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Berkadia Senior Software Developer Reviews

Updated Sep 5, 2018

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    "Not for serious design or development professionals"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Ambler, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Berkadia full-time for more than a year


    Some of your teammates will be excellent to work with. A handful of helpful managers may provide guidance and help you navigate the twisted, complex politics of a textbook corporate company that swears it's an agile startup.


    Buzzwords and lofty hopes and dreams will fill your interview, but none of them will ever be realized or acted upon. Berkadia is not for you if: - you're a true UX or design professional - you're looking for a design-driven company that embraces UX from the top down - you believe in a developer-driven design methodology with no real interest in adopting UX best practices - you're a developer who likes autonomy... or the ability to contribute your expertise to the team - you like to work on projects that ship - you like the flexibility of being able to test code easily in local environments - you are coming from a real agile environment where projects ship regularly - you appreciate clear, transparent communication and support from your senior management team - you have a weak stomach for petty politics - you enjoy collaboration and clear communication from remote teammates - you're not a fan of politics and unnecessary red tape around every process - you're looking for a management team that follows through on promises - you dislike letting people who know very little about your project review and reject your code - you dislike a toxic culture fueled by poor communication from your senior managers - you anticipate having a smooth on-boarding process (or any at all) - you enjoy contributing ideas that get automatically shutdown (regardless of relevance) - you enjoy being controlled by a platform team dictatorship

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    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Support your talented employees. Stop the finger-pointing and immature reactions to real problems that lead to your best talent leaving you. Act directly instead of punishing everyone for a single outlier's problems. Listen to your employees' ideas, concerns, and issues and actually do something about them instead of letting them play out on their own. Do a better job vetting programmers... for your scrum teams instead of filling chairs. Stop rewarding/promoting the people responsible for all of the cons listed above and start listening to what your people—who are actually doing the work—are saying. Lastly, stop using words like "agile" and "startup" to lure in talent. You're neither; agile teams ship actual products weekly and willingly adopt/respect UX best practices. Startups have stellar communication, have no bureaucracy, and have just one or two carefully curated teams with the right people who can get the job done—without any drama.

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