CollabNet Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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  1. Enjoyable office environment, hard working colleagues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice people, flexible work schedule, a lot of opportunity

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    * 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.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 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

    I worked at CollabNet

    Pros

    Smart people, good products, interesting space

    Cons

    Need a change up in strategy and leadership to accelerate growth

    No opinion of CEO
  9. Work with great people

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

    I have been working at CollabNet

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    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

    I have been working at CollabNet

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    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

    I worked at CollabNet

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO

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