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Updated October 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Great place for work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Good for Freshers as they pay Descent for Freshers initially (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Work pressure, don't expect work life balance, they will fire the employees frequently, dont give time to analyse the issues (in 4 reviews)

  • No recognition/rewards from management for the people who are doing very good and hard work (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Lead position"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kewill full-time

    Pros

    Very collaborative, relaxed and laid back BUT everyone is dialed in and on point. Tons of room for growth in different departments. The tenure is very high which means people love working here. Everyone is will to help. Flexible

    Cons

    Salary could use some work.

    Advice to Management

    This is based on the Lean team, not Kewill.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Dance for Prizes instead of raises"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kewill full-time

    Pros

    No pros at this time.

    Cons

    Expected to be available 24-7, especially when in customer facing positions. No raises but more than happy to offer you a prize if you are included in a company dance video. Trying to act like a Google corporate culture but FAR FROM IT.

    Advice to Management

    Freely allow transferring between the many "companies" that you really are. Stop hiring your "boy's club" - getting a little too incestuous at the upper level of management.

  3. "Great group to work with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great managers
    Great pay
    Bonus
    open door policy
    Friendly environment

    Cons

    No growth unless you're in Holland MI

    Advice to Management

    Provide the same opportunity to all.


  4. "Was great, hopeful future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very flexible in work hours and working from home
    - Most of the company is dedicated, hard-working people that want to make a difference
    - Good local office communities
    - Solid Benefits

    Cons

    - Can overwork employees
    - Management changes happen quickly, but don't have replacements for long periods of time

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what your employees are actually doing so you can see how many go above and beyond their typical duties to make sure the engine keeps running and you'll go a lot further.


  5. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is going through a big transition now but if management continues to be transparent, it will be worth it in the long run. Great co-workers and environment.

    Cons

    Top heavy. Great to be hiring well know experts but still need to focus on more worker bees to actually do the work.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the strength of your company is your employees. Even those that have been there for 10+ years. The knowledge lost once they are gone is irreplaceable.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holland, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holland, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kewill full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The culture and atmosphere you find at Lean is unique and on a much smaller scale what you would think of as a "Google" environment. Fun, Positive, Successful. People are happy to be here and it shows. Direct leadership is very supportive and will do everything they can to help you succeed in your current role and future path. The growth here at Lean is amazing and there are new opportunities daily if you are willing to go after them.

    Cons

    Lean was acquired by Kewill this year - Benefits dropped, Kewill put in a process for us to request payback through an outside process if we pay more out of pocket but that is only a temporary fix. Pay schedules changed to bi-monthly, bonus payout will likely be less than historically (even though we are growing more than ever before), Branding is likely to change, Kewill PTO is based off of years worked instead of tier ranking (so if you have been in Logistics for 20 years and come to Kewill you could potentially start with the same vacation as a planner - even though the hours you put in as a manager are much greater), we were supposed to receive raises OCT 1st that we have yet to see confirmation for (it's Oct 12th now).

    Advice to Management

    If Kewill lets Lean do what it does best - Things will stay GREAT, people will stay HAPPY and Lean will continue to do provide record growth. Lose the people and lose the drive that makes this place great. Lean leadership is top notch and does not need to be micromanaged.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Holland, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Holland, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Kewill full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Authentic people in the Holland office, extremely smart tech & operations people. Great place for work life balance.

    Cons

    Leadership lacks people development skills, HR leadership lacks professionalism, New CEO's concern is EBITDA not the customer & people.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the customer, people and your growth with be amazing.

  8. "Software project management and implementation."

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    Current Employee - Implementation Manager in Parker, CO
    Current Employee - Implementation Manager in Parker, CO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people make it great to be part of the team. Fast paced and ever changing work. I loved it.

    Cons

    I truly feel there was not any cons working there. However being a remote team member can present some specific challenges.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Advisory Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kewill (More than a year)

    Pros

    Arrived at Kewill via a divestment from a large IT organization of an engineering team supporting a large Saas application. The group was pretty much left to continue on in the same fashion it had been operating, using Agile methodologies, on the path to a continuous development process.

    Salaries were good, but probably due to the result of prior ownership. Kewill was extremely fair in making up for differences in compensation package due to differences between prior and new ownership.

    Cons

    About a year into tenure at Kewill, the company decided to not build out a development office when temporary space lease with prior ownership ended.

    Kewill decided to convert everyone to a Work From Home (WFH) arrangement. Unfortunately, with this change, most collaboration slowly ground to a halt, and productivity of the team suffered. We were not putting out the same quantity and quality of releases prior to being separated from each other.

    In late 2015, the venture partners made a change to the top level management group. The new management group does not seem to understand Saas, and that there is more to a Saas product that just building the software, including hosting, customer satisfaction, and service to the customer.

    The focus of new management is to simply increase profitability at all costs. To this end, they acquired a competing product to the one I was involved in. Shortly after that deal closed, they laid off over half of the engineering team that was supporting our Saas product (and over 75% of the development team).

    There is a general lack of understanding the Software as a Service (Saas) model. Unfortunately, the competing product acquisition is also a Saas solution...., perhaps they will have a better track record.

    I've heard from the survivors of our resource adjustment that there is major unrest in the customer community, and continue to have to field requests to add capabilities and features to the product, but are unable to do so due to the severe lack of resources.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to learn what a Saas solution means in terms of customer service. What they did to the product that I worked on hurt the customers far more than what it did to the group of highly skilled professional people who have now been scattered to the wind.

    The group we had was extremely talented, and capably of many things well beyond what we were directly tasked with. Had they taken the time to get to know the group, and the talent that they had on hand, they might have made different decisions on the resource actions. Unfortunately, they made a choice based upon $$ only, and what was easy to accomplish.

    I feel bad for those left there, as they have been put in a terribly difficult situation, having to support a customer base with an extremely depleted set of resources.


  10. "Good place to build foundation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Kewill full-time

    Pros

    exposure to multiple facets of organization, flexibility, decision making, collaboration, culture

    Cons

    broad exposure to global market, financial constraints to growth


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