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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Iris Data Services

    Pros

    Room for advancement in the company

    Cons

    Long work hours and some weekends

    Iris Data Services2015-08-18

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    "Fun workplace, fast growing company with great opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Iris Data Services full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company to work for, for several reasons: - Fast growing: we are growing very fast and it seems the sky is the limit. This is a result of adapting changes fast, and hiring great employees that can help raise the company to higher levels. - Rewards: Employees are rewarded well. There are bonuses, awards, promotions etc. to encourage employees. Management makes sure they recognize any "job well done" at any... time as much as possible. - Great benefits: We have the vacations, holidays, raises etc. - No corporate politics: As a small company we just want to get things done... no other hidden agenda and power wars. I hope we keep that as we grow. - Training is shaping up to be great: we are finding ways to have the best training methods to enable employees learn the standard processes fast and easy. It is starting to pay off. - Generally we as employees understand what we do, we are enabled to look at the big picture, company goals are shared well. This makes it a very interesting job that you know what you do and how it affects the entire business. This is great.

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    Cons

    There are no real "cons" but some things could improve. - This company is now growing and it seems like we are losing touch with upper management. To keep it fun and enjoyable, we have to have communication with everybody - not generic events or meetings, but it has to be easy for an employee to talk to any other employee despite the position difference. This has to be done without losing structure of management.... - As we strive to be the best in the industry, it seems we are giving 150% effort to get things done. As good as that is, the work-life balance will never exist (especially for managers) unless we choose to have a slow-but-steady growth. This will also help us in sustaining our growth. - (Like almost every other company) Choosing the managers should be more looked into. I believe great workers should not necessarily be managers. We have to look at management and leadership skills before promoting someone only because of how long they've worked or how good they get things done. We should reward them in the right way (that is, promoting them to higher responsibilities with what they can do - whether managing or working)

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    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work - you are doing it right. Keep striving for greatness, keep hiring the right people, keep rewarding your employees, choose your managers wisely, and last but not least, make sure you slow down and enjoy your life. Thanks!

    Iris Data Services2014-12-20
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    "Looking back"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merriam, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Iris Data Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time with Iris. I've been separated for the company for a while now and feel that I've allowed enough time to give a thoughtful and fair review. First off, I would like to thank Iris for giving me the opportunity to get my feet wet in the litigation support field. I was hired with no experience or formal education in ediscovery. Iris is a great entry level company in the field. When I started, it... seemed like the advancement options were limitless. There wasn't really any job that was unobtainable, provided that you had the work ethic and showed the ability to pickup new skills. It was nice seeing the hard work that I put into the company help build it to be one of the leading vendors in the industry. I really felt a sense of accomplishment when I was working.

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    Cons

    When I left, there was little upside to Iris. After multiple changes in management structure (on paper only), the culture only got worse. I do not fault the mid-level (department) management. They worked harder than any other employees. It's my honest opinion that if these guys wised up enough to see the other opportunities and left, the entire company would collapse. The main issue was the senior management. They... were so disconnected with what was actually happening in day to day operations that it was sickening. Almost every day we would see senior management show up, typically 1-2 hours after our shift started, and watch them leave, at least an hour, before we did. It was incredibly demoralizing. The entire culture of the "New" Iris was toxic. Turn over was worse than any job that I had ever held. The worse part was that when someone left, no one was hired to replace them. The burden was shifted to the leads and the department managers. Shifts were 10 hours (1 hour lunch break) for salaried leadership and 9 hours for hourly employees. Not only were the scheduled hours long, I always felt that it was mandatory to stay at least another 1-2 hours past my shift. This was described as "Typical" in the industry. Since I've moved on to another company, I can see that this was clearly false. Granted, this could just be the company that I work for now, but they've found a way to be successful without working their salaried employees to death. Compensation was clearly below industry standards as well. I will say that it was very good when compared to other jobs available with no experience. Holidays were typically full staffed. Again, another "industry standard". FTO was nearly impossible to get approved. There were several times when I put in for FTO to be denied it because I had already taken a vacation that year. When I left the company, I had over 100 hours of FTO that I was unable to use. This leads back to the understaffed issues. No properly managed company should be crippled because someone is taking time off.

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    Advice to Management

    All in all, I can say that I am thankful for the opportunities that I had when working with at Iris. My main advice to upper management: Treat your employees like human beings. Every single one of them has a life outside of work, or they did until they started at Iris. Management needs to do everything in their power to retain the mid level management. They are the back bone to the company and I can guarantee that... it will fail if they decide to jump ship.

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    Iris Data Services2015-12-04

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