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Ontario Systems Reviews

Updated March 20, 2019
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  1. "Industry Leader, Family Culture"

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

    I have been working at Ontario Systems part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company encourages employees to continue to innovate, improve, and implement best practices.
    There is a familyesque culture meaning you can feel comfortable and open daily in the office
    Collaboration is vital for this company as sharing knowledge is very important for the company
    Flexible with their employees

    Cons

    Projects and tasks sometimes get pushed off, forgotten about, or develop a loss of priority or importance


  2. "Great People, Bad Technology"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Muncie, IN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Muncie, IN
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ontario Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Absolutely amazing people, management is great, the CEO is approachable.

    Cons

    The company uses Cache from Intersystems. A programming language from Hell. All the code is in one file which the proprietary IDE rips apart and makes it appear as though there are many files. This makes it basically impossible to work with anything except their IDE. And it is not great to say the least.

    Advice to Management

    Start a new team to rebuild the products we have using a modern technology stack. If you don't, you will drown in your own technical debt and your engineers won't be able to add a feature to save their life.

  3. "Just good enough to stick around"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Ontario Systems full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility - Company sponsored events - Good people to work with

    Cons

    Way to much management - Pay is low - Really bad/old technology


  4. "You-Powered Culture"

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

    I have been working at Ontario Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You're allowed to carve your own path
    Micromanaging is non-existent
    Welcoming culture, full of great people
    Authentic leaders who lead with transparency

    Cons

    Highly tenured staff leads to change resistance
    Leadership is attached to age-old management tactics
    Little innovation regarding talent retention

    Advice to Management

    Get creative about keeping your talented resources


  5. "Anonymous"

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

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

    Pros

    Ontario Systems empowers their associates to be the drivers of their own careers. As a working mother, I am finally in an organization where I feel like a trade-off doesn't need to be made -- I don't have to sacrifice my family for the career I want and visa versa. Flexibility, remote work, and balance is celebrated and encouraged.

    Cons

    Management (and everyone in general) can sometimes seem stretched a little to thinly -- more resources would give them time to focus more on associate development. Bonus structure also needs to be improved/implemented. Health insurance could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Same as above in the cons section.

    Develop a SINGLE strategic vision and focus your efforts on that vision.


  6. "Vancouver Wa Office"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ontario Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people and safe work environment

    Cons

    Company is growing fast, but current employees are not seeing pay increases. Also, depending on the department, job advancement is non existent. The Vancouver office (once Columbia Ultimate, aquired by Ontario) is forced to do things "the Muncie way", even if it makes no sense for the Vancouver business structure.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Can be Discriminative"

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

    Pros

    Fun and upbeat. Many employees genuinely care to help you succeed and some managers really care.

    Cons

    Some managers peg you out to be eliminated just because they don’t like you and will let you go without reason and lie to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to more employees instead of just being afraid to speak up to some of the directors that only see what they want and give orders that are not for the better good of the team and company.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Rating"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ontario Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Progressive growing company leader in industry

    Cons

    Corp culture that leaves little growth ops


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Obscure Technology Stack And Legacy Software"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Muncie, IN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Muncie, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ontario Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The employees are the highlight of the company. Everyone is friendly and helpful if you ask. The company generally does a good job taking care of the staff.

    Cons

    The problems are so numerous I'm not sure where to begin. For starters, all of the flagship products are built on the archaic language of Cache. If you've never heard of this language before, would suggest you read up on it if you consider applying.

    While the company is doing well financially, the technology that drives it grows more complex and difficult to maintain. Poor documentation, excessive technical debt, and specialized tribal knowledge make a difficult learning curve for newcomers.

    Cache as a language adds complexity to nearly every step of the development process. From design, maintenance, best practices, version control, the technology stack itself. Due to a combination of factors, it is unlikely the company will ever adopt a more modern technology stack. This is demoralizing and frustrating to engineers and developers that know there are better options out there.

    Advice to Management

    List three things the company will do, and do well. Focus all efforts towards those objectives. Consider retiring products from the product line that do not help in accomplishing those three things.

    Abandon Intersystems Cache and all Intersystems products as fast as possible.


  10. "New Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ontario Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great community, good location, nice benefits

    Cons

    I don't have any complaints so far.