Applied Information Sciences

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Applied Information Sciences Reviews

Updated 8 November, 2014
Updated 8 November, 2014
29 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at Applied Information Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance,good salary. Get to work with some good architects

    Cons

    If project is completed, you may land up losing your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing in particular

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Applied Information Sciences Response

    Nov 11, 2014Director

    Appreciate your feedback & your contributions to deliver successful projects. We continue to look to address changing trends in the Industry & associated challenges/opportunities. With the quality ... More

  2.  

    Your experience at AIS is entirely determined by your assigned client

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I worked at Applied Information Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Surrounded by very smart developers which pushes you to excel. Great environment for developer to grow across multiple facets of what it means to be a developer (i.e. not just coding). Casual atmosphere, some flexibility is there for working from home. Salary and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    What project you get staffed on determines *everything* (and once you are assigned it is nearly impossible to be reassigned). People who enjoy working at AIS have been staffed to work on greenfield development projects with all the fun new shiny tech. *However* the vast majority of consultants do not have that luxury and this is the main reason why there has been so much turnover (esp. those assigned to a certain unnamed insurance company).

    Also, can't stress this enough; the most technically sound/experienced developer will not necessarily translate to being a good team lead/manager role. I once worked on a team where the team lead was not just tolerated, but absolutely despised for his demeaning way of dealing with other developers. Multiple complaints from other developers in his team but nothing came of it. The reverse is not true however; if a manager has even single complaint you could be kicked off a client (or fired) without any warning. So despite the "flat structure" there is some lip service given toward this end.

    One final thing: too many timesheets. At one point I had to give four status report/timesheets every week. This doesn't need to be Office Space guys...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This will probably never happen because the profit motive seems to be the overriding factor...but in the crazy chance that someone reads this, contemplate the following:

    1) Diversify client base. Don't just say this, do this! And yes, certain insurance companies give you a better profit margin, but at what cost? Losing your best talent almost as quickly as you hire them? I've seen this happen too many times.

    2) Some managers should not be managers no matter how awesome they are as developers. This will probably never change since demotions are politically incorrect these days.

    3) Excessive number of meetings (esp. for dev. leads)...might want to cut back on that to get better ROI on these guys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Applied Information Sciences Response

    Sep 24, 2014Director

    Thanks for providing this feedback. As you know, from being a former employee of a consulting company, our business is based on serving our client’s existing needs while simultaneously evaluating ... More

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Join only if aspirations and reality match. Otherwise it adds another company to profile.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at Applied Information Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If someone is looking for a long term relationship should make sure that his requirements and what company provides are matching.

    1. Initially good package will be offered and will be treated very well so that one feels happy with the company.

    2. There are many official parties thrown out in 5 star hotels which will surprise even an employee who worked earlier with a big MNC.

    3. No strict enforcement of dress code.

    4. There is a general flexibility of working hours.

    5. Free lunch in afternoon.

    Cons

    1. There are no written Rules and Regulations. Hike, bonus, everything including survival in the company is at the mercy of the management. It may work in one's favor but there is a constant threat to the existence because of autocratic and Feudalistic policies.

    2. The company is depending on only few clients.

    3. Growth for an employee means increase in salary, learning new technology. There is no place for vertical improvement because of flat hierarchy.

    4. The HR should be professional. It is not just salaries, benefits, gifts which will make an employee stay in the organization. There should be a sense of bonding between employee and the company even during difficult times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. The company should be good with people who are planning to leave the company for greener pastures. It should not be treated like an end of the relationship but as an opportunity to promote the company with help of its alumni. It will help establish a good network which may help the company in getting better human resources, probable clients, industry recognition.

    2. The recruitment strategy is very short sighted. The company is interested in recruiting plug and play resources. The company should plan to recruit 5 to 10 freshers every year who are provided adequate training and given some time to prove themselves. This is should be done for at least 5 years so that there is diversified demography.

    3. The attrition rate of the company is almost 50%. After completion of every year there will be half the population who have joined previous year, while those 50% who left have either resigned or fired. The company should treat employee as a human being who have many responsibilities including that of his profession. The company should be sensitive towards the aspirations and emotions of employee. The trust deficit between employees and the organization should be minimized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Applied Information Sciences Response

    Oct 13, 2014Director

    Thanks for providing this feedback. Our business depends on various conflicting factors some in our control and some not. The pace of innovation is necessarily influenced by many factors…. The ... More

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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Like a family company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at Applied Information Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility of work
    Work hard - get appreciated
    Directly reach to any level if any issues

    Cons

    No employee events
    No employee events

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more employee events

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Applied Information Sciences Response

    Oct 10, 2014HR Analyst

    Thank you for taking time to write a review. We are happy that you enjoy working at AIS and treating it as a Family. We consider your suggestion and plan for more events, get to gather's to make it a ... More

  6.  

