Systems In Motion Reviews

Updated 3 May 2017

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4 Ratings
  1. "Go in new, get some experience, leave"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Technical Manager in Newark, CA
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Systems In Motion for more than a year

    Pros

    SIM (now Nexient): Entry point company for people wanting to get into IT in the midwest and gain experience across a variety of client domains.

    Cons

    Management culture is more suited to off shore body shopping. However the majority of employees as US citizens and aren't in IT for the greencard.

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  2. Helpful (4)

    "IT Architect"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Systems In Motion full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They get you a job reasonably quickly.

    Cons

    FRAUDSTERS These guys have marketing agents that could sell ice cream to an eskimo. They promise stuff, sign contracts and show as though they offer the real deal. But when the time to deliver comes, they relegate on their promises big time!! Probably one of the biggest cheats I have ever seen. And you will realize the same when you do business with these phonies.

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  3. "most horrible company to work for!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Systems In Motion full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    all projects are Agile, which helps gain more knowledge on Agile methodolgy

    Cons

    terrible management. boring projects. HR and managers have a lot of politics going around

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Developer Intern"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Systems In Motion

    Pros

    Budding company, interested in expansion, good benefits.

    Cons

    No culture, boring work, tedious management structure.

    Systems In Motion Response

    April 13, 2015CEO

    I'm sorry that your experience was a negative one. I would like to hear more details about your experience. If you are comfortable, please reach out to me directly to give me more information so that we can address the specifics and improve in these areas going forward.

  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to grow, have to set your own limits"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Systems In Motion

    Pros

    Being in an environment where there is a ton of devs with vary levels of experience is awesome. If you want to learn something there is always someone who has experience. Game room is pretty nice and people are actually free to use it when they want, not like other places I've been where going to the lounge was frowned upon. Work-life balance is fine as long as you speak up. If a project gets behind and someone ask you to put in time they are truly asking. If you say that you can't work 60 hr weeks people will understand. That said, I've rarely had to put in more than a 40 hour work week. Lots of room for growth if you show initiative and are good at what you do. If you're mediocre there's just too much talent coming in to expect growth.

    Cons

    Time off and PTO are rolled together which is unfortunate. There isn't a lot of consistency in project length, you may be on a project for 3 months or 3 years. There's always work, but it would be nice to know when you can expect to pick up something new.

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    "Disappointed at the company at the rate it's going at. The company is not stable and it will not take long for the compa"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Systems In Motion full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Gives chance to Juniors and hires a lot. Flexible Hours (Can be an issue if you question anything, see cons)

    Cons

    Hours are flexible but it all depends on HR and Managers. If anyone of them have issues with an individual, then you're in for a rough drive. The company is not stable at this time because there are lots of new changes and almost all sr. management is new. HR always lacked in providing good service and their doors are always closed and HR has big attitude issues, extremely moody and rude. HR is really good at blaming the managers and employees without taking any type of ownership. Despite all of this, HR people are getting promoted like anything and most of HR people barely has 3-4 years of experience. Kids running the company, great.

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    Systems In Motion Response

    February 17, 2015CEO

    The issues you raise are of great concern to me and I would like the opportunity to address them directly with you. I can assure you I will handle your feedback with the utmost confidentiality. I would appreciate it if you would reach out to me so I can understand the issues in greater detail and put together an action plan that addresses the concerns. I hope to hear directly from you soon. Thank you, Mark

  7. Helpful (5)

    "You get what you put in"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Systems In Motion

    Pros

    It's a corporation that contract you to clients or sub contract you. They do hire a variety of people at different level of skills. Like any job, this is very heavy in communication. You do a lot of coding but you also spend a lot of time talking to client. How great your experience is depends on 1. How skilled and talented you are. 2. How much time you are willing to put in. 3. Your project/Project Team members. Not everyone will be lucky to have a good team. My current team is horrible and plays the blame game, Now I'm picking up the pieces and expected to give them a miracle. Remember you are all hired as a consultant, so the client expect you to answer a lot o questions. If you are new and freshly graduated, this may get very hairy and overwhelming. Like any job...the ones who can't handle it will break and leave or be dropped. It's the life of a consultant. I am very happy with SIM. I am not happy with the client. How much you get paid, is how much experience you have, and how much negotiation skills you have. If you will accept any offer people give you then yes, you will always be underpaid regardless of company. If you are willing to tell them "I disagree, pay is always negotiable and if it is not, you may seek another candidate.".

    Cons

    I understand we are here to make the client happy, but they are not always right. I started with a Senior Architect/Project Lead who I can consult with questions and get help if I'm overwhelmed with something challenging. Client took him out. And the Contract Manager we were subcontracted to. It created a mess and now I'm losing sleep and my social life to the client. I'm royally mad at at the Client. SIM had a good structure inlace for a "just-incase" situations. It works. Client took it out so it's Hell.

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    Systems In Motion Response

    December 26, 2014CEO

    Thank you for your feedback. On the client situation, if you are comfortable, please reach out to me directly and let me know more of the details. I would like to try to help improve things with the client so you are set up to succeed. I will look into how we can improve our training on how to succeed with clients in general. We already have some improvements coming in 2015 to strengthen our agile methodology, training, and tools.

  8. "Good company"

    5.0
     

    I have been working at Systems In Motion

    Pros

    Good attitude towards developers, not too much dumb practises

    Cons

    Low-ish pay. A bit below average pay for entry level work

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  9. Helpful (4)

    "Welcoming environment"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Quality Assurance Tester 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Systems In Motion full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly environment. Open communication with colleagues. Awesome game room

    Cons

    working during the night. tasks not equally distributed among team

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  10. Helpful (8)

    "No value for the employees and low balls people"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Systems In Motion full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company has very experienced and nice human beings in personal life. They give chance to juniors.

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance because Bosses expects a LOT. Sales/VPs' gives wrong expectations to the clients and it results into employees working 50+ hours per week. Juniors don't get proper training and that results into their poor work ethic as most of them are fresh out of high school and never had a full-time job before. Bosses are dishonest and lies to employees: They promise Overtime pay but they don't pay; they promise extra PTO time for working OT but they don't give out extra PTO as promised. HR Department is useless and hardly ever helps Employees and they start feeding wrong information to managers/bosses that results in employees's termination or quitting. HR is too controlling and moody, employees are scared to contact HR for any issues for the same reason. No one can really say anything to HR because they report to Sr. higher-up management. HR basically makes the final decision. As noted above in Pros: you hire really good people but hardly any of them can work in a team environment including Sr. Management. Recent VPs are experienced but they have no work ethic and can't work with team.

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    Systems In Motion Response

    December 10, 2014CEO

    Thank you for your candid feedback. Let me assure you that your views are seen by me and the entire management team. We care about you and the culture of this company and are committed to improving so every employee feels valued and knows the importance of their contributions to our business. What would help me the most would be specific details about your experience. If you are comfortable (and I’d encourage you to be), please reach out to me directly to discuss further. After being at SIM for 3 months now, I know the key to our success is the talent we employ and I’m 100% committed to making the company a great place to work for all of its employees. – Mark Orttung, CEO, Systems in Motion

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