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Univeris Reviews

Updated November 25, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Still struggling with the basics aft 20 years"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many very smart and friendly employees, and most are working very hard.
    Management is willing to try new ways of doing things.
    The office space is nice, in a converted old building.
    Free fruit and beverages, employee-led activities.

    Cons

    Employee turnover is very high for a company of that size and age. Management does not seem to either recognize the problem, or if they do, understand what needs to be done to fix it.
    After more than 20 years in the business, it seems that the company is still struggling to understand and implement the basics of good employee management and development. There is no system in place to properly review employee performance and salary increases, and to foster personal and professional development.
    There is a lack of communication and sharing of knowledge and expertise between groups that makes developing large projects challenging.
    There is not enough staff to plan for and execute significant product improvements beyond the immediate must-do projects, and upper management does not seem to consider this a high-enough priority to dedicate resources to it. It always feels like we are playing a losing game of catch-up.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the basics to stabilize the company structure and culture to stop losing highly talented employees.
    Senior leadership needs to pull in the same direction.
    Learn to trust and delegate.
    Execute on what you preach and dedicate resources to make significant improvements to the existing product, not just on adding new features.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Badly managed company, disappointed employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office location is close to downtown and the office site is decent (old loft).
    Lots of smart people work for UNIVERIS, you can learn a lot about software development in financial industry.
    There are some people who work hard, but they are few in number.
    You can get industry salary and benefits if you are fulltime. Extras: fee tea, coffee, fruits, company parties.

    Cons

    Office location is a bit rough, lots of homeless people and junkies around but it doesn't matter since you stay indoor all day.
    UNIVERIS is a poorly managed company, there is a serious disconnect between senior management and the footsoldiers.
    Employee retention level is HUGE and SCARY, the management doesn't do anything about it, except that they constantly try to hire new people.
    There is no will to identify and admit why people are leaving.
    Company culture is bad, lots of people try to shy away from responsibility.
    The backlog is constantly increasing, Clients are unhappy with cycle time and throughput.
    Management doesn't articulate vision, mission, values.

    Advice to Management

    Create a company culture where employees can give feedback without the fear of retaliation.
    Create a culture where VPs are connected to each other and to their employees.
    Improve the managers people management skills.
    Admit when you are wrong and try a different approach.
    Be there, be visible, be a role model.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, good culture.

    Cons

    Very hectic sometimes, too fast paced


  4. Helpful (3)

    "How can this company still exist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly intelligent staff, a lot of bright people work there. A good place to learn a lot about the industry.

    Cons

    Upper management are always stepping over each others toes. No one wants to own issues. Things stay in the backlog for sometimes years. People don't stay for too long.
    They don't really fix their product and clients will eventually leave. Only then will the CEO see the light.

    Advice to Management

    CEO, is not blind but lets the higher managers try to run things.
    Clean up your act, let the lower managers do their job. Move the focus onto fixing current workflow issues instead of trying to expect the latest and greatest thing to be implemented with zero scope on the realities of time frames.


  5. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Univeris full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    no work from home option


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Needs a lot of work"

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

    I worked at Univeris full-time

    Pros

    Highly intelligent staff, a lot of bright people work there. A good place to learn a lot about the industry.

    Cons

    Upper management are always stepping over each others toes. No one wants to own issues. Things stay in the backlog for sometimes years. People don't stay for too long.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your act, let the lower managers do their job. Move the focus onto fixing current workflow issues instead of trying to expect the latest and greatest thing to be implemented with zero scope on the realities of time frames.


  7. "overall, a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The software developers in univeris are competent.
    The work hours are flexible.
    The benefit is good too.

    Cons

    Lack of the vision from the management, sometimes the decision making is not transparent.
    Testing especially maunual/exploring testing of the product is not valued.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Upcoming"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities,
    friendly people and fun to work with,
     help is always available,
    library,
    Initiatives

    Cons

    Lack of training,
    salary and benefits are not competitive,
    requirements keep changing dramatically,
     too small of an office


  9. Helpful (4)

    "No Room to Grow"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flat corporate structure with few barriers to upper managers.

    Laid back work environment with flexible hours.

    Cons

    Extremely high turnover, with little knowledge retention and little-to-no job training.

    Company rarely recognizes employees when they go the extra mile... Also too "frugal" to throw a summer party.

    NO QA department! 'Automated testing' program is a complete let down, and is more about saving the company money IMO and less about building a qualify product.

    Each release is plagued with defects, which puts enormous pressure on staff to balance corrective maintenance work with new projects. Too often are projects incomplete when they go out the door and new features rarely work as expected.

    EWMS software is not intuitive and very overwhelming... Good luck if you're a new user.

    Advice to Management

    Think long term. Focus less on maximizing your bottom line today and put more emphasis on building a quality product that satisfies customers tomorrow.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Way behind industry in terms of technology"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Work/Life balance
    - Good benefits

    Cons

    - Starting Salary for a junior is not competitive
    - Poor Project management (everything takes time)
    - Behind on technologies
    - Not the best place for a first job, but for someone looking to settle


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