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Compuware Chief Executive Officer Chris O’Malley
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  • Provide great work life balance and development opportunities (in 15 reviews)

  • Good benefits (Medical has maintained low employee contribution amount) (in 24 reviews)

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  • VERY limited vision / forward thinking within the Professional Services Division (in 15 reviews)

  • Too many friends of senior management with inflated titles (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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    A technologically "Green" company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Compuware full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I want to feel like my work is making a contribution; not just to the company I work for, but to society as a whole. At the end of the day, I want to feel that my efforts will somehow help to genuinely improve conditions for people. I'm starting get that feeling here at Compuware. How is that possible? In our culture of consumerism, the mantra is to constantly buy bigger and better. In no other sector is this more prominent than in technology. As consumers, we're constantly pressured to spend money on smarter, faster devices with the promises of significantly higher productivity, greater convenience, and more pleasure. Although sometimes these advances may be significant breakthroughs, most of the time the improvements are marginal, and sometimes even worse (Windows 8, anyone?). Different sectors are under the same pressure to constantly streamline productivity, do more with less, and so on. They constantly pour loads of cash into new technology in order to meet our increasing demands. In the face of that, Compuware has taken a radical approach; instead of jumping on the bandwagon for getting industries to buy new technology, they have taken a strong stance for "technological reuse"; helping companies exploit powerful mainframe technologies they already have, but fail to understand or fully utilize. Sure, they aren't as "sexy" as alternative industry backbone technologies, but the "old" mainframes are faster, way more reliable, and far more secure than anything else out there. And Compuware is making mainframes more "user friendly" for a new generation of workers accustomed to instant messages, intuitive screens, and smart phones. Mainframe use extends across numerous sectors. Although banking is usually the first one that comes to mind, there are countless other industries such as state offices, school districts, health insurance companies, and cities. Saving these clients money means they can afford to do more for the people they serve. Instead of having blow wads of cash "upgrading" their systems, they instead get more out of what they have; allowing them to retain or even expand on both their services and employees. I, for one, am tired of the treadmill of technological "advancements". Its good to be part of a company that's saying "You can stay current with what you already have". In terms of other aspects of working here, the hours are pretty flexible (at least for engineering), the people are all upbeat, hard-working, and take pride in their work. Its downtown Detroit, but in a pretty nice building with lots of amenities nearby.

    Cons

    Lots of bumps in the road ahead. This vision of Compuware's is relatively new; as a result, we are going through a lot of growing pains. There is commitment to this idea on all levels, but we have a lot of bugs to iron out in the process. In addition, much of our workforce is getting towards retirement age; transferring much of this proprietary mainframe knowledge to newer, younger tech workers will be no small feat. In past years, Compuware suffered from what felt like Multiple Personality Disorder; we didn't know what we wanted to be. Even though its been a couple years, I think that some people are leery that this is just a "phase" management is going through.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course.


  2. IT Professional

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Compuware full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall, Compuware is a good company to work for. It was only due to company sale to private equity firm that my position was eliminated, a reduction in force.

    Cons

    Employees who followed company mission, always added value and made a positive difference in moving the company forward were released when it would seem an internal job placement program could have been utilized to retain dedication, talent and experience.

    Advice to Management

    Introduce and implement an internal job placement program, this in addition to internal job postings which may or may not discover a career match.


  3. Opportunity is here

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Detroit, MI
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Compuware as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tons of support from the development team for new hires. Lots of enthusiasm and opportunity to grow as a company and individual.

    Cons

    Age gap. As silly as it may appear at first glance. Most people in three to five years are in the process of retiring. As a result there is doubt that the new generation that this company is finally getting behind; will be the required experts this work place needs. Especially since a lot of this technology the company handles is 30 or more years old and is not so easily learned in an afternoon.

    Advice to Management

    Find a middle ground between waterfall and agile development. This is a well known issue that does not have a clear answer. A semi-release cycle would probably prove to be better solution due to the nature of mainframe development and what it in-tales.


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  5. Exciting Future

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Sales in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Compuware full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flat organization with direct access to Executive Management. Very collaborative approach to handling any type of issue whether it is internal, personal or for the resolution for the client. Agile Development strategy enables quick deployment of new enhancements to benefit clients. Very clear product roadmap and business objectives. Entire team at Compuware is very excited to see what is next.

    Cons

    Limited portfolio for sales to cross-sell/expand.

    Advice to Management

    Grow and/or expand portfolio.


  6. Startup mentality to change the world

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Compuware full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great rapid fire communication to make positive changes, resolving problems immediately instead of waiting till later. All ideas, questions or concerns have a voice with the only bad ones being the ones that don't get asked. C-level and VP's are fully accessible to everyone, doesn't matter who you are. Full transparency and explanations for any and all actions taken, no one is left in the dark. New product growth and true differentiation from the competition is back. Renewed focus on the customer with an emphasis on partnership and two way communication. Innovation, road-maps with an edge to stay ahead of the competition allows us to say we have something others don't and it will get better and better every quarter not once a year. Amazing re invigoration of our social media and marketing presents in a meaningful and deeply impacting way.

    Cons

    Depending what you do for the company you can sometimes wear multiple hats with some long hours to meet hard deadlines. It's to be expected with a company that's small and agile working as a start-up.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, continue improving internal processes to gain results faster. NEVER SETTLE, keep striving and changing with the industry to always be ahead.


  7. Compuware, the mainframce company then, now and in the future.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Compuware

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The technical level of knowledge among the employees is second to no one, and the friendships you build will be based on mutual trust and respect for one another. The passion to create high quality products that deliver value exists within every employee.

    Cons

    The largest single challenge faced by employees is the ability to change the industries perspective on the mainframe. Many new age CIOs have little to no experience with the mainframe, so they distance themselves from it. Despite the mainframe being the only platform to last 50 years and be recognized to exist 10 years from now.

    Advice to Management

    Assess the human capital for value, understand their needs and create individual succession plans.


  8. Compuware is a great company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Compuware

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Training benefits and opportunity fir growth

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, politics over progression, unsafe location

    Advice to Management

    Listen to ideas

    Compuware Response

    Feb 25, 2015 – Talent Acquisition

    Dear Marketing Manager, thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback, including some of your concerns. It is unfortunate that you felt our location was unsafe but we hope that you talked to ... More


  9. Great company, great pay

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Compuware full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The is a friendly place to work and they generally pay better than most companies for similar positions.

    Cons

    The desks are a bit small and the noise level can be a bit distracting at times.


  10. Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Compuware

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Culture is good. Not much politics. Give personal growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Need to use advance technology.


  11. Riding the wave

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Compuware

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compuware has had a long-term strategic plan that is now coming to fruition with the split of its final two business units; APM is now called Dynatrace and is a separate company than Compuware with its mainframe solutions. The split has allowed Compuware's energy to be more focused and our leadership to work to create a more cohesive and unified work culture. New leadership is work very hard to re-energize the company and turn Compuware into a fast-paced and agile organization committed to continuous innovation - so far this has worked but too early too tell if it is sustainable. The employees are great. It really does feel like a community that cares about the people. The new CEO, Chris O'Malley, is working to have more regular and transparent communication that Compuware has ever had. Good benefits - healthcare, vacations days, 401K etc.

    Cons

    It can be challenging to work with the ups and downs of this transition period. Just like with any mainframe business, there needs to be more of a focus on the young professional development program because otherwise we won't have a future.



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