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  1. "This is a great company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wireless Generation, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The culture is that of a smaller company

    Cons

    Let me thing about this


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Solid, but waning dev shop"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wireless Generation, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is a solid developer community at Wireless. Enjoy the feel-good nature of building the next generation of educational software.

    Cons

    The NewsCorp acquisition is diminishing company values and culture.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "My work at Wireless Generation, helping to better education system is important and fullfilling."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Being part of a company that cares and put everything they've got to better education in this country is a great experience.

    After a long day, or a long week of work, I can look back and think of teachers I helped to be better teachers, and the students they have prepared for life, it is rewarding.

    Working with a group of smart, dedicated, and passionate people at this company continues to inspire me to learn and be on top of my game.

    Cons

    There are few challenges here and there, but mostly growing pains.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Growing pains"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stimulating environment, enthusiastic, risk taking, friendl, nice.

    Cons

    Communication could be better, top down management could be better.

    Advice to Management

    None at this moment that hasn't been said.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great place for an entry-level job; yet the company is experiencing growing pains"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely casual and friendly office. Creativity is fostered and the visual/project design departments create outstanding products. There's no comfortable industry standard that the company falls back on, so they're consistently reinventing the wheel (maybe this is a negative too.) The company creates products that are fascinating, and (for the most part) great ideas in education. Since News Corps bought WGen, they've been tossing money at innovative solutions.

    Cons

    Little to no professional or financial growth opportunities unless you're a Project Manager. The company seems perfectly fine replacing entry-level talent every few years. There's also the underlying feeling that you're working for Rupert Murdoch in his attempt to take Obama's Race to the Top money.

    Advice to Management

    Just my opinion, but when you have people with specialized technical skills leaving their positions in order to become a Project Manager, your salary structures are a bit out of whack.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "I place I was able to learn!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice people and good environmnet

    Cons

    had to work 8 hours a day

    Advice to Management

    don't micro-manage


  7. Helpful (4)

    "It Was A Really Confusing Place To Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There were lots of smart people. It was fulfilling to be in the education area. The office and location were nice.

    Cons

    The management was awful. They didn't know what was going on and didn't know how to motivate people. The communication between management and employees was also bad.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your employees. Much of the lower management is scared to speak openly with their employees. I think these things should change.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "A small company with multiple personalities"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    Pros

    A small environment where you can make a mark if you work hard.

    Cons

    Some areas in the companies have a completely different culture than others. You may find it off-putting to see one area of the company with minimum wage earners working while under very stressful conditions, while others work in a Googleplex-like environment.

    Advice to Management

    No feedback for management.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "A fundamentally bad software company"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, alright social environment.

    Cons

    This is one of those software companies that says it never has time to focus on improving the way they write software, citing deadlines around the corner as the main reason.

    A lot of the code written is spaghetti, and little attention is payed to sustainable practices that will reap rewards in the future. The company was using CVS up until just a few months ago, with a team of about 80 developers, frequently merging back large branches, which can be a big pain.

    Writing bad build systems, lack of automated testing, and farming development out to low-quality consultants are just some of the things that make developing here a nightmare. Wireless Generation seemed to have used to hire some good people, but they are now hiring people of mediocre ability and intelligence as a way to expand quicker. There is about one good developer leaving every month, and there are a lot more resumes from current employees floating around, poised to jump ship.

    If you want to be proud of your work, and work with some really good people, this is definitely not the place to go.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire poor developers because you're aggressively trying to expand.
    Don't farm out core development to consultants who do a terrible job, then hand it to your in-house developers to clean up.
    Concentrate on making quality software, instead of pushing product out the door, it will come back to bite you.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Bringing IT to Education"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    - reasonable hours and work/life balance
    - continually trying to improve processes
    - surrounded by motivated, smart, yet nice, people
    - moderately empowered to make decisions

    Cons

    - more layers of management developing
    - dumbo not best area for food choices
    - one of the best companies i've worked at, so hard to come up with much more

    Advice to Management

    - better mentorship of talent and/or career growth opportunties
    - more recognition of job well done through monetary and non-monetary means


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