CNL Software

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CNL Software Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time...

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

    I worked at CNL Software (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Attractive wage
    Good stepping stone for young professionals looking to add some industry experience to their résumé.

    Cons

    Don’t be fooled to thinking this a young hip IT start up, after reading all the hype on CNL’s website about being a ‘a world leader and global provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software and Integrated Situation Management’ I was excited to be working for a cutting edge company when In reality it’s an old office in a rundown industrial estate in a small pokey town (Knaphill) with no direct train or motorway links.
    CNL claim to be Market leader however during my time at the company I saw the real market percentage being considerable less than perceived.

    My time at CNL software was predominantly spent resolving product issues inherited from a poor untested original code base. All this effort detracts from adding innovation to the product offering, meaning CNL are not the market leader which they claim.

    Unfortunately I feel this company is doomed, Broken promises have left many long term employees disgruntled which majority having now left and a quick Google you will find that even the ‘President of Americas has left’ leaving a rocky road ahead.
    100% + staff turnover during my time should of rang alarm bells a lot sooner, being young I wasn’t aware how much greener the grass was on the other side.

    Performance reviews, appraisals, pay reviews, bonuses… all are not part of company policy, high manager turnover means that there’s no one line manager who’s been in the position long enough to perform an annual review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the CEO would relinquish responsibility and allow managers and employees to guide the company it will make the world of difference

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CNL Software full-time

    Pros

    Product is very powerful and could easily make CNL Software a profitable entity given the right management.

    High pay for out of London business, with share options available which ultimately are worth nothing used to encourage staff to stay.

    Often received small perks for working weekends, but feel this was done on favoritism rather than necessity for motivation.

    Opportunity to travel the world

    Some very committed individuals are keeping the company and spirit alive.

    Cons

    During my time at CNL Software I had over 10 managers, often with long periods of other staff filling in whilst a replacement was found. With each manager comes new process' and management styles which leave staff struggling to adopt and demoralizing. Company-wide staff turnover was frankly a joke with people leaving/joining so fast that even within an office of 30 people names were not known.

    Majority of long term key skilled staff have left leaving knowledge base all but gone. Key business ethics and values are derived from the CEO/founder who also employees 3 other family members who don’t use English to communicate when in the office which I found extremely rude.

    The product was market leader a long time ago, however through high management turnover, lack of product/company leadership, innovation and an experienced product manager they have fallen so far behind I’m not optimistic they will ever recover.

    Shortfalls and broken promises made by sales mean development and delivery teams are often under pressure to deliver the achievable in unrealistic timeframes, for this reason quality is over looked with development team in a reactive mode leaving innovation behind. Company oversight on good quality control means majority of the code base is untested and often needs to be re written.
    Management have no concept of staff having a life out of CNL, myself and other were often given less than 24 hours’ notice for long international business trips.

    No effort is given to staff development or training, after repeatedly requesting training from each manager during my period there, ultimately each request was blocked by finance and/or top management.

    Every employee works well over the allocated weekly hours giving their best to make the company a success, stick and carrot method soon loses its appeal after prolonged periods leaving staff burned out and demotivated.
    Left on my own accord.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees they have the company's best interests at heart. Rather that employing anyone to manage a department, spend a little more an employee a professional who can potentially save the business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    At one time it had great potential but now feel that the end is almost near

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knaphill, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knaphill, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Potential to earn lots of money. Worldwide travel. A exciting product that does have potential to actually make a difference

    Cons

    Unfortunately this company is doomed. They're too late to market with changes to their product and their core code base is fundamentally flawed. Unfortunately their competitors have a more stable product which is simpler to use and install.

    The management team is well nothing short of a joke. Nothing will change in this company until the founder, who is the CEO leaves the company and let's professionals take control. They will work you to the ground and the morale is lower than rock bottom! The employee turnover is unreal consequently meaning the core knowledge base is all but gone and those left I am sure are not far behind.

    Zero benefits package, no pension, no bonus scheme, no perks, no team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How many people can leave, how many people can tell you what's wrong to your face before you fail to act upon things. Time to step aside and employee someone to run the business for you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Happy to have moved on.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CNL Software full-time

    Pros

    Outside of London, the products potential.

