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"The programming field is a fast paced ever changing field. It can be fulfilling if working for the right company."
Posted 8 years ago in Atlanta, GA
Programmer Analyst at Siemens
in Malvern, PA

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"I was able to expand my skill set and knowledge base."

What do you like about working at Siemens?

"I enjoyed the people with which I worked, as well as the challenge it provided."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"The company does not provide a training plan for new employees and the learning curve for thier applications is steep. Do not be afraid to trust your current abilities to guide you through troubleshooting issues."

What don't you like about working at Siemens?

"I did not have the stability or benefits of a full-time non-contracted position."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"None. I got along very well with Chuck MacNamara and appreciated his trust in my abilities, as well as his friendly and supportive demeanor."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 3 / 5
Programmer Analyst at Georgia State University
in Atlanta, GA

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"Working at the Georgia State University has been an experience with a very hostile team dynamic and widespread gossip."

What do you like about working at Georgia State University?

"GSU in general has great benefits such as health, dental, vision etc..."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Please note a lot of people left and are leaving the Application Engineering Department. It is now severely understaffed. As I type this I am in the final phases of accepting an offer at another school. Other IS&T departments are run competently. So if you do apply avoid the IS&T - Application Engineering Department. There is way too much change there and you don't want to be in the middle of it especially with a 6 month probation period, low pay and a turbulent market. I have given fair warning and I am being as objective as I can."

What don't you like about working at Georgia State University?

"Wow where to start..... The job market is tight and people want to know how a business operates so they wont be (stuck) as the interview can never give you how a business works or how management operates. 1. Management will not say no to projects no matter how large or small. This has lead to upset clients throughout campus due to consistent unmet expectation. 2. Due to management not saying no to projects the work load is outrageous. 3. Due to the harsh work load employees are reduced to just putting out fires and entering in cumbersome tickets to let management know they are working. ( If you don't have tickets you are not doing your job)4. With massive unending tickets on employee plates employees have no time to learn and make things better.5. The massive work load has also lead to a very hostile team dynamic. Employees will always hear leads and management argue over work load and having to train new employees as many have jumped ship. 6. Due to the work load time off does not exist even if you have time to take off. 7. Finally, and most importantly due to retirements and people leaving I am now stuck training myself on systems and programs I nor leads know about. There is no cross-training or documentation. Please remember this is a university not google or apple so the pay is far below market for what you must put up with. I hope this will help those looking into this IS&T department and help them make and informed decision."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"1. Say no to projects. They no longer have the staff to run a successful development shop.2. Leads need to learn how to train new employees.3. Be professional. Close the door if management is going to argue with leads about work. It lowers moral. 4. Don't throw employees under the bus. Take responsibility for not cross training and requiring documentation."

Person You Work For 1 / 5 People You Work With 1 / 5 Work Setting 2 / 5
Support You Get 1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 1 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5
Programmer Analyst at Deloitte
in Detroit, MI

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"Good working and education experience."

What do you like about working at Deloitte?

"Working remotely was a major bonus allowing me not to relocate."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Be honest. I had intended to work for Deloitte until retirement."

What don't you like about working at Deloitte?

"Laid off. All of our work had been outsourced overseas."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Stop outsourcing overseas. Keep the people in this country employed."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Programmer Analyst at Jarden Safety & Security
in Macungie, PA

What do you like about working at Jarden Safety & Security?

"The People, location, challenging projects and time frames, Ability to work as an individual or team as needed"

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Be sure that there will be no personality clashes before making final decissions."

What don't you like about working at Jarden Safety & Security?

"Management above supervisor not listening to suggestions that were needed to improve deparment and Reliablity of Systems"

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Start trusting the people that know the systems and how they work"

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5
Programmer Analyst at Kforce
in Louisville, KY

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"They usually have a lot of opportunities available."

What do you like about working at Kforce?

"They usually have so many opportunities available and will work closely with you to find good positions."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Best advice for any interview is dress appropriately, be on time and show up for assignment on time."

What don't you like about working at Kforce?

"There are so many employees now, your application does get noticed as often as it once did years ago."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Don't know what suggestions I would have for management. I work with them off and on they are a temp and placement agency."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Programmer Analyst at Ritz Camera & Image
in Beltsville, MD

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"It has been a good experience."

What do you like about working at Ritz Camera & Image?

"Flexibility in scheduling. Ability to research and learn new things."

What don't you like about working at Ritz Camera & Image?

"The only thing I can think of is being on call, but it was not that bad as it was only one week out of 7-10 week rotation."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"I have no suggestions at this time. The company is going out of business."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Programmer Analyst at Advanced Energy
in Fort Collins, CO

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"I had a fantastic boss that taught me so much enabling me throughout the years"

What do you like about working at Advanced Energy?

"I enjoyed the knowledge gained from a strong boss and was able to quickly learn the programming code because of it."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"It was a close group of professionals from diverse backgrounds"

What don't you like about working at Advanced Energy?

