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Reddwerks Corporation Austin Reviews

Updated March 9, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work with many opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Recently purchased by Dematic and the KION Group, which is providing additional resources and infrastructure to help the company grow. Plenty of opportunities to guide the future of the company and affect changes to our product baseline. Great benefits plan includes 3 weeks of PTO and fully paid medical insurance premiums.

    For those that work hard and look to grow beyond their current roles, there is a lot of potential for growth. There are a lot of smart people in the company who are always willing to share knowledge.

    Cons

    The company has had a history of bad management, but under the direction of Alex Ramirez, the company has greatly improved over the last 18-24 months. Many things have changed for the better, and Alex continues to lead the management team to implement new improvements.

    Not really a con, but environment requires self-starters who are able to think on their feet and are willing to contribute to the team, even if it is outside their area of responsibility. People who aren't very creative, have to have their hands held or just want to come in and do the bare minimum aren't going to do very well here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. "Dematics Reddwerks Review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Interview in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - QA Interview in Austin, TX

    I worked at Reddwerks Corporation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Growing, Travel, Client Exposure, accessible

    Cons

    Unprofessional
    Weird Interview Process
    Still maturing
    Too much travel
    Worklife balance

    Advice to Management

    Huge changes needed to attract talent


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Could be, but isn't."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Has the potential to be a great place to work, but hasn't lived up to it. Interesting products and a few great people make it tolerable.

    Cons

    Culture in the office is not good. Several unhappy people come in, do the minimum, and then go home. Wash, rinse, repeat. Lots of cussing from management for unknown reasons can make things uncomfortable. HR is non existent. Employees come second to making a buck.

    Advice to Management

    Less talk, more action.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Support Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Organization is filled with brilliant minds

    Cons

    Lack in Coordination,Lack of document structure , lack of support from management


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome place to work!!!"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Reddwerks Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Had great screening, review and selection process. HR staff are really great helpful and hardworking.
    Great please to work with talented people and yet humble and helpful. Lots of great projects and new stuff learn. Good place to kick off your career.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can point at.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up great work guys.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Improving, but far from perfect"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reddwerks Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed office environment and hours. Just do your 8 and go to your meetings.
    Free snacks.
    New development manager is doing a good job and problems are being addressed albeit slowly.
    The work is interesting. We're solving problems in warehouses and you'll be implementing new code or making major improvements to old code.

    Cons

    Ratio of Senior devs to Junior devs is totally out of whack. Junior devs aren't getting the guidance they need leading to a lot of new code smells.
    Operations Research department developing code without extensive oversight by senior developers is a massive risk that management doesn't appear to realize. Just because someone is very smart doesn't make them a good developer instantly.
    Travel. This doesn't mean working a 9-to-5 in someone else's office. This means working 15 hour days in a dusty warehouse conference room for 2 weeks or more and then probably going back after a week in Austin to deploy bugfixes and/or features that didn't make the original release.
    Your experience at the company is heavily impacted by which projects you're on. It can range from traveling rarely to traveling constantly purely depending on which customer you're assigned to.

    Advice to Management

    You can't just throw resources, no matter how senior and talented they are, at a project to try to make timelines.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reddwerks Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Laid-back collaborative environment. Flexible work schedules. Very generous benefits plan. There are some very smart and totally awesome people working at this company. I'm never the smartest person in the room, always an opportunity to learn new things. New management team is fixing past issues and positioning the company for success.

    Cons

    On one hand there are very few documented processes, no structured training... but this also means an opportunity to make a positive impact on the company and help the company grow. Sometimes the work pace can be very demanding or hectic, but everyone chips in and helps when one department gets swamped. Senior management team is not always on the same page, but Alex the CEO is working on fixing that.

