Clearwell Systems

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    Software Engineer at Clearwell

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clearwell Systems

    Pros

    Great community, strong tech team. The Clearwell office was a really fun place to work. There were interesting technical problems, and a good mix of senior and junior engineers. There were a lot of opportunities for advancing your career.

    Cons

    Got bought by Symantec. Acquisition process was not much fun.

    Approves of CEO
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    Best place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Clearwell Systems

    Pros

    It was clear that the upper management really listened to the feedback from all employees, despite rank or title. The executives were kind & sincere. They were quick to offer praise when due.

    Cons

    There was zero work life balance. No matter what your position, you were expected to be available 24/7 even after the "start up" phase.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for some, challenging for others.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Clearwell Systems

    Pros

    1. You can learn about electronic discovery
    2. Can learn building enterprise application using Java coding
    3. You can learn about challenges of processing large amounts of data

    Cons

    1. Many new engineers who do not know the product.
    2. The erlier engineers appear to have "checked out" after making millions on the acquisition
    3. Many integration challenges with Symantec, slowing everything down.
    4. Management generally trends to avoid risk, so you'll be working with old code with not much scope to improve or innovate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with your employees - many engineers joined with the promise of a startup, and hyping the company as an IPO candidate and then sell out six weeks later leaves a bitter taste on all those who believed. The CEO is very untrustworthy and has no integrity. Go back to the basics and understand what made you get to where you were.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The management team was greedy and sold itself and the employee short.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Clearwell Systems

    Pros

    - Weekly All-hands meetings to motivate employees
    - Free lunches
    - Good, solid VC's backing
    - Good founder with high level of integrity

    Cons

    Untrustworthy CEO and executive staff. Only after the company was sold to Symantec that I learned it was the CEO's career pattern to sell employees on long-term vision, but the moment a semi-attractive offer comes along, he sold out. This was a similar pattern with his previous company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with your employees - operate with integrity, please!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Pretty good

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Clearwell Systems

    Pros

    Good company culture.
    Information of company is shared to all employees.
    Friendly working environment, good people and company activities are good

    Cons

    Salary is average for the new comers, lots of new employees.. only few engineers who know many aspect of the product.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place with problems with people management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clearwell Systems

    Pros

    The people are bright and motivated, and the product is the best in an emerging market. Attention is paid to employees at a high level.

    Cons

    Recent growth has identified management problems. Different departments aren't communicating, and basic expectations aren't being defined, which leads to finger pointing and playing the blame game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down, stop assuming you know everything, and actually take some management classes. Otherwise you're going to lose some senior people that you don't want to lose.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Desktop technology on servers

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Clearwell Systems

    Pros

    The product vision is sharp and aimed right where the money is. There's never any doubt where the product is going and who it's for. Regular meetings keep staff informed of both project and corporate status. Pay and benefits are typical.

    Cons

    The underlying technology is a Windows desktop application. The drive to build this into a large distributed server cluster lacks an understanding of servers and server development environments. Engineering is mostly new junior-level hires that lack the courage and experience needed to challenge the status quo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire Senior Software Architects now! Hard work, carefully analyzed plans, and technical reviews aren't good enough. Evolving into a server cluster is a slow and painful process; slower than where the product needs to be in the future. What's needed is a leap into a new design, and that leap can only happen with direction from top technical talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Clearwell Systems great place for some, can be terrible for others

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    Current Employee - Undisclosed  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Undisclosed in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Clearwell Systems

    Pros

    Clearwell Systems is a market leader in an emerging space called electronic discovery. Being a leader, they will have great growth and will likely dominate. If you want to learn about this area, and want to build your carreer, this company would be a good one.

    Cons

    The company can be a difficult place to work on account of "cultural fit". You may find that you need to be an outgoing, social person, yet doesn't ask tough questions. Especially troublesome would be if you ask your boss a tough question - he/she will get defensive. You'll also be shocked when you get your annual performance review. Even if you put in extra-ordinary effort and everything looks great, when it comes to review, you'll likely be surprised that others who were more of a cultural fit get better reviews, better raises and promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management ignores bad news. Especially senior leaders exhibit a "I know it all, who are you to suggest an idea mentality"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great Organization with Strong Brand Focus and Innovative Engineering

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clearwell Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Clearwell (now part of Symantec) was a great startup with some of the most talented folks in "Silly Valley." As a startup they were attuned to their industry (which evolved over time) and as a result were able to deliver a quality product to their customers.

    Cons

    They had a touchy feely corporate culture that was constantly asking whether they should be a "Team" or a "Family" (I often reccomended trying to be a "Business") that sometimes robbed them of productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to go the way of Metalincs and Kazeon within the new Symantec structure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong Leadership, Talented Employees, Inspiring Workplace

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clearwell Systems

    Pros

    Clearwell is a great place to work in terms of fostering professional growth and stretching to your maximum potential. The management team is strong and exceedingly capable. This comes out in company performance (Clearwell is profitable, growing rapidly, and winning impressive deals). But, it also shows up in the way employees are treated - professional growth is fostered, employees are able and encouraged to learn something new each week, employee innovation and creativity is encouraged, and managers provide continuous and helpful feedback - as well as the authority and responsibility to get the job done. Everyone on the team is of a high caliber, professional, and motivated to work together to make and sustain a great product.

    Cons

    The only con is really a pro as well - Clearwell is doing well that there is never a lull in activity or shortage in tasks, planning, projects etc - so there's always more work that you can be doing. Though that can be overwhelming for some, the type of employee who thrives under that atmosphere will find this a great place to continuously stretch yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs only to keep up what it is doing. Clearwell has a wonderfully transparent culture, which comes from the leadership team - results, wins, company updates etc are all openly shared in all-hands meetings. This makes everyone feel like an integral and valued part of the team. Plus, it lets us know and understand what is going on in other departments - whether you're engineering, finance, marketing, sales, we all get the same look at the company. With a company that is doing this well, this transparency not only builds an inspiring workplace, it makes you excited and proud to be a part of Clearwell.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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