Genscape Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 12 Aug 2019

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Genscape CEO Jon Ecker
Jon Ecker
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  • "Like any company experiencing rapid growth, there are sometimes some growing pains(in 5 reviews)

  • "Can't refuse their demands so the leadership team just roles over and lets them abuse people who have been loyal to the company for years(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Toxic culture"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Genscape full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Free food and drinks all day every day - That's about it

    Cons

    - Say goodbye to any work life balance - No performance or merit raises - Constant pressure to deliver products that no one uses or cares about - Constant churn - at least half the IT team has left in the last year. People leave and no one is hired to replace them, so you are expected to pick up their work now - Aging infrastructure. Some of the software is 15 years old and still needs to be supported - no time to fix or improve it - Be on support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! - don't expect to have your weekends off - if any of the 200+ applications or databases go down (maybe 1 customer is complaining), expect your phone to ring at 3AM on Christmas eve. - Incompetent IT management - a combinations of managers that either have no software background, IT experience or no management experience what so ever. - fake scrum teams that use the worst type of agile methodology you will see anywhere in the industry - they still call it agile though - low pay - don't expect a raise or a bonus - constant pressure to deliver new products - but there are no users for these new products - build them anyway, and then watch them not get used, ever. - stress and anxiety through out the organizations - even outside IT. Customers keep dropping out every day. - Rampant cronyism - just make friends with some of the higher ups - no need to get any work done as long as you go along with the bad ideas and claim to be on the side of management - just remember "toe the line and you will be fine" - CEO is terrible and only shows up to events with prepared one-liners and platitudes. Proudly encourages employees to get intoxicated. Provides no answers to tough questions - reads from prepared statements at all meetings and company events. Serves as a puppet for DMGT to communicate instructions to the wider organization. Can't even do that properly - so expect constant competing messages from different parts of the organization - your boss will tell you one thing, then CEO will tell you something else in a meeting and then expect another message from someone else. But if you ask a question, you will receive an even more confusing answer and be labeled a trouble maker. Keeps everyone anxious and stressed.

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start your data or commodities career"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commodities Analyst in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genscape full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Incredible place to learn about commodity markets and data. Cutting edge thought leadership in both spaces - Great place to begin your career in data science or commodity markets. You will work with some incredibly smart people. You will leave an expert of your domain. - They give people with non-standard resumes a chance. - Great work life balance - Very flexible and relaxed work environment, but works hard when required

    Cons

    - Pays less than market value for similar market fundamentals positions, but this is balanced by the relative lack of stress compared to being on the trade floor, work life balance, employment to people with non standard resumes, and location, specifically the Boulder office. The quality of life in Colorado cant be replaced if you choose to work in NYC or Philadelphia. - Flat organizational structure, so lack of promotion opportunities.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Perks and Coworkers"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genscape full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If somebody finds a good idea here, they can drive it forward. It's a great place to make a difference. The people here are very smart, motivated, and focused on customers. The perks are great. Work-life balance is great. And the company cares about the community.

    Cons

    The company had to get through some difficult technical debt last year - no fun. But now that's paying off so it's a great time to join up.

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  4. Helpful (6)

    "Doesn't live up to the hype ..."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genscape full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Very nice office space and work place perks - Somewhat flexible hours allows for work life balance - Fun work environment and co-workers - Great place to gain entry level experience in commodity markets

    Cons

    - Pay is substantially below the market average - Benefits are just ok, nothing special - Management lacks initiative and projects lack planning/funding - Teams are siloed with very few opportunities for advancement - Managers seem to of been promoted by default because they stuck around while others left for better opportunities outside the company. This is evident in the way they manage their teams and their lack of management skills. - Work can be repetitive - Don't be fooled by "Best Places to Work in Kentucky" awards. Companies pay to be included in these rankings.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Louisville office - Good place to work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genscape full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free snacks and drinks of every kind, including alchol. Catered food every fridays and sometimes randomly during the week. Basically, you are always well fed. The coffee is always flowing, pretty much any creamer you can imagine. There is also a full kitchen if you like to cook. Great office space. Onsite gym with trainers and showers. Excellent work life balance and work from home time .. though it might depend on the team. Great benefits. Some travel to other offices since it is spread out across the globe, which can be nice for some people who like to travel and see other cities. Generally nice and friendly people.

    Cons

    Genscape is a provider of energy and commodities information. So there is no down time. Like other reviewers mention, the quality of managers is pretty bad in general. Most of the managers are the people who never left. The tech stack is still a few years behind the times. A lot of apps were built 15 years ago and are still heavily relied upon - these have ended being the bread and butter of the company.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Growing Company, Great Opportunities!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genscape full-time

    Pros

    Employees are encouraged to take control of their own career, and develop in a way that is interesting to them. Great culture with a focus around work-life balance and employee development. There are opportunities to expand your skill set and pioneer new programs or products that are of huge impact to the company.

    Cons

    Rapid growth comes with growing pains. Sometimes required to be reactive in daily practices rather than proactive and forward thinking. Need to ensure appropriate levels of staff to support the growth we are experiencing.

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  7. "Quantitative Analyst"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genscape full-time

    Pros

    Nice coworkers and managers, good benefits, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Not a lot of directions from leadership, high turnover rate

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful place to work at!"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Genscape full-time

    Pros

    The culture, the people, work-life balance, interesting work

    Cons

    pay is not as competitive as other places

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great work life balance, underpaid and mo focus."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     

    I have been working at Genscape

    Pros

    work life balance is great. Fun company atmosphere

    Cons

    You will have little voice. Very flat company, little room for upward growth.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Quantitative Analyst"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Genscape full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work. Clients find efforts useful. The working culture is excellent. Decent work-life balance. Food provided occasionally in office.

    Cons

    No strong cons that I can think off. Despite best efforts by the company, salaries as a trader will two to three times this.

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