CollabNet Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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  1. Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CollabNet full-time

    Pros

    Good environment, good people, good products. Room to grow and take on new projects. Fast moving. You will not get bored.

    Cons

    Sometimes too many in flight initiatives and projects that don't get finished. Location is not ideal and is a compromise for most.

    Advice to Management

    Focus only on what you can truly be the best at. Get more competitive on compensation. Stop giving away products.


  2. Nice people to work with

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at CollabNet

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with; very nice office in south san francisco; great snacks; almost on shutdown for 2 weeks around christmas time (though it will take some leaves to do so).

    Cons

    company is doing a lot of changes. Though not really a hard con, it would just mean there is uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    with some new management personnel injected, do your best to achieve your goals.


  3. Enjoyable office environment, hard working colleagues

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CollabNet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, flexible work schedule, a lot of opportunity

    Cons

    Still has the feel of a startup, benefits could be better

    Advice to Management

    401K contribution matching would keep the company competitive in attracting talent


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    Was a great place to work - enjoyed the years I was there - not sure about future

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Work from Home/Work Remotely Open source technology and open source philosophy Good product Good working environment Some very talented engineers

    Cons

    Problems with cash flow (hopefully fixed with recent acquisition of company) causing vendors to always be paid late Some poor choices on acquision/new product development hurt the finances Several large customers make unrealistic demands that have to be accepted Almost all product development moved to Chennai (not investing in US developers) No 401k matching Product features are not keeping up with competition

    Advice to Management

    Don't abandon developers in the US - bring back core product and new product development to USA/California Keep a close eye on Atlassian/Jira - they are outpacing you with new useful features Don't spend money based on estimates - don't spend money not in the bank - never pay debts late (it destroys morale) Learn to push back to the big customers when they make demands that are not reasonable or achievable


  6. Helpful (3)

    Dated management & product at a time of transition

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    Current Employee - Sales Team Member - US
    Current Employee - Sales Team Member - US

    I have been working at CollabNet full-time

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

    Pros

    - New investment in company (public news - January 2014) means potential for revitalizing products - Flexible hours - Ability to work from home

    Cons

    - Underinvestment in chief product & weak engineering management has allowed it to fall dangerously behind competition in certain respects - Confused strategy re: integrating velocity and enterprise business, and re: entering devops - There are "dead weight" people in certain key positions that execs seem oblivious to despite negative feedback from many frustrated staffers - Fresh investment in engineering to improve products will take time to pay off, but execs demand sales improvement NOW - Sales compensation plan for 2014 came out in mid-May with significant changes retroactive to Jan 1 - No credible career growth path

    Advice to Management

    Take a more sober look at the performance of products, departments, and key individuals. Be willing to cut or seriously revamp things that haven't been working-- even if they are products or people you personally brought into the company years ago. Be realistic about how much new investment is required (esp. to enter a new market space) and how long it will take to come to fruition.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Account Executive - Inside Sales

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Brisbane, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  8. Flexible and great people

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Brisbane, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  9. 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

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

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

    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.)


  10. Good people, but time to change leadership

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA

    I worked at CollabNet

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, good products, interesting space

    Cons

    Need a change up in strategy and leadership to accelerate growth


  11. Work with great people

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Brisbane, CA

    I have been working at CollabNet

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    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.



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