Critical Software

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Critical Software Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
16 Reviews
3.5
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent place to work and grow professionally

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)

    I have been working at Critical Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Excellent people, everyone is really friendly and eager to help.
    - Excellent place to learn the best practices in the latest technologies
    - A lot of differente projects, within the same technology but in different areas, keeping the work interesting while learning from different contexts.
    - Good benefits

    Cons

    - It can take a while to move up the hierarchy, sometimes you have to be a bit proactive and let people know that you feel you are ready to progress.
    - The salaries are a bit under the market average, but nothing too serious

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - I would advise the managment to give more opportunities to people that are already within the company and promote then when they are looking to fill new positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great experience if you are lucky, but you won't become financially independent

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

    I have been working at Critical Software full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The best thing about Critical Software is that you may be able to do top engineering. When you land interesting stuff, its really a top experience, from an engineering point of view. Quality practices are part of the company culture. And you may work for international clients.

    Cons

    Top and middle-management positions are filled by in-crowders at company headquarters. A senior position is the "glass ceiling" of the company. Payment is not transparent, you will not know what the colleague sitting next to you earn. You may earn less than people you supervise. Pressure can be very high and hours very long. People spend lot of time in junior positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the Quality, keep the engineering. Grow. Keep true to company values. Celebrate a collective agreement or join the industry-wide collective bargaining.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    The very best place to learn and grow professionaly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)

    I worked at Critical Software full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Awesome environment;
    - Excellent people;
    - Very technology driven;
    - Implements the best procedures and latest technologies to its projects;
    - Projects are very diversified :: you can keep working with the same technology but in different business areas;

    Cons

    - It may take you long time to go up in the hierarchy;
    - Salary is not the best at all;

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Top projects

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Critical Software for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Offers fantastic projects where you get the chance to learn a lot

    Cons

    Career progression can be slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide stability to the structure nas teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Well organized and structured

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Lisbon (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I worked at Critical Software full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cautious management, with long term vision
    Deep understanding of the required tools to allow their goals to come true
    Constant change (adaptability)

    Cons

    Salaries are usually lower than the average
    Being a process oriented organization is leading towards a less human organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization's capability is bigger than the current business. More business should be "acquired". Hire high end business managers capable to attract new customers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    In the midst of a transformation

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

    I have been working at Critical Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Process-oriented company, challenging projects, international customers, casual dress code, free fruit, friendly working environment

    Cons

    Low wages, slow career progression, long working hours (depending on the project), lack of public transportation / parking spots, unable to attract and retain the country's best talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the midst of a transformation from a medium-sized company to a large one, company culture is changing in line with other major companies' culture, which might jeopardize the values ​​on which the company was based upon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    A company that seeks continuos improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I have been working at Critical Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Challenge, continuous improvements, quality achievements.

    Cons

    gaining recognition, tight culture, carrier progression

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Comfortable place to work, poorly paid though...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I have been working at Critical Software full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good place to gain experience specially in quality, V&V and the space industry. Work environment is great and you only need to walk the extra mile if you feel like it, for example, you will not be pushed to work long hours.

    Several opportunities to go abroad with reasonable compensations.

    Cons

    Poor salaries. Even considering good semesters when bonus are better, you will be paid below industry average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    High maturity organization, constantly challenging itself for improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Maputo, Maputo City (Mozambique)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Maputo, Maputo City (Mozambique)

    I have been working at Critical Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong process oriented organization. Leaders have commitment to the organization success and their employees. Strong commitment to growth by improving the internal capabilities (quality, cost, efficiency)

    Cons

    Salaries are on smaller than most other companies. Process oriented has lead to some gaps with "human interaction" (although there is a strong commit to employees). A solid company (sustainable business) but more investment has to be made in the collection more business (current capabilities are underusage)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in TOP DOG's for business collection (find the right people with the right contacts, and brig their business value in to the organization).

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Porto office: Good place to start. Bad place to grow.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Engineer  in  Maia, Oporto (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Junior Engineer in Maia, Oporto (Portugal)

    I worked at Critical Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    No undue pressure, lots of pep talks and ego massaging. International customers.
    The kind of work environment where you can make friends.
    Good name to have on your CV (in Portugal).

    Cons

    Salary sucks. Career progression is slow and mostly by seniority.
    Overall there's a culture of mediocrity - if a senior costs too much and is asking for a raise it's better to let him go and get two interns for the same price.

    This is just my case, but once I left I got a 50% pay bump and after a year my salary had tripled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current CEO, Marco Costa, was one of the best guys I worked with. Maybe he can improve things.

    Doesn't Recommend

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