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Updated March 23, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Different than it was... but different doesn't mean bad, just different."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great healthcare benefits, 401k matching, company lunch on Mondays, on site gymnasium, exposure to tons of technologies, global support so you don't get paged to death at night! Super nice and very intelligent people to work with.

    Cons

    Hire in at lower $ but after two years they get you bumped up. Negative attitude of those that need to leave is getting old. Some holding on to the past, but this is a different company. Some just need to move on. Those that remain are sharp and want to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Culture is what you make it. Don't ignore negative people... deal with them one way or the other. Our culture is shaped by the people that are here... and they are amazing!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Seeds of greatness have died"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are exposed to a great amount of different technologies.
    Monday catered food, which really seems more of a compliance and is also a throw back to better times.
    A nice gymnasium to look upon and ponder who has time to use it.
    Caffeine lots of nice caffeine options from coke to coffee machine.

    Cons

    This was once a company people clambered to get into, this was the company that was innovative and brought new ways to do wondrous things with technology, where you could find top talent and learn from them. Sadly those days are gone; you are now part of an outsourcing machine that has made it very clear that money is first. You always knew money was the goal but it was fun and you wanted to make money for the company, what you did mattered. Now you are told over and over that we are expensive, what one makes here they can hire several over there. That is very disheartening and destroys moral. The exposure to different technologies is just that exposure. They will never help you become an expert at any one thing; you must seek out training on your own, you must enhance your own skill sets and find ways to improve yourself, which is something someone should always do, but no direction or assistance is given from the company, they are more than willing to fully take advantage of any advancement in skills or new skills obtained but no assistance will be given. Once they no longer have a need for you or deem you too expensive for profit margins you are cast aside with promises of finding a spot for you. This in itself is troubling as you really do not feel like you work for the company you feel more like a contractor that is only hired for a short amount of time and when that time is up has to beg to find a new position within the company. You must prove you are worthy to stay, you must show them something else they can use from you in order to deem you worthy enough to stay.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are not inventory, start looking at us as investors. If you want this organization to grow again and become something great, you must have your employees want to invest in this company. An employee has an option each day to either come into work and do the minimum necessary to keep a job or they can come into a company that they feel invested in. When people feel you are investing in them through experiences, developing new skills or even better pay, they will in turn invest back into that very company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Negative trend"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lean workforce results in the ability to wear multiple hats and perform work that may not be within your job's standard definition of responsibilities. Recent negative trends have resulted in management becoming more lenient to reduce attrition and allow some flexibility, but this has unfortunately been a last resort retroactive reaction.

    Cons

    The company has taken an extreme negative pivot in culture, job quality, management care, strategy alignment, and prospects for your careers development. Apparatus used to be THE place to work in Indianapolis. The huge range of opportunities for what you could do as an employee, the ability to move you within the company to allow you to do something you wanted to, the value placed on culture and employee happiness, job security, and the whole "work hard play hard" mentality has 100% disappeared. Those hired into the company today would probably never be able to comprehend how great the company USED to be before mid 2014. Things like work parties, bonuses, culture, camaraderie, unquestionable job security, etc no longer exist. I was previously able to brag about how great my employment at Apparatus was, but I no longer would feel comfortable even recommending any of my peers apply for a position. This is currently one of the worst times one could join the company. We have to be one of the few companies in the city who are NOT hiring aggressively (or are even having layoffs), despite the desperate need for talent within the organization. Top talent has left, and those that are left will no longer have the ability to grow at the rate that you once would be able to by sheer osmosis of talent. Those that have left have been treated with a "well we didn't need you anyways" attitude, rather than trying to understand the problems and address them, and it comes off extremely unprofessional and emotional. There is no point of having an exit interview if the statements are not respected. Upper management historically turns away from issues and tries to deny realities that the delivery teams (and many other teams) have to deal with, which is very concerning as a current employee. Upcoming changes in upper level management should have an extremely net positive improvement to many of the issues outlined above, but there will be high expectations for what is left of the workforce which will undoubtedly cause some strains which will result in further departures of current talent. I have a positive outlook for the company's future (possibly because it can't get much worse) with the incoming changes in leadership. The future will hold an extended period of rebuilding of trust for existing employees, and repairing a tainted brand within the local market.

    I do not write this review as a disgruntled employee, but feel that many of the things written above need to be known for incoming employees so that they understand the current state of the company. If you are willing to stick it out though, I feel confident in saying that you will be rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and accept some of the unfortunate realities that we are currently facing. Ignoring them or acting like many of the statements made by current employees are inaccurate is a terrible way of turning things around and improving the organization. Whether you agree with the opinions of those employees or not, those opinions are what make the company what it is and need to be accepted. The view is MUCH different for the technical folk compared to upper management. If you accept these issues, you will enable yourselves to start rebuilding respect from the staff at the least, and will be the most prepared to make a contingency plan to improve the status quo. The workforce is reasonable - we can understand that many things are out of your hands and are things that come down from corporate. Reassuring those employees that the concerns are understood and heard will create a domino effect of improvements. Accept that many of your employees with the longest tenure may currently be somewhat jaded and emotionally exhausted with the constant churn of dramatic adjustments - assure them that management understands how things are, and will work to maintain and/or rebuild those relationships. Apparatus has the potential to turn things around, but the decisions must be made to get there.

