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Accretive Technology Reviews

Updated November 28, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company culture!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Accretive Technology full-time

    Pros

    Company Culture - everyone gets along.
    Benefits are excellent - beyond just medical/dental/vision/401K. They feed us all the time. There are excellent staff parties. We receive two profit sharing bonus checks each year.

    Cons

    Not a lot of upward mobility options.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Amazon might be a better choice"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Accretive Technology full-time

    Pros

    - Decent benefits
    - friendly coworkers
    - many small perks and flex time
    - 50% no limit 401k match with 5 year vest

    Cons

    The management in the development dept needs some work. Cliques, self promotion, and "fake news" to cover mismanagement, failing projects, and unhappy employees that are afraid to speak out are common. Manager ratings have improved, but only after many people that spoke out were terminated or stopped responding. Middle management is ineffective.

    KPIs, OKRs, and corporate politics have ruined the family culture. They cater to the least capable and easily influenced rather than the talented and invested. Unqualified and poor contributors are kept far too long, and good ones with unique ideas, input, or differences of opinion do not last very long.

    The director will take credit for revenue increases, make half truth statements in a used car salesman way, and will speak poorly of other management within the organization to self promote. His political narrative and toxic actions translate throughout the culture at all levels within the department. It's difficult to come to work in the morning at times. Other departments are difficult to work with because management relationships have been tarnished.

    Forced framework developed by a core team restricts developer creativity. The core team is argumentative and not open to suggestion. Slow and bloated MVC style frameworks that do not follow industry trends.

    YMMV, keep a low profile and understand the politics before trying to contribute if you need this job. Other departments have long term employees. Look for opportunities in the smaller departments. They are much better.

    Pay is significantly lower than Amazon. Gross politics and stress. Working long hours at Amazon might be less stressful and pay better.

    Advice to Management

    Find people who live Accretive and care genuinely about each other with a good nature. We let management and employees with bad behavior survive a long time and it has cost us in technical debt, personnel loss, and money. Clean it up and move forward. The sky is the limit!

    Accretive Technology Response

    Dec 1, 2017 – Director, Software Development

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. I am profoundly sorry that you have had such a negative experience at ATG!

    Our policy is to take feedback very seriously and the concerns... More

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Proof in the revenue"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Software department is awesome! Most of the bad developers and managers are gone (and wrote bad reviews), legacy code is slowly being handled, and revenue is going up dramatically.
    Some bad reviews say that revenue will show that the company is going down. Well guess what, revenue is highest ever and profitability is really high (less money wasted on bad marketing). Now there's proof that those fired, were the cause of the company doing poorly.
    People are friendly, work hard, and we get nice bonuses from the higher revenue. Management is open and learns from mistakes, people adapt as needed, and good employees are promoted.

    Cons

    Departments outside of the software department have not changed and can be difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    See the success in the software department, and change the rest of the company. Get rid of bad management.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Not the worst place to work..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, mostly. Nice work environment, most of the time. A unique product. Decent benefits. Fun events, when they happen. HR doesn't pretend to be your friend--I guess that's a pro.

    Cons

    Extreme mismanagement. Missed targets. Bad HR policies that treat employees like children or worse. People get fired without warning--others are kept onboard when they really, really shouldn't be! Gross office politics and cliques. An overabundance of process over product. Lots of promises, little follow-through.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending you can do in four months what actually takes 12 months. Stop hiring so much middle management. Start promoting from within. Start listening to the people who are actually doing the work.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Growing Pains"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Accretive Technology (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and benefits package, laid back atmosphere with great team dynamics.

    Cons

    The company has gone through growing pains in recent years. This introduced politics and reduced the startup-like feel of being united.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Early success sets up slow spiral down..."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Dev in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Dev in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great 401k match (if you can last through the vest period).
    - Free snacks & breakfast Fridays.
    - Informal office environment (dirty jokes welcome).

