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Data Systems International Reviews

Updated October 19, 2018
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  • "No 401k matching, salary is not competitive, seems like we're always in "crisis mode", no bonuses past few quarters" (in 11 reviews)

  • "No 401K matching, no education assistance" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Good place, good people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Analytics Developer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Lead Analytics Developer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Data Systems International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company has treated me well

    Cons

    I have had a lot of manager in the last 2 years.. it happens, not a big deal.


  2. "Great if all you want is to be a code monkey"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Data Systems International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Work/life balance is bar none. You aren't expected to work overtime very often (at least on the core development team, that can't be said for their "cloud" team).
    - Celebrate birthdays each month
    - Gym membership to OneLife
    - 401K matching has finally been implemented after years of asking.
    - Great medical/dental/vision
    - Great break rooms with TVs, game systems, and a pool table
    - Beautiful office that strikes a balance between cubicles and open floor plans.

    It's a great place to be if you are either a recent grad looking to learn or are settling down with family. You will be challenged occasionally but the family oriented culture ensures these challenges will be worked through together so that everyone can go home on time. The camaraderie is very strong and everyone works to make sure we succeed as individuals, teams, and as a company. Everyone is friendly, after three years I had not met anyone I don't like.

    Cons

    First and foremost DSI is a sales company. No matter how much they talk about being a software company, it's all about the sales. It’s very rare for a project with little to no sales potential is moved forward; most of the time it’s when the technical debt breaks through the ceiling and causes catastrophic problems. But don't bother trying to pitch new ideas that could save developers dozens of hours a month. Don’t bother trying to fix problems, you only get in trouble and looked down upon for trying to help and do the right thing. Meanwhile there are more problems than can be handled.

    Upper management is composed of former enterprise developers, so there isn't any desire to use technology post-2000. The phrase "we are enterprise" is used as an excuse to maintain status quo because the fear of anything going wrong is so intense that despite things going wrong without it, change (read improvement), is seen as too risky.

    If you care about reducing technical debt and future proofing the product, this isn't the place for you. If you don't want to throw features on top of spaghetti mountain, this is not the place for you. If you want high quality DevOps with a CI/CD pipeline that provides early warnings of problems, this is not the place for you. Heck, everyone ignores the warnings and errors from the build pipeline of the back-end because it fails on a regular basis for no reason, just commit again and it will probably get through.

    There is little to no room for advancement, there are talented developers who have been here for years and haven't risen above the junior most position. I saw a single developer get promoted in my time here. Speaking of advancement, developers are being pulled off of development to do non-programming tasks for weeks, months, or even as permanent positions; which actively harms career growth and sets them behind others in the field.

    Expect to be paid below market rate and for your salary to never rise to meet that rate. They try to use their bonus structure as an argument that they pay competitively but even with bonuses the total earnings is still far below base pay that you can get pretty much anywhere else in Kansas City. Not to mention starting this year they’ve made it harder for certain groups to get bonuses.

    I could go on, but I think the picture should be clear: this isn’t a place for someone who wants to be more than a code monkey therefore I cannot recommend working here.

    Advice to Management

    You hire developers but don't listen to them. Let them do their jobs and you will be rewarded for it.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible company culture, they offer incentives to get people to leave good reviews."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Campaign Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Marketing Campaign Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Data Systems International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Office is nice from an aesthetic standpoint

    Cons

    Company culture is terrible, CE0 is an example of why you should never leave your business to your son, very unsupportive team and overly competitive office culture.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Development is a good place to learn then leave"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Data Systems International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    401K Match
    Good place to learn early in career

    Cons

    The only formal communication received from upper management is either information on another organizational change (managers getting promoted again) or telling the group how they aren’t doing a good enough job. There is no recognition for jobs done exceptionally well.

    If you are not a manager or above you will not be promoted. Do not start at this company as anything less than a manager and expect to grow your career. It will not happen. They like to hire from the outside. They do not look at the potential in current employees.

    They do not care about keeping morale up or employee engagement.

    Management does not like to delegate tasks that can be handled by other people.

    They don’t listen to input on how to improve processes. Claims to use scrum but doesn't do it correctly and doesn't care.

    They don’t value knowledge sharing. Often one team has no idea what another team is working on. Occasionally, there will be a high level overview of what other teams did but this is a rare occurrence.

    Advice to Management

    None. They wouldn't listen anyway.


  5. Helpful (15)

    "Stay Away"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Data Systems International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Nice office space
    -Break rooms were cool

    Cons

    -COMPLETE and UTTER morons running the company, had no idea for what the vision of the company should be
    -Says they need to have an App Store but yet invests NO resources into standard application development
    -Company is entirely focused on making the next sale and not on the product they are selling
    -Will fire ANY good talent that challenges the "good old boys club" at the highest level even if it's for the betterment of the company
    -Promotions and "title inflation" is common with NO increase in salary
    -Do not fall for the ICP bonus program trap, they NEVER pay out the bonuses anymore. Company is definitely struggling financially
    -Finally matching 401k, BUT with a caveat... they will lower your overall bonus to account for the 401k match, so is this really a benefit?
    -Complete and utter mess when it comes to delivery that leads to every single project failing at some point because the "standard" product is a joke

    Advice to Management

    Get some executives that actually know and have experience running a company.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Good work place, fires like crazy"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Consultant in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Data Systems International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment and good people to work with.

    Cons

    Fire lots of people, some for no reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Give people a second chance and allow them to make up for things that caused them to get fired.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Surprise!! You're FIRED....for NO reason!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Data Systems International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great "window-dressing". Pictures of office "look" nice.

    Cons

    Managers do NOT give you any feedback. Imagine, working your tail off and thinking that you are doing a great job. You haven't been given ANY negative feedback. Then, one day, you get called into a meeting and are told that this is your last day at DSI (meanwhile HR is packing up your desk). This is an unreal way to treat hard-working people. Shame on this company for operating in such a way.

    Advice to Management

    Try developing people and creating an atmosphere where you give employees feedback. and a chance to change if necessary. Don't just kick them out and treat them like they are criminals.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "It is just Business"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Data Systems International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very competitive pay and rewarding commission plan.

    Cons

    Very little room to grow or advance your career in the company. It is just merely a job. Very weak in developing and training employees. Very rigid in the processes in the company and very political. Not responsive to change. Short term minded and progresses quater by quater. Not an ideal place to learn or grow but an ideal place to take a punt or sprint in your career.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great atmosphere - low pay compared to the rest of the field"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Data Systems International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great break rooms, plenty of time off, ability to work from home

    Cons

    Low pay is my biggest complaint.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging teams


  10. "Making Progress"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Data Systems International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Have seen some negative reviews out here...not debating any of them. However, want to offer another perspective.

    DSI is a fast-paced environment where you have to be willing to jump in and be flexible to change. Culture is improving over the past quarter.

    Self-starting is rewarded. Lots of great company momentum.

    Nice company bonus plan - this year has been down a bit, but past 3 years has been excellent.

    Medical Insurance is A+ on benefits

    Development teams have great comradery and pretty tight-knit.

    Cons

    If you mind change, then DSI probably isn't the place for you. If you embrace it then you will like the environment.

    No company 401K contribution

    Medical premiums

    Advice to Management

    Your people are your greatest investment - make sure they never question that. The creativity and brain power of this company has unlimited potential. Make sure to tap into that resource.


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