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  1. Flexible and great people

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Brisbane, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fun people flexible schedule free snacks and drinks - sometimes free food annual company events supportive teams and open communication

    Cons

    sometimes don't have overall plan lots of projects are last minute

    Advice to Management

    set a goal for each year and run programs and campaigns around that goal


  2. Helpful (3)

    Account Executive - Inside Sales

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Brisbane, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CollabNet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Smart people who checked their ego at the door - Awesome product with a ton of features - Opensource and Start Up vibe

    Cons

    - CEO lacks focus and there is no solid business plan - No company direction - Focus, Focus, Focus

    Advice to Management

    Define the company you want to be and stop being everything to everyone


  3. Helpful (1)

    Once enjoyable... later a disaster...

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Brisbane, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Friendly staff and co-workers * Flexible working hours (days off, sick days, work remotely the ONLY HUGE plus!) * Ping-pong table, arcade, kitchen * Views to the San Francisco bay * Parking lot

    Cons

    * Low pay compared to other tech companies * Awkward location if you need public transportation * NO CAREER prospects... Let me repeat: NO CAREER prospects. * MAJORITY of employees cultivates an old-school culture: lack of innovation and leadership. * Unqualified employees for the job (mixed academic background for different positions). * Lack of integrating new investments (Separate divisions lead to confusion and there's no "one-team" in this company). * "Talents" are the ones who sell and do customer service. Marketing, Engineering, Legal are NEVER recognized as having talents or quarterly awards.

    Advice to Management

    * Recognize the true talents of your company. * Integrate the divisions. * Invest in R&D, do not send core products to India * Hire people with specific degrees to the job (Statistics for Analytics, Engineering/Computer Science for Engineering, etc.)


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  5. Good people, but time to change leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, good products, interesting space

    Cons

    Need a change up in strategy and leadership to accelerate growth


  6. Work with great people

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    Current Employee - Manager in Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Brisbane, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to develop tools that support software development and software teams. This means that CollabNet folks often use their own tools as part of their job, which allows them to understand the customer in a deeper way than at many jobs. You also get to work with a great team.

    Cons

    Company somewhat lives in the shadow of other firms in the field of development team tools. They need to find a way to stake-out their own position in the world.


  7. Helpful (4)

    A job, not a career or long-term employer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Brisbane, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The technology is used by a fair amount of companies, and your coworkers are always willing to help you understand why something was implemented or coded that way. A lot of people have a drive that makes you want to work there regardless of overall company climate. The sales team can sell ice to an eskimo.

    Cons

    Many layers of management collude and make most tasks difficult Marketing seemed to drive feature development for a few years No room for advancement Corporate America structure (four or five layers of management) in a start-up culture Still Top-Heavy from VA Software purchase Not listening to customer requests and feedback Losing customers to competitors due to product stagnation as a whole Professional services team booked out for months at a time (makes it difficult to provide a solution to customers who want it now and can pay for it) No inter-department communication or cooperation Small or no raises every year for Non-Plan Employees Getting your Comp plan can be like pulling teeth Management over promises and under delivers Working with Indian coworkers with no sense of communication skills is very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    In order for TeamForge to be a truly disruptive ALM solution, you need to have a full-time, local to the development (which, means India based on the number of developers there), C-Level executive who is focused 100% on the development, direction, and velocity of the product -- not just 40 hours a week, but, someone who can put forward every second of every day without having to deal with a broken internal agile implementation or other company politics. Employees are disgruntled about the lack of advancement and the layers of management that interfere with pushing innovative products or solutions forward, and many, many promises about feature inclusion or enhancements have been pushed back for many years. Get rid of the CEO, VPes, and Management, (and I mean, get rid of them -- don't stick them in 'advisor' positions, clean out house!) and find management who will work with the passionate team of employees who take pride in their work to show folks who the ALM leader is.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good company with good people and products; some structural challenges.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The engineering/ops/support side has a number of excellent people in management positions. Generally, people are good and know what they're doing. The products are solid, and doing well in the enterprise marketplace despite the economy.

    Cons

    Support, operations and engineering are divided between the US and India, making communication difficult (early morning and late night meetings, lots of email vs. in-person chat or phone calls) and thus less frequent, leading to all the issues you'd expect. Tools help, but don't completely solve the problem.

    Advice to Management

    Directly address the US/India communication problem - there must be some best practices out there to make this work more smoothly and effectively.


  9. A good place to be

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are really great, and the products very interesting.

    Cons

    It would be great if the company could do some institutional learning and not keep making the same mistakes over and over.

    Advice to Management

    Keep continuing to get more rigorous with process and accurate with product releases.


  10. Growing pains but overall, good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great name recognition, flexible work environment, employees care, approachable management, quality products, creative freedom, interesting partners and prospects, good support for working remotely

    Cons

    Growing pains typical of an organizing moving from "small" to "medium." Overall, doing a really good job of managing the growth.

    Advice to Management

    Organization should invest in an individual responsible for identifying optimizations in all departments of the organization without secondary responsibilities to any other department. The organization is small enough to become not just good but absolutely astounding in all operations.


  11. Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Brisbane, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to work from home. Flexible hours and not too much week end work. Smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Working with Indian time zone in CA.

    Advice to Management

    None



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