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Pros
  • Overall, the company really strives for work-life balance while keeping a fun and relaxing environment (in 16 reviews)

  • The unlimited vacation plan, while unconventional, is quite enjoyable, as well (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • I no longer know everyone by name (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Lexmark Corporate Politics Taking Over"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Perceptive Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pros that made Perceptive such a great place are quickly being diminished. The people and the work culture was always the greatest part of Perceptive. Hard work was rewarded with great bonuses and nights out with your team. Lexmark has since taken a lot of these perks away. The people that led Perceptive to success are moving on as well.

    Cons

    The once open environment that encouraged their employees to collaborate and share their ideas is no longer. Ever since the rebranding, Lexmark culture has taken over. Excellent resources are being pushed away and replaced with content Kool-Aid drinking employees. Just the way Lexmark wants it. Cut back on pay, micromanage, and just do as your told.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to a vision and direction. Each acquisition leads to more and more confusion internally. Great resources will not stay around and wait to see future promises come to life. They need to see value and believe in the product you deliver today. Perceptive aka Lexmark Enterprise Software is selling a software and service they repeatedly fail to deliver.


  2. "Great company to work for in the past"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shawnee, KS
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Perceptive Software full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Used to treat employees well

    Cons

    Laid off many people people

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Sheep go to heaven ..."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Events
    Free breakfast
    Comfortable building
    Ok salary
    Smarter than average co-workers, though that doesn't apply to managment

    Cons

    Lack of vision at the mid-management level
    Rewarding a 'status quo' mindset
    Yes-men environment
    Technologically backward in many departments
    Good ideas go to management meetings to die
    Health insurance co-pays were terrible
    The lack of time-tracking really became just an exercise in management awarding time off to their favorites. Beware, that policy can and was used improperly.

    Advice to Management

    Manage by committee. You'd be better off. Trust the wisdom of the masses. Non-management staff have better ideas than you do. It's clear you're just trying to stay under the radar of top-level management, and your short-sighted, corporate-speak goals show it.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "This company has the potential to be much better than it is."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R&D in Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - R&D in Shawnee, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Culture is great, always emphasizing fun
    - People are great to work with
    - Product is amazing, although a little behind the times in terms of technological advancements and architecture.

    Cons

    - Management is very political and often times unprofessional
    - Career paths are undefined
    - Favoritism and nepotism are keys to success.
    - Reward not just the managers for company success, but employees as well.

    Advice to Management

    - Put management through management training
    - Reward the employees AND management for company successes not just managers
    - Monitor and show disapproval for favoritism and cultural "clicks" when they become unhealthy or harm career progress


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Regret the experience"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development in Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Software Development in Shawnee, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    + paycheck
    + health insurance
    + free pop
    + laptop
    + blackberry

    Coming into it directly after college, the company has a very strong sense of community.

    Cons

    - communication with manager
    - who you know vs what you know

    After several months on the job, the honeymoon was over.

    Advice to Management

    Get your house in order.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Not as advertised"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of company-wide parties and outings.
    Good for hanging out with friends.
    Good for short-term work experience.
    Will hire inexperienced workers.

    Cons

    "High School" atmosphere.
    It's who you know, not what you know.
    Bottom 10% in salary in most positions (anything with "Manager" in the title is paid disproportionally more than their subordinates that do the actual work.

    Advice to Management

    Need to grow out of the small, entrepreneurial mindset and into the big, market-dominating mindset. In order to do that, Management needs to review and replace the non-decision-making decision makers. The rest will fall into place with the talented individuals doing the grunt work.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not the place for a true sales professional"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Kansas City, MO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Absolutely fantastic atmosphere if you are single or want to be single. Cool perks like T-shirts and extracurricular activities sponsored by the company. Pretty much no limit to spending on corporate cards. Very cool for the young, straight-out of colleague graduate with no real responsibilities or corporate experience.

    Cons

    Traditional selling techniques where the buyers runs the process, therefore no real opportunity for a sales person to differentiate themselves based on experience/intelligence. True sales professionals quickly realize that they are surrounded by transactional/fax receipt sales people that couldn't survive in another organization where hunting/qualifying/closing are actually required.

    The entire sales force is really an Inside Sales Position, not Account Executive, jumping when the prospect says "jump". The AEX's doing "well" are so because of the vertical they are in - their success is indirectly related to their professional sales abilities. All of the good sales professionals have left the organization. Commission plans and sales trips are commensurate with the vertical you are lucky enough to be responsible for, not your sales abilities.

    Stating that Sales Management is awful is an understatement. They are not leaders, do not complement your sales efforts, and for the most part, have never sold anything complex. If an outside Big 5 accounting firm were to perform a value-added process audit, the entire layer of sales management fat would be cut.

    Advice to Management

    Take a moment and think about what sales numbers would look like if you actually had sales professionals that were hunters/qualifiers/trusted advisers/closers in your AEX roles, as opposed to order takers.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Nothing can overcome horrible management"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shawnee, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice facility; nice side-perks (gym, beer on Fridays, bagels/soda/coffee/tea), in general, people are nice, good parties.

    Cons

    Middle-management is absolutely the worst I have seen, ever. And, unfortunately, this kind of clouds everything. The poor management leads to poor feedback, poor goal-setting, poor vision, poor execution. They will promote an absolute dolt who has been there five years over someone who is excellent, but only been there one year. every single time. There are some other complaints -- 401k an benefits are lacking, etc., but it is the management that overrides everything.

    Advice to Management

    Get honest feedback from your employees (that which is not traceable) and take action, immediately. Firstly, you have too many managers, and secondly, most of the ones you have are terrible. Quit laying off subordinates. That is not the problem!


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work?????"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Consultant in Shawnee, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The software is recession resistant.

    The Friday morning meetings are quite possibly the best thing about the company. Who doesn't want to be in the office before 8:00 am on a Friday morning? Especially after traveling on Thursday evening. The selection of bagels and donuts is excellent. And don't forget about the free soda!!!!

    Cons

    I feel Managers cannot be trusted and are very inexperienced. They might have a good understanding of the product, but don't know how to manage their teams. Some individuals have been promoted that really didn't deserve it in my opinion. The pay is OK, but not comparable to what other companies are paying in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at the organizational structure. There are too many Managers, and several of them don't know how to manage a team effectively.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Perceptive Software: It Sucks All It Can Suck."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Peon in Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Peon in Shawnee, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Beer as in free but it will cost your heart.

    Cons

    There is no growth ladder, slim chance of moving around departments, even less chance of promotion and raises are pathetic - IF you get one.

    Advice to Management

    Read the blogs and take action.


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