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CA Technologies Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
8 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work life balance is good but even better is the challanges - you wont be bored here (in 135 reviews)

  • most people can work from home because the employees are already living all over place (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • This puts a huge strain on your work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • I do not feel that my team was always adequately supported by senior management (in 38 reviews)

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    Challenge of being "big", but good people and financially healthy!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CA Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay. Technology. New CEO. Team..lots of good people.

    Cons

    Consistency of reps on accounts. Lots of process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay with he vision and execute. Streamline processes from getting trials to delivering paperwork to customers. Continue to challenge all areas of the company.

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

    Great Culture and Innovation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Presales in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Presales in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CA Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture under Gregoire. Innovation and trust are key in the culture.

    Cons

    Turnover of account managers leads to a lot of re-training for new reps and reduced customer loyalty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue on the path we are on. Great new energy, trust, innovation and excitement within the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Salary is very good and benefits are great; very difficult if not impossible to advance if you're not in Islandia.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CA Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are so many telework positions, salary is good and virtual teams can become great collaborators.

    Cons

    Lots of cronyism makes it difficult to advance if you're outside the (DeNiro) circle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of the jobs are teleworked anyway so make more of them available across the country.

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

    Great company but erroneous cuts - - too many, no backfills

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CA Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is very good and you are paid for performance. Work life balance is also good since most of the employees work from home, or have that as a constant option. HQ is in Islandia, NY, but many current executives use the NYC office as "HQ."

    Cons

    Sudden Resource actions -- there have been WAY too many cuts of job roles. The perception is that these people had tenure and were paid too well. When CA lays you off, they take away your PC immediately - so no hope of accessing your email or systems to find another role. No one knows WHO does WHAT anymore. Job roles are like amoebas now ; everyone is doing 3 jobs becuase of the cuts.
    Too Many New People - CA has hired many executives who want to "CHANGE" the company. While Change is good, the company is impatient. Everyone new comes in like a cowboy to 'save CA' but they don't breed loyalty and are a culture mismatch.
    Self Sufficient Culture - CA expects employees to know everything. The training is minimal and if it exists on the intranet, you should know it.
    Too many ex IBMers with inflated egos and everyone hates them
    Processes- process slows down success, but CA has poor tools and processes for a $4B company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell us the strategy - you think we know this, but we don't. You say we need to CHANGE, but tell us where you want us to grow.
    Fix the systems and processes that are broken - invest here. How many tools does it take?
    Take a good look at the new hire executives for CULTURAL FIT
    Great ideas but no poeple left to execute on these (marketing)
    The emperor has no clothes - - no one is willing to tell the truth to Executive Management about issues.

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

    Services Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Services Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Services Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CA Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Teamwork is very important to this company and everyone tries hard to look out for each other. CA really is a company of thousands thinking as one. Some of the perks include bonuses every 3 months, work from home when not traveling onsite, and traveling perks such as rewards programs that you get to keep for your personal travel. Compensation is very competitive.

    Cons

    Lots of Travel. About 90% Travel. This puts a huge strain on your work-life balance. You do have the option to travel back every weekend but spending 90% of the year on the road does put a strain on your personal life. Also need to work on the promotion scale. Time it seems to be very slow when trying to move up within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the young talent that the company is developing via the Associate Consultant Program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CA Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and career opportunities.

    Cons

    Very rigid and staunch. Opposed to new ideas.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    cleaning house

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CA Technologies

    Pros

    salary, compensation, career potential and the opportunity to make big improvements in a short period of time

    Cons

    lack of organization around international policies and practices, abundance of performance plans and employee turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get feedback on managers in a meaningful way since many do not conform to the new direction, limit the PIP (performance improvement plans) to employees who need it and not those one simply doesn't like, make CA trustworthy (in the eyes of employees and the public), make HR and the ombudsman a trusted partner (not something feared) and stop hiring people from start up companies

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Perspective from a support grunt

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    Former Employee - IT Services in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - IT Services in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CA Technologies

    Pros

    If you like your job it can be challenging and gratifying. They offer competitive benefits in general. They offer a dollar-for-dollar match on the first 2.5% of your 401k contributions and offer an Employee Stock Purchase Program at a 15% discount on the lower of two buy dates. John Swainson and executive management are great at keeping the employees informed of quarter and fiscal year performance, the progress made and the challenges ahead. They have regular town hall meetings if you are one who feels the need to stay in the loop and have a regular report card on the company's performance. Overall I believe they are proactive in trying to dig CA out of its hole from its past accounting scandal. I also believe they are doing a good job of managing the company as a whole from a cost and financial perspective, albeit sometimes at the expense of personnel. If you don't like sitting in traffic they encourage what they call work force mobility if your job permits it (many do) which is basically being able to work from home or wherever business demands without having to come to the office. It includes a one time $500 allowance for office equipment and a recurring $75 monthly allowance for office supplies which are expensed out on your corporate Amex card. Management has the discretion to override this, though, if they want. After working 10 years you get to choose a gift from a catalog. They did away with the CA engraved Rolex watches.

    Cons

    Lack of planning from the corporate office sets off alarms and creates random emergencies to complete things on very short notice for the field. CA is very centralized and the field office is responsible for carrying out corporate's initiatives. The IT organization has become very rigid in my opinion and very standardized. I'm not sure what lead to it, if it was all the compliance regulations like ISO/IEC 20000, Sarbanes-Oxley or the previous execs accounting scandal and/or just senior management's doing. It's very bureaucratic and inefficient now. Like any other large company there have been rounds and rounds of layoffs and sales folks come and go on a regular basis. So no job is really secure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's definitely a top down organization. All projects and initiatives trickle down from the top which creates a sense of paranoia among the different management levels to meet deadlines and collect information for senior management. Senior management should give up some control and decentralize operations.

    Approves of CEO

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