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Vertex (Pennsylvania) Reviews

Updated September 16, 2017
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Vertex (Pennsylvania) President and CEO Jeff Westphal
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Pros
  • Great focus on work-life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • Most areas of company are allowed to work from home one or more days a week (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • It can be hard to find growth opportunities and you have to have a 'sponsor' that lets you grow (in 4 reviews)

  • This is a result of Executive and Middle Management not embracing the flat organizational model (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Vertex - great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vertex (Pennsylvania) full-time

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for. Cares very much about its people, works hard to attract good talent and further develop the talent it has internally. Pay and benefits are outstanding. Forward looking company, that is in tune with the market and driving change in the market place. Company is also very stable.

    Cons

    Leadership and management opportunities - and decisions by leadership and management can sometimes be very much influenced by internal networks of who knows who. People who do not 'network' and hang-out socially with co-workers, and just go to work, do their best job, and go home to their families are very much at a disadvantage.
    Career development opportunities are not as transparent as they should be, and more needs to be done for employees in terms of career development - training courses, certifications, etc.

    Advice to Management

    The open 'sponsorship' model of leadership / management is chaotic, creates confusion and issues.
    Do more for employees in terms of career development - training courses, certifications, etc.
    Find a way to make easier to 'shop' for positions internally or for leaders to 'shop' for people to staff work that needs to be done.
    Synchronize the review / raise / benefits cycle - it is very frustrating to receive an annual review before December, then wait till the following March to find out what your raise is / was as of January, then in June, have that new take-home pay reduced because of changes in benefit costs.
    It would be much better for employees to do their benefits changes in the fall, then have their review, then get their raise information so that BEFORE January 1, or March 1, they know what their new take-home pay will be (including the effects of any raises, promotions, and benefits changes).


  2. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vertex (Pennsylvania) (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Enviornment, Work Life Balance, People

    Cons

    No real cons I can think of

  3. "Watch your back"

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    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Berwyn, PA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Berwyn, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vertex (Pennsylvania) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working conditions and work at home policy
    I left before they move to King of Prussia but hear the new building is beautiful

    Cons

    Lack of transparency
    Lack of accountability (at all levels)
    A culture of middle-management professional meeting goers who don't seem to do much work

    Advice to Management

    Assess management needs throughout the work centers. Could probably collapse some of the levels, which might take care of the transparency and accountability problems.


  4. "Mixed Bag"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vertex (Pennsylvania) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good work/life balance. Fair pay. Friendly atmosphere. Most areas of company are allowed to work from home one or more days a week.

    Cons

    Zero accountability. No opportunity for advancement. Divergent views and independent, proactive thinking are not valued.

    Advice to Management

    Create and foster a culture of performance rather than one of consensus and conformance.


  5. "Organizational Nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berwyn, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berwyn, PA

    I worked at Vertex (Pennsylvania) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Vertex is a flexible work environment and their loose organizational structure does allow for some freedoms for self-motivated workers. There's a lot of job security and a great work-life balance, as they generate a lot of revenue but don't have much competition.

    Cons

    The bureaucratic complexities of this company and the resistance to change leads to organizational nightmares at every level and in every department. They fear technological advancements and refuse to pay off tech debt in spite of having the labor hours to do so. Many of management's decisions are based around avoiding jobs that are hard or that would reduce the workload of someone in another department and threaten job security, even if doing so threatens the stability of the organization at large.


  6. "Human Resources"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employee benefits, great work/life balance, supports continuous employee development

    Cons

    limited opportunity for career growth

    Advice to Management

    create more career paths for high potential employees


  7. Helpful (3)

    "New Headquarters: Going backwards with all style and no substance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vertex (Pennsylvania) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You practically have to kill someone to get fired.

    Cons

    See above. And the new HQ is a glorified pile of manure.

    Advice to Management

    There are too many new meeting areas for which private desk space was sacrificed. Epic failure that must have cost a ton of money.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Static, laid back atmosphere results in stagnation."

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Berwyn, PA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Berwyn, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vertex (Pennsylvania) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance. Good benefits. Family-owned employee-centric company. Low stress. Good hiring salary. Very flexible work at home policy. Niche market.

    Cons

    No sense of urgency. Too many teams that cannot gain consensus on business decisions. Upper level managers play pretend, get sent on every business trip, and spend time not minding their own business. "Work at Home" is abused.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the niche market mindset. Deploy golden parachutes to managers riding out their careers playing Romper Room. Get rid of the brown-noser boys club and include other associates in discussions.


  9. "Software Engineer - Lead"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Sarasota, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great work/life balance, nice culture/people.

    Cons

    Very outdated technology stack. Not much room for advancement.


  10. "Finance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vertex (Pennsylvania) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great benefits, awesome people

    Cons

    Hard to advance depending where you are in the company

    Advice to Management

    They do their best to make you feel like a person and valuable


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