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Perceptive Software Reviews

Updated 26 January 2015
Updated 26 January 2015
15 Reviews
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Pros
  • People are very kind and the work-life balance is highly valued (in 14 reviews)

  • If you need to work from home, then that is completely fine with them most of the time (in 7 reviews)


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

  • Professional Services Policies are a mess (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Culturally bankrupt, few perks, dinosaur parent company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    - Untracked PTO. The general rule is that employees are encouraged to take 3-4 weeks of vacation per year. As long as you get your work done, taking time off isn’t a problem.

    - Flexible work hours and location. Every employee is issued a laptop which allows flexible working hours (8-5 isn’t a requirement for everyone) and work from home flexibility.

    - The new building in Lenexa is a very nice space overall. The open concept “collaboration pods” are a bunch of baloney but there’s a lot of neat technology in the conference rooms and the cafe serves pretty good food.

    - Matching 401k. The company matches up to 5% and they throw in an extra 1% automatically just because.

    Cons

    - Lexmark. The Perceptive acquisition has been poorly managed for 4 years because Lexmark doesn’t know anything about the software industry. They don’t seem to understand that software companies must have great perks and benefits to draw top talent and to keep current employees happy. This is the expectation, not an exception. All of the perks that Perceptive once had are gone or are being phased out. We don’t have a gym anymore. The cost of benefits keeps going up while the HR execs lie about Obamacare being the reason (it’s not - Lexmark just doesn’t want to pay for good benefits). Pay is low. Company happy hours are so infrequent they may as well not exist. No more company holiday or summer parties. Out of touch and bad management. No job security. Everything adds up to morale being low and people jumping ship left and right and recruiters being unable to hire great talent because there’s no reason to work for this company. Lexmark’s solution is to re-org departments and hire consultants to tell them that morale is, in fact, low, neither of which are an actual solution to the problem.

    - Good ole’ boy management. You will not be promoted in to management because you do your job well and you would be a great manager. You are promoted in to management because an executive level manager likes you. This is the place for you if you are a self-promoting ladder climber and expert of nothing.

    - Poor management. Managers and directors generally have no idea how to do their jobs (see above) and the executive level managers don’t care because they are out of touch with what’s going on in the company at the ground level.

    - Profitability. Perceptive hasn’t been consistently profitable and as a result, there have been 4 rounds of layoffs in the last 2 years. Executive management excessively protects sales so there are never cuts from that department, so R&D and professional services take the bulk of the layoffs. Despite still not being profitable after acquiring 7 companies, executive managers insist on buying other companies rather than making the existing product better. This is a direct result of executive management having no vision or long-term strategy.

    - Pay. Salaries are below market and raises are non-existent. Sales complains about low salaries but their base salary + commission is higher than pretty much everyone else’s salary. The worst-kept secret is that Lexmark employees doing the same jobs make more than Perceptive employees. Perceptive has been treated like an unwanted step-child through the entire acquisition and the pay disparity makes it worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Selling out to Lexmark was a bad move for everyone but yourselves. It's too late to fix that mistake but you can focus on improving employee morale and retention so that the acquisition isn't a total disaster. It's your fault that Perceptive is unhealthy financially and culturally so it stands to reason that it's on you to make Perceptive a place people want to work again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Software Engineering Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Perceptive Software full-time

    Pros

    Very good compensation, with Lexmark Benefits, Matching 401k

    Cons

    No direction, good ole boy network.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Business Development Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BDM in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - BDM in Paris (France)

    I have been working at Perceptive Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great team, great marketing team, great time balance

    Cons

    since Perceptive acquired other companies the integration of those new companies damaged the business development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    really need more people in PS and SE team to be more efficient, need to be more accurate in our RFP replies to be more competitive

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

    Headquarter centeric! Going through growing pains.

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

    I worked at Perceptive Software full-time (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
  6.  

    Perceptive Software sales and marketing organizations are very poorly run

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Perceptive Software full-time (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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Wasted 6 years of my life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not such a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management is really bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  10. 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
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    It's like a permanent vacation!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Shawnee, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Developer in Shawnee, KS (US)

    I have been working at Perceptive Software

    Pros

    Free leftover food, quite a bit of it around after client visits. I liked being able to use the gym and converse with my coworkers in the open areas. Cool to hit the xbox every once and a while

    Cons

    Tough to get your ideas pushed through. I've had a difficult time getting my manager to follow through on items I bring forth in my PDP. I've made recommendations on areas I'd like to venture out in and my manager hasn't given me the time of day. I feel like its impossible to gain new skills. I believe that working here will pigeon hole you if you're not careful. There really aren't too many skills you could take away to other local companies if you try to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take personal development seriously. Don't just tell employees that we get the perks and that we need to be grateful for them. I've heard time and time again from management that we're lucky to have games, slide, segways, and free beer. Management needs to push real rewards and present real challenges

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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