Bottomline Technologies Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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Bottomline Technologies President, CEO, and Director Rob Eberle
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  1. Mostly good employee experience and making real efforts to get better.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bottomline Technologies

    Pros

    The people are great; some real industry gurus.

    Cons

    Work/life imbalance in some areas; some benefits need updating

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful

    Image over substance, dollars over humanity

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    Current Employee - Developer in Portsmouth, NH
    Current Employee - Developer in Portsmouth, NH

    I have been working at Bottomline Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Decent onboarding process but not much after that.
    Good health plan.
    You can easily be hired into a position that you are unqualified to fill and things are so disorganized that it will take them a long time to notice.
    Nice people to work with.
    Fortunately for the employees, the stock is fairly volatile so the employee stock purchase plan often works out as a plus.
    For those with families, there are more family activities than average. I don't have kids but it seemed to please those who did.
    Contractors and certain employees have time cards. Time tracking on internal projects borders on fiction, especially useful for underperformers.
    Benefits probably make it almost on par with other local software employers.

    Cons

    The narcissism is comparable to the Kardashian family. The CEO, in an effort to get onto the best places to work list, argued successfully with NH Magazine to have businesses that were laying off employees from being disqualified from the contest. That didn't stop Bottomline Tech. from accepting the award amid its own layoffs.
    One of the people I had to work with was arrogant and counterproductive. I had heard that before joining BT that this person managed a restaurant. It's easy to believe. People are treated like minimum wage employees, except when it came to working ridiculous hours without additional compensation. I watched some of the best employees get let go and get replaced by recent college grads who brought little to the table besides malleability and lower salary thresholds. It almost seemed like some sort of an experiment where BT was trying to see if they could jam people from all walks of life into a technically challenging career. Employees are sometimes way over their heads, but some acquisitions come with talent. When there are truly talented people, they end up carrying the weight of the eternal trainees.
    Jobs are rarely posted internally and unless you spend your workday networking, you won't be going anywhere with your career. Product training is rarely done internally. People don't really know the product and opportunistic employees hoard and deny access to proprietary information or step out of their roles to steal underling's spotlight, insuring career opportunities for themselves.
    Industry standards are sometimes ignored or fictionalized. Agile SCRUM execution is so weak that it felt like somebody read a handout from a training course, didn't quite understand it, and taught it to everyone else. Coding DB design work is so far from professional that it boggles the mind. Anyone who truly codes with professionalism gets out as quickly as possible. Source code management appears to be off the charts mismanaged. So much professional ground is lost by remaining in this place.
    Management seems to be lead by a cross between a Dickesnsonian manager and an entitled prep-school dandy. I can't say that about any other software company that I've worked for. Instead of learning more about your industry, you experience mental attrition. There are definitely some happy people here, but they are often the people who are deluded into thinking that they are top performers or are just happy that nobody notices that they are just camping out.
    I have to agree with the people who say that management strongly hints to employees to post positive reviews. Good press is craved like insulin to the diabetic.
    Firing people seems like it can be arbitrary, until the 20-something replacement comes in, taking 3 to 6 months to be productive at all, and likely working for a fraction of the salary. If NH weren't an "at will" employee state, there would probably be complaints about age and sex discrimination. The employees could probably unionize, but their jobs would be offshored. I've seen people with strong work ethics and superior skills be let go in favor of wet behind the ears beginners. The loss of one big client even during the sales cycle means that a third of the employees experience extreme nervousness about their employment. Work/life balance can be way off and layoffs are on the mind of many.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for some turnover in senior management. Big time. People are tired of the self deprecating comments by the CEO about his looks and the speeches about reinvestment in the company and opportunities that rarely come for the heads down employees. Form an HR department that works for the employee benefit. I've never been part of a company where the HR department seems like less of an advocate for employees. Too many managers are over-impressed by themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. I love Bottomline!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bottomline Technologies

    Pros

    Celebrating 15 years at Bottomline and another incredible opportunity. I love Bottomline!

