Black Duck Software

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Black Duck Software Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
22 Reviews
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22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fun, Upbeat Sales Department - Great Start-up Atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Business Development in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Black Duck Software full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is a sales-focused company with a start-up feel. Music is playing, ping-pong tables, beer on tap, free snacks and drinks (Redbull as an essential). They train you well and want to see you succeed. I've enjoyed working here thus far and the company's growth keeps me optimistic for my own personal growth within the company! I would and have recommended friends to join the team and they have nothing but great things to say!

    Cons

    This is a tough commute if you don't live in the area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place for young people to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Black Duck Software full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great start-up, high energy environment. It is a great place especially for young people to start a career in sales and tech/software. A place where hard work is recognized, appreciated and rewarded.
    Lots of perks that make coming to work an enjoyable experience.

    Cons

    No cons come to mind right away. Commute isn't ideal, but, as a young person, location stills allows you to live almost anywhere i.e. Boston or surrounding areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going in the same direction!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    HR

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

    I have been working at Black Duck Software full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun collaborative progressive work environment. Sr Management is very accessible and provide great direction. Culture is awesome- monthly social events, happy hours- beer taps and ping pong tournaments
    Able to make a real impact and take ownership of various projects.
    Benefits are great- unlimited vacation

    Cons

    Continue to be agile and adaptable to expanding needs of workforce. Be able to continue small collaborative culture during exponential growth over next two years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Growing company with a lot to offer!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    Working with new technologies (ex: Hadoop), many different things to work on, interesting big data problems, friendly coworkers, and increasing sense of community. I interned with Black Duck Software over the summer and had a great experience there.

    Cons

    Office is rather small and crowded, but they're already in the works to fix this and expand!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue the team-building/community-building events! They were wonderful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern Experience at Black Duck

    Former Employee - Software Intern in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Software Intern in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere. The company does everything it can to make sure you enjoy your time there. They have company sponsored events and a great culture. Truly a pleasure working at Black Duck.

    Cons

    When I first arrived I worked primarily alone. My original boss ended up leaving. That left me stranded for a moment, but I quickly joined a different team and became a more integral part of Black Duck.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Sales Rep

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

    I have been working at Black Duck Software

    Pros

    Flexible with time and independent work atmosphere

    Cons

    Cold calling, disorganized, no training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not sure where new leadership is taking the company

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

    I worked at Black Duck Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture, very collaborative within each functional organization

    Cons

    Pretty siloh'd organization. CEO bypasses management structure to get things done. Weird and disruptive. Barely competitive compensation, average benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help employees understand what you are trying to accomplish rather than just implementing change in a vacuum.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Black Duck Software full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    In the short period of time I've been employed here, I have had nothing but a positive experience. The training is thorough and helps you quickly adapt to the corporate culture (which is indeed very fun). While hammering the phone is not the most glamorous job, management gives you ample independence while also providing the correct incentives in order to succeed. Compared to my friends who are business development reps at other firms, my experience has been much, much better. Additionally, the opportunity for ascending within the company is exceptional as the company is experiencing tremendous growth.

    Cons

    There isn't much...maybe the commute?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Job for Working Mom!

    Current Employee - Marketing in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Black Duck Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a new mom, I wasn't sure how I was going to balance work responsibilities with parenthood, but Black Duck has made it easier and better than I thought possible! From our CFO and CMO to my peers and colleagues, I've been shown nothing less than profound kindness and flexibility. My job is demanding (in a good way), rewarding, and I work with a wonderful team!

    Cons

    As with any fast-growing company, there's a lot of work to do, but I don't see that as a Con, particularly when you feel appreciated for the things you do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Held back by cheap head of Finance and a silo-building mentality.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Black Duck Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are no pros to working in IT here. If they make you an offer, decline with prejudice. Tell them you'd rather work somewhere that cares about their employees and offers the perks of the modern software industry.

    Cons

    Preface
    This review was removed due to a need to review it's contents and ensure accuracy. After reviewing my notes, I am confident that the cons below were accurate at the time I was employed.

    Money
    The CFO is extremely tight-fisted. He has the final say on all raises, purchases, expenses, travel, bonuses and in fact anything to do with money. To give you an idea of the scale, this is a guy who wanted to start charging employee's for coffee whenever the price of K-cups increased.

    Culture/Perks
    The head of HR (recently let go) was fantastic, but many of her efforts to raise the culture to pro-level were stifled by a lack of funds. Working from home? Not a chance since the CFO's idea of a good employee is one who shows up early and leaves late and always works from the office. BYOD? No way, we don't trust you and your devices, even if you work in IT and likely have the safest devices of all the employees. Want a Mac? Too bad, they're '[not corporate devices]', 'they're too expensive', even though most IT groups at companies writing linux-based software see them as the best-in-class, most well-supported, linux/BSD-based hardware available. Game room? Oddly they had one, but time spent in there was counted and then later subtly held against you.

    Career advancement
    Good luck if you're in IT. The structure is small and the department reports, oddly I think, to the CFO not Engineering (who is the main internal customer). This means there's nowhere to go after you get to the manager level. Speaking of manager's, 1 left while I was still employed, and, in my opinion, met with so many restrictions to growth that they concluded pursuing a career there wasn't an option. A 2nd manager left after I did for, I assume, similar reasons. In addition, with little to no available funds for raises, title upgrades are meaningless (unless you're using them to find your next job in which case they're great).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of heading for yet another round of financing (we had a few while I was there), fire the cheap CFO and rout out the silo-builders and hire people who want to make BlackDuck great. Experience is not worth someone whose greed prevents progress.

    Find other ways to make the numbers work (as opposed to constant cost cutting and saying "no"). For instance, stop buying other products/companies and focus on making a really great product, not 3 or 4 mediocre products.

    Hire a team to focus on culture and atmosphere; remember, happy employees who feel valued, nurtured, well-compensated, and cared about are a stronger, greater resource than all the experienced executives in the world.

    Want an example of that last one?

    Here's some free advice: look at Zappos. Employee happiness/engagement/interest/whatever-you-want-to-call-it is a top priority, not money or customer pipeline.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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