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"Software development on retail hours - by 5:30pm everybody is gone."

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

There aren't many software companies left in the Phoenix area. In general, the pay, vacation, and other perks were good for the area (though not so great when compared to the software giants of the west coast).

Most people have families and the typical workday ends at 5:30pm. No, really! I used to stay late til 7:30pm or so and it would be me, the security guard, and the 24 hour customer support staff.

Cons

The strangest part of working at JDA is dealing with people that come from a retail background and try to squish into software dev. There is very little overlap. Explaining best practices to retail people is not an easy task. In general, I found the workforce to be undertrained and underbrained. That sounds harsh, but if you are used to working with the best and the brightest, you may find it a) tough or b) awesome to be the big fish in the little pond.

In addition, because of the frequent layoffs and contractions to appease stockholders, people are fiercly protective of their positions. Most promotions are because of who you know, not how you did.

Management is bottomline driven and doesn't look out much further than 12 months. Many holes in tthe software catalog are filled by acquisitions - when I left there were over 50 legacy software packages. This has resulted in an unholy mess of code.

Advice to Management

It just feels like the upper management has no idea how a software company is supposed to work. This is communicated to employees with constant layoffs and offshoring, unclear company goals, frequent acquistions for no other reason than to appease stockholders, and no particular grand scheme for the company in the coming years. In retail, maybe it's more appropriate to look no more than a season ahead - but in software, you need a multi-year plan.

Even more damning -- JDA does not know its end user. And it is pretty uninterested in the end user experience (after all, he or she is likely to make minimum wage and move on to a new job within months). All the software planning is about bells and whistles to appeal to the software buyer.

You need to pick a path, set a far goal and work towards it for 18 months without an acquistion or layoff. Move some of your executive staff offshore and work with some real software people. Bring actual end users in to meet your developers and software designers. Expect more of your employees. Break up the boy's club.

Other Employee Reviews for JDA Software

  1. "no longer i2, recently acquired by JDA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * pioneer in supply chain, demand mgmt
    * industry best consultants
    * exceptionally smart colleagues
    * work with large clients and complex problems

    Cons

    * not very organized and well managed
    * not focused
    * product innovation is sporadic
    * no strong leadership team

    Advice to Management

    company already sold to JDA
    so this is not relevant anymore

    better organization should help the company grow and win more customers


  2. "Offshoring strategy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great people to work with -- friendly and hard working. good products and good customers have made the company a success.

    Cons

    Management has decided to offshore most of the work to India. Not much incentive to stay motivated when you know you'll be RIF'd.

    Advice to Management

    back in the old days, Jimmy really cared about his employees and listened to them. Try listening to employees now too.


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