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative to say

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Poor senior management, lack of foresight with workload planning

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Bottomline Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Flexible with working at home, IT staff is very accommodating, bonuses

    Cons

    Staff are often ignored. Customers and sales teams are given free reign to make promises that can't be kept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people, promote from within and plan for greater workloads rather than scramble to hire & train.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. You will not be bored

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, NH

    I have been working at Bottomline Technologies

    Pros

    The company is aggressive - this means that people are encouraged to find new ways to move things forward. This is combined with a very strong "Work and and for each other" atmosphere. The people that succeed here welcome new things and taking on new challenges.
    The vast majority of the senior leadership is very strong and very knowledgeable. There are no Dilbert-esqe "middle managers". Everyone rolls up their sleeves and contributes.
    You are in charge of your own professional growth. No one is going to mandate/dictate what you need to do. Yet at the same time there is an expectation that you will take on this responsibility.

    Cons

    It is not for everybody. If you need very rigid hierarchies, you will not like it. If you need to be told what to do all the time, you will not like it.
    Work/life balance can be a little tricky. People that thrive are those who's passion for their work is a real driver in their lives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the core culture as the company continues to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 10 people found this helpful

    You were warned

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bottomline Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of talented people at this company trying to make it better. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Obsessed over growth by acquisition and public perception instead of genuine R&D. BT will suck the life out of you if you aren't careful. It is the most bizarre culture I've ever been a part of. They truly have the people and solutions to be great but upper management is just too stubborn and arrogant to allow it. They would rather acquire a company for $50m than entrust their own employees with that investment. Yet they pound their chest about "innovation." They rely on these creepy, cult-like phrases like "with and for" and "delighting customers". It comes straight from top. Some of the worst performers know how to spin the right words and lay low enough to win corporate survivor. It is damn near impossible to get someone fired so there are a lot of B-teamers lurking. HR has betrayed the confidentiality of employees multiple times and will pass things said in private right up to the top. If the company dropped the employee stock purchase plan, I would expect a mass exodus. I believe the excellent pay and benefits has left a lot of people feeling trapped.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower the smart people you have within the company to lead us to success. Management by my intimidation does not work on successful professionals and most of us aren't trapped in Portsmouth with few options. Please have a top to bottom review of talent and remove the dead wood. We've got more VPs than IBM. Many people stopped contributing to the bottom line long ago. Restore integrity to HR by finding new leadership. Lastly, speak to some peers in the software industry to learn how other CEOs structure and grow their businesses. Take off the accountant hat every once in a while to let the company breathe and have fun. You'll be surprised.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Fantastic place to work! Great team! Inspiring management!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bottomline Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Bottomline provides unlimited opportunity in a fast paced environment. An amazing group of passionate, talented people. Open communication and continued growth in multiple verticals provides for continued growth and new challenges. The company truly cares about its people and demonstrates it in so many ways from the CEO on down!! Very glad i chose Bottomline!

    Cons

    Fast paced company. Not the right place for someone who wants to punch a clock or hide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue leading the company with heart and passion! Don't let growth turn it into an ordinary big company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. very nice place to work. Great benefit

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bottomline Technologies full-time

    Pros

    very strong culture. Relaxed working environment

    Cons

    no cons. all good so far

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    One of the Best!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Implementation Manager in Portsmouth, NH
    Current Employee - Implementation Manager in Portsmouth, NH

    I have been working at Bottomline Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Strong leadership and a company that is always evolving and getting better. Hard work is expected, but also recognized and rewarded. Promotes from within consistently, with plenty of opportunity to grow in to new roles. A collaborative effort, with many who out of their way to provide assistance and support from all levels. Very good salary and benefits, a generous employee stock purchase program and regular bonuses. The ability to work remotely when needed, plenty of paid days off and flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Although the company has many modern break rooms and provides free Kuerig coffee and cappuccino, there are not many amenities for employees to relax, unwind or take a break from a busy day. A lounge, exercise room, or a large year round open space with lunch tables, TVs, chairs and quiet areas would be a great motivator and increase productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on the steady path. Continue to listen to ideas and reward hard work and dedication. Look for more ways to get each department together to build a closer organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great place to be, and great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Portsmouth, NH
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Portsmouth, NH

    I have been working at Bottomline Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people here are great, it's a very team-oriented, friendly environment.
    Lots of fun perks: latte/espresso machine, free fruit, ice cream Fridays, family trick or treating
    Bottomline is very involved with local charity organizations
    Benefits are very strong

    Cons

    Needs to be more communication between departments!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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