Calypso Technology Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Calypso Technology Chairman and CEO Charles Marston
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Pros
  • Opportunities to learn new technology (in 4 reviews)

  • Work life balance is great here and the management encourages it (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Compensation is less as compared to market (in 3 reviews)

  • Lack of communication between groups (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Interesting place to work but challenge to grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Calypso Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very complex product with many different module and state of art software.

    Cons

    too many changes in the organization structure and changes usually not carry thru.


  2. Lack of organization and accountability

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

    I have been working at Calypso Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, smart people, flexible hours

    Cons

    Poor organizational accountability, continually over promise and under deliver

    Advice to Management

    Hire more engineers and developers, stop trying to do it on the cheap


  3. Helpful (2)

    Huge turnover, below market pay, bad work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Calypso Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Office is well located. - Some friendly coworkers if you are lucky. - Internal mobility good in some cases. - Good vacation time. - Free medical insurance for me, wife and kids.

    Cons

    - Bad work environment. No break room, boring atmosphere, absolutely no company culture. - Bad vibe in the office. Understandable lack of motivation from most of the employees. - Huge turnover. A considerable number of collegues are either quitting, considering quitting, interviewing, or dreaming about quitting but stuck because of some visa issues (seems to be a company strategy to save big on wages). - Compensation considerably below market. No perks. Low bonus. Bad stock plan. No 401k matching. - No clear direction in daily tasks. Turnover doesn't help. Teams are short staffed. Management is cheap.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being cheap.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Too late to join.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Calypso Technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Lot to learn about finance - Some smart people you'll work with (not everyone though) - Company can be very flexible in term of time and work location (if you have the right manager) - If you perform the company will take care of your paper work (visa, green card, etc) no problem! - Offer relocation package. - Offices are always in prime location SF, NY, Paris, London (the largest). - You can move around position/offices if you ask. - Great health benefits and if you have kids this is amazing.

    Cons

    - Everyone is leaving (but mainly the highest performers) - There's no stocks given to employees - Salary 20% below market rate The office: - If you are part of product department (or engineering) then no formal kitchen or rest area available and a tiny dirty restroom for 100 people. - No fun activity at the office, people leave as early as possible and work from home. - Old technology, if you want to see what a tech company looked like in the 80s... that's the place! - Zero career path offered by the company.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people and make your office a fun place to work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Missing its potential

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Calypso Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very diverse work force, well positioned product, good global reputation for innovative financial software.

    Cons

    Management by whim. There seems to be no overriding strategy, and product development lurches from one priority to the next, wasting time and effort. Management is terrible - in my year there I had no face to face review, my rating and bonus communicated by short emails. I was told "we don't do management" - maybe that was a joke, but it's true. Senior management rules by fear and verbal abuse.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your people. The good ones are leaving.


  7. A Company with nearly crippling turnover

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

    I worked at Calypso Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Extremely talented people -Individuals dedicated to improving the product -Terrific health care for employees

    Cons

    -Lack of investment in employees personal growth -Poor management -Ambiguous strategic direction.

    Advice to Management

    -Pay closer attention to employee happiness. -Improve morale, the sentiment among employees is very anti calypso. -Engage your employees, or your turn over problem will never end.


  8. Well positioned capital markets trading software company. Management is fair and reasonable.

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

    I worked at Calypso Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong balance sheet / Good work/life balance. Privately held. Medical care fully funded by company.

    Cons

    Company's office culture needs improvement and can get there with some focus.

    Advice to Management

    Continue transparent discussion of financial results, goals and strategy.


  9. Helpful (2)

    There are some good people here, the company does not do them justice.

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

    I have been working at Calypso Technology full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - There are some very talented people within the company - although I would say a fair amount of the talent is only retained due to VISA restrictions. - Clearing solution is supposedly very good.

    Cons

    - For every talented person, there is someone untalented and unwilling to deliver thorough solutions. - The training and education here needs significant improvement. - The software is sold with no regards as to the client's needs or the consultants who will eventually implement the software. - The discrepancy in pay between salespeople (most of whom have rarely looked at the software) and others is terrible. Prioritizing fees over quality. - Organization is continuously changing - structure is getting cloudier and more hierarchical. This could be seen as good, depending on whether you forked out ridiculous money for an MBA or not.

    Advice to Management

    Train your people. Send them to finance classes, they should understand the application of the software rather than just aimlessly clicking around.


  10. Helpful (2)

    not great for a software engineer

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

    I worked at Calypso Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - some really nice and smart people. - convenient location. - ability to travel and work from other offices from time to time.

    Cons

    - Terrible pay. If you start as a software engineer, you can get almost twice as much in many other tech companies. - Difficult to move up. I ended up being a key developer in my team, but recognition was at best a tap on the shoulder. - Old technologies. Hard to move to most companies around the bay area as you will not work on state of the arts techniques/frameworks/languages. - Poor selection. the company focus too much on hiring a bunch of cheap engineers instead of a few good ones. - Cheap hardware (old monitors, old laptops, I've seen people bringing their own laptop)

    Advice to Management

    - should focus on hiring fewer, better engineers, and treat them better.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work if you interested in software for capital markets

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

    I have been working at Calypso Technology full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting domain and you get to work with a lot of really bright people. People get rewarded for good work. The company provides good benefits including medical, dental, vision, life, and long term disability insurance. You start with 10 days of vacation and if you stay there long enough you can get up to 25 days.

    Cons

    Technology stack is dated; mostly standard Java with a little bit of J2EE. The work culture is such that you are on your own if you want to keep up with the latest technology. Work schedule can get very demanding often.



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