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HAVI Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Jul 15, 2019

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3.4
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HAVI CEO Russ Smyth
Russ Smyth
31 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits - insurance, profit sharing, 401K, salary(in 16 reviews)

  • "Good Benefits with 100% FOC Medical & Dental(in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "No such thing as work-life balance(in 17 reviews)

  • "Brutal work environment, do the work of three people and get paid less than the market average(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "I love working here!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at HAVI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My favorite thing about the company is the people. A great culture; fast-paced, growth-driven attitude with a reasonable work/life balance. The work is challenging but management/peers are very supportive and collaborative.

    Cons

    Only downside I can think of is the suburban location. Having an office in the city would be preferred, but there are good options to get from the commuter rail station into the office.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on the challenging, growth-driven culture that is currently being push by the organization, and it will continue to grow.

    HAVI2016-06-19
  2. Helpful (5)

    "HAVI laid me off and I’d still recommend working there - but it’s a calculated risk"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HAVI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Relaxed environment full of smart, well-paid, easy-to-befriend people who enjoy a beautiful office, good work-life balance, fantastic benefits, and plenty to do. Yes HAVI is “offshoring to Poland for cheap labor,” but there’s more to the story: they’re delayering, joining SME & Account Management roles, and refocusing on global growth. Will it work? Who knows but at least they’re trying something. It’s hard for anyone to look in the mirror and say “I’m not being accountable,” so it may take a little time to see real progress from leadership, but I bet they’ll get there eventually.

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    Cons

    Instead of developing genuine (honest) client relationships with long-run services, some department’s “growth strategy” focused on short-run gimmicks for quick revenue with misleading & easy targets. As a service began to fail, someone would heroically arrive with a new (equally ineffective) offering to save the day, then they’d get awarded or promoted and transferred elsewhere. Rinse and repeat. Over time useful solutions were replaced by layering, finger-pointing, disengagement, and favoritism. There are no “bad-guys,” it’s not a big conspiracy, it’s just the age-old story of an unaccountable culture fostered by a lack of vision. Leadership seems aware and are trying to address the issues but until they figure it out you’ll either get thrown under the bus a lot or be one of the throwers.

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    Advice to Management

    Middle: You get a bonus that individual contributors do not, start earning it – put your neck on the line by taking a position. Try the phrase “I think we should do [insert anything at all].” People can’t help you achieve your goals if you don’t tell them what they are. Upper: You need a Vision. Everyone in the company should be able to explain, in their own words, how their leaders plan on growing the company. It’s ok to be a company that doesn’t grow fast but if you want aggressive growth, you need aggressive strategy, which means taking risks. Sure offshoring is risky and helps the budget, but it’s not growth. AFTER you have a Vision, put together a list of things HAVI doesn’t do but could do, pick one based on your risk tolerance, invest in it, commit to it, watch it fail, and then pivot to something else – keep doing this until something doesn’t fail. If you don’t have a Vision, managers will continue to compete with each other to achieve short-run revenue which means you’ll just keep selling snake oil, and that never works in the long run.

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    HAVI2019-07-15
  3. "Great company declining after management change"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Downers Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HAVI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    HAVI has some great coworkers. Pantries are well stocked. Good pay. Summer Hours.

    Cons

    Management doesn't listen to employees. They did at one point but then only the squeaky wheels got greased and underlying problems still existed. Work life balance is a joke. Benefits were great but declined over the years.

    HAVI2019-06-04
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Abandon ship! HAVI is sinking fast."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Supply Planner in Downers Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HAVI for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice, modern office. Flexible work schedule if desired.

    Cons

    Moving a lot of their supply chain jobs offshore to save money, meaning little room for advancement. Many good employees have either left or been let go due to this transition, which has deflated morale. And if you still want to try and advance, expect your work/life balance to be terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your current employees instead of outsourcing jobs to save money. Improve the culture of the company by showing appreciation for a job well done, instead of piling on more work.

    HAVI2019-03-15
  5. Helpful (2)

    "They don't know what they are doing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HAVI full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Non-management employees are great people

    Cons

    No such thing as work-life balance. They say they promote job flexibility, but every department has their own opinions on what that means. No consistency across the company.

    HAVI2019-02-04
  6. "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HAVI full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Management, culture, work life balance compensation

    Cons

    vision, new business, sales, location

    HAVI2018-03-01
  7. Helpful (3)

    "HAVI"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HAVI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and nice office location. Very hardworking employees.

    Cons

    There is no work life balance.

    HAVI2017-11-14
  8. "Great Place to work!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HAVI full-time

    Pros

    Smart people Great compensation Awesome work life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to navigate the culture No clear path to promotion/development Limited diversity within the organization

    HAVI2016-12-14
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Unique Culture / Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at HAVI full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary and benefits were good. Office space was new and modern. Many fun events for employees to take part in. Work/Life Balance is great during summer hours.

    Cons

    The company culture as a whole is very unique and not welcoming to outsiders. Information Technology management was very rigid, close minded, and not open to new/modern approaches to solving problems. Managers delegated managerial responsibilities to staff members, designating it as a "career growth opportunity", rather than taking responsibility themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Invest fewer resources in team building gimmicks and more resources in getting actual results out of staff. Managers should spend more time advocating for their staff rather than having staff advocate for themselves to leadership.

    HAVI2016-09-08
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Very challenging but highly prejudiced"

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    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HAVI

    Pros

    Good benefits and highly talented people. Challenging work. Good career growth if you are in the good books and meet the 'standards'

    Cons

    Management is highly prejudiced. You have to be 'like' them to grow. Very short staffed in every area. No work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open and inclusive. Appreciate differences. Have a long term vision to avoid burnout.

    HAVI2016-05-05
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