' faults, while management continues to believe they are benevolent, all-knowing wise beings. Great engineers start leaving after recent changes and existing engineers are stressed/bummed/unmotivated at work - naturally management attributes that to engineer's problems rather than realizing they're the ones responsible for the downtrend of the teams. I think in some cases, however, some engineers don't realize how much their jobs suck because they've never worked at a good software company (and they still don't) Constantly behind on the technology curve, typical of Healthcare software industry. Their "next generation" products (with which they are seriously struggling in development) are things modern software companies have been already doing for quite some time. Like many companies out there, management tries to give motivational speeches about how their products are "saving lives" or "disrupting the industry" or "changing the world". Don't believe the hype- Software here isn't used for detecting/preventing/treating disease or analyzing behavioral/mental health, etc. Software here is important to the industry/hospital in a similar way that your neighborhood garbage truck is important to your livelihood. Yes, you can spin your "trash truck" value and say what it does is vital to life, health and well being since otherwise nasty trash would pile up in your house or you'd have to spend all your time making trips to the dump yourself instead of doing something more fun/useful with your time. But, the truck is loud, clunky, sub-optimally engineered, smelly, old, has ancillary expenses (like environmental impact) and most of all an obsolete eyesore in your otherwise beautiful neighborhood. If the trash truck stopped coming or ceased to exist, no lives would suddenly be lost. We'd simply find a different way of disposing of our trash. Besides, we've always felt like there's a better way to leverage technology so these giant trucks don't have to come to every house loudly to gather trash anyway. It's the same way with software at API Healthcare. It's not stuff you really want/need and you don't get excited about and it doesn't directly affect the health and well being of people, it's just better than having no garbage collection at all. So users put up with the garbage truck that is API Healthcare software even though it is a smelly, ugly, poorly engineered eyesore in their beautiful hospitals filled with otherwise real healthcare technology like software that monitors patient vitals, medication levels, or processes signals to detect diseases/illnesses early. Management thinks they have employees' trust and confidence, but in reality do not. Obviously everyone limits what they share to management because everyone knows managers here aren't worthy of that full trust. Management would certainly be very surprised to hear some of the things that get said about them, and some of the things employees say about each other. The team is broken and they don't even know. I think a couple of team members don't know it either because this sort of dynamic is all they have ever known. Pay is pretty bad. Work here if you're happy with all of the above, want to never grow your technical skill, and stay in the low 100k's (if you're even there) as an experienced engineer. Really sad.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to say since management really just pretends to take advice. What will they do when they find out they are just terrible managers? Join a self-help group? Completely recuse themselves and enroll in remedial classes to work on themselves? Nah. Like most companies out there, they'll take the easy way out: Point the finger at someone else. I bet you right now, one of them is reading is thinking, "No, I don't do that." Pointing the finger away from yourself is the same as pointing the finger at someone else. LOL

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