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Backbase Reviews

Updated April 1, 2014
Updated April 1, 2014
14 Reviews

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14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Experience to work for a growing company with vision

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial Spirit
    You get an "A" for effort
    You are given license to learn, grow and challenge yourself
    You have the opportunity to make a "good" product, processes and practices "Best of Breed" in the Global Portal Market
    Come grow with us!

    Cons

    Recognition of structure, clear plan and strategy needed (we are working in it)
    More interactive communication from management to worker bees is needed (we are working on it)
    Reorganization of some who are in management positions whose skills would be better utilized in another capacity is needed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the Cons listed above

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    They sell a great product, but poor management.

    • 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

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to work in a global atmosphere and you can see the potential of growth in the company. Very flexible hours as long as you get your work done.

    Cons

    The management always changes directions and focus of the company once every five minutes. There is lack of communication with the rest of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to be more people-oriented. Have a focus and direction of the company and keep it and make sure to communicate this to the rest of the company.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great collaborative atmosphere, focused, hard working, and excited to learn from each other.

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

    Pros

    It's an exciting product to be working on, and it's great to be challenging the 'big players' in such a competitive field. The atmosphere and energy is very open and welcoming, colleagues are all more than happy to share their knowledge and listen in turn. People are genuinely interested in and passionate about what they're doing - it's refreshing.

    Cons

    The usual growing pains associated with a company that strives to innovate and remain relevant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the communication flowing openly between departments so that everyone's aware of the product scope and vision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging work in an international environment

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

    Pros

    The company values are strong and empowering. It's a very flexible company that really allows you to balance your work and personal life. In Backbase there are often social activities (Friday drinks and parties) and the international environment allows you to meet people from more than 27 different nationalities. The work is very challenging and that makes it fun. Opportunities to travel and grow.

    Cons

    When I started more than 1 year ago, I wish I had more training to understand better the products.
    Like in any team work, there's some people that really work hard but there are some others that don't do anything and no one does anything about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be leaders and not authorities. The CEO empowers people while other senior managers are just nice but lack of a common goal or energy that seems to make them stay away from trouble.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great product, insanely smart people, caring company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Staff in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    Pros

    - You can really have impact and start up your own projects
    - Everyone is working towards one goal and is very helpful
    - Inspiration event for new hires by CEO, who sits half a day explaining his vision and the company mission to the new recruits
    - Company lunch & fitness
    - Good (secondary) benefits -> everything can be discussed

    Cons

    Some pressure of working for a company that is growing so quickly and is doing so well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep this culture alive, even when growing quickly. Do more team events and maintain the smart & entrepreneurial people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Backbase are a friendly, well run company with a clear goal of where they want to be.

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

    Pros

    Backbase were extremely helpful in relocating me from another country. They made sure I met the team and would settle in well.

    The company have a strong belief in their product which makes the people passionate about what they do.

    The client base is constantly growing which gives you confidence that the company is very stable.

    The CEO is extremely personable, enthusiastic and communicates regularly with team members.

    The company workforce is extremely diverse in background and nationality which makes for a good atmosphere within the teams.

    Cons

    The company is focussed on small no. of products so some people may prefer more diversity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Autonomy, mastery, purpose - @ Backbase

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    Pros

    - Motivated and visionary people
    - Interesting products to work on
    - Friendly attitude and a nice working environment
    - Challenging projects with a lot of room for initiative

    Cons

    - You have to be self-motivated and self-learning, but it's part of the job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunities, challenging projects to work on

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    Pros

    Great teams, lots of energy, innovate projects to work on or to develop yourself.
    Snacks, lunch and drinks in kitchens.
    Room for upward movement.
    Product keeps on improving.

    Cons

    Like any fast growing company there is a huge rate of change of people and functions.
    Management is not always aligned in company goals and does not promote hard work and results like CEO does.
    Some people are clearly slacking and management is not seeing and changing this. In some projects with 4 to 5 developers there is only one effectively working and pulling the whole project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Notice when people slack and fix this. Focus on results and productivity compared only being nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very challenging environment for a JavaScript developer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Developer  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    Pros

    Backbase is very strong when it comes to client side development. Company had developed its own commercially successful JavaScript library in the past and overall JS remains its strong side. If you like Object Oriented Programming, design patterns, complex multi-module (yes, client-side) solutions, product rather than project development - Backbase R&D is the place for you.

    Cons

    Company is very dynamic and everything can change drastically over short period of time. Processes, initiatives and code conventions are subjects to constant change. Not all employees are well managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce more enterprise level management practices while pereserving startup like team spirit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Friendly people, weak product, incompetent management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Developer  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    Pros

    - The people are friendly and open
    - Free lunch and drinks
    - relatively close to the city center
    - great working hours; no one works ridiculous overtime

    Cons

    - The product is buggy, hard to use and in direct contradiction to the company vision they keep propagating
    - Bad pay
    - Management interferes when there is no need to, and doesn't interfere when they should
    - There is no energy here. You don't get the feeling that everyone is working towards a common goal. The people don't really believe in the product, they just do their little job, talk bad about management and the product, and go home at 5

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign or work on your management skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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