Saturday, November 20, 2010

Perquest / ADP Comment Storm

As any politician knows, an information vacuum wants to be filled.  It is up to you to fill it with your own spin before the opponents do.  So it is with the information flow on the Perquest closure and client sale to ADP.

Now, I'm sure that there are a number of non-disclosures, etc. that are holding back the folks in the know from speaking to the event publicly, but a variety of points of view have been aired within the 40 plus comments that have been posted in response to my initial note on the topic.

Should any former principals of Perquest wish to post a response, I would gladly give them a forum here.

21 comments:

  1. As you have correctly learned, Perquest investors pulled the plug on Tom's dream. I actually go back as a original developer of the Perquest platform when our location was in San Mateo on the El Camino. Then Tom joined us as a minor investor at under $500K. Had I known he'd ultimately make the play for CEO I would have flipped him and his $$ on his ear. Anyway, he made the board room move, moved to downtown Oakland, then out to Dublin off the 580 freeway. The sales model was based on AVON; licensing sales/owners in regions/districts who would sell and service directly to the SBS or micro companies. We scored a major victories by attracting former ProBusiness VPs including Client Service VPs like AA, along tech dreamweaver guru SA, and HR leader LT. My prediction is that this Team will rise again within 18 months, once their severance and non-competes have expired.

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  2. Some thoughts and questions:
    - True that VP AA joined but only for a short time. Now works at Workday.
    - Not sure who SA is. Do you mean SR? He was former ProBiz/ADP secret sauce.
    - I definitely know LT? She just had a baby boy!!

    Any other initials to solve?

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  3. I drove by the Dublin office and they are still working getting out the payrolls. What gives? Looks like they merely reorganized.

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  4. Reorganization NOT!! The final mop-up operations are being run by Riley and Gutierrez with temporary personnel. Everyone else is gone. The floor is so empty that they play frisbee golf. The executive office furniture was picked up on Monday.

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  5. I work at WorkDay in Client Services and many Perquest OPS & IT employees & managers have applied here. Not many hire offers going out as we require college degrees. Also WorkDay is a smoke free environment.

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  6. Dublin Perquest property manager was onsite today. Some of us think they might have a new possible tenant as they were asking how long we were going to be "operational". We were told a couple months back to not answer questions like these so we didn't.

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  7. Insiders state that FedEx is no longer picking up payroll packages at Dublin processing center due to back dated invoicing.

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  8. FedEx is picking up our payroll packages but the pickup time has changed to early afternoon. We can only ship with customer account numbers as ours is turned off. Our package numbers do not "qualify" us for a later pickup. We received word we maybe "operational" a couple more months. Not sure who posted about playing frisbee in the hallways, but the other day we in honor of baseball spring training we played catch!

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  9. Tom showed up today with a building property manager type. All I caught was some disagreement with the carpet and lighting mods made when we moved in. Then Tom asked a couple of us "how it was going?" and I almost puked!! Nice guy!

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  10. Well my friends the curtain closes on Perquest. Payrolls have stopped and the floor is vacant. The ghosts of many a fine payroll worker still lingers but now only hope to wage war on the Beast called ADP is with WorkDay or Ultimate. ADP is the giant but composed with a mess of disjointed applications pasted on by M&A. The giant Beast ADP will fall my friend the giant Beast will fall. Peace. Out.

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  11. "My prediction is that this Team will rise again within 18 months, once their severance and non-competes have expired."

    What severance? Employees at Perquest were put out on the sidewalk on an hour's notice in early November. No severance, 3 months COBRA. Anyone who would work with Tom Sinton again after this is plain crazy.

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  12. Well I know several people who would work for Tom Sinton anytime and anywhere. Anyone who ever was a guest at Tom's Oakland Hills home or shared a drive in his Jaguar would understand why I say this. His knowledge of Payroll is without peer as he was a Rhodes Scholar in England.

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  13. Contrary to many strong opinions posted here, I can assure you that severance and job placement services were offered. Unfortunately not to all employee levels but to the best of our ability. Generally those who had been with us since the El Camino Real location were granted severance approximately 1 year for senior managers and half that for lead technical assets. It pained us that we could not offer more. Look for us in late 2012.

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  14. To many of my former Perquest coworkers and VP's I want to say that we fought the good fight. The many hours that we worked until past 10PM just like we did at ProBusiness trying to make a difference. Payroll Service Excellence is in our collective blood and we will always live our mission core value of "Payroll is our Passion". Dreamweaver Software indeed made me famous (as someone earlier posted) and got me promoted to VP but it was the long hours I put in day after day that bore the actual fruit along with the fire in the belly so to speak to deliver a blow to the giant ADP. I am in contact with most of the Sr Ops folks. SR sold his condo and moved back to the Southland to work retail and host LAN parties. LT had a baby girl and is happy at her role since selling the online Diva business.

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  15. Did SR really move to Southland working retail and doing LAN parties?

    Either way, as a "worker bee" that unfortunately did not get a severance but was very fortunate to find a very good position very quickly with the help of CP, I am very grateful to be working.

    I am also very grateful that I got to work along side of everyone and hope we can again.....who knows maybe when Tom and the dream team goes for another one.....don't forget about us "worker bees"

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  16. I dont think many of us are partying in LA or anywhere else for that matter. I did hear from Ops boss AB recently who said that KL has found work in Walnut Creek. I saw SR at Pro Bass Shop he looked good. DG is still looking. Rumor is that Tom is seeking seed money.

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  17. I dont really like the fact that some comments are directed at folks struggling. Weather or not one was an original "Quester" on the ElCamino or not should not be the reason why someone gets severance. The CA labor board will here of this and soon.

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  18. Since the company is not required to pay severance it seems from previous posts that they did pay to those who were there the longest. Has anyone tried to find these people work at local payroll centers like Workday and ADP? The commute from Dublin would be easy.

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  19. It may be an easy commute but Workday has not shown it will hire Perquest types and ADP is in serious contraction mode. ADP stock doing well but on the back of labor and plant closings/layoffs as in Houston, Seattle and soon Portland and an acquired unit (ProBusiness Payroll) in northern Cali.

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  20. Here's a news flash: ProBusiness Inc. was acquired by ADP some 9-10 years ago so hardly news that they are in "contraction". Their product is DOS based anyway.

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  21. Key year to watch at ADP NorCali is 2015 as MicroSoft has announced they will no longer support FoxPro. Forced client migration plan to start in early 2013. Is it coincidence that WorkDay to go public that same year? The beast that is ADP is going down to funky-town!

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