Advent Software Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Advent Software President & CEO Pete Hess
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Pros
  • Work life balance is also amazing (in 45 reviews)

  • Many smart people and a generally collegial atmosphere (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Promotion seems like depends on how senior management likes you instead of the quality of work you have developed (in 11 reviews)

  • Career growth is based on who you are buddy/buddy with (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Staff Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Advent Software full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, care about their employees

    Cons

    Needs to be more results driven.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your expert employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good company

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

    I have been working at Advent Software

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

    Pros

    Fun culture, mostly easy going management, fair pay/compensation

    Cons

    It's a corporate company at the end of the day; a lot of funds are wasted in parts of the business that seem unnecessary, and at the other end of the spectrum employees who do a lot for the business can get squeezed on salary.

    Advice to Management

    Pay customer facing and product important employees more than your middle management folks trying to look busy. This would improve morale greatly.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Amazing Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Advent Software full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Culture is incredible, work life balance is amazing, managers are intelligent and care about the success of their employees, friends are made easily at work, collaboration is great, you are given the tools to succeed, great benefits, great bonuses, and did I mention the ping pong players are some of the best in Jax!

    Cons

    The only Cons I can think of are nationally separated offices that can cause teams to have trouble meeting due to time differences.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Company needs new vision and direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Advent Software full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on the team you work for, you can work up to 5 days a week from home which is pretty nice when you have a long commute. People are generally welcoming and friendly. They also allow you to bring your dog to work which is pretty nice and is a good stress reliever throughout the day.

    Cons

    Management at the executive level needs to come up with a new vision for the company as some of the products aren't aging well and there isn't much wow-factor with product releases. Advent is being bought out by SS&C so the flood gates have opened for employee departures (a lot of talent is going out the door right now). If you want to know what future culture will be like, do yourself a favor and look up the SS&C reviews; Advent management promises things won't change but that should be taken lightly.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to clean house as the middle management layer has gotten too fat and is weighing the company down from running efficiently.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Under-investment in products has made the company suffer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Advent Software (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    with the company now being acquired by SS&C, there is hope that Advent can make the proper investments across its products to bring them up to expectations of the market. There are still many smart, dedicated people that can make it a great place to work, if Executive mgmt can re-start a new direction for the firm post acquistion (Advent will continue to operate as its own business unit within SS&C). Also Advent has very strong recurring revenues with high renewal rates, so it has and will continue to have positive cash flow.

    Cons

    after 3 years, the new cloud platform is still not in a place where it can be sold at scale. So advent still must rely on its legacy products that have not received the needed investment and are behind in functionality, ease of use, and user experience. This means more challenging sales, more difficult implementations, more issues for support to manage with less investment from PD

    Advice to Management

    A new start is needed to show how Advent can regain its place as a top solution provider in the market place. re-balance investments across the products and make hard decisions regarding in what products, regions, markets, we need to invest. The organization is spread too thin, and we need to narrow our focus on the critical few areas that will drive our success.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Used to be...

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advent Software

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be a great company to work for with a real family-like vibe. Some managers are great and really have their staff's interests at heart. It seems though that as managers get promoted they start to drink the Executive Management Kool-Aid where everything comes down to hitting their numbers instead of supporting their employees.

    Cons

    Over the years you can see how the "bro" mentality has taken over. If you are not part of the "cool kids" group then forget about being heard, regardless of your clearly valid points about product development paths, client requests or basic business decisions. Watch out for the rolling reorg cycles every time executive management puts Advent up on the sales block. Tons of talented and productive people axed during reorgs, C-level management placing blame on lower levels. Terrible that while hoards of people are losing their jobs upper level managers are getting huge promotions and salary bumps.

    Advice to Management

    It is understandable that you need to weed out unproductive workers, but you are losing important talent due to non-stop reorgs. Morale is so low that people are jumping ship. Show loyal and competent employees some gratitude by giving them at least market increases on their salaries. Seems like you only give raises to those who threaten to leave the company.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Got to work hard to get the biscuit

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst/Scrum Master in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst/Scrum Master in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Advent Software (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good compensation, pet friendly office, nice people

    Cons

    no people recognition, lots of politics in the company that does not prevent doing you what needed to be done, no defined on boarding process

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Advent Software full-time

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

    Pros

    No micro-management, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Not many, some people take advantage of lax atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Give more bonuses, and better pay for high performers


  10. Helpful (3)

    Tech co in SF that allows a work life balance

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

    I worked at Advent Software

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Advent was one of the best companies I have worked for. Unlike a lot of tech jobs in the Bay Area it allowed me to have a good work/life balance, they didn't expect crazy hours every week (though, of course, there were busy times when I put in a lot of hours). The work atmosphere was good, for the most part, more supportive than many similar companies, and there was good opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    There were a few departments in the company that had lousy front line management. These were mostly the exception, but if you ended up in one of these departments the experience could be vastly different than the positive experience I had.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Client Support Analyst

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

    I worked at Advent Software

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with, all with very diverse backgrounds.

    Cons

    Company lacked direction at times and disjointed product suites.

    Advice to Management

    Appears morale is quite low now. I wonder why...



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