Perceptive Software Reviews

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Pros
  • People are very kind and the work-life balance is highly valued (in 12 reviews)

  • Flexible time off and work from home schedule (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • There is a bit of a clique-ish mentality in middle management that is somewhat difficult to crack (in 6 reviews)

  • Product is a little cumbersome and the growth process of being acquired by Lexmark is not super smooth (in 3 reviews)

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    Headquarter centeric! Going through growing pains.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Perceptive Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun Positive Energy in the company headquarters

    Communicates well company wide (monthly meetings and biweekly updates)

    Great 401k matching (5% matching + 1% just because)

    Cons

    Acquired Companies too fast, feeling growing pains.

    Difficulty integrating new and better products (Basically they want to sell clients a product that hasnt seen much revision UI wise. Think windows 3.1 kind of dialog feeling)

    Company culture is not present at remote offices.

    HQ centric. If you don't work in KC, you don't matter. Basically, we working as a remote team needed the HQ team to develop something on their main product. It took them 6 months and we needed to have their Director of Engineering to tell the teams to actually do the work. (They kept pushing it off)

    HQ talent and development speed is incredibly slow.

    Too much integration. Want to make their product one monolithic product rather than having the smaller products accel at what they do.

    --Local Office

    Terrible people to work with. Very caustic, ego driven, high pressure, mentality is: DEVELOP DEVELOP DEVELOP!

    Incredibly unprofessional work environment. People yell at one another. "You F*ed up the build! Go fix it!" rather than "Hey the build is broken, could you take a look at what caused it? I think its related to X, Y or Z in your code"

    No time to think or learn new technology

    These are not fun people you want to hang out with outside of work.

    Poor management chain. The main manager works from home.

    Poor path to promotion

    Doubled the physical size of the office and then laid off half the engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HIRE MORE YOUNG AND UPBEAT PEOPLE.

    Eliminate the strict usage of scrum

    Get rid of rally, its terribly slow and is only good for making managers feel good that the numbers are changing.

    Make the remote offices feel more like members of the team. Integrate cross functional teams with the KC office.

    Encourage more travel between HQ and remote offices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Perceptive Software sales and marketing organizations are very poorly run

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Perceptive Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not many unless you like hanging around work at 4pm on a Friday once every couple of months for a "Pour-by-4" . . .just what I always wanted . . . spend more time with my work mates at the start of a weekend.

    Cons

    Sales management in particular is very unprofessional and inexperienced. They tend to hire young, cheap labor from Kansas City area and push them until they burn out and leave. 2 year tenure is considered a veteran. Pay (commission) plan is so convoluted and confusing that they had to create a special calculator spreadsheet to estimate what they have another system already setup to calculate. . . and once you figure out the net commission rate you will want to cry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop buying unrelated, disparate companies and then expect your sales staff to sell their products and services after a 10 or 15 minute power point presentation on the product that you pass off as "sales training".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Wasted 6 years of my life

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Shawnee, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Shawnee, KS (US)

    I worked at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    Great product, some very good people and plenty of work to do. Creativity and IQs run very high at PSI.

    Cons

    If you aren't in the 'favorites' group you are going nowhere. They aren't looking for people who tell them how it really is. They want "yes men". If you are a ladder climbing, backstabbing, finger pointing, guru of nothing but self promotion this is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good, hard look at the quality of people who have walked away in the last two years. They left because they didn't fit the culture of arrogance and hubris. They were people who cared about others and Imagenow. Not everyone lobby's vocally for the promotion; some people actually work for it. Recognize them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not such a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    Free food in US office only.. sorry UK guys who get no free food.. especially during lunch meetings
    Endless bbq's
    Free coke
    Lots of parking space
    Mexican across the car park

    Cons

    Managment are clueless
    Endless systems
    Management made up of people picked out from a hat
    Employees have no direction from their managers
    Don't like employees who have a brain or ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to complaints by employees, my friend in UK sits near an ISR who claims to make 50 fake calls per day, his manager knows this but has ignored this... wake up mr manager on your high salary and smell the roses!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management is really bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Shawnee, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shawnee, KS (US)

    I worked at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    party house - lots of parties and drinks
    work from home when needed
    flexible work hours
    free pop
    free bagels and donuts on Friday

    Cons

    Being good at politics is very important here. You get promoted not by your talent, but by who is your buddy, friend. You get kicked out if you are not one of them. Management team are really close to each other so that they can screw up anyone they want. If you are social and can talk you will be successful. If you can only do things even you have great talent you are screwed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The executive team should be alert about management team. Good management team should not use politics to manage team. Instead they should keep equal distance with everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Wanted to post the warning since a friend of mine wanted to apply there. It's a den of cronies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    A paycheck and health benefits.

    Cons

    They made a lot of promises they never fulfilled, and the job environment ended up not being as advertised. If you are talented or experienced, you will not be promoted or listened to which hurts them competitively tremendously. Number one qualification: non-threatening to the cronies. They have a layer of people that have been there for years that will do anything to maintain their alpha-dog status. Upper management has no political will to get rid of or discipline the old buddy they drink with. By policy, they do not hire anyone significant or empowered from the outside. Their attempt to implement Agile development is a scripted side-show, because they are truly not open to collaboration or competition or questioning of crony ideas. As far as checking that box in the survey on whether they share information or can be trusted I checked NO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As hard as it will be, gut your development management, starting from the top. Get beyond the fact these guys drink with you, golf with you and are your special buddy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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