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"Run, don't walk."

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Innovative Interfaces, Inc full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

There used to be tons of pros: a library tech company run by librarians, flexible schedules, talented, driven people, hard workers, nice atmosphere, strong customer focus, etc. Those USED to be the pros. Sadly, none of that really exists any more, so I can't honestly think of a single pro for working at this horrid place.

Cons

Pretty much everything about working there. VERY low salaries; secret 'bonuses' to a rare few that are laughable, bordering offensive; dismal work environment; employees are written up for not showing deference to senior management (yes, this really happens), 'cash is king' attitude means there is absolutely no value from the management to the long-standing loyal employees -- they're just dead weight that make too much money, so fire them and farm it out to India. Seriously, don't work here.

Advice to Management

Pay your employees a fair market salary. Get over your need to be placed on a pedestal and stop demanding deference. Show some true appreciation for the few people that have not yet fled this sinking ship of a company, before whatever soul is left in Innovative is gone.

Other Employee Reviews for Innovative Interfaces, Inc

  1. Helpful (15)

    "A company that is transforming."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Innovative Interfaces, Inc full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you love Libraries, want to serve them, and feel great about the work you do, this was the place to work in the 90s and 2000s. Since the company was bought in 2012, it is rapidly changing to a global corporate business and the primary business has gotten (pardon the pun) shelved in the process. I firmly believe that there is still a flicker of light and a heartbeat and that the company will evolve into something different and strong, but still in the Library space. I imagine working here in 3 years could be awesome.

    Cons

    Now is not the time to join. Every department is in crisis, and most employees who remain now are all looking for jobs elsewhere. This is especially true in the Software Development group.

    Advice to Management

    Fix morale. People aren't as concerned about compensation and benefits as they are about feeling like they are accomplishing something. The upper management politics and the focus on acquiring new properties has stalled out the primary business--developing leading edge software for libraries. Let us get back to work, let us hire the right talent and start moving forward.

    Innovative Interfaces, Inc Response

    Jun 18, 2014

    The senior team has been focused on completing the recent two acquisitions. However, now that those transactions are completed, the full attention of the senior team is on integrating the three ... More


  2. Helpful (15)

    "Was a great place to work for years, but not after private equity acquisition"

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    Former Employee - Service in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Service in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Innovative Interfaces, Inc full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work (with libraries), intelligent coworkers, great customers.

    Cons

    New management has a very short-term perspective, which is sad after years of slow, steady growth and genuine partnership with customers.

    Advice to Management

    Get on with your sale (or whatever you're planning), hopefully to a buyer who understands the library market. Long-standing customers are losing their trust in Innovative as a brand, just as long-standing employees have lost touch with the mission of the company.

    Innovative Interfaces, Inc Response

    Jun 18, 2014

    The mission of creating a fabulous company that cares about creating and enhancing software to help libraries thrive is still very much alive and well. It is harder to do now because we have ... More


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