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Telvent Reviews

Updated January 23, 2017
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  1. "old tech"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    cruise control job. Lots of time to study for your next job.

    Cons

    dying tech stack. Teams not excited or motivated to achieve big things. lots of complacency.

    Advice to Management

    seems to be working for you. Honestly, it felt like a slow death to me, but if you think about it, it's making money and no one seems to care.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Started Out Great and Went Down Hill As Time Went On."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good health benefits
    - Relaxed culture
    - Very interesting technology with which to work
    - That is about it.

    Cons

    - Poor Compensation compared to similar companies
    - Professional development and growth is seriously lacking
    - Terrible support systems
    - Employee Retention Issues

    Advice to Management

    Management really needs to get a grip on the fact that they are a global company and start thinking about the professional development and growth of their current staff and upgrading their support systems. Not everything can be done with newbies and freeware...


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it used to be."

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good people at the lower levels. Financially stable. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Short sided vision. Alienating clients. Your either in the club or your nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your customers. Don't forget who got you to where you are.


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  5. "Slack work with slack pay, No Advancement Opportunities or Career development"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Slack and laid back most of the time
    - Flexible hours
    - On-site Gym
    - Company match RRSP

    Cons

    - average 2% raise, behind inflation
    - no career advancement opportunities/development
    - you learn on your own
    - raise is inconsistent between different groups in the company
    - no bonus

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to open their eyes and see Calgary is a highly competitive market and an expensive city to live in. Annual raise should not behind inflation, develop a systematic way to provide opportunities for career advancement and raise instead of just promoting and giving bigger raise to those you like. Too much BS, stop asking employee what they want and give them what they want.


  6. "Great if self-sufficient and experienced, and like long hours"

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    Former Employee - Project Lead in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning place if you're able to learn at a very fast pace, with minimal assistance from seniors. Bleeding edge technology with fast paced projects. Opportunities to move up if you can get along with management.

    Cons

    There are very few senior employees who can help, and the ones that are left are often hard to work with, and can be condescending at times. Often everyone is too busy putting out fires to help others by answering questions. Documentation is sparse, you must be able to reverse engineer code quickly to survive and complete your assignments.

    Advice to Management

    Salaries way below market (I got a 40% raise when I left), look into employee retention otherwise there is no permanent base of knowledge, a dangerous situation.


  7. "Focus on bottom line"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast acceleration from new role to lead role
    Steep learning curve if given time to learn enables employees in future careers
    Great company for helping you develop fast acting and decision making technical skills
    Amazing customer relations and cooperation

    Cons

    Little focus on people so retention and succession are lacking
    No consults with groups or departments before change
    Inter-department cooperation needs development
    Weighty process and policy is time consuming and not efficient
    No strong direction from upper management on acceptable or unacceptable behaviour

    Advice to Management

    Trying to fix issues by shifting management or shuffling departments is not the solution. Proper analysis of issues, a plan for fixing them and a front line consult process to address technical and customer satisfaction issues would be far more effective. Top-down no longer works.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "No work life balance, no streamlined process, everything has to be done on a "now" basis"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Telvent as a contractor

    Pros

    Salary is comparable. New computers with big monitors.

    Cons

    No bonus. No process. No work-life balance. Everything has to be done on a "now" basis. It's a no brainer why more people leave this company than that get hired. This is specifically about Telvent at Austin (that used to be Caseta).

    Advice to Management

    Give proper bonus for hard workers. Have a plan for the entire year. Don't put your project deadlines over the holidays. Introduce some process instead of working on "get it done now" basis.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "High learning curve, little appreciation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There's a lot to be learned here. If some of the obstacles were better handled by management, it really would be inspiring to work here. The work that we do, and the product we have, is very inspiring and intriguing to consider where it could go next.

    Cons

    The culture here is of fear and despair. And with these feelings of mistrust and hopelessness pervading the morale, it's really hard to have any faith that initiatives being announced by the company will make any difference. When the last 10+ years worth of behaviors are being driven by meeting financial targets and protecting bonuses, it's hard to believe that there is any actual value being placed on emotional intelligence and the human quotient. When executive and middle management rarely show up to functions it’s hard to believe they care. They are even resistant to feedback about the current morale problem. They don't believe there is one.

    There is a dichotomy between what middle and executive management thinks of Telvent at its best; and what the employees and customers think of Telvent at its best. The employees and the customers both want a product and a company they have confidence in, and feel pride in. People here have ideas. People being the front line. But they’re not listened to. They’re shot down by middle management who are years out of date with current technology. All employees are overworked, and with leading statements such as “do whatever it takes, just get it done” – where is the motivation to contribute? At the end of a 60 hour work week, “doing whatever it takes” with bad tools and limited knowledge, how do you believe anymore that you’ve got a chance to make a difference.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. Get out from behind your desks and ask people what they are thinking and feeling. When presented with suggestions for improvement, don't shoot it down before it's even left someone's mouth. Acknowledge that you might have the wool pulled over your eyes by your middle management. Consider what's RIGHT more than how it affects your budget. (I'm not naive enough to think it wouldn't be considered, but does it ALWAYS have to be about budget?)

    You are 3+ years too late to acknowledge that this is a knowledge-based business. Therefore people-centric. Promote training. Of all kinds. Hire more people to get critical projects done. Teach them how to use the tools and infrastructure that exist. Teach them how to be leaders and effective managers. There is a dearth of emotional IQ here.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Upper management needs to take more responsibility"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is an innovative company. They develop and deliver a superior product and, when given the chance, are creative and daring. This is a company where you can thrive regardless of your level of knowledge or skill. Very focused on the bottom line cost management is kept as a high priority. Middle management is given free reign over their respective departments.

    Cons

    A sense of disconnection, lack of trust and respect are pervasive. There is little or no communication between departments or from managers. Overly convoluted processes and bureaucracy lead to frustration. Change for the sake of change seems to be the norm with little or no regard for the company as a whole.
    There is no real performance evaluation process and raises/promotions seem subjective. The company spends an innordinate amount of time and effort training people on internal processes they will never use and no time or money on leadership or technical upgrading.

    Advice to Management

    Technically gifted, creative people are continually lost because of the blinders placed on management. From the Spanish parent company on down, antiquated management styles are lauded and promoted. Upper managers must take responsibility for the extremely poor performance of their immediate reports.
    There is no unity or sense of purpose within the rank and file which is due to highly technical people given management responsibility over people.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Upper management does not care about it's people - only profit."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is some flexibility in the hours you work.

    Cons

    Being expected to work extra time and not get compensated for it. Communication is non-existant between management and employees. Salaries and rasies are poor.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees instead of profit and share holders.


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