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"Good place to learn a lot"

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Irvine, CA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Irvine, CA
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Positive Outlook

I have been working at a2z Development Center full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Learning is definitely encouraged. So is innovation. The people I work with and the work atmosphere are great, we have each other's backs, we learn from each other and help each other every day. Some of us hang out socially too, apart from work. Having moved to California from another country, I can truly say I made some friends at work.

Long hours do happen, but it is manageable, it's not like we work evenings and weekends all the time. Since I had a baby, I have never had any problems reconciling my work life with my private life, and there is lots of flexibility when for instance the baby is sick and I need to work from home or come in late.

As to sharing desks, I assure you that any full time employee will get their desk. We had contractors share desks before, but with the recent expansion, this should no longer be necessary.

As for promotions, two engineers in my team were promoted this year, and two last year.

The pay (salary and stock) is good.

Recent changes around my team made on call duties much easier.

Cons

Sometimes you have to move so quickly, that you don't have time to really learn the underlying technology. Sometimes solutions get stalled due to the need to discuss with several stakeholders and teams you depend on having different priorities. But that's inevitable in a larger organization I guess, and people are very cooperative.

Contractors are definitely treated worse than the "blue badge employees".

Other Employee Reviews for a2z Development Center

  1. Helpful (9)

    "Long hours, dull work, ridiculous deadlines"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at a2z Development Center full-time

    Pros

    There are some really smart people working here and you can learn a lot from them. Pay and benefits are pretty good. Some of the projects are interesting work with reasonable deadlines and expectations.

    Cons

    If you end up on the wrong project, you'll end up working nights and weekends non-stop for several months in a row and the work will be nothing but bug fixing and integration. Overlapping project schedules means that there's an important deadline almost every week. There's very little opportunity to be creative. The company is very cheap when it comes to equipment and supplies - you will get a low-end laptop with not enough memory, the company intranet is incredibly slow and you'll end up sharing a cube with two other people.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less money on parties and more on equipment. We could get more done if we had better infrastructure and faster hardware. Constant deadlines eliminate the sense of accomplishment and decrease morale. You can't solve problems faster by throwing more people at them - it may seem to work in the short term, but it ends up causing chaos and creating more bugs that won't be found until it's too late.


  2. "Sr. Technical Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at a2z Development Center full-time

    Pros

    good, competitive, fast, benefits, cutting edge

    Cons

    zero down time fast paced weekend work

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