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Descartes Systems Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Meh!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Descartes Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great people doing the work load.

    Cons

    The company runs purely on aquiring other company’s.


  2. "Veel potentieel, maar niet altijd zichtbaar"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Descartes Systems full-time

    Pros

    Flexibel, Ruimte voor ontwikkeling. Work-life balance. Internationaal.

    Cons

    Erg snel gegroeid waardoor chaos. Sterk 'establishment' van individuen die er al jaren werken en waar je niet omheen kan.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganisatie nodig om blijvende groei aan te kunnen. Juiste mensen, juist belonen. Ook eens zelf komen luisteren in EMEA.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not much growth"

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    Former Employee - AP Coordinator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - AP Coordinator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Descartes Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some good things about Descartes are the flexible working hours, vacation time. Good managers friendly people. Big company, head office in Waterloo.

    Cons

    Not much room to grow, little training or support, not a very social place to work, little interaction with people from other departments, dont really tell you much about the company, I still dont even know what they really do. Dont even know senior managers or what they do.


  4. "Good Solid Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Descartes Systems full-time

    Pros

    It's a growing company with many career opportunities. Coworkers are friendly and they have great benefits.

    Cons

    I don't have any comments on the cons.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Poorly managed IT sweatshop...excellent M&A boutique"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Priceless negative experience. If it doesn't destroy your professional ambitions and drive, it will get you stronger for any job experience... anywhere else.

    Cons

    Management is full of divas, who do not provide any sense of relatedness to business. They are stuck in late 90's early '00 at best, on all fronts - technology, HR, sales...One thing Descartes is leading in, is their acquisitions. There are more corporate finance announcements than new-logo signatures.

    Advice to Management

    Read this site, for a change.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "A growing company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Descartes Systems full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, and friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Employees are not compensated well


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Dodgy in and out"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You'll realize fast to be wasting your time. And as mentioned previously, one gains fast those highly marketable "band-aid" project skills.

    Cons

    Primitive technology, coming from frequent acquisitions, with poor integration strategy behind. Management driven by mistrust. Null career perspectives.

    Advice to Management

    Give up your arrogance and connect with the outside world

  8. Helpful (9)

    "DSG - better ask questions before accepting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are no pros. Management is slimey. You talk back to them they fire you 2 weeks later.

    The people I worked with are nice the mgmt is NOT

    Well one pro they put all your skills to work for workarounds because they are CHEAP and wont spend money, bandaid everything!!

    Cons

    Don't investment money in their people.
    Don't spend money on anything (software, hardware).
    The office looks like crap.
    They keep useless people around and they make the hard working ones work harder with no appreciation
    very crappy bonus
    Micro Mgmt
    no chance of advancement

    Advice to Management

    Spend some money on your backend. It's your whole business.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Full Time at Descartes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Descartes Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits, other than that, not much else.

    Cons

    Poor Management, No room for progression in company. Poor compensation. No incentive. Terrible atmosphere. Hostile work environment. Every day someone gets in an argument with someone else and work can't get done. Lazy management. One woman specifically. When brought to others attention she pulls out a sob story about her life and how its infinitely worse than everyone else. Shes kisses up to management to keep her job, and takes whatever aggression she has out on her team members and members of other teams. Work hours are not what are specified through interview, you will work 9-11 hour days, sometimes Saturdays. Huge back log of work, that never seems to be finished. If you somehow find the will to stay and try to move up for the company, your progress will most likely be impeded by people that want to keep you where you are. Beginning pay is incredibly low for a company in their industry. Work with incompetent clients. All in all, if you have any better options, take those instead.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of people that cause others to be unhappy, add incentive, up salaries.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Good technology - No Raises"

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good technologies used, you will learn a lot
    - Decent benefits
    - If you are an immigrant, and do not have "Canadian experience" this is the place to be!

    Cons

    - No raises at ALL. I was there for 3 years and never got a raise. Every time I asked about it, I got excuses. I met a developer that worked here for 7 years with no raises. So be aware of this
    - Unprofessional language used by team leads. Too much cursing for my preference.
    - No room to grow within the company. The leaders in key positions have been there for years, and won't go away any time soon
    - Directors like to raise their voice when they talk to you. I complained, and that was not smart.


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