    Also, the current cherry picking of talent to recruit to different "sectors" of the company is kind of ridiculous right now. Do not allow this to create a split in the staff.

    And please, please begin communicating updates at a higher cadence and with more respect. Many teams have no understanding at all of what is going on with the company, where things are going, etc. Ensure that those employees understand the cryptic messages sent from corporate, and we will feel that the Indianapolis' team is a singular group, rather than a red-headed step child of Virtusa proper. Some employees most likely feel that our upper management is part of an inner circle of information that diminishes as you work your way down the ranks. Be transparent. This will be best.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome Company! Well, used to be."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Catered lunch every Monday
    Lots of fun parties and events
    Basketball Gym
    Flexible work schedule and work from home options
    Good benefits and perks

    Cons

    VirtusaPolaris bought Apparatus and most likely will offshore most or all of the work to India over time.
    Lots of good people have either been laid off or have quit.
    Small company is now a global company and is lost in the shuffle.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck with the future.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Looked like a great opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helpful coworkers, Monday catered lunch, nice offices in downtown area, able to work from home one data a week, wellness programs (for now).

    Cons

    There is no attempt to review or guide younger employees. You are left on an island with the no help other than coworkers. Management would constantly tell you there would be reviews and mentoring meetings but never scheduled them, or outright canceled them. The culture changes dramatically when acquisition happened.

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees know what's happening. The rumors are worse than the truth.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Used to be a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Apparatus used to be a great company to work for - one of the best in the area. The culture was innovative, welcoming, hard working, and supportive.

    Numerous perks such as a free clinic, on-site fitness, subsidized lunches, and company parties were offered.

    There was lots of flexibility to move to different positions and grow professionally.

    Post-acquisition the benefits are still decent.

    Still a decent starting point for entry-level hires.

    Cons

    Company was acquired by Virtusa (Indian outsourcing company) in mid-2015. Top talent left or is in process of leaving, and the layoffs started around Christmas 2016. More layoffs are likely to come due to poor planning, lack of sales pipeline, and shifting direction as directed by Virtusa.

    The new parent company has a foreign work culture, treats employees horribly, and operates with no vision other than quarterly financial results.

    Top sales staff and pre-sales engineers were laid off, leaving inexperienced and incapable sales staff, who only pitch "bargain bin" level projects. No resources spent on winning big direct clients, focus is shifting into "channel business", where Apparatus is a subcontractor bidding on the lowest cost. There is no clear direction for the business unit, and whatever information is shared from the management appears to change weekly.

    Recent changes and the bleak outlook, as well as terrible handling of the changes and communication to the employees created a real morale crisis.

    Advice to Management

    Most likely the company is past the point of no return, unless a local investor manages to make it private again and salvage what is left. Therefore, no good advice can be offered, except to attempt to stop the hemorrhaging of employees and their morale. Talking about changes and outlining vision, and perhaps involving the team in the decision-making process would be a good start.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "People and culture are gone..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Apparatus full-time

    Pros

    The people and culture used to be what made it great...and we used to be able to make a difference in the community.

    Cons

    Everything...and I mean everything at Apparatus is now run by corporate Virtusa. There is no local decision-making anymore. Corporate also stomped out the culture. The culture is dead and gone. In time, they may be able to bring some business back, but the fun and inspiring culture is gone.

    Advice to Management

    Work to bring back some life, fun and inspiration back to the Indy office.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "The glory of the old days is gone."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Back in 2012 you could start out with little experience and grow through the company while you learned about a wide range of technology. Since the acquisition there has been a ton of negative changes and almost zero positive ones.

    Cons

    Management is young and inexperienced. The company has perfected the use of the peter principal. There is no attempt to develop junior resources and no thoughts about the career path of senior resources. Pay is not even close to competitive, everyone that leaves either via layoffs or frustration ends up landing 40-50% increase in base pay, bonuses, etc. The company is barely holding on and seems obvious that it was purchased to get a foot in the door with one big client. That client has already been taken under the parent company's vertical and it seems like only a matter of time before they shut down the local office and/or sell off AIS.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from the mistakes you made as leaders and move on. Don't take mgmt positions when you have no leadership skills, training, or desire to see your employees do well. A good leader/mgr should be happy when their people move on to more prestigious postions, not blacklist them and call them a quitter.


  10. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Apparatus full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Incentives to get certifications, team building, growing company

    Cons

    Industry standard insurance / 401k


  11. Helpful (2)

    "A well balanced and growing company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working Environment
    Access to knowledgeable co-workers
    Training

    Cons

    Salary tends to be below industry average
    Management can be caught up in trying to do employees jobs instead of manage

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep your star employees, be willing to pay based on performance instead of waiting for the experience/salary curve to catch up.


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