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Vecna Technologies Reviews

Updated September 22, 2016
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Deborah Theobald
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Pros
  • Vecna allows good work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Those profit sharing points they talk about (in 9 reviews)

  • community service doesn't have the same ring to it (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Mechanical Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Software Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (12)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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?


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "A company lead with integrity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked for this company for two years and would recommend it. It was a very modern approach to the employees work space. Great starter job for someone just graduating college.

    Cons

    You don't receive many bonuses at the company and very little room to grow since its a small company.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "I loved Vecna"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Vecna was a really great place to work for most of the time I was there. When the company was doing well the benefits could not be beat. Monthly T pass, weekly lunches, fun events, 401k matching, awesome healthcare, paid community service time, free massages, profit sharing, and we can't forget the stocked kitchen of healthy snacks. I felt valued and worked with wonderful people. In all honesty, most of my memories of Vecna are positive and I'm grateful for the time I had to be part of the team.

    Cons

    Sometimes the office was too casual, it would have been nice if people had a little more structure in terms of office hours and dress code.

    Advice to Management

    At times management struggled and difficult messages were not relayed very well. This often caused confusion and a lack of trust when it could have instead fostered more trust and understanding if delivered differently. The executives have good intentions, but it was hard for everyone to see that.


  8. "Exciting time of change and opportunities, great caring culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Member in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Team Member in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed but professional culture. Energetic team. Lots of opportunity for growth. Caring culture. Management is regrouping for everyone's success. People matter at Vecna. Opportunity to do what you are good at, what you like and make a difference.

    Cons

    No employer or job is perfect. Change is tough but it is everywhere - not just at Vecna - and it means there are opportunities for current and new employees. Vecna team members have gone through ups and downs over the past 1-2 years but persistence and hard work now looks like it is paying off.

    Advice to Management

    Keep discussing/living/embodying and highlighting company philosophy of Excellence Integrity and Service. Group updates help everyone get a sense that we are making progress.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working schedule, good benefit.

    Cons

    Under pay. Won't get a raise unless you ask for it.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate people who have been with the company through up and down.


  10. "Good for Interns"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of challenging work. New ideas to brew and shared.

    Cons

    1. Poor management.
    2. Time-sheet entry is exhaustive.

    Advice to Management

    Time-sheet entry should be made easy for employees.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Hopeful"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Bright, capable team. Focus on value-add for customers and market

    Cons

    Lack of focus and leadership. I wish there was most management experience.



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