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  1. "Greats and terribles, few inbetweens"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Indigo BioAutomation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is no limit on your PTO, as long as you get your work done and don't block others. My coworkers are top notch. The company is building something that matters: improving the speed and accuracy of certain lab tests. There is a monthly theme party, usually with good food. Slackers get fired. I've learned how to work with a lot of new and useful technologies. There's a good amount of transparency if you're comfortable asking.

    Cons

    The team is excellent, but pay is only average. The company still isn't profitable, and as a result, some undeserving people were recently fired. It's hard to feel good about a company where good employees get fired because of mistakes made by the company's leaders. Product development process is problematic; for several weeks, I'll have a lot to do and frequently feel like I'm behind, and then for the next several weeks, I'll struggle to find something to do. Advancement opportunities exist, but the path is very unclear. CEO's vision for the company changes frequently enough that it seems he's just taking shots in the dark. Benefits aren't as good as most other tech companies in the area; no matching 401k, no bonuses, very few stock options. CEO frequently praises a few individuals, but there's no clear tie between their work and sales.

    Advice to Management

    Don't broadcast optimism if you know the financial outlook is grim; tell the full story. Set a clear vision for the company, and let your smart employees do great things.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Losing focus"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Indigo BioAutomation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO.
    Most of the employees are great to work with. You can be kept busy with a fast pace, ever changing environment.
    Very collaborative environment for developers.

    Cons

    The company is managed by a developer, and not a business person.
    The management that is left today is basically the only ones that will not push back against President.
    If you choose to make a decision that is right for the company, but doesn't make the President feel good, trouble is ahead.
    Pay raises for only developers and the founders of the company.
    If you are in one of the development groups then it is highly collaborative. Elsewhere you work in the dark.
    When a company fires the CEO because if his attempts to stop bleeding of personal and funds, tells you a great deal.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the President and demote him to developer hire a President, if not this boat will sink.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Indigo BioAutomation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people were great when I worked there. Very collaborative. Great culture.

    Cons

    They have lost almost half of their staff through layoffs and firing people. No clear mission from management. Very poor pay.


  4. "An amazing company to work for in Indianapolis"

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

    I have been working at Indigo BioAutomation full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO
    Great office
    Open to Creativity
    Transparency from Every Department
    Great Employee Benefits
    2013 Best Places to Work
    Competitive Salary
    Contributing to solving real medical industry problems

    Cons

    Can be very high stress
    Very fast paced (pro or con depending)
    It is a small company (pro or con depending)
    There are more things to get done than time
    There are processes that have yet to be developed
    Structure of the organization can be confusing
    Everyone wears many hats (pro or con depending)


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work if you're a programmer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Attempt for Google-like atmosphere
    - Nice office space
    - Competitive salary

    Cons

    - Vision between leaders is inconsistent and creates tension
    - Leadership makes promises that are impossible to meet
    - No accountability for a select few
    - 2nd class employee culture
    - Terrible benefits

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your entire employee base, treat everyone equally, and stop over-promising and under-delivering.


  6. "Great environment for growing your skills as a programmer."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Indigo BioAutomation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome product development philosophy.
    Product touches lots of different platforms and technologies. You won't be bored.
    Great atmosphere for proposing new ideas and processes.
    Surrounded by interesting, smart people.
    Free caffeine.

    Cons

    Back when we still didn't have a product to sell (2010), the atmosphere was difficult. Now we have paying customers and a defined product. For some reason, that has made a huge difference. =)

    Advice to Management

    Great, not big.


  7. "Administrative"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Indigo BioAutomation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule; unlimited PTO; unlimited opportunity for growth and advancement; every idea is considered and welcomed; people are tremendous; free drinks and snacks; it is a very fun and relaxed and environment; upper management is always available to talk and open to discussing any concerns we may have; upper management and senior leadership are focused on mentoring, coaching and inspiring every person in the company no matter what level or position; everyone is treated equally

    Cons

    Lack of an enclosed walkway from my car to the building...or even a transporter "beam me up, Scotty". (Hah!) Really, no cons. It's a technology company that is finding its way in a difficult market (health care) and with that comes highs and lows which will be found in any company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate openly with the company; provide feedback and be clear on expectations and goals


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Unprofitable company lacks strategic vision and direction"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Indigo BioAutomation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible PTO; basically you can take time off so long as you are not blocking any work.
    Pay is reasonable.

    Cons

    + Executive management very much micro-manages the engineering teams
    + Company is still not profitable after 10 years of operations. No company leadership or vision present and no direction from the executive team as to how to get the company profitable or what direction to take the product and the company in.
    + Crippling communication issues within the engineering group and within the executive management.
    + Non-Agile - company operates as a bizarre combination of Agile and Waterfall. Very resistant to modern development methodologies and techniques.
    + Company suffers from groupthink; do not expect to come into the company and be able to change things, even if you are told that they want this.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the company strategy, not the tactics. Get a direction for where to take the company and the product and let the employees determine the tactics of getting there.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Watching a good idea slowly burn out while the empowered few fight for control."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No dress code and very lax attendance policy with reasonable pay. Very friendly coworkers and monthly parties. Opportunity to learn and practice new things.

    Cons

    Office politics impede the growth and survival of the company. No raises or promotions are really available in this seemingly flattened hierarchy. Many in development seem very inexperienced.

    Advice to Management

    Consider bringing a consultant in to run the development team.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity to make a big impact with a growing company"

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

    I have been working at Indigo BioAutomation (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very approachable management team
    Work with brilliant people who are willing to help you learn and make you want to be better
    Great communication from leadership on our goals, financials, customers
    Unlimited PTO
    Autonomy
    Fun working environment
    Casual dress

    Cons

    Never a dull moment
    Very busy with growth---a lot of work for everyone

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


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