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"No leadership. No direction. No clue..."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at SciQuest full-time

Pros

People are great and the legacy conditions of the workplace from the founders still exist to some extent. Free soday, pinball, March Madness on TVs around the office are still part of the culture. Hockey tickets and other perks are spread across employees. The anualy President's Club trip is first rate.

Cons

CEO has no clue on how to run a business. He made his "bones" in M&A, and the three acquisitions he has made are absolute disasters. Just ask cutomers of those acquired companies. Respect is a dirty word, and even the best people with years of significant and key contributions to SQI's survival are castigated and cast aside publicly for the smallest of infractions. Employment is a revolving door with middle managers having short careers.

Advice to Management

Lift your heads from your monitors and Excel spreadsheets and talk to those in the know. The answers are NOT in a spreadsheet but rather in the heads of the 100's of people SQI now employes. To the Board: Replace the CEO before it is too late. CFO should not be far behind. SQI is a culdron of creativity held captive by the all consuming desire of the CEO to get credit for everything good and no blame for anything bad. I've heard his investor speach, and I see how he now takes credit for those things he used to apose, i.e., if Steve had his way, there would be no SQI. He definitely knows how to climb on the backs of others.

Other Employee Reviews for SciQuest

  1. Helpful (15)

    "Very disappointing."

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free soda, pinball machines, casual dress.

    Cons

    Terrible Management. Antiquated architecture. Claim to be agile but not really. Managers are not concerned with people growth. Sr. management is too wrapped up with obtaining other companies to inflate revenue in order to become a mid cap company. This strategy has caused their core product and new products to suffer greatly in the quality and functionality department.

    Advice to Management

    Start over. Grow your employees, there are a lot of great people there. LISTEN to people's suggestions and ideas!


  2. Helpful (13)

    "Very stressful environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great talent and enthusiasm. It operates like a 12 year old startup. Free softdrinks and employee perks like fitness club reimbursement. People work hard.

    Cons

    CEO uses foul language as a motivational tool. It can be stressfull and unconfortable to be in his presence. It inhibits staff from expressing good ideas.
    No opportunity to advance before Director level. Only hire from outside for VP positions.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on quarter to quarter. Culture is not supporting of risk taking or giving people the benefit of the doubt.


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