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Wellesley Information Services Reviews

Updated April 8, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Love this company"

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

    Pros

    Great products, fun people and an amazing work environment
    Small entrepreneurial type of company that encourages cross team collaboration to develop new ideas and products
    Company cares about its employees from the receptionist (office mom) to your boss to the CEO
    Traveling to events is great
    Celebratory culture with Sox games, food, cookouts, parties, and more

    Cons

    You can get lost in the mix and not recognized if you are not a vocal person

    Advice to Management

    Look at more new products in different markets


  2. "Meh"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Dedham, MA
    Former Employee - Developer in Dedham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wellesley Information Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule; good work-life balance; some decent colleagues

    Cons

    Poor employee management; problem employees; below-scale pay; high apparent turnover.

    Senior IT managment was infatuated with buzzwords and acronyms, but did not support needed initiatives to improve quality of the team and its end product. The technical team is relatively small for the company size, with some extremely strong and sometimes nasty personalities. One relatively junior-strength developer in particular, if someone even looked at his code, literally shouted; this is the other end of the spectrum from supporting such code quality measures as code reviews. Mentoring and other KT possibilities were at a standstill due to problem employees. One problem employee seemed irreplaceable, as he'd written a lot of the problematic back-end systems, so was allowed to "work from home" most of the time, while his extreme defensiveness and generally angry demeanor was coddled. There was no realistic path for advancement within the organization for technical people. One member of IT leadership was more interested in wordplay than actually improving things at the company, or fixing the fairly severe team issues.

    Outside of IT, technical people were largely ignored. At company meetings marketer after salesperson would receive thunderous applause, while entire company-wide meetings would go by with no mention of technical personnel.

    Overall, it's not an experience I'd repeat willingly.

    Advice to Management

    Stop embracing the past--realize that the future is not primarily in in-person conference attendance, and expand into distance learning and other complementary areas more; stop treating technical personnel like they're invisible; weed out combative employees; instead of buzzwords in IT, focus on improving quality by solid engineering practices


  3. "Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dedham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dedham, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wellesley Information Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people on the creative team are nice and work collaboratively. Internal clients and management appreciate and recognize hard work. Computer equipment is kept up to date. The benefits package is generous.

    Cons

    Although vacation time is "unlimited", there is guilt associated with taking it. People who have been there for many years only take a couple of weeks.


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  5. "Culture, opportunity and growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dedham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dedham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Wellesley Information Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, travel, fun and relaxed culture, challenging work, and good benefits

    Cons

    Heavy workload during busy season, underwhelming salary for entry level positions.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and reward achievement and hard work equally and often.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Great people, decent room for growth, declining culture, laughable compensation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Company Asset in Dedham, MA
    Current Employee - Company Asset in Dedham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wellesley Information Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - The start-up mindset will provide young talents some excellent hands on experience.
    - For the most part you will be working with fun and smart individuals.
    - Travel to Europe or the other side of the land.
    - Bagel Wednesdays and fruit salad Thursdays
    - Pretty laid back culture
    - If you can handle WIS, then you can put extraordinary time-management skills on your resume.
    - Over time you will develop a multi-functional set of skills.
    - Flexibility (open leave policy)

    Cons

    - The start-up mindset can and will put unnecessary stress on people. The lack of proper planning and processes have often led to miscommunication, which is wasting everyone's time.
    - From time to time you will run into some people who are on the level way beyond what we can label rude.
    - Traveling can be a challenge. You will have to work longer hours and maintain your long distance relationship with the office.
    - variety would be nice... Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays are pretty boring already
    - lack of professionalism, both work related and not
    - If you are on the supply side WIS can be a challenge for your work-life balance.
    - You need to be multi-functional because your department is short-staffed.
    - depends on your job. It is difficult to practice open-leave for some roles.

    Advice to Management

    You need more leaders, not managers. No complaints doesn't mean that people are happy. If you can't pay them more, focus on their personal development goals. Make process and planning crucial to any shiny ideas you may have because projects die prematurely due to the lack of understanding, disconnection between what is being done and what needs to be done, lack of foresight in possible limitations and/or ambiguities.


  7. "Great Company in an exciting industry."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wellesley Information Services full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good advancement opportunities, great people, travel all over the planet to staff live events.

    Cons

    With international events, certain times of year are extremely busy and the cycles are back to back.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to share the mission with all employees so that everyone feels valued.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be an amazing company to work at..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dedham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dedham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wellesley Information Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Had wonderful, hard-working, talented people as coworkers.
    Good for young people who are willing to work for little money. The company offers them plenty of exposure to different parts of the business (if they are interested, of course).

    Cons

    The web presence looks like it was designed in the '90s. Come on, guys... hire some good designers already!
    Questionable upper management and strategic decisions.
    There should be a much heavier focus on technology.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Don't make strategic decisions about things you know little about. You hire talented people for a reason. Listen to their expertise!
    Also, you exist because of the hard work of many. Create a page to showcase all your employees, not just a select few with edited quotes...


  9. Helpful (3)

    "I wish I could be more positive: this used to be a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - I Rather Not Say in Dedham, MA
    Current Employee - I Rather Not Say in Dedham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wellesley Information Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people! The People! The People!
    People really care about each other, and band together in tough times and when executive management goes a little too far with their criticisms

    Cons

    2013 was a bad year against the goal numbers, and 2014 is off to a very bad start. Not a promising outlook
    CEO seems to be losing control with the way he screams and carries on these days
    Lot of recent layoffs in key departments

    Advice to Management

    Try a more bottom up approach and let smart people in the trenches run things more. The CEO does not know everything, and it is showing now that the numbers are horrible


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Run for your life.."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - If I Say I'll Blow My Cover in Dedham, MA
    Current Employee - If I Say I'll Blow My Cover in Dedham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wellesley Information Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    some great people..fresh fruit sometimes

    Cons

    managers promoted on how long at company not knowledge of management and not given any training to help them. many people have been there since college and only know how to do it the "wis way" so there's no new ideas or ways of doing things.
    it's like high school - if you are no in the "in crowd" you will never go any where or even be recognized for your accomplishments.
    ceo frequently takes credit for other people's ideas. he is loud and obnoxious and swears and screams at people.

    Advice to Management

    wake up.. look around.. unfortunately u think it's working but it's not


  11. "Great company, great growth opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - I Rather Not Say in Dedham, MA
    Current Employee - I Rather Not Say in Dedham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wellesley Information Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to get experience, relaxed work environment, great people, awesome CEO. The CEO takes personal interest in your life, remembers your family members, embraces new ideas.

    Those that complain about this company are likely the ones that have been removed due to performance issues and have become bitter.

    Cons

    Some people take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere and work the bear minimum.

    Advice to Management

    Take a closer look at those with big titles and ask them about what they do on a daily basis... You will be surprised.


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