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Vecna Technologies Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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  1. "A life at Vecna"

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

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

    Pros

    Vecna does offer great incentives, the health benefits are great. You are allowed to work from home.

    Cons

    Management -No people skills-very clicky and quirky atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    You should hire Managers that actually know how to manage as well as have an understanding of your company platforms and clients


  2. "Great opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great opportunities if you are willing to put in the time and effort
    - Ability to make a difference in the health care industry (robotics & software)
    - Smart and friendly co-workers
    - Conveniently located on the Red Line

    Cons

    - Company has experienced some growing pains
    - Have to deal with some bureaucracy as their biggest client is the government

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Overall great"

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

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

    Pros

    Its a nice place to work.People are fun loving

    Cons

    I don't find anything bad

    Advice to Management

    No Advice, Everything is perfect


  4. "Senior systems enginner"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vecna Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Hi tech flexible good benefits at alewife

    Cons

    I can not think of any

    Advice to Management

    Keep health benefits they are great


  5. "Fantastic Company - Excellent CEO"

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CEO
    Technology
    Competitive Salary
    Great Benefits
    Promotes Comunity Service

    Cons

    Some Managers tend to undervalue direct reports
    Department budget
    Not smoker friendly - Small gripe.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overlook and undervalue talent.


  6. "Good company. Good people to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of benefits. Long paid leaves

    Cons

    HR management could be better

    Advice to Management

    Improve HR


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The flexible vacation time was extremely useful, and I was given a great amount of freedom. The engineering team was wonderful.

    Cons

    The company doesn't have a clear directive/goal. Also, the chain of command didn't quite make too much sense. Very meh about the profit sharing.

  8. "Software Specialist"

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

    Pros

    The company had a very niche product that was utilized by the Federal Government that was not utililized to its full potential.

    Cons

    Too many Project Managers that had no experience in the field and dealing with people.


  9. Helpful (15)

    "Decent for a first job out of college, questionable otherwise."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    You'll have good, friendly, and helpful peers. Humble folk without temptation.

    If there's community service that you're passionate about, you'll be able to spend up to four work-hours per week on it (once you get through the requisite red tape).

    You'll be able to maintain a good work/life balance.

    You'll have incredibly flexible vacation time.

    You'll be able to aspire toward improving the healthcare system.

    Cons

    You'll witness a non-trivial amount of attrition as folks you've come to enjoy working with move on to greener pastures. You also won't see many new faces arriving, if hiring trends from the past year and a half continue.

    You'll switch teams once or twice a year, and probably your desk location as well. (Maybe this would be a Pro for you, but it was personally difficult to feel settled or invest in building up a working relationship with a new team time and time again.)

    If you want high-quality mentoring or actionable feedback on your job performance, then you'll probably be let down by the systems currently in place. Be prepared to put effort into getting either. Even if you're lucky enough to get a competent supervisor, the constant team re-shuffling means that you may not be able to count on them remaining your supervisor.

    You'll have the opportunity to advance along career paths that don't seem to have any appreciable effect on your day-to-day job other than being able to write a slightly fancier title on your resume when you decide to move to a better company. (Maybe that's a Pro for some folks, but I would prefer a career path with a meaningful progression in responsibilities.) Of course, that's only if you can solve the mystery of what the career paths are.

    If you need peace and quiet to work, then you'll have to invest in a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones. The Agile Manifesto's principle of valuing "face-to-face conversation" appears to have been interpreted as "play Tetris using desks, office chairs, and humans." (Maybe an open floor plan is a Pro for you, but the density was too high for my tastes.)

    If you aren't passionate about some sort of community service, you'll get to choose between a blocked career track or joining a CS bandwagon (probably headed to the food bank) at the end of the quarter to keep your metrics in the clear.

    If you believe that getting feedback from your end users is vital to building a quality product, then you'll want to brace yourself for disappointment. It's as if the various bits of feedback are salmon swimming upstream to return to their spawning grounds, only to find that people have put various dams in the way. Then they get eaten by a bear? Sorry, I ran out of simile.

    Advice to Management

    Improve on your ability to incorporate advice that your still-remaining employees can offer, rather than getting advice from former employees via Glassdoor.

    If folks don't trust you enough to give you honest advice about how things could be done better, then you should take a step back and rethink the very foundations of what management and leadership mean to you.

    After all, as a leader, *you* are responsible for setting the tone. If all you do is project a rosy facade quarter after quarter, is it really a surprise that the feedback you get is rosy facade after rosy facade?


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A company lead with integrity"

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    Former Employee - SQL/Jasper Report Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - SQL/Jasper Report Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vecna Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They give "happiness" surveys to their employees to ensure everyone is happy in their job; have a great performance review system with positive feedback; very positive and motivating environment; the CEO is a man of integrity; they pay their employees to do community service. Very unique company.

    Cons

    Location is congested traffic-wise if you're driving; but it's a great location if you can take the Red Line


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