Compuware Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
303 Reviews
3.1
303 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work-life balance is really depends on the position, some position are very demanding (in 14 reviews)

  • Good benefits (Medical has maintained low employee contribution amount) (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • VERY limited vision / forward thinking within the Professional Services Division (in 15 reviews)

  • Too many friends of senior management with inflated titles (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company with strong future

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Compuware full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good community and solid products. The company provides a good amount of vacation days and the works hours are flexible in most positions. I believe that the company will be very successful in the future.

    Cons

    Compuware is experience a transition which is great for the business but that comes with the typical types of pains in those situations; uncertainty, vague information, rumors etc. In the past the company has not been great at communication but I have seen that improve a bit recently.

  2.  

    Downward spiral

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    I worked with some good people and made some good friends. Salary was about average for my experience level when hired. Benefits were average to above average.

    Cons

    Management was difficult to approach and often gave praise and rewards to favorites rather than those who had real accomplishments. Formal training was lacking. Constant layoffs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company, poor leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people who work throughout the company. Benefits are very good and for the majority of the time work life balance has been great. It is a casual work environment which is nice. The facilities are exceptional and in a cool location with free parking. The company has a solid portfolio of technology behind it.

    Cons

    Unfortunately since Peter Karmanos departed from the company in 2013, our CEO Bob Paul has been piecemealing business off to private equity companies. There has been a general atmosphere of anxiety since he took over. Poor leadership by our CEO and Board of Directors has nearly dissolved the company completely. Salary increases at or below inflation unless promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increasing your own long-term incentives while telling your employees to tighten their belts sends a very bad signal to the people who work for you. Be more visible to your employees than a rah-rah email every 6 months. Set realistic expectations to Wall Street vs. targets the company will never meet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Compuware full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    1. Immediate Green card processing
    2. Bonus if you are working at client location.

    Cons

    1. Not too many projects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    An out-of-control downward spiral.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Director/Manager in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Program Director/Manager in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Compuware full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Highly dedicated and skilled employees with an honest desire to do the best job possible. Good office facilities including cafeteria, daycare and gym. Competitive compensation.

    Cons

    Management keeps its head in the sand with a "bring me no bad news" attitude. Sales forecasting is a joke. The quarterly forecast is based on what management wants to hear rather than reality with less than 10% of forecasted deals at the start of the quarter actually close. Turnover in the sales force is one of the highest in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time managing the business and less time on cultivating your image.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience thus far

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Compuware full-time

    Pros

    Great products and for the most part good colleagues. Provide great work life balance and development opportunities.

    Cons

    Company has decided to go private. Roles are undefined as they reorganize the support group structure and work load distribution is uneven.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Save yourself! Run! Don't work here!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Compuware

    Pros

    The "doers" at Compuware APM are amazing, have extreme knowledge, talent, and passion.
    Its just too bad that management doesn't recognize this.

    Modern office (however its a recruiting strategy and a ploy to find more victims that the company can chew up and spit out)

    Cons

    If you work at Compuware APM, be prepared for the following:

    - Quick turnover rate of employees (both voluntary and forced resignations)
    - Slimy management strategies
    - To work extra hours on a regular basis just to meet the minimum expectations without any gratitude or recognition
    - For upper management to set unattainable deadlines and goals, unaware as to what really goes into the execution.
    -When things go wrong, expect management to point fingers at the ones sweating to get things done.
    - A real "walking on eggshells" environment
    - Weak 401k match (shows how much they care about their employees)
    - No opportunity to advance or break into management. The company only hires managers externally and never promotes within
    -Be prepared to not have a voice and to not have your expertise valued
    - Drama. Drama. And more drama.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    From great to ok to insulting.

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    Former Employee - Developer in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Developer in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Compuware full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company and its products has great potential, the pay was good.

    Cons

    The company is disarray, if you were not told, you would think Compuware and its MA office was a start up company. Its ok to run a company like a start up, but to run into issues like a start up and everything they do is a band-aid, it says alot of how management is in the company. Its never a planned out long term solution. Constant last minute changes is the culture. Processes are only promised but never put in placed and enforced. Higher ups are more than often playing the blame game or the finger pointing game. Not very encouraging when during hiring process that HR tells you the company gives out "bonuses" then once hired, HR adds fine line..."only director level get bonuses". Management is a joke, instead of encouraging employees to work better and work harder, they tell employees to leave without really asking the employee why they are dissatisfied. More than often, managers will just take the work which they can assign to their own teams to work on, instead point fingers at their own teams and say they are incompetent. And if team members pick up projects, more than often, managers don't know anything about the said picked up project till the project originator asks about the progress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inept sales management, chasing technology, not innovating.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Compuware full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Mainframe technology, legacy software enabler

    Cons

    Most everything including products and management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Designer/Developer-Distributed in North Canton, OH
    Current Employee - Systems Designer/Developer-Distributed in North Canton, OH

    I have been working at Compuware full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you like your work at the client place then you will enjoy it as there in no intervention of your employer

    Cons

    Doesn't increase your salary often but team size at client place is low & may be that's the reason the profit margin is also low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Visit client place more often to create the scope of employment size to increase.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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