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  1. "Small but moves fast"

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

    I have been working at Vanu full-time

    Pros

    It's a small team that runs fast, no politics in your way, you can have a huge impact

    Cons

    As a small company, you don't have the support resources of a larger company, so you have to figure out how to get things done pretty independently

    Advice to Management

    Continue the growth trend


  2. "Incredible company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vanu full-time

    Pros

    Excellent product. Whole organization works together to achieve goals. Incredible people.

    Cons

    Don't have any cons at all.

  3. "good while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Cambridge, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    smart people, newish technology, great location

    Cons

    constant churn in projects, business goals were not always obvious

    Advice to Management

    Good luck!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "The management is not efficient."

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

    Pros

    Compensation is fair. It's a C++/Linux shop, which is nice if you're into that sort of thing. Most of the engineers are pretty sharp.

    Cons

    Communication between different sectors of the company is abysmal. There is literally no explanation from anyone what is supposed to being done at any given time, making the process of developing software difficult or impossible. The company continually changes direction, making for a large amount of wasted development effort. The layer of middle management currently in place is incapable any decision-making. I've never seen anyone promoted in my time there. Managers are always hired from the outside, meaning that they often have no experience with software or the sector that we're in.

    Advice to Management

    Don't always hire from outside. Justify your decisions to the rest of the company. Provide requirements for software. Don't hold people accountable for fictional deadlines.


  5. "Steer clear of this train wreck."

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people. Smart People. word5.

    Cons

    The indiscriminate rounds of firings. The company running out of money. Most of the smart people are leaving.

    Advice to Management

    An engineering company, does in fact, need engineers.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "You'd better not be in it for the money."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Very flexible about time-off requirements and balance of personal life. Telecommuting is accepted to facilitate employee schedules. Engineering is run as a full UNIX/Linux shop, no usage of Microsoft products is required or expected.

    Cons

    Poor compensation. Virtually no path for advancement within the company, or for compensation increases. Extremely capricious promotions to very high level positions. Hard work not rewarded financially. Lack of compensation increases or promotion paths provides no disincentive for slow/poor performance.

    Purchasing budgets appear incomprehensible, resources are scarce in some departments, and sit idle in others.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and reward talent within the organization. Emphasize communication from upper level management. Realize that upper level management should explain/justify their decisions to "regular staff".


  7. "Best Company to work with"

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

    I have been working at Vanu (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Gr8 work culture & free hand to work

    Cons

    No cons at this moment

  8. "prioritization not optional"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good, smart, engineers. A cool idea even if it didn't turn out well.

    Cons

    There's an old saying that if you chase two rabbits, you will catch neither. Turns out if you chase twenty rabbits with only three people and change which rabbits twice a week, you won't catch them either.

    Advice to Management

    It's a little late for advice, but for next time... you can't blame your underlings when you haven't been paying attention.