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Not what I expect from a software company 10+ years old.

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Aravo full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Challenging projects. Opportunity to inform product direction. Good teammates.

Cons

Projects are challenging because the product is challenged. Software that is 10 years old should not be this hard to use. The product rarely does half of what it is sold as doing and the half it does do is not pleasing to use.

It seems anyone who is not hands on, using the product really has no idea how it is used. Especially sales, management, and executives. The engineers can tell you how any single features works but not how any group of them would all work together to solve a single customer use case.

I imagine that every 6-9 months the executive and business development teams will have a brainstorming session with sales and choose a new direction for what Aravo is. Then they push this on the product and engineering teams who have to divert attention from making the core product work. Before a year is up "opps" the new plan doesn't work and the cycle repeats.

This dysfunctional, wild, change in direction annually has lead to a customer base of 8, yes 8, customers who all have no idea of how or why they use the software and each one does something totally different with it. The engineering teams are tied up making sure they don't break these 8 custom configurations and left little time to actually create innovative software.

This is not a software company. This is a sales organization that happens to have a few engineers.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pick one direction and stick with it until you do it well - from sales, to implementation, through support. Of course this all needs to be based on a solid, easy to use core product.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disfunctional Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Aravo

    Pros

    Smart engineers, small company feel and agile (Scrum) methodology, informal, intelligent work mates, good QA. Pay is market rate. Benefits suck.

    Cons

    Management are NOT technical, they are 'Sales guys' ...they have big gold Rolexes and loud voices and talk about 'buyout' and 'early exit' all the time! The 'severance' is brutal, minimal and sudden! Benefits and HR suck! :o|

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We dont't need you! Get out of the way!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Aravo

    Pros

    Challenging problems to solve
    Great People
    Great Location

    Cons

    Under financed
    Strategic direction not aligned with management focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more leadership from below

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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