Pervasive Software

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Pervasive Software President, CEO, and Director John E. Farr
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  1.  

    Hopefully Actian changes the Pervasive culture because it's toxic.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pervasive Software full-time

    Pros

    Really great people work at Pervasive, but those great people are not running the company. The company hit a wall because they reward unfairly (it's about who you know not about how good you are at your job) and their revenue has been meager for a while.

    If you know the right people then this job will work until you get a new manager (it will happen many times here) who knows everything about your job even though they have no background in your position or management and decide that you don't fit.

    It's pretty much a roller coaster ride driven by machismo and greed.

    Cons

    HIGH turnover, especially in Integration and IT, but pretty much all divisions. The divisions are not collaborative and tend to compete against each other more than actual competitors. They don't promote fairly - if you're not in sales and a top notch developer, forget about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good management starts at the top! Don't just promote - train them to be managers AND evaluate them yearly to ensure they are growing into a good manager. Promoting someone to management doesn't stop there.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Jump ship!

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Pervasive Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you want to get into software - IE gain experience to go elsewhere - this is a good first stop.

    Cons

    Cons are covered in extreme detail on this site - most are very true. Consider yourself warned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great product, but a fundamental change is needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Don't wo

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Pervasive Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits and some great co- workers.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Don't work here. Especially in the Integration Division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get someone to run the Integration Division who actually cares about employees (and not just the male ones.)

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Can't wait to get out of this place

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    Current Employee - Integration Division in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Integration Division in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Pervasive Software

    Pros

    Nice building
    Lots of food
    Insurance coverage pretty good

    Cons

    Low salaries
    Wacko, inexperienced, incapable and/or obnoxious management
    Priorities and plans change every other minute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is far too arrogant to listen so I'm not going to bother to offer any advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    There are worse places to work. Maybe.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Pervasive Software

    Pros

    If you work for the right person, life can be OK there.
    Benefits package is pretty good.

    Cons

    So much management incompetence.
    Any job in Sales or Marketing.
    Impossible to get anything done due to corporate culture.
    Trailing-edge technology.
    Low pay levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find some managers who know what they're doing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Flat Sales over last 12 Years, Defective Product, No room for advancement within company

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    Former Employee - Staff Quality Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Quality Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Pervasive Software

    Pros

    1.Company is in a convenient location
    2.Typical 40 Hour work week
    3.Occasional company functions
    4.If asked to work overtime they will provide dinner for free

    Cons

    1.There is little to no training on internal software that the company uses for day to day tasks.
    2.Some Sr. Level Management gets upset if you ask simple questions.
    3.Sr. Level Management spends to much time on little issues instead of focusing on the overall picture, which will be their downfall.
    4.Bonuses and Stock Options are a JOKE!
    5.Flat sales over the last 12 years.
    6.Some employee’s don’t even reply to you when you say “Good Morning” as you pass them in the hall way.
    7.Employee’s and Management bring to much of their personal lives to the office environment.
    8.Company released software as defects were increasing in the product!
    9.Company sets up new employee's in doom to fail scenarios
    10.I do not see the company being able to mature their software Di 10 because. A. They need a mature marketing president to get the name out about their products. B. Need more mature Sr. Management in place to make wise company decisions, instead of based on emotion.
    11.I’ve seen Middle Schools and Start-up companies run better than this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't bring your personal life into company meetings, that should be left for friends and family. To mature the product focus on the overall picture, instead of small issues that are irrelevant. Choose multiple software tools to perform your job functions more effective and efficiently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    It was a learning experience in may ways, including what not to put up with in the future.

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Austin, TX

    I worked at Pervasive Software

    Pros

    The people are pretty cool. There's a lot of opportunity to learn new things.

    Cons

    It's basically a struggling 25 year old company that never got out of the startup mode. Tons of stress, demanding management, an emotionally charged environment, no concern for life-quality, days long enough to effectively halve your hourly rate, management that considers your personal time its property (even when on vacation they'll email you), raises that are laughable (management's delusional about these being reasonable), and you're generally just never doing enough unless you're one of the favorited manager's favorite pet. Working here you'll stop sleeping nights, stop being a husband to your wife and father to your kids, you'll age prematurely, and have nothing to show for it all except just getting by. The "secret sauce" comp plans and inconsistently interpreted rules (in management's favor) will see to that. Interestingly, management demands XX% effective billing rate from the services group but when you figure your pay against your hours, you're only getting half of that rate yourself. They rely on heroes to survive, and they don't see the obvious problem with this. It's an incredibly cheap company, only they can't see it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a leader your job is to make decisions, not go around hitting everyone up for a concensus. Do what you know to be best; it's not a democracy. It is not OK to email salesmen homework assignments at 8PM, due the next morning. Assign the work early enough in the day for it to be done during office hours. You're not paying for peoples' personal time. Do not offer a salesman's customers discounts behind his back trying to make your quarterly numbers. You're throwing away real money. Close a few days after the end of the quarter and get list price. If you want people to come to your meetings, start them between 10 and 3. 8AM is inexcusable, and announcing one for 5PM 15 minutes before shows your lack of foresight. Employees are a limited resource. If you need more done, pay more, hire more, or accept you can't have everything you need. Realize that when you ask employees to 'take ownership' that you're shirking your responsibility to do the managing. When things go wrong, find the problem and fix it. Don't expect everyone to be at fault for "not doing enough." Finally, be more dispassionate, more objective, and less emotional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Inept management will be their downfall.

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    Former Employee - Management in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Management in Austin, TX

    I worked at Pervasive Software

    Pros

    Great benefits and fairly competitive salary. For the technology industry, the hours you are expected to put in per week are not particularly high.

    Cons

    Inept management incapable of making decisions and then sticking to them. Executive management merri-go-round. Every time someone new is hired to replace the ousted manager, they are pitched as the company savior. And then everyone works their hardest to make sure they fail. Too many resources are thrown at low payoff but flashy projects. The constant changing of direction and goals can be overwhelming. There are so many lifers here who are skilled at politics and appearing like they do something, when they really achieve nothing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people well and listen to what they have to say. Praise a job well done and learn to understand exactly what the people on your team DO. Stop micromanaging the little stuff and focus on the big picture. There are too many executives focused on building their little mini empires at the expense of losing corporate vision and perspective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dead end job - company stagnant

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

    I worked at Pervasive Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are hard-working people there - good "starter" job

    Cons

    Lots of posturing within the organization; turn-over rates within Integration division are extremely high; company struggles with product releases for YEARS before they are able to secure a customer; company professes to be "innovative" but reality is Directors micro-manage employees and are threatened by new ideas - status quo rules. Company as a whole does not invest in employees or knowledge sharing. Leadership clutches on to information to retain power over others. This behavior creates a very caustic environment which is very visible, particularly in the integration group. Pay is below that of industry. Be sure to check out the stock PVSW price compared with others in the industry and analysis of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Refresh" management and division heads and seek out positive management that supports their teams with knowledge sharing and true opportunities for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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