    Cons

    - Early success of the business and loyalty to the original employees led to a nightmare spaghetti codebase that constantly breaks when anything anywhere changes.
    - Nepotistic management structure led to weak leaders, stagnating product, no clear direction forward.
    - Recent attempts to bring in outside management to fix things has led to nasty politics and uncomfortable working environment.
    - Pay and benefits (aside from great 401k match) not so great compared to the rest of the industry.
    - Legendarily bad HR dept produces all kinds of problems and stress, in one instance a new employee quit on his first day because his HR orientation meeting went so badly, in another they accidentally tried to fire the wrong person because they got confused who was who.
    - Nearly everyone I know that got fired was surprised by it. When ever anyone was let go (common) they would send out a "pursuing other opportunities" letter when that person didn't show up for work that day, then later at a meeting the boss would informally say "they were talked to repeatedly and given plenty of opportunities to turn things around, but it just didn't work out." Problem is, of the 6 people I knew personally that I checked with, all said they were really surprised by being fired and had no idea things had gotten to that point until it happened. If you have a functional feedback and review system people should not be surprised by being fired.

    Advice to Management

    - Bite the bullet and spend the work to get rid of your crappy legacy code instead of trying to bolt on new features.
    - Set clear goals, let your engineers work towards them without micromanagement.
    - Get rid of the old guard management that is left, they aren't helping.
    - Pay more attention to what your customers want instead of what you think is cool.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great company with great perks"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Accretive Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The development team consists of knowledgeable programmers. You can easily talk to
    Your manager. Great benefits and perks. The company continues to grow at a fast rate.

    Cons

    Not much to
    Say other than - Remove all employees who constantly complain and bring other employees down. Constructive criticism is always best.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire newbies with limited experience as they can be a detriment. Continue with the perks and awesome benefits.

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Rest and Vest"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Accretive Technology Group is a great place to rest and vest. The main benefit to this company is the unlimited 50% matched 401k plan that vests over 5 years. I would only recommend this company to experienced engineers who want a break from a demanding job and plan on staying for the full 5 years.

    Cons

    Nothing gets fully done. There are overly ambitious quarterly goals which only get partially done at best. Then the next quarterly initiative will begin without tying up loose ends from the previous quarter. As a result, the company only produces half finished products that nobody like/uses/maintains. New problems get introduced every quarter without resolving problems from the previous quarter.

    Compensation is low but is to be expected because of the lower than average bar. Bonuses are much lower than average. Raises and promotions take a long time to process.

    Advice to Management

    Rock stars generally go to Google/Facebook/etc. You need to realize this isn't a company of rock stars. It's mostly people who either couldn't get a job elsewhere or people who want to rest and vest. Tailor expectations accordingly. Stop making overly ambitious goals that most people know can't be met. When goals aren't met, it's not enough to just learn lessons from the failures. Start APPLYING those lessons the next quarter as well.

    Reward good employees with prompt raises or bigger bonuses. Getting shout outs in blog posts is patronizing.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "In-transition but great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Accretive Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is in a state of transition, but its good. As others have mentioned, there are a number of people who have posted reviews that are disgruntled about the changes; but most of them are no longer here for a reason. Leadership has been trying - to varying degrees of success - to promote more personal ownership as well as raising the expectations for the technical abilities of each engineer. Some do not like the fact that expectations have been put on them and they can no longer do things like they always have. Change is hard but I fully support the current direction and am here because of it.

    Cons

    The medical benefits for family members is not very good. Also working with many of the other departments is a pain. They are disorganized and seriously lacking when it comes to adopting to change. Fortunately, in SoftDev the impact is usually minimal.

    Advice to Management

    Move troublemakers and those dragging their feet out faster. They need to see the old way of doing things is dying fast.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "A Sinking Ship"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Accretive Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some cool people to work with, but that's about it. Most of the old timers who built the system are being pushed out due to horrible management being allowed from the top down.

    Cons

    Software Development at this company is going down the drain, and fast. Their revenue and also the Glassdoor rating trends will reflect the issues. There was leadership change that caused this, and the current leadership is growing a bro-culture environment that's all too familiar when you put green managers in charge . There have been many hires, and fires, all based on political agendas that are not what the company was about even two years ago. Keep your head down and don't try and make waves, or just get on the yes-men train and pretend that leadership is making good moves. You will only get promoted, even if you are not suitable at all for the job, if you are part of the clique. Toxic environment with sexist remarks about co-workers, which a lot of people find off-putting. There is almost zero culture now, where it used to be a very fun place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop allowing this culture and take back your company


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