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  1. "Marketing and Sales"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing and Sales in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing and Sales in Rochester, NY
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at EMA Design Automation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They do give raises - I got 2 in less than 2 years. Prospering technology re-seller. Business is successful.

    Cons

    Electrical engineering can be boring. People are not very social, and there are no team building activities. There is no collaboration or communication between departments.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stopped Responding During Negotiations For Employment"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I only interviewed here and did get an initial offer. During the negotiation process they stopped responding to me after the initial offer letter. I cannot really say much about the company other than what I was exposed to during the interview process.

    Seemed like a somewhat laid back atmosphere. I guess that's a pro?

    Cons

    Disorganized at best. Dishonest at worst. They stopped responding to me after I tried to negotiate the initial offer letter. I'm not sure what happened there.

    Advice to Management

    It would be a good idea to respond to potential employees and keep them in the loop on things. If you're not interested any longer then it would at least be a professional curtesy to indicate that.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Look elsewhere for a healthy career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Paychecks are nice and coffee is only 50 cents a cup. There are enough other opportunities out there that a job here doesn't have to turn into a career.

    Cons

    The environment is toxic. Be a "Yes" man or be an outcast. People are promoted for enforcing management's philosophies and ideas, not for coming up with their own. If you have better ideas just keep them to yourself or risk having your job threatened. Everything you do is monitored and and scrutinized. God forbid you have the flu and have to go to the restroom more than a few times a day.

    They have a ping-pong table but I'm certain it's there just to test the employees to see which ones are "lazy" enough to play during the work day. To my knowledge, it was never played the entire time I was there.

    Speaking of the first year, there are absolutely no benefits, vacation or sick time given during the first year. If you've got the flu you're still expected to be at work (or have your job threatened). You can work a 50 hour week, miss a day for being sick, and still be verbally reprimanded and expected to make up for the day you missed. I'll never forget how shocked I was when I called in sick one morning only to hear that I was expected to come in. This, after working multiple 50+ hour weeks.

    It always felt as if my job was on the line and that I could do everything right but make one mistake, say the wrong thing, or suggest the wrong idea in front of the wrong person and I would be fired. I was threatened so many times that I looked forward to them actually going through with it.

    If you do decide to work with this company, get your pre-scheduled vacation time approved in advance and WRITTEN IN THE CONTRACT. I had an out-of-town wedding for my brother that I planned months before applying for this job. I notified them and It was verbally approved when I accepted the position. However, one month before the wedding (after I had my tickets), I am told that a week is too much to take off for a wedding and that because I don't get any vacation time during the first year that they would be generous enough to give me one day unpaid but that was it. They didn't care that it was my brother's wedding and that I had responsibilities in that wedding. Shortly after returning they followed through with their threats to lay me off. I can honestly say that it was one of the most freeing days of my life. I now work for a Rochester's Top 100 company doing work I love with great people.

    Advice to Management

    Please re-evaluate your mid-level management. Treat your employees with respect and trust the people you hire. Work can be fun and productive at the same time. It is possible to have a work-life balance that benefits both the employee and employer. Understand that "Yes" men are offering no benefit to the company and that smart intelligent people having occasional disagreements actually improves business when there is a common mission and values.


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  5. "Tech Support Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tech Support Associate in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Tech Support Associate in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed, nice co-workers, popcorn, enjoyed first hand contact with customers

    Cons

    can be boring at times


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Sad Way to Run a Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EMA Design Automation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    a pay check, seriously, that's the only pro. Managers are just there to get a check and will not back you up or help you. I could go weeks without ever speaking to my manager.

    Cons

    Toxic environment, If you speak up you will be targeted. most folks stay in there cubes all day and do the bare minimum. so called "leaders" do not know how to lead. People are promoted or hired because they have a friendship with the owners. There is literally no loyalty from the employees and most leave when an opportunity presents itself.

    Advice to Management

    bring in a consultant to teach you how to run a company and treat people. Treat people with respect. It is shameful how management speaks to people. The level of rudeness is not to be believed.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible environment run by idealogs. No respect for employees."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Sales
    Former Employee - Field Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EMA Design Automation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A paycheck for some period of time... There is really no other reason to be here.

    Cons

    The Management Team (husband and wife) are much more concerned about their friends internally than the negative effects on the balance of the employees. Moving forward, I think a list is simpler:
    1) Impressively incompetent people are placed into important positions with no training, knowledge or a proper understanding of English (These people are native english speakers). I consider myself a professional and it was quite embarrassing in front of customers and business partners.
    2) Selling software support to companies when they know there is little to no work being invested in the product.
    3) Running inside sales like a sweatshop, monitoring all calls in and out of the building without a notice to the caller.
    4) Ridiculous number expectations for salespeople, and you may or may not be paid.
    5) When I was there, we didn't even receive commission statements, so we couldn't verify we were being paid properly
    6) They try to retroactively negotiate compensation plans in a very heavy handed way.
    7) They force their right wing political views on the entire organization, you absolutely cannot challenge this. Why is this even discussed in a work environment?
    8) General employee morale is terrible, almost everyone is on the way to somewhere else.
    9) Management acts like your pay is coming directly out of their wallet and you certainly dont deserve it.
    10) Employees who are brought in from offshore and treated like indentured servants and will likely never get a green card. To me, they are treated like slaves and being taken advantage of.