"My boss left the company and new management was not as strong"

What suggestions do you have for management?

"With time and experience, I am sure he was able to improve"

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Programmer Analyst at American Business Solutions
in Lewis Center, OH

What do you like about working at American Business Solutions?

"Team work, Career and Character Building, New concepts and Technologies"

What don't you like about working at American Business Solutions?

"Nothing I found in the company that I did not like"

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 5 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Programmer Analyst at Intuit
in San Diego, CA

What do you like about working at Intuit?

"Excellent building and working environment. Working from home is available."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Show your leadership while you are interviewing with the managers."

What don't you like about working at Intuit?

"Commute between Orange County and San Diego county is little too far for me after eight years worked for Intuit."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"A responsive manager is always helpful, reply to email in the same day."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Programmer Analyst at Lack's Valley Stores
in Austin, TX

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"A very enjoyable 8 1/2 years working here."

What do you like about working at Lack's Valley Stores?

"Great people to work with. A family atmosphere with the owner extremely knowledgable about every aspect of the business."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"No, and they are in a hiring freeze right now."

What don't you like about working at Lack's Valley Stores?

"Pay could be a little better, but the owner always tried to keep everyone's job even in bad times."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"None. They are doing the best they can with the way the economy is."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Programmer Analyst at University of Missouri
in Columbia, MO

What do you like about working at University of Missouri?

"Dabbling in science. I like working on scientific research without having a Ph.D."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Run. Run as fast and as far as possible. The pay is terrible and the faculty pretentious."

What don't you like about working at University of Missouri?

"You are and your expertise are not respected unless you have a Ph.D. I have more knowledge and experience than most of the faculty and can't get anything accomplished because I lack a special piece of paper. It's also nearly impossible to receive a raise or a promotion."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"More technology. There are a lot of options for saving money and increasing productivity that are not being used. I would also make sure staff are treated with respected, and implement career paths for all staff titles."

Person You Work For 3 / 5 People You Work With 1 / 5 Work Setting 2 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 2 / 5 Way You Work 3 / 5
Programmer Analyst at University of Missouri
in Columbia, MO

What do you like about working at University of Missouri?

"Dabbling in science. I like being able to work on scientific research without having a PhD."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Run. Run as fast and as far as you can."

What don't you like about working at University of Missouri?

"Without a Ph.D. you have no intellectual standing. Your opinion and expertise are not respected. There are no career paths, and getting a raise or promotion takes an act of god."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"More technology. There are numerous areas where technology could improve the work, and make the work easier."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 1 / 5 Work Setting 2 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 2 / 5 Way You Work 2 / 5
Programmer Analyst at Cognizant
in Dallas, TX

What do you like about working at Cognizant?

"The amount of positions throughout the company. There are several (and updated) positions around the company with locations from London to San Francisco."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Hard work is, in fact, rewarded well. Just be willing put in A LOT of hard work. Most of the employees are Indian with an incredible work ethic; the ones onsite worked extremely hard to be promoted to onsite from offshore."

What don't you like about working at Cognizant?

"What I get out of working 60 hours in each week does not pay off. I am expected to work this amount every day, with no benefits or overtime. Our environment is still incredibly messy, but I am micromanaged to a point where I can barely be productive. I am a young person and I have found myself to be more productive if I can take a break every so often, checking popular technology sites around the internet. Here, this is an exaggeration, I get an access denied page when going to google.com. This combined with micromanaging, long hours without acknowledgement or overtime, and not a friendly work-place environment lead to an extremely high stress level."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Make the team understand that if there is a problem, the world will not end. That if there is an issue that has you working until 8-10 PM, you don't have to work through the night to finish.There are never any rewards or acknowledgements of your hard work; you can put in a 24 hour day and your supervisor expects you to be able to pull another all nighter the next day."

Person You Work For 2 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4 / 5
Company Culture 2 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5
Programmer Analyst at Travis Credit Union
in Vacaville, CA

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"good for growth, not for long term"

What do you like about working at Travis Credit Union?

"Great people with good top level leadership. Using cutting edge technology for a mid-level credit union."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"This is a strong culture of micro management. Make sure that you are a person that can thrive in that sort of environment."

What don't you like about working at Travis Credit Union?

"The IT management is poor. They have managers not leaders."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Require managers to have mandatory leadership courses. They would do well to truly understand how to manage people."

Person You Work For 1 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 2 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5
Programmer Analyst at Alabama Department of Insurance
in Montgomery, AL

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"ASP.NET, SQL, Crystal Reports"

What do you like about working at Alabama Department of Insurance?

"Great facility and my co workers there was very friendly and was always willing to help."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Research is the number one key when going in for an interview. This is a State Agency so at least know the State of Alabama Insurance Commissioner."

What don't you like about working at Alabama Department of Insurance?

"It was nothing that I didn't like just was time for me to grow and better myself."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Try to stay competitive in terms of salary with the current IT market."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5
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