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  1. "Awesome place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is very stable. Growing year after year.

    Cons

    Not enough movement in the market

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company


  2. "Double check the team and role you are getting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Integral Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good work-life balance in the company.
    - Nice company parties and Friday happy hours. Free lunch.
    - Some people are very friendly and jovial. HR team is good.

    Cons

    - Not so agile in engineering practices.
    - Some people who have been there for a long duration are not great team players.
    - Failed to show personal growth paths for employees.


  3. "Senior Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Promotes career development, provides competitive benefits, fun environment, open culture, great parties!

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons!


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  5. "Good finance + technology company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Integral Development full-time

    Pros

    Free to use latest technology, Easy to prove yourself if strong in technology + finance domain

    Cons

    Don't match 401K . Bonuses not as good as other financial domain companies


  6. "Decent company to work with ."

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

    Pros

    1) good medical insurance
    2) flexible timings
    3) Lunch is free of cost
    4) Friday beer bash
    5) A lot of challenges if you are willing to take up

    Cons

    1) salary is in lower band
    2) management should be more focused on communicating down.

    Advice to Management

    management should be more focused on communicating down.


  7. "Decent firm to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - One of the best financial firms in the west coast
    - The stack is good

    Cons

    - No career growth
    - No clear review process


  8. Helpful (3)

    "A big machine capable of accomplishing much but made up of gears spinning for a paycheck."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I really loved the productivity mindset at Integral. Everyone always had an influx of ideas and employees were always buzzing about progress and changes. The employees are mostly great, normally positive, and Integral has managed to hang on to a handful of gems in the personality department that really make the whole experience worth it. The benefits were good. The CEO works on the same floor as the employees, out in the open and is very involved with management and projects.

    Cons

    I often felt that there was a very small amount of recognition given to those outside of the engineering department. Which was strange considering the heavy focus on customer experience, and the almost nonexistent design department despite focus on UX. I have to be honest and also mention the lack of women in the office, during my time there, I cant honestly say there were more than five or six women on the floor, not including human resources and facilities, which didn't contribute to a very positive view of the company's gender diversity. I feel I must mention the slight hypocrisy presented. For example: having a strict 'no working from home' policy, when managers and executives often had schedules which including a day a week where they'd come in late or work from home. This frequently delivered a message to me that the rules were made to be followed unless you were a manager. Almost directly contradictory to my positive statement about productivity, I will also say that there is a lot of 'non-work' going on. Paired with the work from home policy and the constant push by HR for group events in and outside the office, it effectively supported the 'time for money' trade-off that most working environments try to avoid.

    Advice to Management

    CEO is in his prime, great speaker and leader, but he's comes off so strong it's difficult to believe that he has time or energy to spare on problem-solving. My advice would be to have his hands in less of the companies projects and focus more on being a 'face' of the company, focusing more on developing his emotional intelligence and connecting with the employees on a one-to-one basis.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "One of the worst companies to work with. Working here will send you to Stone Age of technology, processes and culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free lunch
    Provides H1B sponsorship. So come here and find a job in any company. Start job search the day you land

    Cons

    Incompetent management
    No HR processes
    No proper performance review process
    No 401k
    Arbitrary compensation policies
    20 managers for 40 engineers.
    20 product owners for 5 products


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Bad company culture turn your dark side out"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Integral Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free lunch
    Immigration support, only h1b though

    Cons

    Code is disgusting, and senior managers still thinks their old way are best.
    Management like to run by fear, they do not tell you doing good or bad, but they random fire people to give you pressure. According to official saying, they just want to the best people. That's wrong, environment creates people. This only create chaos in the team, people don't want to help each other and how this improves overall company value.
    Overall they do not care you as a person, they think you as a working machine. Should follow the instructions, if not replace with another resource.

    Advice to Management

    As a software company in bay area, people or culture is most important. You need to provide a nice working culture for them. Let them willingly work for you. In that case, they will provide their best to the company.
    Scrum system is for provide communication to teams, can not be used as micro-management.
    You need a nice evaluate system, not random fire to "inspirit" people.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Cutting edge financial technology company with big aspirations. Well positioned in the the 5+ trillion volume FX market"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Project Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Integral Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company offfers stellar benefits (except for 401K matching, ironic deficiency as in all other aspects of comp, it competes very well with other tech companies in SV ). Projects are challenging, but stimulating. Led by exceptionally smart individuals, some are very respected in the Wall Street Technology field and have established themselves as pillars of that industry.

    Cons

    Long hours and you are always being challenged to retool yourselves Big issue is that even after 20+ years in business, the company is acting as though it is still in a start-up mode. Firm priorities shifts as often and quickly at Integral as the wind direction in the San Francisco Bay. Unfortunately, the downturn in foreign currency trading volatility and volume recently have led the management to side more with the banks and brokers that may not have the best intentions for the overall well being of the foreign currency market and its investors. Company grew significantly with a strong backwind driving its course until last year, but frequent tacking to change its course have diminished its forward inertia recently.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to reassess the value of its loyal and skilled engineers. In my view, the future value of this firm does not lie in number of patents filed, but lies in its exceptional engineers with deep understanding of the technology that allows Integral to operate its very complex trading network infrastructure. Without them, there are no service and solution to offer to the market. Retention will be a key going forward. After some very robust growth for several years, the company have begun to lose steam a bit and it's manifesting in low morale amongst its staff and lowered expectations resulting in lower quality output. Company offers stock options to its key employees, but without any prospect of imminent liquidation event, I understand the many requests to implement 401K matching or some other form of profit sharing amongst recent reviewers here.


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