Aravo Reviews

Updated May 10, 2014
Updated May 10, 2014
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    A mid-stage startup on the right track

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aravo full-time

    Pros

    Experienced, dedicated executive team. Strong engineering, support and services organizations. A market leader with large customers and global implementations that solve key business issues. Company supports employees and strives to provide good benefits, pleasant working environment, and share in the success.

    Cons

    Faces typical startup challenges around limited budgets and managing growth. Investment in additional capacity are dependent upon incremental sales, which means prioritization of spend is front and center.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course.

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

    Enterprise applications from a company that is not very good at enterprise applications

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aravo full-time

    Pros

    The only pro is that this company is good at raising capital. That one super-power is fairly amazing, especially in the context of everything else going on in the business.

    Cons

    The product, unfortunately, is the con. It is apparent that this offering was not architected by individuals with strong roots in the enterprise software business. The more you learn, the deeper you go, the more ugly you will find. One of the attributes of SaaS is that a poor product is not immediately visible to the consumer or to prospective employees because the code base never comes out of the closet. Go get some unbiased advice from a former employee or a former client - someone in the know with no reason to candy-coat things - before taking the leap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good people want to be associated with best-in-class products. Hence your only option is to make the product good so that you can attract and retain paying clients and good employees. Unfortunately a competitive market won't stand by and wait for you to get your house in order so while that is your only option, it may not bee a winning strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not what I expect from a software company 10+ years old.

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    • 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 Aravo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Challenging projects. Opportunity to inform product direction. Good teammates.

    Cons

    Projects are challenging because the product is challenged. Software that is 10 years old should not be this hard to use. The product rarely does half of what it is sold as doing and the half it does do is not pleasing to use.

    It seems anyone who is not hands on, using the product really has no idea how it is used. Especially sales, management, and executives. The engineers can tell you how any single features works but not how any group of them would all work together to solve a single customer use case.

    I imagine that every 6-9 months the executive and business development teams will have a brainstorming session with sales and choose a new direction for what Aravo is. Then they push this on the product and engineering teams who have to divert attention from making the core product work. Before a year is up "opps" the new plan doesn't work and the cycle repeats.

    This dysfunctional, wild, change in direction annually has lead to a customer base of 8, yes 8, customers who all have no idea of how or why they use the software and each one does something totally different with it. The engineering teams are tied up making sure they don't break these 8 custom configurations and left little time to actually create innovative software.

    This is not a software company. This is a sales organization that happens to have a few engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick one direction and stick with it until you do it well - from sales, to implementation, through support. Of course this all needs to be based on a solid, easy to use core product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people to work with

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

    I have been working at Aravo

    Pros

    Challenging problems to solve
    Great People
    Great Location

    Cons

    Under financed
    Strategic direction not aligned with management focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more leadership from below

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disfunctional Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Aravo

    Pros

    Smart engineers, small company feel and agile (Scrum) methodology, informal, intelligent work mates, good QA. Pay is market rate. Benefits suck.

    Cons

    Management are NOT technical, they are 'Sales guys' ...they have big gold Rolexes and loud voices and talk about 'buyout' and 'early exit' all the time! The 'severance' is brutal, minimal and sudden! Benefits and HR suck! :o|

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We dont't need you! Get out of the way!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    typical young tech company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Aravo

    Pros

    - fast past environment
    - lots of latitude in job description
    - great peers for the most part

    Cons

    - change of direction is difficult
    - long sales cycles
    - lower comp packages compared to others
    - poor benefits package

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - pick a direction and keep to it
    - focus on closing loop of long sales cycle

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dig deeper before buying in

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

    I have been working at Aravo

    Pros

    Aravo has had great funding and potential to become a leader in the space. Also, the Agile development process is solid.

    Cons

    Small company, with the ego of a huge company. Lack of involvement or focus by the CEO. The executive team promises big, but under-delivers. Bonuses are never paid. Small customer-base. Product and sales direction changes too often. Feel like there is distrust between management and employees. Unsure of new executive team members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for, exciting space primed for explosive growth

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

    I have been working at Aravo

    Pros

    Management lets teams experiment and own their own success or failure without micro-managing.
    Culture promotes teamwork and leadership.
    Company has been around 10+ years and is very stable.
    Investors are utterly amazing.
    Great people!

    Cons

    Space is still maturing and there were some slow sales years early on, but seems to finally be taking off and F500 customers are eager for the solution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on strategy as it is working.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Aravo is a small company of talented engineers held back by issues that senior management can't see or won't resolve.

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

    I have been working at Aravo

    Pros

    Agile development process
    Java development shop in downtown SF
    Talented engineering teams and peer-driven engineering process
    New office space is great

    Cons

    Company strategy doesn't seem to work
    Senior management does not communicate well to the company
    Engineers are too involved in the product strategy (God, am I really saying this?)
    Too much consultant language

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define a plan, communicate it and don't change it based on department preferences that doen't support the company strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Poorly Managed Company

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

    I have been working at Aravo

    Pros

    Located in downtown San Francisco. Good implementation of Agile product development.

    Cons

    Poor management with very little sharing of information. A lot of politics within the management team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not let engineers define the product direction and strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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