Advent Software Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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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. Got to work hard to get the biscuit

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    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.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Client Support Analyst

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    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...

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Tech co in SF that allows a work life balance

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    • Culture & Values
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    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.

  6. Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advent Software full-time

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

    Pros

    Great environment, dog friendly, smart people

    Cons

    Recently sold the company. Future uncertain

    Advice to Management

    Need to hold the senior management accountable when targets are missed.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Senior Software Engineer

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    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

    Great engineers, opportunity to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Terrible management, they micromanage the engineers and make terrible decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Let your engineers make technical decisions and back them up.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Don't go here.

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    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 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Lingering company culture of mutual support, collaboration, interesting projects...and great people.

    Cons

    Current piss-poor morale due to uncertain futures following company acquisition. The good people are stampeding out the door.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Fun while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advent Software full-time

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

    Pros

    - Great Friends and people to work with. Always enjoyed going to work. Wanting to stay for the long haul was the biggest struggle.

    - Not sure if this is a PRO or a CON, but management sent out satisfaction surveys, and tried to get a feel for what may have been bringing moral down for so
      long. It seemed like too little too late. Good try guys.

    - With a good team and manager many things are possible and our team was great

    - Good severance packages. Almost makes me sad for those that didn't get one early on. Now those that don't leave on their own, will have to wait and see what
       the new management sees as acceptable losses

    Cons

    -Never really knew what upper management ultimately wanted and it felt like there were always secrets being kept. Felt like the more questions we asked, the more meetings we had. Keep your head down don't ask too many questions and you were OK.

    -Career advancement was something that felt non-existent. It definitely was a demotivating factor that wore on everyone there over time.

    -Never enough resources to really do the job right. Whether it was man power, funding or technology. Felt like we were always
      fighting a losing battle.

    - So many consultants on site in the past year alone, you were always wondering which jobs were going to be eliminated or outsourced.

    -I'd wait a few years before trying to get a job here, who knows what is going to happen or how SS&C will end up handling the company once the purchase has
      been finalized.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees especially those that have been there to help build that great culture.......and maybe throw in a bagel day every now and then. Just make sure all the toasters work before you do.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Advent Software

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

    Pros

    Great Work/Life Balance
    Great Culture

    Cons

    No Cons at this time

    Advice to Management

    None

  11. Helpful (3)

    Going downhills

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

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

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

    Pros

    You could sometimes work from home, and take your dog to the office if you like.

    Cons

    Too much fights. People like to talk about their great ideas and thoughts, and very few could be executed and done at last. Yes they go agile and scrum, but that's just the nice wrapper out of the "gift" box.

    Advice to Management

    Company merge and layoffs really hurts.

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