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"Software Development"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

If you appreciate work-life balance, flexibility, the ability to work remotely, a diverse team, good people, and a generous number of vacation days (though this only applies to certain departments), you will be happy here.

The flexibility/vacation are the best benefits that NCSA provides - it's excellent for parents and artists, and it makes up for a lot of the pain points working here. You'll generally be able to stick to 40 hours/week, which is a plus.

If you're a good cultural fit for the team, there's a lot to make you happy at NCSA, and you'll find a better gender and racial/ethnic balance than you will in most tech firms. We really do have great people who are available to answer questions, pitch in as needed, etc. Within the dev team, opinions are valued, and people are encouraged to speak up, address issues, and bring ideas. Of course there's always room for improvement, but on the whole, the VP of Engineering is one of the best supervisors I've had (and I'm not just saying that). If he were to leave, the engineers would probably migrate away in short order.

Cons

NCSA is ruled by sales, not tech, so if you're used to more software-driven companies it can be frustrating to work here - a lot is dictated by the business/sales side and on the whole, the company doesn't trust engineering's expertise.

The company is also somewhat suspicious on the whole of the Software Dev department, because we're paid relatively well compared to most of the company (though you'll be paid below market rate for engineering - if high pay is your most important job requirement, NCSA won't be a good fit) and don't work much overtime (other departments are much more likely to do so, and they don't recognize the diminishing returns you can get with coding past a certain point).

The more senior you are, the more likely you are to be frustrated with the codebase and processes.

Many (perhaps even most) of the senior people at NCSA - including the CEO and much of the exec team - don't have much experience in other organizations and with other ways of doing things. They generally were promoted from within and understand the company well, but not the outside world (i.e. industry standards and best practices), which can produce some sticky situations and less than ideal results.

The company doesn't think holistically about its products.

Advice to Management

Think holistically, and plan strategy that's clear and well thought-out. Decide what's most important in a product or new feature and test it before making huge changes or scrapping everything before it's even released, only to start over. Settle priority/vision conflicts before investing the time into design, writing code, testing, and deploying.

Hire good people, and then trust them. This particularly goes through the executive level - experienced, passionate people want to make things better, so everyone wins when you recognize their expertise. Bring them your problems, not solutions. Spend less time trying to hype up the team and more time understanding them and the problems in the company - then work toward real solutions.

NCSA Next College Student Athlete Response

May 9, 2017 – VP of Engineering

Thanks for your review and candid thoughts. I’m glad to see that you’re enjoying your time on our team and are happy with the many perks and benefits we have to offer our teammates. While strategies... More

Other Employee Reviews for NCSA Next College Student Athlete

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Fun and Great Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scout in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Scout in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NCSA Next College Student Athlete full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Commission, Great People, Great Management

    Cons

    Typical Sales Role Up's and Down's

    Advice to Management

    N/A

    NCSA Next College Student Athlete Response

    Mar 15, 2017 – Human Resources Athleader

    Thanks for the feedback! Glad to hear things are going well.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Overall, a great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NCSA Next College Student Athlete full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you know how to manage your time well and do good work, you'll probably love NCSA. Its a relaxed, yet professional atmosphere that caters to self starters. Leadership actually does listen to feedback. Company culture has long been a focus and it shows. Time-off package is great.

    Cons

    Unless you are taking on new responsibilities (often in addition to your current ones), there's not really any room for advancement, apart from trivial title changes.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to spend some of their time pursuing other interests. Rather than dictating solutions, give employees clear problems and distinct issues to innovate on.

    NCSA Next College Student Athlete Response

    Mar 21, 2017 – President and COO

    Thank you for 5+ years of service, and we hope to see you around for another 5+. I truly appreciate your feedback. Career opportunities are always something we focus on as a leadership team. You make... More

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