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Updated September 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (24)

    "Definitely the worst job experience ever"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at WIT Software full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very imaginative, hard working staff.
    Occasionally a brilliant mind or two within the product development teams.
    Very good facilities in Lisbon.

    Cons

    Awful facilities at the headquarters.
    No sense of professional management whatsoever.
    Completely egocentric management to cover own flaws and overall inferiority complex.
    Total lack of respect for the Human Resources.

    Advice to Management

    Stop believing you're the most qualified for every position (Administrative, Legal, HR, Finance, Sales, Product Development, Business Development, SW Engineering, etc.)
    Stop micromanaging every aspect of the company and start trusting employees.


  2. "Great place to work if you end up working with the right people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at WIT Software full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good facilities. Excellent work environment. Some great projects.

    Cons

    Every team looks like a different company. In some teams there are excellent project management and organized work and others there is no processes at all. Some PM will evaluate you and will tell you the feedback. Others (most of them) will do not do anything and that's ok for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Please standardize the processes within the company. Cannot be completely different depending on the team.

    It would also be desirable (the Company) to be more transparent on some issues. If it is for someone... it's for everyone.

  3. "Programmer"

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

    I worked at WIT Software full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work if you end up working with the right people. Pays fairly, higher than average. Free fruit and coffee. Great place for the 1st job and to get experience. Interns are offered a contract if they add value to the company. If you do well there is compensation.

    Cons

    High pressure and always extra hours of work. Work is endless, what is today it is not tomorrow, just be ready for it. You will experience things beyond your understanding. The snow trip is great, but that days are accounted for in your vacation balance days.

    Advice to Management

    Lack of transparency regarding some matters around you.


  4. Helpful (1)

    ""Learn and work as much you can, but start to think about other job""

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Leiria (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Leiria (Portugal)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WIT Software full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The few pros are:
    -Competitive and interesting projects in many different technologies and countries. Its a huge learning place.
    -Probably a little better salary then the average (which does not pay your huge time you need to spent)

    Cons

    -You need to work very hard or have the "right friends" to keep alive and smile (sad story from many companies, and this is not different)

    -Recruitment is not transparent on what company really needs (Thats why many employers work for 6-12 months and company dismiss them)

    -Internal feedback policy is just ridiculous, it just exists to keep you under water and feel bad with yourself. Consequently you live with the thougts "they will dismiss me soon?"

    -Pressure and competition can be healthy for every team, to keep you up and focus. That overly exists and most of the time of the year, because most projects must be done quickly and perfectly. Consequently it destroys and demoralize you.

    -They dont really care about you. CEO only announce is profits on anual meeting, makes a ridiculous awards to boost seniors and project leaders egos, you never heard about salary raises / prizes / whatever, and life goes on.

    Advice to Management

    If they really care about this cons (which are repeated over the years) they would have fixed over the time, but unfortunally they only care with the main leaders and managers, because developers they can always hire someone to improvise something...


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WIT Software full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company parties
    No rigid control over the time

    Cons

    Unclear why you do/don't get a raise
    Unclear why you do/don't get a bonus


  6. Helpful (14)

    "Growing is almost impossible in this company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WIT Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working conditions, good offices and a decent laptop.

    I had the luck to work in some great projects and had the opportunity to learn new things and tackle large complex problems.

    Cons

    HR is under pressure to hire and hire, so the quality of people hired varies from under average to good. This is technical and soft skills.
    This makes it hard to have a base line when you get people on a team. One other very perilous side effect is that HR starts treating people as "Codding monkey" instead of engineers.

    The gap between Upper/Middle management and the teams is enormous in terms of salary and benefits, this makes middle management present results up as:
    -This project went great because I was here to save it.
    -This project went awfully because the team sucked.

    Talking of benefits. The possible benefits and bonus should be clear. They are not. There are benefits that are not public and only offered to some workers and the bonus guidelines have so many grey points that getting a bonus or not is 100% discretionary.

    Advice to Management

    At the anual meeting you keep telling that:
    - Company has grown with no dept only with hard work
    - Profits keep going up and up

    Start sharing those profits with the ones that worked for them to happen. This will tackle the gap mentioned and make you grow.

    Stop acting like Trump and fearing critics and labeling them as dissidents. There are more and more companies out there each day and if someone speaks instead of going away cherish them.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Meh, might be good might not"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Average salary
    - International projects

    Cons

    - If you end up on the wrong team, your project manager could be a pain
    - CEO doesn't reinvest enough in the company

  8. Helpful (11)

    "This could be a great place to work... But it isn't."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WIT Software full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Medical benefits;
    - game-zone (if you have time to use it);
    - nice facilities
    - free fruit

    Cons

    - Ridiculous time-schedules for the majority of tasks they give you. You will need many (MANY) extra-hours to get the job done in time;
    - In-existing team-spirit. Everyone will do what they can to stay above you and stay "clean" in the picture, including sabotage you (happened to me);
    - Hard to grow inside the company.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good conditions to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at WIT Software full-time

    Pros

    Good conditions, possible carreer, solid company, good enviorment

    Cons

    Depending on projects, some technologies are not up to date


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Good place to learn, but that's about it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with very skilled people in different areas and you get to learn a lot from them. Flexible work scheduled is a big plus, as being able to work from home from time to time.
    The team building activities were great, from soccer to cooking all the way to the snow trip.
    Good office space with free coffee and fresh fruit.

    Cons

    From the conversations I had with my colleagues your experience at WIT depends on what project you're in and who's your Project Manager. It can range from good place to learn and do cool things, to all the way painfull that you'd wish you'd never taken the job.
    Luckily for me, I got good projects and project managers, that's why it was a good experince where I could learn and do cool stuff.

    WIT is a very hierarchical company, as many in Portugal are. If the guy at the top says "No" for whatever reason, it's "No" all the way down.
    Transparency is as clear as bottle bottom glasses lens, although they're transparent it doesn't mean you can see anything. No matter how much you make a point or express the need for change, ultimately that decision will be made by one person, which isn't directly affected by those problems, so you better get used to those types of problems not getting solved.
    HR work at the whim of the management, so their power is very much limited, although they do work hard. Wouldn't want to be them.

    Raises are usually all around but the amount depends on a very non-cientifical equation, i.e., it's relative. Bonus are mythical creatures for some, reality for others, the only way you'll know is if your salary is higher than usual, but usually in those cases you'll get a phone call where someone gives you the good news. To bad no one will explain you why you didn't get one.
    Evaluations are written in stone, like the ten commandements, even if you agree with your PM some points are wrong, they won't be changed.

    Getting promoted is also relative, usually you have to be really persistent and spend a few years trying to do achieve that.

    For some reason you'll have to register tour work hours and if you do less than 40h a week you'll owe an explanation. No one will bother you if you do 60+ though.

    Advice to Management

    Saying Good Morning and Goodbye to the people in the office you visit a coupe of times a year isn't that difficult and makes all the difference. Making decisions for a company is hard, and not everyone involved will be happy, but being transparent and giving an actual reason for that decision goes a long way. Clear communication is a definite must, if people understand why decisions are made, you'll solve most of your problems.


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