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Updated April 12, 2017
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  • Nice headquarters, good benefits, fitness center (in 4 reviews)

  • nice building and some co workers were positive (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in West Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in West Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Better technologies and tools used for development.
    - Great environment to work.
    - Good salary.

    Cons

    - Bad benefits.
    - Huge dependency on contractors.
    - Bad interview process, no white board coding or technical questions, can lead to wrong candidate.
    - No Jeans and t-shirt concept.

    Advice to Management

    Get more full time developers compared to contractors but make sure interview process is up to standards. Interview process is extremely simple - no coding, few technical questions. This leads to wrong candidate.


  2. "QA Test Analyst"

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    Former Employee - QA Test Analyst in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - QA Test Analyst in West Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Athene full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Good Building
    - Team Members are good
    - QA Team is maturing and progressing, lot to learn.
    - 401K is good.

    Cons

    - Worst salary, way less than average salary in West Des Moines area vs. other companies for the same experience and skill sets.
    - Worst Growth path irrespective of your performance and hard work.
    - Bad Work Life Balance, have lot of work.
    - Big offshore testing team which decreases productivity and quality of work.

    Advice to Management

    - Salary is super low, need to look at it.
    - QA team is quite new but still it needs to take care of employees with better performance and skill sets by providing them with regular promotions, growth is rather negative than positive as far as your Job position and salary is concerned, extremely demotivating.
    - Try to get more onshore testers vs. offshore testers.


  3. "Contact Center Represenative"

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    Former Employee - Contact Center Representative in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Contact Center Representative in West Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Beautiful workplace, commute was not horrible, teamwork when needed, gave back to the community

    Cons

    Lack of superior help, mismanaged transitions, lack of empathy.

    Advice to Management

    Make yourselves more available to your employees, do not make them feel as if they are low on the totem poll.


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  5. "QA Test Analyst"

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    Current Employee - QA Test Analyst in West Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - QA Test Analyst in West Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Athene full-time

    Pros

    - Work environment is pretty good.
    - Teammates are helpful and have positive attitude.
    - Opportunity to work and learn in QA area is tremendous since team is comparatively new and its in its building stage.
    - Work is not boring at all, get to work on all sorts of testing areas.
    - QA team is maturing its practices pretty well and fast.

    Cons

    - Less salary compared to amount of work, complexity, skill set.
    - QA has equal or at times much more work than developers but don't get equal emphasis.
    - Less growth opportunity, you stay stagnant in the same role for longer time.
    - Lots of consultants work in the company, they are comparatively inefficient and it takes them high amount of time in order to learn work practices and ethics.
    - High amount of Offshore testers make it really difficult to work.

    Advice to Management

    - Need to focus on salaries of QA testers. Its not as per current market level.
    - Should work on getting more onshore testers vs. offshore testers.
    - Athene must focus on getting more full time employee instead of bringing in consultants. There was a time when there were very few full time testers compared to consultants but things are improving. Still company must focus in getting more full time testers. Consultants mostly are not habituated to work ethics and practices and make it difficult for others to work and manage them as resources.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid this companey at all cost"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    Pros

    none, there is nothing positive about this place...

    Cons

    unprofessional, no team work, cheap, bad company culture and many more. By far, the worst company that I and my peers have ever been associated with....

    Advice to Management

    need people who knows what they are doing


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior/ Lead IT Business Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior/Lead IT Business Analyst in West Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Senior/Lead IT Business Analyst in West Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Athene has good benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Upper Management not interested in career growth of their employees.


  8. "Decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Actuarial Associate in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Actuarial Associate in West Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It seemed like a good enough place to work and the business is profitable. I worked with good, smart people.

    Cons

    It always seemed like nobody was passionate about the work they do. Athene's main competitive advantage is that they're headquartered in Bermuda and don't have to pay nearly as much tax. It always seemed a little unethical to me.

    Advice to Management

    Athene USA includes most of the company's employees, but I always felt like I worked for the company that got bought by Athene Holding. It would be nice to see a few Athene USA people become part of the Athene Holding management team.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible Culture, Don't do it"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Free Coffee
    Free Food
    100% vested 401k
    Cell phone bill paid for by company

    Cons

    Management, Management, Management
    Pay
    Culture
    IT systems and Software

    Advice to Management

    If you focused as much energy on being important as you do on simply wanted to feel important you might actually build a strong company.


  10. "Mgmt"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst Manager in West Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst Manager in West Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    People are wonderful! There is a lot of opportunity - you are the only one holding you back.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Worst work culture & bad-mouthed long term employee. Will never recommend to anyone"

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in West Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in West Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Athene (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful building and café. Decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    IT department is horrendous. A bunch of bad mouth long term employees trying to show of their worth to save their own jobs. They follow unethical business practices and use unruly and offensive communication to the newer developers. Management completely relies on these people to make any decision. More than 90% of IT staff/ developers are frustrated with the managements attitude and treatment.

    Advice to Management

    Immediate management needs to change as soon as possible and something needs to be done with those unruly employees who are stressing out the developers that actually get the work done. Athene has lost many good employees due the above reasons and more will fled soon. The company is heading downward fall. No exciting architectural ambition can happen if you can't retain the good employees


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