Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – March 26, 2017
Very poor management. Anyone looking for a job should stay away from this place. Everything about this place is bad, more notably management. They used their culture as a hiring theme it sad because they absolutely have none.
Senior Vice President, Professional Services (Former Employee) – Brookfield, WI – January 19, 2015
Talented employee base. Inexperienced and mis-guided CEO, Sales EVP will prevent this company from ever reaching its potential. An absolute risk-avoidance mentality pervades the organization, which has proven to be extremely frustrating to those experienced employees who see the opportunity.
The combination of these two factors will ultimately result in a net outflow of talent.
Unorganized corporate structure with high turnover.
Field Engineer Project Lead (Former Employee) – Brookfield, WI – September 29, 2013
In my 6 years at Paragon Development Systems there was never a time where layoffs were not discussed at meetings with co-workers or even company meetings. There was a constant fear of what may come next anywhere from offices closing to new owners taking over.
I learned a lot and kept my job fairly secure by accepting 60-70% travel, sometimes more and being open to being out of the state for up to 8 weeks at a time with little to no notice. Leading teams became second nature to me and I was very quick to pick up at each new client with how to best communicate with them and follow their companies policies and exceed their expectations from PDS. I most enjoyed meeting the new people each time and challenging myself to make the projects successful with whatever was handed to me.
The hardest part of the job was having a new team of temporary hires for each project and re-training each team from scratch while sometimes dealing with short deadlines. On a good team this was not an issue, but on some teams that lacked experience the job turned quickly to 80-90 hour work weeks.
Overall I appreciate the time I spent at PDS, and the knowledge and experience I gained by traveling the country to all different types of clients but moving forward I would be looking for something with a more solid and educated corporate structure.
Lots of diverse experience
Lack of educated management, no internal advancement
Productive and fun workplace with a ping pong table.
Field Engineer (Former Employee) – Wausau, WI – February 13, 2013
PDS - Wausau is amazing. I was let go due to cuts, I however made it past three rounds.
Typical work day - you never really knew. Could be a slow 4 hour day, or a fast 12 hour day. I learned a lot about hardware troubleshooting and replacement. Direct management was incredible. Co-workers were helpful. Hardest part of the job was when I was away on multi-day deployments and having nothing to do after the work was done for the day. Most enjoyable part was not knowing exactly what you would be doing for the day. Could be doing hardware troubleshooting one minute, then you are needed to help another department doing something completely different.
occasional free lunches, flexibility, great direct management.
no matching 401k, healthcare was weak, constantly feeling worried about more cuts.
PC Technician (Former Employee) – Wichita, KS – August 24, 2012
I worked for PDS in wichita ks for a W9 contract assignment. Everything onsite with the IT staff was excellent. No issues. PDS decided to outsource they're payroll to Tapat Solutions. To make a long story short. Getting paid under these circumstances was extremely difficult and I ended up having to go to the HR manager for PDS before any results were produced. The last payroll period for me with them ended up being a week later than it was agreed upon, and then i received a paper check to the wrong address.
excellent recruitment spiel, very good job placement
poor project coordination and management, un needed payroll difficulties.