Lake Michigan Credit Union Software Engineer Reviews | Glassdoor

Create your profile to get personalized information

Lake Michigan Credit Union Software Engineer Reviews

Updated Nov 13, 2017

To filter reviews, or .

Found 2 reviews

2.0
StarStarStarStarStar
0%
Recommend to a Friend
Lake Michigan Credit Union CEO Sandy Jelinski
Sandy Jelinski
0 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "I think the company means well...but..."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lake Michigan Credit Union full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company overall seems to care about all of it's employees. Most people seem to enjoy the jobs they do.

    Cons

    This place is not geared to I.T. professionals and Software Engineers in any way, shape, or form. There is also no career advancement because their are no levels applied to job titles and there are no departments to move to such as QA or project management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop approaching the job as if you're the smartest in the room. The fact is no individual knows better than the team and the team should be given more freedom to come up with ideas, present those ideas, and have those ideas properly vetted instead of being thrown out on the basis of excuses such as we don't have the money (for $500 dollar solutions) or no I don't want to do that because I'm unfamiliar. Also,... employees should have the opportunity to review their employer. Management is constantly looking at how employees are doing but never ask the employees how they feel about the company and management. Also, I think management needs to split duties. There's no reason why upper management needs to write code as well as attempt to manage. This is a specialty that only a handful of people have been successful at and it's hurting the company. Management is stressed out as well as the employees and it could easily be fixed with an I.T. project manager and a QA department not a QA individual or couple. No one should be working 60 hours a week not employees, not management, no one and it hurts the department if management is working sunup to sundown and not able to manage.

    Show More
    Lake Michigan Credit Union2017-11-14
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good challenges, management is lacking"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lake Michigan Credit Union full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are always new projects. If you’re after greenfield development it can be fairly rewarding in that regard. It’s also nice if you like working on your own, as it’s very siloed even when on a team. Just make sure you cover your butt and can justify every design decision ever made. Developers receive an MSDN account. Pay is good if the negotiation was done before starting. There are days you can wear jeans and... LMCU approved t-shirts.

    Show More

    Cons

    Development is siloed. Weekly on-call rotation. There is no opportunity for advancement. Titles indicate pay-grade, not leadership ability/potential. Even the Team Lead role is side-lined by management most of the time. The focus is on developing hacky systems that “just work”. Laptops have 8GB of RAM, 19in 900p monitors, etc. Not a huge deal, just an indicator of how tight the budget is for basic items. TFS. Very... aggressive Websense policies (even sites like imgur.com which tutorials or blogs might use). If you use more than 4 sick days a year you’ll be reprimanded.

    Show More

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't seem to take the role of management seriously. Hope they can stop coding and focus on facilitating us/removing barriers. It's difficult because it's clear they love coding and stuff, but it's ultimately detrimental to the team (and creates a huge bottleneck). Listen more to developers. Try to take back seat and let discussion take place. Might take some time for those natural leaders to show... through, but they will eventually.

    Show More
    Lake Michigan Credit Union2017-10-15
Found 2 reviews