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Updated August 6, 2017
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  1. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Aviation Meteorologist in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Aviation Meteorologist in Andover, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good management and relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Nothing to complain about really.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good to be female"

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work is easy, benefits and salary are OK for this area.

    Cons

    The data analysis group is primarily older employees who spend most of their time gossiping and flirting. If you're female, it's easy to get the better assignments and the promotions. A lot of extracurricular activity going on.

    Advice to Management

    There's a lawsuit waiting to happen here.

  3. "From Startup to Corporate World"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WSI full-time

    Pros

    Great salary, very intellectual people to work with

    Cons

    Executive management does not have insight into employees under them. Room for growth is limited as IBM has limited the budget significantly. Poor communication.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good technology and co-workers, poor middle management"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Andover, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work on interesting and high-customer-value applications that really make a difference for their users. Many of the co-workers have extensive expertise and long tenure in the weather forecasting, media, aviation, and energy spaces. Most of the products and services are market leading.

    Cons

    Management has been overly conservative in investing in the technology and often overlooks great opportunities to extend, expand, and leverage their leadership in many of the markets they serve. It didn't feel like management fully appreciated the value of their market position. Management also undervalued and didn't listen to its domain and technical talent.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to you internal experts and invest in the products and services to leverage your expertise and brand.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Current Forecast: Dark and Stormy"

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

    Pros

    Great location for the north. Some fascinating products and a few talented employees.

    Cons

    The pay rates are embarrassingly below the market share. "Managing" is done by clueless micro-managers. The same goes for the all but non-existent "HR" department, a man who's not even there half of the time, and makes tasteless remarks when he is. Contractors can't even get everything they need to do their job (e.g., need to do a SQL query? Then see a developer and look over his shoulder.). The claustrophobic cubicle farms make the place look like it hasn't been updated since the early 1990s, just cold and dead inside. People who aren't "yes" men get fired gestapo style (get the notice only after they've left the building, aren't allowed to go back inside, etc.).

    Advice to Management

    Get managers who can actually manage, and HR who knows HR. Don't set rates such that the only people who accept are the desperate.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Operator"

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    Current Employee - Operator in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Operator in Andover, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WSI (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and safe people watch out for each other

    Cons

    Not climate controled to many people try to be boss

    Advice to Management

    Doing a awesome jod


  7. "Good people, good culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WSI (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Individual contributors are highly committed to the business and customers and do a great job. Very loyal and customer focused. Products and high quality and market leading in most cases due to this commitment.

    Cons

    Senior management has been unwilling to invest in the business for many years and the business and customers have suffered accordingly (possibly related to window-dressing the biz for sale). Perhaps that will change with IBM purchase. Time will tell. There have recently been several rather political managers at the middle management level who appear more interested in their own success and how they are perceived than in the success of the business and who have created major distractions for the teams and customers. Same thing happened about 8 years ago and it eventually worked itself out (while doing alot of damage to the business in the process). I expect the same this time around.

    Advice to Management

    Get self-serving careerist managers out of line/product management positions where they are doing major damage to the business and team morale.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Quality Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great outlook for the employees on the floor.

    Cons

    Micromanage, quality does not want to improve. New ideas are non existent or are frowned upon.


  9. "Motion Graphics Designer"

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    Former Employee - Motion Graphics Designer in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Motion Graphics Designer in Andover, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Company, nice people. Easy commute. Fun place to work.

    Cons

    I didn't really have any issues working there. Left for higher paying job.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Environment for Operational Workers"

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

    I worked at WSI full-time

    Pros

    Generous vacation time, paid holidays.

    Cons

    Being perpetually understaffed made for a brutal and poorly designed rotating shift schedule and because of this morale is very low. Software/hardware is archaic and difficult to work with. Lack of an on-site HR department. Managers to overworked to effectively manage.

    Advice to Management

    Treat operational employees better - hire enough people so you can maintain a set rotation or hire people to remain set on specific shifts.


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