    Advice to Management

    Establishing department budgets, even small ones, so that managers, directors and VPs don't have to get senior executive approval for every minor expense.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not worth it"

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    Current Employee - Hardware Associate in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Hardware Associate in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Reddwerks Corporation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Casual dress code, decent hours when in the office, but not much else

    Cons

    Lack of job security, was laid off after less than 6 months, lit's of down time when in the office, crazy work hours when on site, lack of guidance from management and expectations of perfection with no training whatsoever

    Advice to Management

    Better guidance and more training


  10. Helpful (7)

    "On the uptick, people are just not writing about it."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's common knowledge that people tend to write negative reviews with more ease and more eloquence. However, it is unfortunate that people who would have good things to say often times just miss the chance.

    All the negative reviews here are genuine, as in they are the genuine expression of personal feelings and opinions. But those, by definition, are just as good as anybody else's.

    I have been at Reddwerks for almost two years, and for long I shared the same negative feelings that animated those bad reviews. It would be unfair, though, if I did not speak up and strike a blow for the commitment the new leadership is showing to turn things around.

    There have been quite a few changes in the past few months, but the most worth talking about is the team's morale. Going to work has become for many a pleasure, from what was an unavoidable doom just up to few months ago.

    Whiny people tend to complain a lot, and the larger the audience they can reach, the louder they cry. If you are considering joining Reddwerks, don't let the negative reviews on here discourage you at all. It would be silly if they did not concern you at all, so just ask for an audience with any of the current employees, especially those who are in the role or in the team you would be in. Just don't be afraid to ask questions.

    Pros about Reddwerks:
    1. The people: I am never the smart guy in the room, and I just love that. Endless opportunities to learn and to grow.
    2. The pay and benefits: free health insurance for you and your family, salaries higher than the average.
    3. The challenging and diverse work: no two days are the same, projects are very dynamic, involve a lot of ideas exchange.
    4. The size: a fairly modest company, you'll get to know everybody if you want, and your ideas count more than they would in a large corporation.
    6. Austin. Austin is known globally as a mecca for creative and entrepreneurial people, including musicians, artists, tech companies, and the University of Texas and its new medical research hospital to name a few. It consistently sits atop Forbes' annual list of the best cities for jobs and scores highly in other demographics rankings. It is the third-fastest-growing city in the nation, attracting large numbers of college grads, immigrants and families with young children. You will rarely see more active people, running with their dogs, biking, paddling or rowing on the lake downtown regardless of the 90+ degrees average, nor more packed bars and restaurants.

    Cons

    1. Work schedule: can be quite hectic sometimes. You might have a slower day today and having to work up to 2:00 AM tomorrow, but overall quite balanced.
    2. Some managers and senior people's demeanor, sometimes excessively condescending. Ok, you are very smart and very accomplished, with a long career and a nice car, but your worth is only as large as the grace you show to others, especially those whose title is lower than yours.
    3. Some people's team spirit. Ok, we have been beaten up for a long while, but it seems to me that executive leadership really is on our side now, we have no reason not to give our best. Let's get aligned with that. Just to mention a trivial thing, let's answer emails even just to acknowledge we received them!

    Advice to Management

    It's too early for anyone to judge whether we are heading towards the right direction, but it's great that we are finally able to focus on steering the ship rather than just struggling to keep it afloat. We are finally showing courage, turning down unprofitable and non-strategic business that falls out of our core strengths. We are putting an effort in hunting for and taking on more and more sustainable business, that's vital if we want to go further than just making payroll. Let's keep doing it.

    Also, there's a lot of more empowering happening under this administration, and I commend the management for making it happen. Our team (and their brains) is the real only asset we have, as in, the only one that generates income. Keep fostering an environment where people's ideas are welcome, don't ask for feedback just because you know it's a good leadership practice. Listen to your people, and they will keep surprising you.

    As a concrete advice on improving the company's culture (which has really come the long way in just a few months), just make sure nobody is made fun of by being publicly called out on something, or unceremoniously shut down with not so polite remarks during any team meeting. There are situations where that could be fun, but don't assume everybody likes to be laughed at. Most people do not just like you don't.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Former employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people in the company. Interesting problems.

    Cons

    Not well defined product. Too much non-productive conflict among employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working hard.



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