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Data Systems International Reviews

Updated June 4, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Unstable. You'll be looking again soon."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

    Smart, hard-working people and great technology

    Cons

    Unstable. Layoffs/firing C-Level, VP-level individuals and entire departments without reason or warning are common. Frequent changes in company direction that significantly change your position while you have it


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Below Average"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Marketing in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Solid culture with some good people if you are lucky enough to end up in the right group.

    Cons

    It's all about who you know, not what you do. Priorities and directions change on a whim, long term vision is very fluid. Communication and transparency with employees is below average at best. Too many people that are managers because they have been there for years that don't have the ability to manage.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people, more transparency and be open to fresh ideas.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "decent place to develop your skills but not to stay long term"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Held Variety of Titles in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Held Variety of Titles in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good office space and good teammates. You get to go to work, earn a paycheck, do what you like to do, and work with peers you like to work with. If you keep your head down and just do your job, it can be a decent place.

    Good product and good people working behind the company to support it.

    Cons

    The peers are great to work with but the management teams are not. There is a no-nonsense and unforgiving micro-management focus on employees. Most of the people are here for the pay but aren't in positions to excel. Questions to leadership get ignored, dismissed, or shunned. Employees get laughed at for their ideas. All in all, people like what they do here but get little support and respect. Middle management is diverse in this regard with many of them trying to walk to line of being supportive to their subordinates and doing what the leadership commands. The leadership is different. They're not supportive and they don't appreciate the people who work for them.

    No 401k match and the bonus program is set-up to limit employees bonus potential. Some managers even tell people they can't exceed but can only meet their goals.

    Some people make good money. Other people are paid less than their peers of equal background.

    Limited advancement opportunities unless you are a favored employee.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and show them respect and support. The employees rely on their peers to get them through the day because they know the leadership here won't.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Some disappointment but content"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Development in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Data Systems International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Close to KCMO downtown activities

    Does a decent job of providing social atmosphere but I can see how that can be a distraction, as others have said on here, depending on personal goals and what you want out of your time at DSI

    Neat offices

    Cons

    Definitely no direction from Senior Leadership - no one really knows "why" they are working on something. Just "do it or we will loose this sale" with a strong hint of your job is on the line every time. No follow through afterwards. To be honest this place is neat but the work is really just a grind.

    Culture is a fine line of people that "want" to work here and those that "have" to work here.
    (about 50/50)

    The company appears to "let chunks of people go" every couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the "Grind" on us

    Hire people you actually want to keep so we don't have to keep training them just to see you get rid of them

    Treat employees like part of the long term goal not just use us as tools.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Good product, badly managed, and a CEO with no guidance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good product, good hearted owner and son

    Cons

    micromanaged, too many inside persons in leadership positions, no direction

    Advice to Management

    Learn from other mobility companies, get a set of independent advisers including employees who have left the company, stop relying on leaders that are either new to being leaders or have been with the company for too long, don't let good people leave.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Software Developer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Data Systems International full-time

    Pros

    High paced environment with many opportunities to learn. Opportunity to travel, meet clients, and attend events. State of the art platform and technology. Great product.

    Cons

    Lack of respect for employees time and work life balance. Employees are not treated equally and are constantly taken for granted. Base compensation alone is not competitive, you are expected to bank your time and hope for a good quarterly bonus that may or may not arrive. Dedicated employees are expected to pick up the slack of those that are not putting in the effort. This causes much overtime without pay (salary employee). No 401K match, expensive health insurance. PTO does not roll over year to year, due to heavy hours and workloads many times you lose your time and do not get compensated for it.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management needs to work on how they treat others. Stop taking your work horses for granted, atta boys only go so far. Respect that others time (outside of work) is just as important as your mandatory overtime. Not everything can be a fire all the time, this causes your good employees to eventually burn out and no longer believe in the cause or direction of the company. Your product is great, but you walk all over your employees and customers. Learn to be humble and show grace. DSI used to be an incredible place to work, but it has changed and no longer holds the values it did when it was founded.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Company has potential to go places but upper management seems to hold that back"

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

    I worked at Data Systems International full-time

    Pros

    Lots of good people who are not management there. Smart, driven people.
    Lots of small social parties with free food and beer that really help you get to know people and really develop good working relationships.
    Free Gym membership as long as you go 8 times a month.
    When corporate challenge rolls around everyone really gets into and the company comes together to have fun.
    Depending on what you do and who you work for, you can really learn a lot from people.

    Cons

    No 401 K matching. CEO mentioned that it would cost them too much money to implement.
    Pay for Parking. This really sucks as you have no choice but to park in a lot or a deck downtown.

    Upper Management here plain sucks. None of them communicate with their people and certainly not anyone in the company. This makes last minute things come about or last minute projects happen with little wiggle room for deadlines.

    They only really care about their own items they have to get done with little regard to other people who they have to involve. Plenty of micro management with unrealistic deadlines. Very little respect is given and not much appreciation is shown. Set in their ways with no desire to listen to employees to change what is not working.

    Image,image, image. This company is really image driven. Everything they do is to make themselves look good. Make it seem like it's the best work environment around. That's what is always presented. Behind the scenes it's not the case.

    They spend lavishly in my opinion and the future stability of company is always something I worried about. Once they get big enough they maybe bought out.

    Many departments do not communicate. I could be frustrating at times to have old information communicated or try to track down who was responsible for things.

    Your time is never your time, it's always someone else's. You can never get projects done because you are working on someone else's project that their boss asked them to do. Since you can't get your project done, there goes a mark against your quarterly goals which affects your raise/bonus.

    Really there is plenty of great people there. Lots of fun to work with and to learn from. Unfortunately DSI's backwards culture makes it a place you cannot stay long term.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your pride and listen to your employees. Be open to change. Respect and support your employees. Keep them in the loop so everyone can plan. Learn to say no to other managers so your staff can get things done.

    Be competitive in areas other than free gym membership and pretty office. Trust the ones who have delivered time and time again. You are going to keep losing good people till you change.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "They still have a lot to learn"

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

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

    Pros

    The product (in theory) is pretty good. Initial compensation packages are average for this industry.

    Cons

    So many to list...They bring "passing the buck to a whole new level". No one at the corporate office wants to work and it's easier to pull teeth than to get anything done.

    There is an extreme case of paranoia at this company.

    The son that became CEO has no history of ever buying or selling anything professionally, which shows he is lost.

    The management is only concerned with their bonuses & lacks the ability to make decisions to get things done as noted in other reviews. Also as noted it is very true that NO ONE is ever safe and you go to work daily wondering if that day will be your last.

    It's a classic case of a very small fish thinking it's bigger than it is & never needing to accommodate anyone else.

    Could go on and on...

    Advice to Management

    Get off your "high horse" and realize that without your employees, you are doomed to fail. Your reputation (from those that have even heard of you) is not good in the industry. Things won't improve until the management and culture does.


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