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SoftVision Cluj-Napoca Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania Area (Romania)

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  • People constantly leaving the company isn (in 7 reviews)

  • There are a lot of mechanisms and processes that were supposed to help you along the way, starting with evaluations, one to one talks and so on (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "A good place to work if you overlook certain things"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - good salary (depends on your skill lvl and manager + project)
    - decent working hours
    - a lot of projects
    - possibility to move to different projects/areas

    Cons

    - some not so professional managers
    - to many channels to go through when you need a PC upgrade
    - corporate bull in a non corporate company

    Advice to Management

    Be more careful who you advance to managing positions.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Factory feeling"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

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

    Pros

    Great people in my team and some smart people overall

    Cons

    Factory mentality, it feels that you are just a keyboard monkey

    Advice to Management

    Invest in peoples passion


  3. Helpful (1)

    "SoftVision Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Automation in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Current Employee - QA Automation in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company.
    Many job offerings.
    A nice place to build a career.

    Cons

    Crowded working spaces
    Few benefits
    Little knowledge about all the projects within SoftVision company

    Advice to Management

    Bigger salaries
    More opportunities to travel
    Opportunities to work remote


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  5. "Software QA Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

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

    Pros

    great projects, at least 1 increase / year

    Cons

    not able to work from home, only 21 paid days off,benefits aren`t that great


  6. Helpful (5)

    "A very toxic environment"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SoftVision (More than a year)

    Pros

    A stable working environment with at least decent projects coming from all sorts of areas, this company is actually not a bad place to be employed if you have no other choice, like if you're starting brand new and have no other opportunities. There is procedure for everything and on most projects there are people specialized for every aspect of work (such as project managers, line managers, client representatives, etc.). On many (not all) projects there are ample opportunities to travel, although travel will usually happen to the same place.

    Cons

    The environment is highly toxic. It is almost impossible to not see politics and conflict in the company. Management doesn't really care much about the individual employee and uses a lot of tricks (misdirection, omission or even blatantly lying) to get people to do things they wouldn't want to do. Salaries are not really great, and one gets the impression that every review is a chance for people to fling dirt at each other for free. Management is very very diverse, so if one has the luck of getting a good line of management above him and the project works well, like in my case, things are at least diplomatic, but if not, well... let's just say that the screaming and accusations might make one think of kindergarten rather than a mature and modern workplace. Which, by the way, they aren't to begin with, as in the year 2016, an IT company still uses tons of paper for things like employee check-in and check-out, hundreds of forms and "permission slips signed by the line manager" (really, folks? permission slips in an IT company in 2016? are you kidding me?) and other nice communist vestiges like that. Projects are highly diverse and they are also highly opaque from one another, for two reasons: some work well, but a lot don't and people in them mostly wish to kill themselves, and moving between projects is not really possible, despite this being a very insisted-upon selling point in the pitch for hiring. The benefits used to be OK, but now all of them are gone with absolutely no compensation (they're not in the contract, so you can't really do anything about it - reminder to read well before signing!). Also, anything you wish in terms of professional development comes with a price in the form of long-term contracts with ridiculously high penalties. Travel, by the way, is conditioned by the same contracts, although there was an announcement once that it will not happen anymore (I do not know whether that was true or not, as I left before having the chance to find out). Any complaining is strictly discouraged in public, although it is encouraged towards the line manager or the project manager (which, if they happen to be in a relationship with each other, tough luck for you!). All in all, one gets the impression that management is doing whatever they can to prevent you from leaving, and to turn you into an obedient slave. There are two kinds of people who work there: people who work for 5+ years, which complain and accept that things are bad, but which won't leave, and people who stay for no longer than 2 years and look for something better. Most of the clients are from the US, mostly west-coast, which means that synchronizing with them is almost impossible during normal working hours (guess who has to stay until 7 or 8 o'clock in the evening at work?). Overtime is strictly discouraged and, even when it is requested, it is usually not paid as overtime, but as free days which one can take (but usually isn't allowed because if a project requires overtime, that means that things on it are bad and a lot of work is necessary, and the team simply can't afford to temporarily lose a member). There is a rather stupid 50% coverage policy, meaning that planning vacations is always fun in smaller teams as there always needs to be someone there. This gets ridiculous during winter holidays, when you'll be there working and you'll have to send reports to an e-mail address that you know wont be read until next year. Oh, and if you currently work there, make sure that you have vacation days approved WITH A PAPER IN HAND SIGNED BY THE LINE MANAGER before you quit, otherwise you can kiss that vacation goodbye! Oh, did I mention that most of you will have a notice period far greater than the lawful one through various not-really-legal machinations? And did I mention that nobody in his right mind can believe that this company is operating 100% legally, despite management insisting otherwise?

    Advice to Management

    Some of you are OK, please go somewhere else and save that last shred of dignity that you have. All others, I wouldn't even flinch an eye muscle if a comet fell on your heads.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Nor the best, neither the worst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging projects and most of the colleagues are really cool.

    Cons

    Things can change from one day to another and they don't really pay attention to their employees.

    Advice to Management

    The most valuable asset is the employee!!!


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Utter disappointment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior PHP Developer in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Current Employee - Junior PHP Developer in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well it's a good place to get your career on but no more than one year.

    Cons

    No one really cares about you training or value as a matter of face.Lack of communication poor training and abusive contract clauses please be very careful when reading the contract.
    No real opportunities to develop skills.

    Advice to Management

    Do more for the people and ditch the mentally of investing nothing in your employees and expecting all in exchange


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Looking good, but could improve"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Web Developer, Team Lead in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Former Employee - Senior Web Developer, Team Lead in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity for advancement, great coworkers. Cutting-edge technologies used in projects - if you are lucky to land a project like that. The offices are either modern-looking or getting modernized.

    Cons

    Still handling maintenance on old-school projects, which keeps the developers working on those projects from a fast-paced growth. Somewhat rigid rules within the company. Not paying overtime. Tendency towards open-office structures, which is known to cut into a developer's efficiency.

    Advice to Management

    Be more forward thinking. Newer generations of developers are no longer willing to waste their days away at work, and "money doesn't matter" is only appliccable above a certain hefty sum.


  10. "Company review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Developer in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Current Employee - Junior Developer in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SoftVision (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff, great team, great employees and employers. High competence skills and friendly environment.

    Cons

    Would say that in the begining (1-2 months) you have to follow a relatively fixed scheduler, but after that you are free to go as you like.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. Keep your job, do what you do and keep it up with what you already do.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "good starting point, decent salaries, bad history"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good starting point to develop career, friendly work environment, great teamwork regardless of the project working on, latest technologies used

    Cons

    been through major changes and many people lost their jobs, was unstable and poor income raises, also poor benefits besides the actual sallary.

    Advice to Management

    if management could carry more about employees, that would be great. also bonuses, team buildings like old times would be an option.


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