Composite Apps Reviews

Updated May 6, 2021

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10 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    A great place to work with lot of career growth opportunity

    Nov 20, 2020 - Mobile Applications Developer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    - I got to work on some exciting project at Composite Apps in Health Care Domain and Project Managment Domain. - Though the project delivery are with a tight schedule however, the projects are planned very well. - A place to learn a lot and hone your skills while understanding the entire product work-flow process.

    Cons

    - Stiff deadlines at times. - The work can be unpredictable sometimes.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  2. 2.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Last resort only - 5 stars are not real

    May 6, 2021 - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    If you are a new bootcamp graduate with no dependents to take care of and you can't land a job elsewhere then this place is an option to pad your resume. You'll learn a lot. The normal work week is 50 hours. Treat it like medical residency. However, as soon as you are able to jump ship, you are advised you to do so.

    Cons

    Their approach is to hire good Software Engineers at a discount and squeeze every ounce of work out them. If you are an experienced Software Engineer, there are MANY companies that would be much better for you. This company pays at the lowest end of the pay scale and the stress is ridiculous, and with no stock options at that. Leadership is extremely poor as they cannot retain good software engineers with leadership experience. Because leadership is poor, the codebase is a mess. No testing, no code reviews or coding standards, no performance measurements, no forward thinking or planning, no proper project management. The time pressure to get features out means that non of this is addressed and its a nightmare. The result of their short sightedness is bugs and bugs galore and multiplying.

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  3. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    High Stress Low Pay

    Dec 28, 2020 - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Office is in a nice location.

    Cons

    Pay is in the bottom 10%.

    1 person found this review helpful
  4. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Make something out of nothing

    Sep 8, 2017 - Developer in Irvine, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Started out with virtually zero development experience. I was fresh out of school. The pay was not as important to me as the opportunity to get my hands on something real. Anything was better than working at Starbucks. If you are truly passionate about technology then without a doubt, this is the perfect place to get your foot in the door of the tech industry. I am moving on with less than 2 years to a Senior position with another company. It wouldn't be possible without Composite Apps. In General: - Very flat organization, great for beginning or aspiring developers (I was a Theatre major) - Awesome group of people, it truly feels like home - There are times when you will need to step up, this is your opportunity--seize it, own it. - You may travel the world (I went to Europe and Dubai several times and trained the Dubai Police with a web application that I made) - Generous and fearless leadership with years of experience and wisdom--soak it up You will do well here if you are: - Disciplined - Dependable - Determined - Perceptive - Know how to collaborate (like in theatre!) - Customer-oriented - A Natural-born leader - Adaptive to office dynamics - Relentlessly Curious - Willing to work overtime to develop your hard skills (I was never asked to, but that's how you do it) - Know not take criticisms and critiques personally - Can be told "No" and handle it with grace - Can explain technical issues to non-technical people - Cautiously optimistic about what you are told - Don't play blame games or jump on bandwagons if something doesn't go right

    Cons

    You will not do well here if you are: - Hesitant to admit you don't know something - Unwilling to ask questions - Lacking of basic computer science knowledge - Don't know how to read documentation from software vendors/maintainers - Do not think strategically - Wait to be told what to do - Not an active listener - Compare your abilities to others - Don't like to push yourself to submit work that is the best you can do - Don't support your peers when you see them struggling - Don't speak up when you know there is a better way - Cannot advocate for yourself or defend your ideas - Assume you don't need to explain your choices - Hide behind another person's mistake - Afraid to confront strong personalities or competing interests

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    6 people found this review helpful
  5. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great place to call home

    Oct 17, 2016 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Amazing clients and projects, great leadership team.

    Cons

    No health or retirement benefits

    2 people found this review helpful
  6. 1.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Pay no attention to the job description. We don't.

    Jul 19, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the folks who no longer work there are good people. Nice office and surrounding area

    Cons

    Usually when you get hired to do what was in the job description, you usually GET to do that job description and occupy THAT job title - instead has you doing something entirely left field and let's you go because they lied? The owner - Glassdoors guideline policies prohibit me to state why he is a Con (get it?).

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    9 people found this review helpful
  7. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Bad for your health, 5 star reviews were likely planted

    Jul 17, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great life experiences Great coworkers Lots of ground floor experience Fast pace makes for better work ethic in future endeavors

    Cons

    Verbally abusive CEO No HR No benefits Insultingly low pay Turbulent/unhealthy work environment

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    9 people found this review helpful
  8. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Review

    Jun 5, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Sometimes bagels or lunches are provided. Room to learn.

    Cons

    Not much guidance or strong leadership.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Former Employee

    stay away for your life

    Feb 15, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    There's cake for your birthday

    Cons

    Unprofessional work environment, that pretty much makes you want to pull out your hair.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  10. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    On My Time at Composite Apps

    Mar 2, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Big-ticket clients. Occasional paid lunches/drinks. Nice office space.

    Cons

    I'm not one to besmirch.

    2 people found this review helpful
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