Advent Software

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Advent Software Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
196 Reviews
3.2
196 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance for most roles at Advent especially those without a travel component (in 45 reviews)

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


Cons
  • senior management seems to ignore this as if it is normal and happens everywhere (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Advent Software

    Pros

    Great Work/Life Balance
    Great Culture

    Cons

    No Cons at this time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    I love working at Advent!

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

    I have been working at Advent Software

    Pros

    Smart, caring management
    Good salary
    Excellent benefits
    Dogs at the office
    Results-Only Work Environment (work when you want, where you want)
    Community-minded company that supports your volunteer work & matches your charitable donations

    Cons

    Roles & processes are not always well defined
    The company was just sold and it's not clear yet what the future holds

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the great work you've begun to help out with career paths

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    good stepping stone

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advent Software

    Pros

    good manager good products big store lots of choices

    Cons

    Poor owner, does not appreciate staff

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Admin

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

    I have been working at Advent Software

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good benefits

    Cons

    Top heavy management, too many managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    It was a good and enriching experience working at Advent.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advent Software

    Pros

    Team work was the best to describe Advent

    Cons

    Leadership at the team level was not very good.

  7.  

    Great Culture

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

    I have been working at Advent Software full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Culture
    Collaborative
    Promotes Work Life Balance
    Promotes continued education and learning

    Not everyday that you can find a company that you are willing to stay for more than 5 years and feel that your skills are not stunt and that your contribution are not valued.

    Cons

    No structure on mentoring current employees
    No Structure in continued learning. It is up to the individual to find the resource. HR should have a contract with the best of breed skills training organization to provide advanced technical training so the individual can quickly identify what they need and go get it without fear of wasting their time with subpar training organizations.

    Advent' should do a better job at standing their grounds with clients. We give away too much free resources to clients. Although it helps them be successful in some sense but it stunt our ability to dedicate time to really be creative and work on our products.

    We take on too many clients that don't fit our profile and end up building solutions that we can't scale and support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let the new merger change the core of what Advent was, is and should continue to be.
    Don't take on clients that we can't support with our current mix of products. Custom solution for a single client to close the deal does nothing for the development team as a whole. In fact, it causes wasted resource and take development away from"developing" and put them into troubleshooting mode. That's wasting time, money and talent. Eventually, good developers will leave due to that.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Staying here as long as I can!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    I will stay at Advent as long as they will have me!

    The people that work here are laid back and friendly. Advent is big on culture and hires based on it being a good fit. This is the type of place where if you have a question people leap to help you out or will put you in touch with the best person to talk to. I never feel scared to ask for help.

    I enjoy coming to work and appreciate the flexible hours. Here they understand you are a person first and an employee second. Things come up in life. As long as you get your work done, if you need to leave for an appointment or work from home, no problem!

    Working directly with clients I often hear how much they enjoy our products. It feels good working for a company that has clients who have been with us from the start and are loyal for 20+ years.

    Tons of parking around here. Get here about 8am and you can usually get a spot for free. Chill work attire, jeans and a t shirt or nicer top is standard.

    Cons

    The average Advent employee has been here about 13 years, that's nuts...in the Bay people don't stay that long unless they love it!

    That being said, you can run into "well, we used to do it this way..." type conversations. People don't change and the old timers here are slowly getting used to new ways of doing things. (Example, new products, changing up roles...)

    Adapting to a changing market is a good thing and we are doing it well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's a steady paycheck with a ton of flexibilty if you work hard and prove yourself

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

    I worked at Advent Software full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility (depending on role), experienced workforce, engage work, good benefits, onsite gym, commitment to public transportation, dog friendly offices,

    Cons

    very limited growth opportunities, out of date technology (particularly with their outsourcing units), lack of vision and leadership from managers, lack of cohesion among internal enterprises, below average pay and low bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your work force better, innovation and client service go hand in hand, don't be afraid to train your workforce outside of their current roles and invest in your workforce substantial from the education/development stand point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work environment and staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New Rochelle, NY
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New Rochelle, NY

    I worked at Advent Software

    Pros

    Everyone is treated like an equal and family.

    Cons

    More job opportunities and maneuverability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better maneuverability

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Ran us into the ground

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

    I have been working at Advent Software

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to work - then they made Pete Hess the CEO.

    Cons

    The current executive management team ran the company into the ground & we were acquired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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