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  1. "Things were looking up until acquisition"

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

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

    Pros

    Was Good people and Value added work.

    Cons

    Was a growing number of people who more invested in retirement than building the company, thus the acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    none, all new management, so all new challenges


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Acquisition did not work in favor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VFA full-time

    Pros

    was a mid sized company
    good processes in place for software
    great learning culture for newcomers/ beginners
    solid client base

    Cons

    Politics in office
    acquisition by a large company changed the look out and not for good
    lots of processes, policies brought by the acquisition which don't suit VFA's framework

    Advice to Management

    completely new management so no advice


  3. "Warm and Friendly Work Culture"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VFA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-Workers go extra miles to help you succeed in your job.

    Cons

    They need to revamp their compensation structure.


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  5. "Great company and people"

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed working there pre acquisition, great team dynamics, flexible work hours, convenient office location.

    Cons

    Things have changed after acquisition but I believe outlook is positive once fully integrated with new company and it's style and procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing forward, hire talented people, don't let the salary be deterrent. company needs senior highly skilled employees to move to the next level.


  6. "Early Days Great with Fagen, Davies, Cholakis... Post Kokos/Summers forget it."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great location. Great team in early days. Hard work, but fun place to be.

    Cons

    Management Kokos/Summers etc. all about making themselves look good at expense of others. Net result, the company was sold for a fraction of its potential value and best people left.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing can be done now. Just a typical boring workplace.


  7. "Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity, learned a lot about a new domain (capital planning), great team and people, working in Boston (location), great customer base.

    Cons

    Low budget that often restricted creativity, leadership, not as software focused as it should have been.

    Advice to Management

    Very large prospect / custom deals are shifting the company's strategic focus. Better communication from executive team.


  8. "Hard work is always rewarded."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Access to lifestyle perks due to location of office.

    Cons

    Commute if living in suburbs


  9. "Travel Opportunities and Good Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Facility Assesor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Facility Assesor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VFA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work remotely on own schedule. International travel opportunities.

    Cons

    Tight deadlines without flexibility. No compensation for working extended hours. No compensation for weekend travel.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more with remote employees.


  10. "Satisfied"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fast pace challenging environment for us

    Cons

    Hierarchy is not well established.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "OK if you can play the internal politics game."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VFA full-time

    Pros

    Good location, Some very talented people

    Cons

    Management seems more concerned with achieving their bonus goals than improving the business and their bonuses are not designed to improve the company, Lots of in fighting, Departments are pitted against each other, No career advancement, besides developers and engineers, below market salaries, no reimbursement for trade certifications or education

    Advice to Management

    Your product is your people, pay more attention to them and find a buyer soon while you're still worth something.



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