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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Ryland"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at The Ryland Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Can't think of any pros

    Cons

    Product is a very hard sell!


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Ryland IT - Well-Paying but Demoralizing Environment"

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

    I worked at The Ryland Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The compensation for IT employees is higher than average in the area. The work-life balance is also good as most people work regular 40 hour weeks.

    Cons

    This review is strictly for the IT department, as things might differ in other departments. However, the IT department is a most demoralizing place, where people’s experience or feelings do not appear to matter and all decisions are made at the personal whim of the CTO. When something needs implementing, the CTO will tell developers and managers exactly what to do. Input is not only discouraged but if you disagree you might get yelled at or asked to leave the room; when meeting with business, the CTO will often interrupt you or tell you to stop asking questions. Unfortunately, 95% of the time you are then working to implement a solution that is unfounded technologically, costs the company money, and more often than not gets scrapped a year into development. As a result, most employees hate being there and there is a palpable air of despair. Most developers and managers leave after 6, 12, 18 months, so the department is a revolving door. Lunches are spent with people lamenting about how they were disrespected today and sharing the current status of their job search. The CIO appears to have stopped caring about making decisions, beyond signing PO's, years ago and spends his time developing reports on a 10 year old platform that cannot be upgraded for the company because he is not comfortable with newer technology. As a result of neglect and poor decisions and a constantly changing direction, the company’s platforms are constantly failing and are years behind; many applications are already unsupported or getting there. As a manager, you have little to no say over whom you fire or hire and will be forced to do whatever the CTO and the CIO want – managers have been forced to keep employees they are friends with even though they are destructively bad for the team and the company. When the next employee leaves every few months, others get together and celebrate their “escape” – that is how excruciating place the Ryland IT is to work for. HR gets angry exit interview, but nothing changes, which appears to show that the executives are fine with the status quo. To sum up, if you want to get paid well and work 40 hour weeks at the expense of working with old technology, having zero say into what you do, doing work you know is not right, and being generally disrespected as a professional until you leave 6-12-18 months in, Ryland IT is the place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to exit interviews - if everyone is saying the exact same thing, perhaps there is something to it. Respect the experience and opinions of your employees - that is the first step towards retaining them.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Ryland Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Gained extensive knowledge of residential home construction and real estate

    Cons

    Horrible corporate environment, hostile, crude and unprofessional comments. A lot of good old boy networks sticking together and behind the scenes dirty politics.

    Advice to Management

    Get feedback from the reports of all managers and senior level executives. Feedback should be given anonymously without fear of retribution to get an unfiltered and true picture of what is going on and how the management team is 'operating'.


  4. "Great sales and construction team but management needs work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunity for income if you are lucky enough to be given a good selling position. Training is good if you are a rookie and need a good foundation.

    Cons

    In sales you are more likely to be successful based on luck than skill. They place too much emphasis on role playing as if they are "real-world" scenarios when they are not.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs help the sales staff and give them the support they need and create a system where opportunities are granted based on production and performance.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "The worst company I've ever worked for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Location
    Coworkers were friendly
    Small company atmosphere

    Cons

    Terrible decision making
    Senior management egos drove direction
    overworked employees
    no constructive feedback from senior managers
    no recognition for good performance
    exceedingly high expectations for minimal staff

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at the senior level managers outside of the Corporate office. Employee recognition and competitive salaries would go a long way to appease unhappy, overworked employees.


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