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Scivantage New York City Reviews

Updated January 27, 2017
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  1. "VP"

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    Former Employee - Vice President Product in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Vice President Product in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Scivantage full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Small company with a fun & energetic culture. Great people. Very entrepreneurial.

    Lots of QoL benefits. Flexibility, vacation, game room.

    Cons

    Jersey City. Not great for Long Islanders.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on R&D.

    Offshore Dev isn't worth the hassle. Hire more folks onshore.


  2. "Enterprise Software Sales"

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Software Sales in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Enterprise Software Sales in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Scivantage full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Unique technology in a niche space of the financial industry. Good ability to sell enterprise software into major financial firms with significant spend ability. Great people, one of the best assets of the firm are the product managers and the executives. Really enjoyable working environment.

    Cons

    From a sales perspective you need to be comfortable selling into a competitive market and understand how to leverage smart people to sell. If you can do this you'll be fine. Don't think this is a transaction sale


  3. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great location, great environment, great staff

    Cons

    So far I have not found any cons


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Company is going down hill !"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Scivantage full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Start up culture
    Unlimited holiday days(Need approval)
    Work from home (4 days a week)
    Good Front end work

    Cons

    Very less pay
    No promotion or career path defined for technology people
    Lot of good developers left company in last 2 years.
    Old technologies (still using java 1.4)
    Bad Middle Management, office politics, no one takes responsibility of failure
    Severity 1 issues very common (once a week), so don't ever think of going to prodsupport or operations team here.
    Client data not secure, all the developers have access to production credentials, server and even offshore team have access
    No good work for back-end developers
    QA team is worst ever I have seen
    Project Management is very bad, they don't follow any SDLC process, they are just communicator between client and developers.
    No documentations, no technical hld, lld documents, or wcr docs.
    Quality of product is very bad , lots of clients have left in last 2-3 years. They expect sales people to sell substandard product to companies like goldman sachs, morgan stanley and other big banks.

    Advice to Management

    Just acknowledge that you guys are no good than old management. Sell off this company .


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - the previous CEO (Adnane Charchour) is a great person
    - used to be good

    Cons

    - new management wiped out old management
    - be careful about the politics, lots of game-playing
    - few people really care about the product quality itself but think it a place to get bi-weekly paycheck
    - underpay

    Advice to Management

    - old good Scivantage is gone. take care


  7. Helpful (2)

    "New management, better direction, high pressure"

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    Current Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Getting to work with a lot of dedicated, intelligent, hard working people. If you love being part of a great team then certain departments in this company will get you what you seek.

    The new management is steadily moving toward improving work/life balance for employees and generally improving employee benefits. You will find yourself working hard, there is no escaping that at this company. The new management is starting to recognize this and reward employees for their dedication.

    Transparency improved greatly since the new management took over. For the first time we are seeing our financial projections, goals, and generally where the company is headed and how the employees play into that. More and more strategic meetings are being opened up to all employees who want to listen to what different departments are working on.

    Low performers get weeded out and the concentration of high performing resources in certain teams has steadily been increasing.

    Cons

    As expected in a growing company, the pressure to deliver is high. Many delivery dates (with designated delivery criteria) are unachievable. You find yourself (and much of your and related teams) working nights and weekends repeatedly with no end in sight on many occasions to, more often than not, fail to deliver full scope within promised, unachievable deadlines. Improvements are slow so the cycle keeps repeating and those who care to succeed at their assignments are set up to fail.

    While some teams are improving greatly I see stagnation and/or unawareness of poor performance in others. This results in many employees needing to repeatedly pick up roles that are not part of their job function in order to achieve their goals. Many are experiencing burnout.

    The company has an overwhelming number of new hires whose roles are not well defined and communicated. There are also gaps in resourcing certain functions/departments, which gets in the way of delivering.

    Management has not taken the time to get to know the existing workforce and their accomplishments/abilities. Their focus appears to be the new hires. Many of those who have been at the company for more than 1 year are being left behind without regard for their achievements for the success of the company over the years and what their potential is for helping with current objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Look at all your workforce, old and new. You may already have the skills you need to achieve your objectives and are not utilizing them to their full potential. When you find that, start recognizing publicly, it may improve morale for the employees who have been with the company for a while. Try to keep the expertise you already have in existing employees and, if needed, help them understand how they need to change to be most effective in helping with the new direction. Invest in teaching them, it is likely more profitable than hiring and training new talent.

    You also may have issues where you are not realizing. Look beyond the input from the top level of executives and start gathering perspectives of those doing the work. Your perspective appears different from that of many employees.

    Look at the balance between departments and staff roles critical to delivering your main objectives. Existing employees might be beneficial for this.

    Keep improving employee benefits and enabling employees to understand company objectives and how they do/can contribute, that has been a very welcome change.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good company. Startup/Growth struggles"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of good people, passionate about their jobs. Good products, good client base. New management team is making some changes, which some don't like, but overall, things that needed to be done. Things are trending up.

    Cons

    Growing pains have caused some problems. Needs more structure.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the hard work! Keep motivating your employees


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Operations"

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    Current Employee - New Jersey in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - New Jersey in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    smaller company allows more autonomy and control. Some roles offer the flexibility to work remotely. The salary is average

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for upward growth promotions. The majority of my co-workers have been in the same role for years. The company made some management changes in 2015.

    Advice to Management

    Much too lean, need additional human support resources. The relationship management and Senior Management teams should look for more ways to have a closer client relationship


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Small Startup Company Turning Medium"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Startup atmosphere (not for everyone). I think that's the source for lots of negative reviews.
    Yes, there's lots of work (sometimes hectic and unplanned), but there is also lots of flexibility.
    Scivantage allows work from home for extended time (even from other countries at times).
    Staff is friendly and there's lots of energy and friendliness. Lots of young talent and things to learn.
    There's daily fruit, soft drinks, pool, table tennis, foosball.

    Cons

    Fast paced growth caused a lot of rash decisions to be made early on. This debt needs to be addressed and resolved to ensure the further growth can be supported.

    There's a lot of restructure in upper management ranks recently as the company crosses from small to medium size. This brought on a lot of doubt, angst and fear in the lower ranks.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more to lower ranks about plans not to lose talent during the turbulent times of re-structuring and reorg.


  11. Helpful (8)

    "BEWARE - This company is NOT CLIENT FOCUS"

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    Current Employee - Management Information Systems Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Management Information Systems Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Scivantage (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This is a small company, flexible hours, However, management has no respect for hard working people.

    Cons

    This company used to be a good company, but the constance lies and promise to client, client started pulling their contract, Scivantage hired new management who laid off all the small people. Scivantage will lay you off even if you are on FMLA, Vacation, and during human sick time.
    This company has no respect for employees who has dedication many years and long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and Treat your employees right. STOP Laying off and think about your clients, Retain the talent and STOP Promising client work you cannot deliver.



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