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Updated September 19, 2018
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EPAM President, CEO, and Director Arkadiy Dobkin
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  • "No work life balance in the company" (in 27 reviews)

  • "Low salary comparing to other IT companies" (in 48 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Experience is mostly positive in this location."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Test Automation Engineer in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Lead Software Test Automation Engineer in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EPAM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, insurance, access to technical trainings.

    Cons

    Not so many cons. Salary is on lower end but still competitive for this location. Once you are working in client location, you are mostly on your own. Since it's a vendor position, there's a risk that client will cut it in case of cut of costs and you will need to move, thus, it's hard to plan any significant steps like purchase of a house.

    EPAM Response

    Jun 18, 2018 – NA People Lead

    Thank you for sharing your insights on working at EPAM.


  2. "Senior Software Testing Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newtown, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newtown, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EPAM full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good opportunities to relocate and growth

    Cons

    small salary rates it's good for beginners

  3. "Software testing engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at EPAM full-time

    Pros

    A lot of various projects.

    Cons

    Sometimes projects are boring.
    Bureaucracy procedures may take a lot time


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Body shop as it is"

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    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most popular one that people are keep noticing is presence of smart people, but to be fair most likely you will be working with very few EPAM colleagues onsite with client FTEs. And usually clients are hiring EPAM for projects that are deadly behind timelines or team is weak to deliver in time, so you will be working within such incompetent team or under pressure.

    Cons

    I've being employed with EPAM for few years and for whole this period I don't have a feeling that EPAM is my employer, but rather client which I worked for, because:
    - my EPAM manager is not interested in my career growth; career development plan? No, it's not about us :) Even casual 1-1 with manager practice is missing;
    - company is not investing in employees education (training, conferences), but client does; people usually sent to conferences on client cost (even though we are vendor to them), EPAM is not participating at all;

    Key point: if you are on L-visa get ready to be undercompensated w/o ability to change a thing (except returning back to country you originally came form).
    You will hear from your manager every other day phrases like - I'm making everything possible to get you appropriate compensation. But then it's end up being just words.
    And this perfectly explains why attrition rate of people who got their Green cards is ~100%.
    Also worth to mention that EPAM with Fragomen (lawyers company) will do everything possible to process your Green card application as long as possible. As an example, EPAM can spend month(s) for preping employment verification letter or getting signature from manager that sits next to you. Or Fragomen can make 20+ mistakes in your application forms and then spent enormous amount of time to fix those (lucky you if you found those, some of them non-trivial at all).

    Another interesting point that most of employees are on L-visa, just very few got their Green cards.
    These are mostly managers who either built good career in EPAM and don’t want to change a thing or simply can't get better job offer.
    Those who are on H1B don't stay long - great opportunity to fool EPAM and utilize relocation package in full and leave after couple of months.

    Advice to Management

    Stop telling fairy tailes about how valuable people are but invest time and effort in competitive benefits.


  5. "Senior Software Testing Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at EPAM full-time

    Pros

    various clients
    easy to switch projects and clients
    opportunities to grow

    Cons

    low salary
    pure hr department
    pure organized GC process


  6. "Senior Software Testing Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EPAM full-time

    Pros

    opportunities to grow in another field
    easy to switch between projects
    work with popular tech clients

    Cons

    low salaries
    pure GC process
    unexperienced managers and hr


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good H1 entry job"

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    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EPAM full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    * Decent employer to get an H1 sponsorship.

    Cons

    * Your job experience will vary highly depending on the project you're assigned to.
    * A lot of bureaucracy.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Supports visa, great people around"

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    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really liked the team, I met a lot of great engineers.
    The management is really open and cooperative. We were like a family.

    Cons

    The pay might be lower compared to what you can get on the market.
    There is a chance you'll get on a project that's won't be too interesting.

    Advice to Management

    Every top management meeting was mostly about how much money EPAM made. I'm pretty sure all those engineers who do not have stock really do not care about how much money EPAM has made, especially considering the fact that some of them may be on L1 visa, and might be slightly underpaid. Try to concentrate on finding interesting projects and build expertise, rather than just making immediate money.


  9. Helpful (13)

    "Depends on Client"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EPAM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is an awesome chance to work within some of the greatest tech companies in the world.

    Cons

    - Working at those tech companies, you are a second class citizen.
    - Your managers simply check boxes and do not care about your well being or career growth.
    - Many of the internal programs are poor copy and paste initiatives from Big G.
    - Your performance as an engineer doesn't matter, as long as the client is happy, to be promoted, you have to do side projects that help the internal infrastructure of EPAM. Here is an example: You design, build out and maintain a whole new product for a client. Cool. No promotion. You were supposed to do that, plus interview, plus volunteer your off-time to building the internal EPAM video chat and also mentor offshore engineers on the client's internal processes.
    - Your perks depend on the client. This was a great loophole for EPAM. If the client offers a free gym or food, they can say that this particular project offers those benefits.

    WORST PART:
    They hold your green card hostage, and will make any possible excuse to delay the process. They send you over to here (the US), and dangle this in front of you. This is a legal and modern form of indentured servants.

    Advice to Management

    Empathy for your employees is important.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good, fast growing company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EPAM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects, good people. Learned a lot

    Cons

    Only 2 weeks of vacation for the first 5 years, compensation is slightly below market's average


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