Advent Software Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
143 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance for most roles at Advent especially those without a travel component (in 43 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work/ life balance, very good compensation, great benefits, health advocates, great programs to give back to the community. Great people to work with, you find very intelligent people and very caring. Team work is essential and we help each other throughout the different departments.

    Cons

    The company has gone through some structural changes and new cloud products that are out in the market. All changes are a bit difficult to digest, but I am very positive the company is going to the right direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern Experience

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

    I worked at Advent Software as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Great way to learn in a stable environment
    -Company is very inclusive of interns
    -Intern events with management team

    Cons

    -Not as much to do at times, but it was still a great overall experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 10 people found this helpful  

    Advent is the perfect company for a long term career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Accountant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Opportunities are there, some departments are better than others. Once in make connections and move around. Quality of work-life balance. Great community of people and friends. You will make friends there.

    Cons

    They are going through some changes, but wait for it. They will be back on top soon. Always buy stock and sign up for ESPP plan, buy as much as you can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget the people and the shoulders you stand upon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    Best place I have ever worked, PERIOD.

    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, very stable environment and room to grow. No major lay offs during the recession. Little things like clean bathrooms on every floor, nice clean kitchens and break rooms do make a difference. Location is a plus too. I worked downtown for many years and its gets very old very quickly. This location is nice. Its not slammed at all times of the day like downtown is.

    Cons

    Because there isnt a lot of turnover, you need to be assertive and let it be known if you want to move into a new role. Nobody is tapping you on the shoulder asking you to move into a new group or position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once great, now struggling to find itself

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    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    * Mostly great people - intelligent. diligent, and knowledgeable
    * Flexible work schedule, you can work when and where you want
    * Good benefits

    Cons

    * Confused strategy - changed focus from enterprise to cloud without giving much thought to supporting existing enterprise clients (although this seems to be changing for the better now)
    * Difficult to move up. People in management positions almost never leave, and the company is not growing a whole lot, so not many opportunities for growth
    * Almost the entire management team is home-grown - there is no outside perspective or experience among them
    * Poor alignment between Sales and Development
    * Human Resources don't know what their job is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Bring in some people from the outside in the mid- and upper-management - someone who knows how to build, deliver, and sell cloud applications
    * Treat employees fairly
    * Focus! Figure out what your strategy is and execute

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 10 people found this helpful  

    Great application software company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    If you want to work with really smart people and learn a lot, this is the place to go. You'll always be challenged here and never bored.

    Cons

    Like any tech company, there are a lot of egos here. Some deserved, others not. Management is making a huge bet on the cloud right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in more blood from the outside.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Casual environment, smart people

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    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Casual work environment; they hire great people who are organized and have pretty clear process management throughout the company. I was able to move in between departments pretty easy as it was very easy to network within the company.

    Cons

    In recent years, the opportunities to grow have really shrunk as it seems the company is trimming down its staff in SF.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not the company it once was

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Work life balance
    - Great co-workers
    - The office facilities / location are good

    Cons

    It is not so much what you do at Advent to advance but more who you are friends with. This type of setup makes sure the wrong people rise through the ranks in the company. This is ultimately effecting overall morale and decisions that are made. This shift in culture has really changed how it feels to work at Advent in recent years. Work still gets done, but all the credit goes to the wrong people. This makes it hard to advance the right people and create a more competent and skilled workforce going forward. Unfortunately, due to the general low caliber of management the issues seem to be going unnoticed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in some outside perspective. It feels like Advent really needs some new ideas from people that didn't come from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Established global software company in transition offers opportunities and challenges

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

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

    Pros

    - Public company resources with start-up agility and opportunities.
    - Good work/life balance and flexible work schedules.
    - Many smart people and a generally collegial atmosphere.
    - Dog-friendly office in San Francisco headquarters.
    - Global markets and offices afford US and international relocation opportunities.
    - Decent compensation, benefits, 401K, ESOP, and perks.

    Cons

    - Company is in the midst of a make-or-break transition in its business model.
    - Top management is insular and clubby; they're known as "the frat."
    - There have been several rounds of layoffs in the last 18 months to cut costs.
    - New investors are demanding leaner structure and more aggressive goals.
    - Compensation is somewhat lower than the median for high-tech companies.
    - Company is playing catch-up after years of complacency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Corporate

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

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

    Pros

    The financial services industry is not very exciting in general. It is mostly about how to make money (mostly for rich people). So, working at Advent forced me to learn some basic concepts that will benefit me for years to come. I went in knowing very little about how the stock market works, and came out with an above average understanding.

    Cons

    Another thing you learn about working at a company like Advent is how insignificant you are as a person. You dedicate a good portion of your life to the company, even enjoying working with your colleagues and challenging yourself. You feel like you are a part of something. Over the years you hear about jobs being shipped overseas, and you see your coworkers getting let go to satisfy the investors. It is demoralizing and disgraceful. Then it happens to you, and you realize you haven't developed any skills that will help you with your transition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should consider reading the reviews here, like all my friends do before we interview for a position. Then you should work on addressing some of the cons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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