    Overall, it is a haphazardly run kingdom, they don't value/respect their employees and they never will.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the business to someone that cares about their employees.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Nice people, but disorganized"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EMA Design Automation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They do a good business and everyone there is pretty good at what they do. There's potential to grow, although I'm not sure it's going to happen.

    Cons

    Some serious management issues, not receptive to new ideas, tries to take advantage of employees rather than rewarding them.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees! They're there to help.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Agree with the owners 100%, or find another job."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EMA Design Automation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The really only pro that I can think of is the paycheck. Oh, and the coffee. The coffee (which comes out of a machine that you pay for) is decent. Most of the technical staff are knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Management is an absolute joke. The only way to get ahead or promoted at this organization is to kiss more butt than you ever thought possible, be a "yes man," and constantly tell management and ownership how wonderful you think they are. The owners promote who they like, regardless of how terrible that person is at their job. If you need to take a day off, you're viewed as lazy and ungrateful, and you are not allowed to take any vacation or sick time for the first year. The ownership of the company is the most condescending couple I have ever encountered, personally or professionally. They will threaten you with your job on numerous occasions. You either agree with them 100%, or you can head for the door. Should you have any suggestions, keep them to yourself. You will be looked at as disloyal. I literally sat and watched people around me do absolutely nothing for eight hours, but the owners liked them, so they were never bothered.

    This company went from being the #1 business in Rochester in 2005 to being not even in the top 500 as of now. The owners make their personal and political views VERY well known, and should you feel otherwise, keep your mouth shut if you want another paycheck. I watched a person who was running their most profitable territory be fired for absolutely no reason other than the fact that the VP didn't like him. His numbers were great, he was well liked, and they just told him one day that they felt it best to part company, and then they denied his unemployment. That was a fun lawsuit to watch them lose. At any given time, this company has a couple different lawsuits pending against them.

    If you're in sales, you will have pretty much no idea what you're being paid or commissioned on. You won't get a well-defined or outlined plan, but rather just a paycheck at the end of the month with numbers that you will have no idea of where they came from.

    If you have ZERO other options, work here. Otherwise, accept literally ANY other offer you may have of employment elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like they are humans, not veal.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "With a motto of "Ready, Fire, Aim", one of these day's you're going to end up shooting yourself in the foot."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EMA Design Automation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Paycheck
    Just about every meeting you get to hear the owner's motto. "Ready, Fire, Aim!" It's quite comical.

    Cons

    -No vacation time (not even sick time) for the first year.
    -Toxic work environment.
    -Management trusts nobody.
    -Long work days are expected. I consistently worked 7am-7pm many nights of the week.
    -The WORST example of leadership I have ever seen in an organization.
    -Yes men move up while intelligent people who offer their opinions get silenced and have their job threatened.
    -Supervisors monitor your EVERY move. After putting a doctors appointment on my calender and informing my supervisor two weeks prior; I received a call during the appointment to make sure I was not lying about being at the doctors. I was also told that I would need to make up the hours (after I had worked 55+ hours the previous two weeks and a 12 hour shift the day before.)
    -My manager told me that going to the Bathroom 5 times during a 12 hour workday was too much and that I needed to stop.

    Advice to Management

    I spent a year of my life trying to communicate with management. I doubt they would listen now.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Overall a horrible place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at EMA Design Automation full-time

    Pros

    There really aren't any, unless you consider a paycheck a pro.

    Cons

    - No vacation during 1st year of employment.
    - Cannot contribute to 401K during 1st year of employment.
    - Most everyone that works here is miserable, so it makes for a toxic work environment.
    - Vice President opens everyone's mail. You would think a VP of a company would have better things to do, but apparently not here.
    - To get days such as Christmas Eve off, you need to reach crazy sales goals. So you go the entire month of December not knowing if you will have Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve off. When you do reach the goal the owner has no issue telling the employees "how much money it costs him" to give you these days off with pay.
    - Management treats employees poorly, it is a very "Us vs. Them" type of environment.

    I would not recommend working here. It is a waste of your career to go your first year without being able to contribute to your retirement. Management treats employees like children. There really is nothing good to be said about this company.

    Advice to Management

    I wouldn't even know where to begin with this, and quite frankly I have other things to do today.



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