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Vecna Technologies Reviews

Updated May 22, 2019

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70 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work-life balance, really great Insurance offered by the company(in 14 reviews)

  • "The community service is fantastic, and attracts the right type of people to work at Vecna(in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Great Company!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vecna Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Awesome benefits, good location, flexible work schedule, excellent CEO - great opportunity for growth as the business has developed many partnerships and created a culture of teamwork and putting huge emphasis on customer satisfaction.

    Cons

    Vecna has gone through many changes - and has learned some tough lessons along the way. I've been reading through some of the recent reviews and it's sour grapes - if it was so horrible and toxic those employees should have left the company instead of being terminated involuntarily.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward :)

    Vecna Technologies2018-06-11
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Do not consider, this is a sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vecna Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are not many pros, and I am only writing this sentence to achieve the 20 word minimum. The pros are: healthcare benefits, 401k matching, and PTO - literally the only good things.

    Cons

    Where to start? - The “executive” team is a joke and literally guess at everything they do - They lie to their customers and wonder why they can’t bring in any net new - As another person put it, the technology and platform would’ve been cutting edge back in early 2000’s. They put absolutely no money into R&D - They set unrealistic expectations on their employees - They take advantage of new grads and make it seem... like it’s the “norm” in the workforce- jokes on them for when you burn out and realize there’s better out there - The executive team constantly argues and points fingers at one another. Absolutely no ownership of responsibility or integrity - This is a very toxic environment and you will not be successful here - Training is a foreign concept in every single department

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    Advice to Management

    Bring in an external person to run the company. The CEO is oblivious to the fact that the executive team surrounding her do NOT know what they are doing. Overhaul of the entire executive team would be my advice. Listen to your employees before the rest of them leave. Lastly, STOP LYING TO YOUR CUSTOMERS.

    Vecna Technologies2019-05-23
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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great for Freshers"

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    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vecna Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits package is the Best. Can't compete with 5 weeks off and best healthcare

    Cons

    Lower salary compensation and very less to 0 bonuses

    Vecna Technologies2019-03-20
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Operates like a Mom and Pop store"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vecna Technologies full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy to get employment at this company.

    Cons

    This company has terrible work environment, and does not operate like a professional company. They recruit and take advantage of fresh college graduates. There is no mentoring, and no career prospects in this company as they are not growing. All they do is keep their grants and do insignificant projects. Do not waste your career here, go to a company where you have real growth and prospects.

    Advice to Management

    Get professionals to help you run this company.

    Vecna Technologies2018-10-14
  6. Helpful (7)

    "strange culture, better to avoid"

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

    I worked at Vecna Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great insurance, good location, good hours.

    Cons

    Lots of incompetent bullies, extremely poor management. Very unfriendly atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    save money, close the machine shop, send the work out.

    Vecna Technologies2018-08-28
  7. "Fun place to be. Hope they keep it up."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vecna Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Exciting Industry. Brilliant co-workers. Fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    Slump in revenue resulted in difficult choices by management and culture took a hit. It’s been steadily getting better though.

    Advice to Management

    Stay hopeful and positive. Keep showing the employees you care.

    Vecna Technologies2018-07-24
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to learn but"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Vecna Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Company is very supportive of the career build.

    Cons

    Management(executive wise not team management) needs lots of improvement. Team managers were good. Does not have a proper process.

    Vecna Technologies2018-07-12
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Could be great, but isn’t"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vecna Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fully paid health and dental are great. Most of the people are nice, and dedicated. They provide healthy snacks. The location in Cambridge next to Alewife is awesome, but apparently the office is moving soon.

    Cons

    Vacation/holiday/sick time policy is way below industry standards. Not much opportunity to work from home. Layoffs are common. Very little interest in investment in new technologies (still using old versions of software because they don’t want to pay for upgrades, still using old desktop computers for the developers because laptops are too expensive). And the whole thing about giving you hours to do community... service work sounds nice, but no one actually does it except the required amount of time at the food bank.

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    Advice to Management

    Update the vacation/holiday/sick time policy. Upgrade your technology infrastructure. Allow and encourage more work from home opportunity.

    Vecna Technologies2018-07-13
  10. Helpful (14)

    "Don't work here"

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

    I worked at Vecna Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance, really great Insurance offered by the company. And the engineers here are really professional.

    Cons

    Management is really bad, they don't know what they want. They don't care about their customers and employees. Little change to improve yourself.

    Vecna Technologies2018-06-03
  11. Helpful (16)

    "Run away... do not pass go, do not collect $200"

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

    I worked at Vecna Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay is above average for Cambridge Insurance is fully paid HRA card paid by company Very smart employees

    Cons

    Where to start? Culture: This is a company full of potential that is untapped and unfulfilled. The ego driven Executive Team is full of incompetent bullies who will do most anything to protect their own incompetence. The CEO is paralyzed by indecision and fear of her other executives so nothing gets accomplished other than a culture of fear and demand. Unrealistic and ever evolving demands are placed on team... members to ensure that they are unable to succeed. The technology at this company would have been cutting edge during Y2K but for 2018 - leaves a lot to be desired. Standard features for any company just do not exist here. The products are so outdated but they refuse to do anything on the cutting edge in order to make it work or competitive. Customers have been abandoning ship and it's very clear why. As another put it, this is a toxic wasteland. No upside, no ability to impact for change, no growth potential.

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    Advice to Management

    A culture of demand and fear is not an environment that breeds results. Stop allowing a toxic viper to take control of good employees. Stop driving out everyone that was good at Vecna. Start listening to the ideas of your employees, you don't always have to be the smartest person in the room. If nothing is done to change what damage you've already done, this place will continue to be a sinking ship.

    Vecna Technologies2018-06-05
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