Critical Software

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Critical Software Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
20 Reviews
3.3
20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Conservative company with solid engineering practices

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maia, Oporto (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maia, Oporto (Portugal)

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

    Pros

    Solid quality and engineering practices. Mature project management. Conservative top management adverse to foolish risk-taking. Easy to talk with anyone in the company. Flexible hours, which can be a pro but also a con. Nice offices (at least Porto and Coimbra).

    Cons

    Below average salaries and compensations. Training session quality and frequency could be improved. Not very innovative and even old-fashioned in many technological aspects, partially due to the conservative markets where it operates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at what the competition is doing to retain their most talented individuals in terms of benefits, in-office perks, and general work environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start...

    • 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

    Pros

    Good Environment, Excelent People, Challenging Projects

    Cons

    Career Management, Salary, Bad Management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big expectations and a BIG disappointment. In a CMMI 5 company the service provided to the client is one of the worst.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Some good coworkers i've the pleasure of working with, oversee experience, challenging projects and great image management

    Cons

    Bad project management, incompetent financial management of company, very bad financial conditions to workers, the worst human resource management i have found

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lear to manage people and clients!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place to learning but The salary sucks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer in Mucota, Maputo Province (Mozambique)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Mucota, Maputo Province (Mozambique)

    I worked at Critical Software as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you want to learning have real life experience about software engineering than its a great place to be

    Cons

    But if you want to make a career there maybe its not a good idea the salary is very low compared to other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People they have to live grow in life you should try to find a way to raise the salaries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 (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
  7.  

    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 (more than an 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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

    Well organized and structured

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    • 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 (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
  11.  

    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 (more than an 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

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