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Updated Jun 12, 2018

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Plex Systems, Inc. CEO Bill Berutti
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  1. Helpful (12)

    "Great company but getting top heavy"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plex Systems, Inc. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Good working culture -Talented and diligent co-workers -Great product that has yet to hit its full potential -Nice fringe benefits if you work hard

    Cons

    -Nepotism -Shift away from lean org chart that looks top heavy with too many directors, VPs, and C-levels -Some areas of business are becoming bureaucratic

    Plex Systems, Inc.2016-04-12
  2. Helpful (18)

    "It is not all what it is cracked up to be."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Plex Systems, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    The work attire is very casual. In the summer, shorts are allowed. There are some really nice people who work there in various departments. They offer a good set of paid holidays and responsible pto. Insurance offering is United Healthcare which is ok. They have a generous wellness credit each year but you will have to pay taxes on that. They offer free snacks, a pinfarnia coke machine to... customize your pop and a coffee vending machine that has Starbuck coffee on the 15th floor. The 15th floor also has a couple of pool tables, ping pong tables, a bubble top hockey table and a golf simulator. Each year they have 2 company outings: a holiday party (which was at Punch Bowl Social) and a family outing (which was at the Detroit Zoo).

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    Cons

    You must conform to their standards. No exceptions. They don’t know what they are doing half of the time. Many projects experience scope creep and the people at the bottom are blamed for not completing the project on time. Some of the immediate managers do not follow HR protocol. For example, there is supposed to be a mid-year review which rarely happens. When you are first hired, they mention that you... should 40 hours work week. However after the honeymoon (the first few months), you are expected to work much more than that per week. Some of the immediate, middle and senior management have been there for many years and it seems that they are part of the good ol’ boys club. If you are not part of the club, you could be extricated which could lead to you being terminated even tough you are a talented, hard working employee. They is a constant clash between the old guard and the new guard which the old guard usually persists. Not much diversity. In some departments, there is a small percentage of women working compared to men. Moreover, women are scarce in management positions. Additionally across the company, there is very little diversity in their employee makeup. They talk about opportunities but there is very little. This is due to the low turnover of people at the top who have been there for 10+ years. When someone is let go for various reasons, they do not offer severance of any kind regardless of you being there for a year or 15 years. Many people have offices with a glass wall with a sliding door. (In a way, it resembles a jail cell) Because of these offices, there is very little collaboration and when you need to communicate, the primary means is instant messaging or email. No consistent leadership. They been without a permanent CEO since October 2017. Room for very little innovation. They think they are much bigger than they are. They do these employee surveys with skewed questions so that they can pat themselves on the back. Top heavy on directors and senior managers.

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    Advice to Management

    Do a reality check. You are not SAP or Oracle. If you wish to grow, you will need to remove many key players making the decisions. Make sure that all of your managers follow through on HR policies. Instead of doing a survey, have meaningful discussions with those at the bottom. Allow subordinates to review their managers and give it a proper weight to keep the good ol’ boys in check. More... diversity. Treat those who have been let go with more understanding by offering a severance package. Have a clear direction on what you are and what you want to be. Clearly define projects and when scope creep does happen, place the blame on the appropriate individuals.

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    Plex Systems, Inc.2018-06-12
  3. Helpful (26)

    "Speeding Downhill"

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    • Senior Management
    Sales in Troy, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Plex Systems, Inc. for more than a year

    Pros

    The employees! Plex assembled the best of the best in many cases. Too bad the executive management team let those employees down.

    Cons

    • Organization is so top heavy. Full of many ex-Oracle types with huge egos that have made poor decision after poor decision. • The product is a good fit in only a few industries such as automotive and metal stamping. Amazing how it misses the mark in so many other areas. It seems that's almost impossible to say because the product is so complicated one would think it does everything. How about the product... interface? It has to be worst interface of any cloud system on the planet!!!! They have been working on a new one for 4+ years but it still isn't close to being released. • Multi-Tenant Cloud deployment only. This seems like a good thing, but if you have FDA (can't validate versionless software) ITAR or DOD requirements, want to customize the software (can't even add a custom field to the database) you are out of luck with Plex. • Have spent millions on Marketing with little to show for it. Keep touting Google Glass case study over and over which generates little return on investment and almost no sales leads. For how much money they spend on marketing it would be hard to generate fewer leads! • Sales is a mess. Ex-Oracle types added way to many people, raised prices and tied the hands of the reps from making logical decision to close business. This has resulted in a decline in new subscriptions. Lots of layoffs of good proven reps has lowered morale very quickly. • Implementation/service. At over $200 per hour and a minimum of $125k for the most basic Plex implementation one should expect world class results. The true results are far from world class! Its a shame!

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    Advice to Management

    The Board of Directors should get rid of the whole executive management team that has worked for the company less than 4 years. They have ruined the company and haven't even made any money while doing it.

    Plex Systems, Inc.2016-06-27
  4. Helpful (20)

    "Resistant to Change"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Plex Systems, Inc.

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Entire floor dedicated to refreshments and unwinding.

    Cons

    Very resistant to change. More worried about internal impact rather than reaping long term benefits. Top heavy org chart. Lost overall vision of the product.

    Advice to Management

    Put more trust in those you have hired. We honestly want to make Plex better. It can be very despairing when suggestions are ignored unless it comes from higher up in management.

    Plex Systems, Inc.2016-06-09
  5. Helpful (25)

    "Management's swollen heads and egos have really changed the company culture"

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    Current Employee - Sales 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Plex Systems, Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    • Great coworkers • Nice office in Troy • Good product, but limited functional breadth

    Cons

    • Appear to be so focused on selling the company or going public (doubtful) that they have lost sight of what made it a great company: its employees, customers and culture. • Organization is becoming top heavy with too many ex-Oracle types with overblown egos. New management hires seem to have very little understanding of the product, the market or where Plex can really compete. • The product is good fit in a few... industries (automotive, metal stamping and other very repetitive discrete industries), but lacks functional breadth to be competitive in many other manufacturing industries. Recent reductions in the Development group suggest they are not serious about building out the solution. The product is old looking and needs to be updated. The new User Interface (which still isn’t released) is an improvement, but doesn’t go far enough. • Over hiring on the sales side (without any real data to support doing so) has lead to some headcount reductions (most likely more to come) and generally an unmotivated sales team. You are doomed in sales unless you are focused on the automotive industry in the Midwest. • Have spent millions on Marketing with little to show for it. After 20 years in business Plex is still relatively unknown outside of the Midwest automotive industry. The fact that they only have a few hundred customers (after 20 years) tells the whole story…….niche player with limited growth potential.

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    Advice to Management

    • Get back to what made Plex a great company. Its culture. • Plex is a great solution for a few specific verticals. Stop trying to act like you are Oracle or SAP. You are not. You’re not even Epicor, Infor or QAD. • If you truly want to grow the company, then spend money on developing new functionality in order to go after new markets. • Speak with, and listen to, your Sales Managers, Sales Reps and Solution... Engineers as to what the real market is for your solution. Plex is a niche player with limited growth potential. Any potential suitors are going to see this.

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    Plex Systems, Inc.2016-06-02
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