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Updated April 25, 2017
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  • Fiefdoms power grabs and upper management arrogant (in 8 reviews)

  • It's fine for a two-month internship but it makes the prospect of full-time employment very unappealing (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "I'm happy working at ACT."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategist in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Strategist in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ACT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    My job is very purpose driven & challenging. Other jobs are very steady & predictable, which would drive me nuts. Something for everyone.

    Cons

    Slow to change. The company can sometimes miss the forest because it's studying one leaf on a single tree. The HR approach is not progressive.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace extroverts. Our data is impressive but we need to continue using our data to promote an opinion and advocate policies to advance our mission.


  2. "Draws you in and spits you out"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Analyst/Tester in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - QA Analyst/Tester in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, some kind people, nice campus, free coffee, decent café options

    Cons

    Piss-poor communications, quick to fire people w/out reason, Promises don't get delivered, company doesn't follow Agile principles, Benes OK not great

    Advice to Management

    Need MUCH better communication


  3. "salary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends

    I have been working at ACT (More than a year)

    Pros

    nice campus and nice people.

    Cons

    Salary is on the lower end.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Heading Downhill Fast"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software QA Tester in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Software QA Tester in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to WFH, Nice Campus

    Cons

    No longer a stable environment, Firings occur weekly, Poor planning, passive-aggressive resistance to change

    Advice to Management

    Stop pushing Agile for everyone if they just push Stories to the next Sprint all the time and you're not using it to progress anything.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Not much incentive anymore"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ACT full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Senior Management seems to be correcting and attempting to advance the company.

    Cons

    - Poor workload balance, people who over preform just keep getting saddled with more work while the individuals who under preform seem to have no repercussion.
    - No incentives for the people who preform well and bring value to the company.
    - Unnecessary/confusing management structure.
    - Unclear direction. Company vision not articulated well at lower levels and sometimes is in complete opposition to what Senior Management is saying.
    - IT Department seems to be very wasteful with resources.

    Advice to Management

    - Reconsider the "Working Remote" policy (especially for Management). Even in this day in age sometimes the best interaction's are still face to face. I think more face to face interaction would improve the culture here at ACT.
    - Incentivize people who put out quality work and don't prop up under-achievers.
    - Develop a passion and truly care about your people (employees, customers, etc.) and the work you do, it might pay off in ways you never expected.


  7. "qa"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I like this place. good people , good work culture. balance life, no workload. good technology use

    Cons

    They use some of the old technology . dont have good place for hangout

    Advice to Management

    no


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Act"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at ACT full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent salaries, stable environment

    Cons

    Very old fashioned, hostile to change.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times, embrace change.


  9. "Great Experience So Far"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Communications in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits
    Wellness Center
    Flex Hours
    Room for Growth
    Pay

    Cons

    Culture is positive, but room for more intentional efforts around communication here. No real cons though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in technology updates, they are getting better! But need to make sure employees are trained on internal tech. platforms. Great tools, but not sure they're being used to their potential.


  10. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay and awesome people. Lots of perks including workout facility and on site cafeteria. Beautiful campus and buildings.

    Cons

    Haven't caught on yet to the benefits of remote work and often expect upper level management to work long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Consider greater flexibility for staff including working from home options, and flex time.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Sales consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company is in a nice DTC location.

    Cons

    Management is a train wreck, constant, daily business model changes before they can test out the last system. Total control freaks.

    Advice to Management

    Get someone who knows how to run a business.


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