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Confluence Technologies Reviews

Updated February 9, 2015
Updated February 9, 2015
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fast growing, aggressive company with great potential. Great work culture, involved in the community and charity.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Confluence Technologies

    Pros

    Open to technologies
    Good work culture
    Good vision for products
    Encourages open discussion between management and engineers.
    Willingness to adapt and change with times.

    Cons

    Slow growth opportunities
    Lot of long time employees who have not updated their skills
    Not many new hires in technology area.
    Bonuses can be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more growth opportunities. Identify and train potential leaders of tomorrow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company with some bad management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Confluence Technologies

    Pros

    Good benefits. Some of the long timers are actually very helpful, hardworking and technically competent which is why they are stuck in their positions with no hope to advance their careers.

    Cons

    Unless you are good at sucking up, no opportunities to advance your career.
    Too many people in the middle management pretending to be managers and only a few who are competent and knowledgeable enough to lead the people working under them.
    Occasionally one of the avenues of sucking up you will be shown is to write a positive review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some competent managers who have actually done and understand the work of the people they are managing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    - Empowered to make your own decisions
    - Promotions and lateral movements to different departments are supported
    - Great collaborative environment, teamwork is integral to success
    - Decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    - Most executive staff is not in the Pittsburgh office often

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Empowering place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Confluence Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, management empowers the teams, utilizes new technology, embraces change, focus on wellness, located on the trail!

    Cons

    Cube walls could be lower and sometimes the third floor roof leaks when it rains extremely hard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    On the surface it seems like a great place to work - the dysfunction is not apparent until you are there for a while.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Confluence Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Interesting domain. Interesting technology - lots of room for developing new and improved software. Massages. Healthy focus. Lots of nice team members.

    Cons

    Office culture is somewhat of a "bullying" environment. They have a very hard time developing people - don't know what to do with real leaders, especially forward thinking or visionary ones. Lots of opportunities for collaborative and forward thinking are squashed by middle management who are afraid to take risk and have no idea how to support a leader that has vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You just lost a CEO that was a visionary and in my opinion he couldn't move the company forward due to his team of mid managers' lack of vision. Get a leader back that can build a culture and flush out what I would call "stinkin' thinking" in the middle - build a culture that fosters creative thinking and vision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Confluence, it is OK.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Confluence Technologies

    Pros

    The main reason I work for Confluence is the travel. I get numerous frequent flier miles, and free rental cars. The benefits aren't horrible and are company paid. I enjoy the work, it is mentally and technically challenging. The pay is very low, for the work.

    Cons

    Clueless management, extreme hours, did I mention clueless management? The product has been on an extreme growth curve, and as such is flaky, and very difficult to implement. I wish they paid better for the pain. This is a young company, and it shows!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve management processes, fire the box-checkers that add no value to the company with their timesheet notices.

    Sales is giving away the store, and frankly is not much more than a big frat-party on the company dime. Too many implementations are messed up by sales sellling functionality that really doesn't exist in the product.

    Development needs a lot more qualified testing staff, and the professional services teams need a higher quality product to implement, and better people too. Project management is non-existent. It all needs work, although it is honestly pretty average for a family run company of this size.

    The product needs to be re-architected off of Microsoft's various platforms, and into a more supportable n-tier structure that supports real publication development ASAP.

    Mark Evens is a charismatic CEO type that really is let down by the people around him. He puts too much trust in what many of his 'friends' and family are telling him.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good place to work that could be exceptional with some changes

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Confluence Technologies

    Pros

    As other reviewers mentioned, developers typically work on one project at a time. Multi-tasking is avoided as a rule. People are overall smart, hard working, and easy to get along with. The atmosphere is pretty laid back but in a traditional corporate manner.

    Free massages are a great bonus. The benefits package really stands out compared to other companies. It's very valuable. The building is pretty nice. There are changing areas with showers. There are an adequate number of restaurants in walking distance. Nice views of the river and city.

    Cons

    Pay is only decent compared to other companies. Vacation time (and salary?) varies substantially among people in the same position. Raises are small. Maybe these aren't issues if you are willing to negotiate every year at review time but that gets old.

    The views of the river and city are nice but since almost everyone works in a cube farm you won't get to enjoy it much. Little flexibility with work hours/location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Confluence has a lot going for it as a company. With a little more attention aimed at keeping it's employees happier it would be an exception place to work.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for with outstanding benefits.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Confluence Technologies

    Pros

    There are really good people that work there and a good sense of teamwork as well; everyone is willing to share knowledge and help each other out. The benefits package that's provided is really the best I've seen. It's also an interesting concept when it comes to projects where you are only ever assigned to work on one project at a time.

    Cons

    There really weren't too many that I experienced. The pay scale may be a little on the low side of the industry average but when the benefits are taken into account that kind of balances out and raises weren't that large but there is the potential of a bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rely on the people in house rather than outside solutions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great place to hang your hat.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Confluence Technologies

    Pros

    At Confluence, developers work on 1 project at a time. It's a nice laid back and cooperative environment that fosters the development of a good project. They pay is good and the benefits are great. I would recommend it to anyone. People who work here have worked here for years. It is a place to create a career.

    Cons

    The location on the North side of Pittsburgh is not the best. Sure, there is a nice view of the city, but transportation on this side of town is dreadful. I'm not sure yet whether the room for growth is great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There must be greater expediency in converting from legacy VB6 code to C#.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Confluence Technologies

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits package and wellness program

    Cons

    Below average compensation, no career pathing, little positive reinforcement but a lot of negative feedback

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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