CollabNet
3.1 of 5 31 reviews
www.collab.net Brisbane, CA 150 to 499 Employees

CollabNet Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2014
CollabNet – India – “Collabnet Chennai”

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3.1 31 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

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Bill Portelli

(22 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Flexible and great people

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
    Brisbane, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementset a goal for each year and run programs and campaigns around that goal

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dated management & product at a time of transition

    Sales Team Member - US (Current Employee)

    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 Senior ManagementTake 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Account Executive (Former Employee)
    Brisbane, CA

    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 Senior ManagementDefine the company you want to be and stop being everything to everyone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Once enjoyable... later a disaster...

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Brisbane, CA

    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 Senior 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.)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good people, but time to change leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Brisbane, CA

    ProsSmart people, good products, interesting space

    ConsNeed a change up in strategy and leadership to accelerate growth

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    Work with great people

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Brisbane, CA

    ProsGet 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.

    ConsCompany 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A job, not a career or long-term employer

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Brisbane, CA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsMany 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 Senior ManagementIn 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Brisbane, CA

    ProsThe 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.

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

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    A good place to be

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Brisbane, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep continuing to get more rigorous with process and accurate with product releases.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Growing pains but overall, good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Brisbane, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementOrganization 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.

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