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31 October 2019

Does Ellucian offer relocation assistance?

Pros

The people I get to work with each day The company is growing to recruit higher education experts from a vast field of subject areas - not just IT. Ellucian is no longer just a software installation company, we improve students lives through tools that empower them to achieve their goals Company wants you to maintain a healthy work/life balance and has supports built in to help you achieve that. Compensation and benefits package is above the median for my geographic area Opportunities for personal growth and development are supported (and funded) by Ellucian: tuition reimbursement, licensure/certification, LinkedIn Learning, conferences, etc.

Cons

Some personalities may feel disconnected working in such a large company

Compensation and benefits package is above the median for my geographic area

31 October 2019

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29 August 2019

Does Ellucian offer a wellness program?

Pros

1. Wonderful work culture 2. Employee Benefits. 3.Employee Skill Upgrade Benefits. 4. Employee Health and Fitness Benefits . 5. Work Life Balance. 6. Flexible timings 7. Free Commutation.

Cons

Could not find any for now

4. Employee Health and Fitness Benefits .

29 August 2019

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21 August 2021

Does Ellucian offer malpractice insurance?

Pros

Good work & life Balance. Flexible Timings. Parents covered under insurance.

Cons

Its all depends on which project you got assigned to. Your technical growth depends on what you are working on. I got assigned for some third party framework which doesn't have any market value. Seeing Senior Managers layoff is little scary but in Ellucian every 2 years once will happen this.

Parents covered under insurance.

21 August 2021

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27 July 2020

What is health insurance like at Ellucian?

Pros

An open culture of collaboration, 50000 for learning a new technical skill, 25000 for health benefits apart from CTC

Cons

Night shift for some teams, no hike in 2020 due to pandemic

An open culture of collaboration, 50000 for learning a new technical skill, 25000 for health benefits apart from CTC

27 July 2020

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21 December 2019

Does Ellucian offer sponsored degrees?

Pros

- Coworkers: Coworkers are generally smart and collaborative. Company has recently gotten rid of people who were dead weight. - Comp and Benefits: Generally competitive comp, but highly variable on getting in at the right time. Higher than average PTO, and a benefit that allows taxed reimbursement for certain health or financial purchases. - Team Independence: The company strikes a good balance between team independence and a top-down design decisions. Teams feel free to do research, and share their findings with other teams, but siloing is still a concern. Company has restructured product management recently to reduce conflicts of interest and create better alignment, and seems to be working. - Technology stack: Can be good parts outside of the core ERPs. Higher education is largely legacy software but the company is tackling vitally important problems with its newer offerings. - Mid and low management is actually decent: in the past 12 months this has significantly improved. My manager has been supportive in my development and willing to fight for the team. - Customer dedication: Ellucian is very passionate about their customer base. This is seen with the large number of employees who have significant tenure. -Work/Life Balance: Managers are accommodating of PTO requests, sick leave. Company has a decently sized segment of remote workers and has the collaboration tools to enable this to work for everyone. Crunch time is rare; people generally work 40-50 hours. On-call exists for some teams, but a 3AM missed page would not result in yelling, like other SaaS companies. Important note: Ellucian has a large segment of workers who are helpdesk; things are not as great there.

