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Vectorworks Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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  1. "finance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    this was a great job and healthy

    Cons

    not the best type of job


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Started great and ended poorly"

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

    I worked at Vectorworks full-time

    Pros

    Extra wellness and team building perks
    Decent healthcare coverage
    Reasonable hours
    Diverse mix of people
    Friendly employees
    Closed with pay during Xmas - New Years

    Cons

    New management sees everyone as replaceable
    Feedback often pushed under the rug
    You get paid less for more work
    Talent is there but not in the right positions that match their skills

    Advice to Management

    People are leaving like crazy now due to the new management. What's worse is that they either don't care or can't see that people aren't just a number. They cut corners in spending where it shouldn't be and add extra expense where it shouldn't.

    When feedback is given by employees it is often swept under the rug although the illusion of company culture is promoted. Pro tip: You can't change the culture of a company when the executives don't first set the example.

  3. ""Trust""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vectorworks full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people are awesome
    Free lunch on Wednesday is nice
    Reasonable work hours for the most part
    Solid product
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    New executive team is manipulative and stacks the cards to benefit themselves instead of taking care of their staff
    If you bring up anything important you receive a warm smile to your face with a "thanks for the feedback" and then weeks later you realize that was actually an "F you" emoji
    Dishonesty
    Top down approach
    Promotes ill-equipped staff to positions of influence
    You are a number, not a valuable team member

    Advice to Management

    Look at team members as an asset, not as a cog in the machine. Stop pretending to care about culture when the truth is that you only care about the bottom line (especially when not taking feedback into account). Quit looking at competitors for innovation and utilize teams input to make real change that would make the product stellar, not just good.

    When you decide to "challenge" or question upper management you feel like you will lose your job. That should never be the case if they are legitimate concerns. If you have top performers you should probably consider treating them like it. Promotions don't include raises other than an annual performance review. That just doesn't make any sense and emphasizes the fact that you view team members as replaceable components and not as leaders of your organization.

    Vectorworks is probably not the appropriate name, because the people who do work hard don't "vector"work there for long.


  4. "Very promising culture of this company"

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    Former Employee - Structural Intern in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Structural Intern in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vectorworks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are very welcome and willing to help you.

    Cons

    Maybe the site is a bit far away from big cities


  5. "Customer service"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vectorworks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    I have none enjoyed working there


  6. "It is a fine experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the working environement is good

    Cons

    the company is relatively inactive


  7. "Software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Wheaton, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Wheaton, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Vectorworks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Steady job, free lunch every Wednesday and occasional company events. People are friendly. Work life balance is valued

    Cons

    Hard to talk to management about concerns because there is a fear of/resistance to change. Absenteeism is an issue sometimes as well. Engineering salaries are a little low compared to others in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Assume that employees have the company's best interest at heart as well and be more open to change

  8. Helpful (1)

    "None"

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good Work-Life Balance.
    Nice work environment

    Cons

    In many instances performance is not a driver for promotion eligibility (friendship is).


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Decent Work Place, Stable but Lacks Passion"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbia, MD

    Pros

    Nice coworkers. Everyone seemed to get a long well.
    - Free company lunch once a week
    - Decent computers (mac or PC)
    - Yearly company retreat, usually a ski trip.
    - Casual dress
    - Free coffee

    Cons

    Only some engineers seemed to be passionate about what they do here. My feeling was that many developers simply clocked in, did barely acceptable work, and then clocked out everyday.
    This is partly due to the fact that the average age of software developer at this company is around 40, and so people lack the drive to do insanely good work. If you are under 30, this might be a very dull place for you to work, but if you are older and have a family or are looking for stability, then this might be a better fit than a fast-paced startup.

    Summary of other Cons:
    - Almost a complete lack of automated testing, leading to enormous amounts of wasted time via manual testing by software developers.
    - Very slow to refactor code. Refactoring is not a top priority.
    - Slow to adopt emerging technologies.
    - 40% of the time is spent developing features, 60% testing and fixing bugs.

    Advice to Management

    Hire younger people. Hire passionate people. Get rid of the people that are holding your company back from succeeding.

    Hire project managers to better coordinate between teams.

    Hire UX designers and focus on user centered, intuitive products and workflows.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Great Company, Terrible Management"

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    Former Employee - Accounting
    Former Employee - Accounting
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    °Free company sponsored lunches on Wednesdays
    °Flexibility with work and home life
    °Yearly salary increases
    °Company Ski Trip
    ° Bonuses

    Cons

    °Too many unqualified managers trying to run departments without appropriate training and skills.
    °HR Department disregards employee concerns and confidentiality practices. Employees don't feel comfortable or taken seriously with their concerns.
    °Promotions happen within but not in all departments. Majority of those that get promoted are those that have personal affiliations with the Executive Management Team.
    °Alot of turn over because certain department managers frown on those employees who come in with innovative ideas or seek to help the company grow forward.
    °Lack of training in certain departments results in responsibilities becoming another departments priority
    °Discrimination and prejudice that get swept under the table.
    °Unproductive meetings that take away from company time

    Advice to Management

    If Mr. Flaherty (Who is an excellent CEO) truly knew what kind of management team he had running his company, he wouldn't be pleased. In order for the company to really grow, it starts with a solid foundation. Hire qualified managers who stand behind, respect and represent the true mission statement of the company.


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