    Cons

    No benefits unless government mandated and shares are given to a select few rather than a company wide incentive which leads to low morale and a favouritism culture.

    No investment in training for individuals, no real staff appraisal process or development plans in place to help you grow. The word appreciate is used often but rarely rewarded in any way.

    The company feels like a revolving door at times as people come and go quickly, often changing the processes and direction in the meantime. This causes immense pressure to deliver which results in lots of additional hours being expected of you and the feeling that miracles need to be performed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To have a clear plan for the direction of the product and create a company wide collaboration to achieve this. Rather than focus on the trivial and mundane invest in the staff and allow the time for great work to be produced. Encourage feedback from everyone and act upon it rather than a top down approach which leads to negativity and the feelings of the teams being unheard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Broken Promises, Broken Dreams

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CNL Software full-time

    Pros

    - No London commute
    - Salary is high for the Knaphill area
    - Product has the 'cool' factor
    - Exposure to a wide range of technologies

    Cons

    - Lack of good core values and culture
    - Large, mostly untested code base, makes work a daily grind
    - 'Hack it out quick' mentality discourages professionalism throughout the company
    - Top down management has created an atmosphere which is a chimera of 'The Office' and 'Dilbert'
    - High staff turnover and continous brain-drain has left a demoralised work force
    - An already top heavy leadership has increased in density after nearly everyone was given promotions
    - Gallows humour is sometimes the only thing keeping teams together

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Trust, and listen to your staff more, and let them get on with the job without constant micro-management
    - Hire those with a history of technical excellence, rather than 'Bumblebees' who don't have experience
    - Recognise those who have made valuable contributions sooner, rather than later: when it is too late

    Negative Outlook
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Could be a great company if it delivered on it's promises.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CNL Software full-time

    Pros

    The technology and the product space are both very exciting.
    The pay is very high for the area.
    No commute to London required.
    Company is top 3 leader in its market.

    Cons

    High, above average pay means executive management expect above average contribution, this is largely measured in hours.
    Benefits are non-existent outside of those mandated by law (the recent pension rules), share options have been offered to employees as incentives, but the scheme is informal and not open to all employees.
    The rules and policies change week by week as executive management change their minds, which can be extremely stressful and demoralizing for staff.
    The company is a revolving door of senior management and technical talent, ever changing management and team members make it very hard to deliver anything of worth, it's especially demoralizing when people simply leave work one evening, and never come back the next, which is very often the case here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the leaders/managers you put in place. Leave the staff at the coal-face to tackle the tasks they need to tackle, executive pressure constantly applied, simply loses great people, and damages the company. When people challenge your own ideas or perceptions, be open to them, and listen to the ideas of the people you hired.

    Everyone signs up to the dream that this company could revolutionize it's industry, but then finds that the stress of helping it do so, is not worth a large paycheck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Schreckliches Management auf der "C-Ebene" war sehr schlecht für die Firma Terrible C level management have really blown the company

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    Former Employee - Senior Position
    Former Employee - Senior Position

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Nette Kollegen (die meisten sind nicht mehr da), früher einmal super Technologie, interessante Orte und Projekte und einige gute Möglichkeiten. Interessante Branche.

    Nice colleagues (most now gone), once great technology, interesting places and projects and some good opportunities. Interesting domain.

    Cons

    Furchtbares, furchtbares Management auf C-Ebene. Null Vertrauen, kein Training, keine zusätzlichen Leistungen, keine Flexibilität und kein gesundes Verhältnis zwischen Arbeit und Freizeit. Wirklich arrogante, hochnäsige Einstellung des C - Managements, das die Leute, die sich wirklich anstrengen, nur fertig macht. Die guten Teams in Verkauf, Entwicklung und Logistik haben sich alle verabschiedet. Man sollte der letzten Bewertung keinen Glauben schenken, wenn man einen Job sucht.

    Terrible, terrible management from the c level. Zero trust, training, benefits, flexibility and life balance. Really pompous arrogant culture from c level management, worn down other members trying to do their best. Once great delivery and sales engineering teams have all quit. Don't take the last review as honest anyone looking for a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ich würde gerne einen Rat geben, aber das ist alles schon gesagt worden.

    I would love to give some, but it's all been done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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