Cons

- Hiring Process: Teams must deal with ‘use it or lose it budgeting’ which results in a mentality of hire-and-fire to gamify budgets, rather than trimming out candidates early in the hiring process to get the right skillset fit. No standardization across teams for types of questions, levels of questions. Company has a difficult time understanding that “you get what you pay for” when hiring and recruiters tend to indiscriminately filter out candidates that would be good for other roles but at a higher rate. Company in the past had hired on people in sprees, then had to manage out low performers picked up in the spree, but has kept some low performers on board to preserve budget. Careers site has been broken, and managers wonder why they don’t get resumes. Company has dropped the ball on referrals, and recruiters don’t promote transparency to candidates on what’s holding up the hiring decision. - Budgeting process and hiring fallout: Unnecessarily dragged out and complex. The lapse in budget approval results in being unable to hire people, thus leaving them able to be scooped up by competitors. There is a lack of incentive for responsible staff planning; in response to this uncertainty, managers tend to spend budget zealously once it is ‘released’, and tend to over-allocate requisitions, then remove or transform requisitions after the opening, which to outsiders gives the impression of phantom roles. Hiring freezes occur later in the year to conserve budget, and requisitions are left open for new applicants. Both of these processes can result in a negative candidate experience as people apply, interview, and are “ghosted” due roles being frozen or reallocated. - Budgeting for cloud infrastructure: Teams need to make estimates for cloud infrastructure budgets for up to 15 months ahead of time, without knowledge of product requirements, estimated customer adoption rates, or necessary architecture changes that would affect infrastructure considerations. Estimates are treated as a promise instead of estimates, leading to unnecessary drama when budgets are exceeded due to unforeseen requirements. This leads to a race-to-the-bottom model where teams iterate on architecture with internal cost in mind rather than customer experience or market suitability. Management tends to ask questions around product cost for individual products while not thinking about the opportunities to reduce overall cost across a set of products. - Training: Budgeting for training or conferences is an arcane process, requiring travel and training estimates to be given up to 15 months ahead of an event. Training budget is also “use it or lose it” so there is a preference to training at the beginning of the year rather than a priority preference, which leads to gamification and unnecessary politics. Industry is moving towards shorter tenures and more junior team members sometimes leave before having the opportunity to do any sort of certification or training. Company would be better off assigning some prepaid funds per-person for training rather than the multi-year binary strategy it currently uses. - Private Equity: Owned by PE means frequent cost cutting. Company seems to want to go to the model of hiring a few key people for architecture that guide a large team of low-cost team members with an assumption that these people can act as an autonomous “software factory”. In the past 6 months, there has been enormous pressure to reduce cost through hiring in India, and management seems to be on a death march to implement this, even though they may not personally agree with that directive. It seems like an eventuality that the only persons in US engineering will be management/figureheads. Already, the company has made the decision to shy away from hiring engineers in the coastal tech hubs; markedly admitting it will not compete with tech companies, while externally marketing itself as on the same caliber. There is a “ramp up and maintenance mentality” where the company tends to hire on new people to build greenfield products, then lay them off when the product is destined for maintenance, which leads to bad feelings if these expectations aren’t stated at the beginning. Company’s project-based mentality is more suited for contracting in some cases, except the company’s budget practices don’t align to hire such personnel. This is heavily seen in stagnation of the company’s ERP products. - Bonus structure: Company relies heavily on base salary for individual contributors, which leads to candidates requesting an overall higher total compensation than for competitors to make up the difference. As a result, there is little incentive for high performance or innovation. Sign-on bonuses are not given due to a budgeting constraint. This can severely impact the marketability of the position for candidates that need that flexibility to make up for lost stock compensation. Company values certainty in cost over anything, which in its extreme form can actually cost the company money. - Leveling: On the junior end, company is not competing with competitors’ offers, which is leading to lopsided attrition in the area which needs growth the most. Almost the entire cohort of new grad hires has left, and the company knows it cannot compete. This has resulted in sporadic intake of R&D interns and no consistent associate pipeline in the US. In some cases, more junior members expressed an interest in staying with the company due to the culture, but felt they had to leave to get a more competitive offer, and matching offers can’t be extended due to budget restrictions. Even more senior people are starting to experience the same issue; new guidelines for levels have effectively prolonged tenure within pay bands. People do want to come back, but administrative burdens only make it a reality after the next budgeting cycle. Company’s job postings that list years of experience do not match with internal guidelines and should be effectively ignored. - Highly territorial: Company tends to reflect its customers in higher education in terms of internal processes: they are a professional services company masquerading as a tech company, and it shows. Some internal processes serve to exert control or create the illusion of control rather than streamline delivery. Company as a whole will go to the cloud kicking and screaming. - Consultant mentality: Being in an IC role is more equivalent to being a consultant than a normal technology role. Being able to come up with an answer quickly along with an exact time estimate is valued more highly than being able to automate a process, use a new tool, or remove a bottleneck that will provide real customer value. Lots of time is spent getting small things in writing solely to cover oneself in case of failure of another party, which can lead to an individualist and tense environment more commonly seen in consulting. - “Quality Readouts” - There are efforts to create a global dashboard of software product quality, and the desire for metrics has caused a lot of stress to people implementing products, who are now more concerned with “looking good” to the metrics which require no defects but changing many things. The same quality metrics are used on legacy products as greenfield products. This has led to negative morale and a reduction in innovation as people want to take the safe route. - Operations model: Company needs to look into equipping operations teams with the tools and skills to be a cloud-first organization. Team complexion and skillsets are aligned into a lift-and-shift model, and this won’t be sustainable. Cloud operations team in its current form adds little value due to skill misalignment, and could be heavily automated.

Advice to Management

Recommendations to the company: Company should ultimately adopt the practices of a tech company instead of those of a professional services company. Streamline the budgeting process to avoid games, bad candidate experience, and inflexibility to meet market demands. Make total compensation less dependent on base to encourage innovation and process improvement. Hire in tech hubs - don’t complain about the lack of talent and refuse to spend the money to get the desired level of talent, or at least be more transparent in geographic hiring preferences for engineering. Allow flexibility with sign-on bonuses to bring in the right candidates. Standardize the interview content and process for individual contributors. Provide incentives for innovation over certainty in time and scope. Refine quality metrics to be more aligned with roadmaps, and fit to the product portfolio matrix. Eliminate wasteful internal processes which exist solely to provide an illusion of control. Look into hiring on contract for projects which have a definitive scope, to have more clear expectations for people that would otherwise be hired into a full-time role. Focus IC roles more on the technology and allow specialization, to get away from the consulting mentality of requiring a wide breadth of on-demand skills. Hire operations team members with correct skillset for a Cloud-First SaaS company. Company needs to review the textbook golden triangle of Good-Cheap-Fast. Company says they want Good-Cheap with internal metrics, but actually wants Cheap-Fast on external product roadmaps, which causes undue conflict. Recommendations to candidates: It’s a good company if you can work in areas with new technology, and avoid the politics where possible. Due to current hiring model and pay structure, only principal+ roles would be good to seek out in the R&D division, with the understanding that this is not a principal level role as would exist in similarly sized companies. People who have worked within consulting, or have that mentality will do well here. Take the time during the hiring process to screen your team and your manager to understand the nature of the project and team dynamics. Get vital agreements in writing, both electronic and paper copies. Plan wisely for when to interview, to take advantage of budget games. Keep external offers in your back pocket as insurance, especially around budgeting time.

Higher than average PTO, and a benefit that allows taxed reimbursement for certain health or financial purchases.

21 December 2019

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