    Excellent place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Information Sciences (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Vercy good work and culture

    Cons

    I don't find any

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    AIS corrected the mistake

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at Applied Information Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Before listing the pros, I would like to mention that March-2014 firings were rolled back. All employees are called back and most of them joined. The sudden let-go happened because AIS lost a big client and maintaining 25 people on bench was tough. It was heart breaking and painful for everyone. But as soon as AIS got the vendor, they called back all the employees and some of them got hikes in salaries too.

    Pros -
    1 - Work on new and upcoming technologies.
    2 - Good salary and free lunch.
    3 - WFH option
    4 - Everyone is knowledgeable.
    5 - Promotes new technologies.

    Cons

    1 - Did some firing on short notice in past.
    2 - HR needs to improve the response time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Above everything - Keep a good exit process. Lot of employee felt bad the way they have been told that no need to come from next day and email ids will be blocked.

    Suggestions -
    1 - Now the company is growing so AIS should have a Project Management Group. This group does evaluation of the project at every step on a periodic basis.
    2 - Risk management - Keep the backup plan ready.
    3 - Provide quarterly updates to the employees that how the organization is doing.
    4 - Take up the maintenance projects also.
    5 - Take up KPO projects also and hire people with simple computer skills. These projects may not generate lot of revenue but these projects runs for year after year and is a continuous source of income.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Applied Information Sciences Response

    Oct 10, 2014HR

    Thank you for your feedback and review, we are happy to announce that we introduced a tool to track employee request, prioritize and define timelines to act on them.
    We appreciate you sharing your
    ... More

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay.. but not a secure place. Can fire anyone anytime!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Information Sciences

    Pros

    Provides good working conditions and enough liberty to excel yourself.

    Cons

    You never know which project goes down and which resource is thrown out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep enough backup funds so that you can feed your employees for at least 6 months since your projects are very uncertain

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best Suicidal Spot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at Applied Information Sciences full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Don't see any pros as there won't except the flexible Work from Home option.

    Cons

    It will be like political party manifesto . There will lot of promises but nothing will be materialized. This company is capable of handling 40-50 members only, but they overestimate themselves, hire people and suddenly they will fire them. The job security here is dam low. Company is single client dependent and there is no scope for other clients. Company don't have any process either in the project management or in people management. Least you talk about HR. If you keep them any other company , they not eligible for reception job too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know yourself better. Don't overestimate , hire extensively and fire them which puts their families in doll-drum. You better know that there are hundred's of companies apart from Microsoft and know that other employees are highly knowledgeable. so pay due respect to others too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbia, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbia, MD (US)

    I worked at Applied Information Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment.Remote work possibility, good benefits .good salary.

    Cons

    You never know when your job will be terminated.When there is no project to offer, the performance excuse will start , maybe under some crazy and alcoholic manager, which they try to put you down, then they terminate your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest, when there is no project to offer.Just lay off , don't bring stupid excuse about the performance with help of some craze and stupid managers that seems to be alcoholic as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Think and join dont drink and join

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at Applied Information Sciences full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work form home ..no formals

    Cons

    Please dont join AIS.There is no job security in Hyderabad.Think many times before joining this farce company.Job security is always in doldrums.They promise a lot when you join and show you heaven and stars when you join but any time you are at the mercy of God and License Raj.Always have buffer of 2 -3 months salary with you for you dont know when you get a kick on the butt. In a span of 12 months they have fired around 50 people in Hyderabad(around Total 150 strength in HYD 25 in august 2013 and 25 in march 2014).If you have joined always go to temple or mosque before coming to office because any day could be your last day in office.Also watch old episodes of Big Boos 1-7 and think yourself the house.This might boost your confidence and moral and might acclimatise you in case you are fired out. Pray to God if you have already joined and be sure to Visit Tirupati devasthanam or any dargha every month after you get your salary. People have been hired and fired within 2-3 months of joining.I have seen firing and hiring both going at the same time.Live example of Mutli threading and async pattern implementation lol!They promise you a lot when you join but as you know looks and talks all are deceptive..!Live example of Facade design pattern...!Dont ruin your future.Be prudent and smart.!Dont get fooled!Beware!.I will always say NO to guys who all are working in MNC in Hyderabad and planning to join this tiny company which runs under tyranny of singleton managing Director.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think innumerable times before taking people in.You are all losing your credibility..! Take vendors if you need you can't digest full time employee even for a year.Don't over use catch and throw employees as exhaustively as we use it in .net framework .Don't play with employees life.Many have family to sustain.I don't think you understand mental torture a family goes through when some one is fired.Visit your employee on Saturdays and Sundays and spend some time in thier home so that you might fall in love with your employees-and their families rather than parting out in 5 start hotels so that you might think before you mass fire! As Ratan Tata has said If you want to walk fast you walk alone and if you want to walk far you walk with a company of people.If you need to grow dont panic and fire have a heart of lion everytinng needs a time.Best of luck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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