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North Plains Systems Reviews

Updated 3 September 2017
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "The good and the bad"

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    Current Employee - Developer in London, England
    Current Employee - Developer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at North Plains Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great working on new products the CPO is really good and approachable. Get to work on new tech with new products

    Cons

    A lot of maintenance on older products built on old tech which require non-transferable skills. Lot of the people have left either to look for a better paid job or have been let go because of cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let all your staff go!


  2. "Used to be good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at North Plains Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people on the ground

    Cons

    Bad management. Upper management out of touch


  3. Helpful (10)

    "London office cut by a third"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice quiet office to get work done in as there's no one who works here anymore.

    Cons

    Laid off 9 people this week with no warning using a secret scoring system, ie get rid of the ones we don;t like.

    Advice to Management

    Just shut the office down and be done with it, that's obviously what you want to happen anyway.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "All aboard the redundancy bus!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A new face most weeks.... before they realise what a state the company is and walk off within the first few weeks

    Cons

    Where to start.. poor (VERY poor leadership) 4 CEOs in as many years - can't imagine it being too long before the next one comes along.
    A lot of empty pews in the offices now.

    Advice to Management

    Give up and go home.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "This place is a complete car crash."

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    Former Employee - Various in London, England
    Former Employee - Various in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at North Plains Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are still some great people left here. They're trying to leave.

    Cons

    Three medium sized companies were acquired and then smashed together by a group of hapless, unpleasant executives led by a Toronto mafiosi / bus driver / cartoon villain. He lasted a year before being sacked along with all of his witless, lying, boys club executives.

    Enter a new CEO, Mimi Thigpen, who took over and in all fairness made the right noises - but she had an impossible task to sort out a company which was fatally demoralised and understaffed thanks to the sociopathic efforts of her predecessor and his team, whose contempt for their staff left some pretty deep scars all round.

    It's well worth looking up the 2012 - 2014 leadership of this company on LinkedIn, and vowing never employ anyone on there if they have the word Executive in their job title.

    Advice to Management

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


  7. Helpful (7)

    "North Plains had its ups and downs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at North Plains Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some really talented people work(ed) here, but the majority of the good people have already left. The culture was really good, relaxed atmosphere, people worked flexibly as long as you get the job done. Good career progression to a certain extent. Not so large company so any strong effort put in can make positive impact.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there are more cons than pros. Not enough help and support given between departments, have to ask for authorisation for other departments to help out something minor. Salary isn't the best in the market. It seems the only way to get decent salary increase is to change job titles often to justify the reason for increase whereas some hard working individuals who stay where they are get very little. Too many rounds of redundancies happened a couple of years ago, which demotivated a lot of people. The majority of these problems happened because of the ex CEO of North Plains and the rest of his executive team. Possibly this also stemmed from Accel KKR. It isn't fair to get rid of people lower in the organisation who can do their job and keep the higher paid executives who failed the company. Glad that Mimi got rid of most of them but the damage was already done. I've seen experienced employees who have trained new hires, only to find out that once the new hire was up to scratch, the old one on higher salary was made redundant and this happened twice as far as I'm aware, but this was when JC was CEO.

    You have the extremes of people who gets along with everyone and you have some people who are extremely difficult to work with. Customers are lied to quite often without rectifying problems to put a stop to it.

    Skills wise, there aren't much transferable skills to learn. First few years is fine, but any longer than that you'll end up falling behind in the market and would feel under valued. Most people left either because of no career progression, not learning enough or salary is not competitive enough, in my case it was combination of all.

    Advice to Management

    Management are not transparent enough to employees. Need to recognise and award hard working individuals who puts effort in their role and for the company, not awarding people who talks to management most often.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "I am happy here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at North Plains Systems full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment, opportunities to grow, flexibility

    Cons

    Been through a lot of restructure, lots of people leaving the company

    Advice to Management

    better communication, encouragement for creativity, listen to the employee suggestions


  9. Helpful (17)

    "Last one out turn off the lights"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at North Plains Systems full-time

    Pros

    Very few these days, used to be the culture and people but the culture has been systematically dismantled and all the talented and able people have left the company.

    Cons

    Run by a bunch of career managers who don't have a spark of innovation or initiative between them. There is no inspirational leadership and the management team seem bent on reducing the overheads in order to make it a more appealing prospect to sell or dismantle. Large customers are seeing the way the wind is blowing and jumping ship and without any sales people bringing in new customers there doesn't seem to be much of a future for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they deserve, get rid of all the 50+ suits and bring in some dynamism, energy and new ideas. This isn't the 1980s and you don't work for IBM, this company need an injection of talent and not a parade of tired old middle managers.


  10. "Technican"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at North Plains Systems full-time

    Pros

    Join with no experience and leave with experience.

    Cons

    Bad company and management, no future.


  11. "Good for first work experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good for first work experience

    Cons

    Do not stay too long


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