Lead QA Engineer (Current Employee), Bangalore, Karnataka – February 17, 2014
Much to learn about the product, good working culture.
a typical day at work- Everyday a challange •what you learned: Investment management •management: Need more collabration •your co-workers: good to work with them •the hardest part of the job: Never ending learning •the most enjoyable part of the job: Gives you more knowledge
Software Developer (Former Employee), Windsor CT – August 25, 2013
Pros: cafeteria on premises, casual dress code
Cons: long hours, cliquish team environment, given tasks without detailed explanation of what is expected and what the problems are therein
This company is not what it appears to be. On the outside everything is great. Your team will tell you that you are right on track. You will be coming to work on time every day from a long commute and even staying the long hours. You will be tasked with multiple projects and you will meet the deadlines that were expected. And yet you will get a phone – more... call to report to a conference room with your boss's boss sitting in the room who never saw your work or was evaluating you at all because your own boss is on vacation where you will be told that you did not meet expectations and that you are being let go as of today and given a severance package. What happened ? Where was the disconnect ? You knew your reports programming both inside and out. You knew how to import the data into the databases and create reports manually let alone automate them. You knew enough to know that their web application had a runtime loop in it and it lacked the sufficient error handling and exception handling in it after the first week you were assigned to the task. Worse the web configuration file has relative paths and is not code agnostic so that really means moving the application to anywhere that is not a perfect storm of where its directories, file structure, dynamic linked libraries, executable and other components are installed the thing will fail outright. But the team developer told you that the machine to test the application on was one that did not even have the major components installed even when you recreated all of the directories and hierarchy of files there so while he insisted this would work on any machine that was not quite correct and yet when you moved the revised program to the correct machine all of your changes worked and yet you were held accountable for the delay. The HR person was telling me I suffered from a generic performance lapse and yet she could cite nothing specific or quantifiable in terms of a metric as how it had come to this and none of my team who supervised any of the work were there to give any feedback let alone my boss who was still on vacation. Then she started crying as I was given a window to talk and it was because she realized on some level within her being after firing other individuals that week that what was being done was not right or did not add up and her humanity showed which to me was strangely comforting rather than the atypical cold stereotype I would have had to deal with. She allowed me the dignity to walk on my own terms and pack up my own personal effects rather than allow the senior vice president to collect them which would look to others that you had been fired from all appearances which seem to confuse him by the look on his face. His confusion came from my refusal to have him go through my personal belongings which I found quite odd for him to raise an eyebrow at that.. would he not want the same ? Somehow I think that in the overall scheme of things from the outside reflecting on the matter I lucked out. SS&C is not a place to spend a career in the long term at least for me. I was paid out vacation and a nice severance package I suppose due to what was felt was best at the time but my boss and my team who decided this action weeks ago it would seem. It is high stress you are working around the accountants who are put under extreme pressure and you who maintain a lot of their systems are put under the gun. This is a hedge fund/ private asset management company and dealing with so much money and you see the realities of how those around the impact of high end finances behave over the long run. It isn't pretty at times based on the mood swings you might see or the people who pass by your cube glaring looking to catch you web surfing when you aren't in ambush mode. Your health and overall well being aren't worth the paycheck in the long run. Most of the guys who worked with me were younger than me and had bags under their eyes and had beer guts and eat at Wendy and had buffalo wings every day and looked like they were fifty years old instead of their late twenties and early thirties. What should have been telling to me was I was introduced to a developer who was looking to start up with the company and he quit after two days. That should have been a red flag for me. – less
Systems Infrastructure Engineer (Current Employee), New York, NY – August 21, 2013
Pros: hands on with your work, self managed
Cons: 24/7 duties
A great company to work for, full of growth and challenges. In my area of the company, we focus on the OMS and Trading sides of the financial industry. It is fast past and very demanding, but also allows us opportunities to learn a variety of information technology standards and protocols. Along with that we get the opportunity to work with equipment – more... from cutting edge tech to past EOL machines. Always progressing with new projects and standards. – less
accountant (Current Employee), cranford, nj – December 20, 2012
Pros: free drinks and casual attire allowed
Cons: favoritism, high turnover, little interaction with upper management.
There is little to no training or guidance yet high expectations of no errors. Management is reclusive. The work load results in one to work very long hours yet management say do not want their staff to work late. One works harder and faster they are given more work. Promise made for advancement yet no room for advancement. Supervisors very condescendingly – more... & offer poor training and guidance. – less