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  1. "Nice but had issues"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Learned a great deal from others. Close to Food and transit

    Cons

    Consistent pay issues pay issues with no real explanation. Also no explanation on how long the issues were going to last

    Advice to Management

    Tell employees what is going on.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Leave your self esteem at the door"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good engineers. Camaraderie forged from adversity. Surprisingly good pay. Opportunities to do cool stuff. Occasional micromanagement is limited by senior management's short attention span.

    Cons

    Lack of direction. Lack of transparency. Absence of trust. No technical leadership or vision. Monthly tantrums from senior management. Lots of wasted effort on "sure thing"s that go nowhere. Deep and overwhelming sense of doom.

    Advice to Management

    What can I say? Let the board know what's really going on.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "A software position at Vantos is an okay job, but not much of a career due to leadership issues."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    SDE's will be making software that will be used by customers almost immediately, with little oversight. You'll be writing code 90% of the time on the job, and will have time to learn the numerous technologies the company uses. Decent pay. Fun coworkers.

    Cons

    Requirements and priorities will change frequently due to vaguely defined agreements with customers so a lot of the code you write may be pointless. The business model seemed to devolve to "do anything for money" as time went on (even if producing it costs more than the payment, or it has nothing to do with the long-term vision of the company) so the companies future seems problematic. Raises and promotions were sparse among employees during my time there. After I left, employees reported issues getting paid, on one instance for around 8 weeks. Technical leadership/vision at the company is non-existant, which is problematic at a tech start-up.

    Advice to Management

    See cons.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sinking ship, idiot captain."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good engineers. Good work relationships. Good location to leave for lunch and escape the craziness that breezes in once a month and screws everything up. Nice view of Pioneer Square.

    Cons

    Horrible executives. Really the worst. No consistency. No understanding of market or technology. No ability to think. No ability to lead. No desire to tell the truth.

    Advice to Management

    Get another job. Please. Nothing much more to say but there is a 20 word minimum in this little box.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great coworkers, awful management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I worked with some really great people at Vantos. Smart, customer focussed engineers who are graceful and strong in the face of manufactured adversity. I would work with any of the engineers again.

    Cons

    This company has serious problems with its executive management. ALL of the technology focussed executive management left the company without replacements. The remaining management team seems very unstable.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider bringing in help to enhance or replace yourselves. I don't see how you can reach your dreams of being a self sustaining company with the executive management you have.