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Good place to work and develop skills

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Former Employee - Web Developer in Lexington, MA
Former Employee - Web Developer in Lexington, MA

I worked at Ipswitch

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Compensation is good Attitude of Employees is excellent Work-Life Balance is really good in particular departments

Cons

Some people who play politics well get promoted Some remote sites don't get integrated into the culture well Lots of remote sites

Advice to Management

Make it more of a meritocracy

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Better than most

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Ipswitch

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relative to most jobs I've had, it was good. Pay was good, benefits were great. Co-workers were pleasant, including management. Location (Lexington/Bedford) is decent for the Boston area, but I couldn't afford to live near there. Small privately owned company, so management decisions weren't tied to a stock price. Very active in the charity and voluteering if you're into that sort of thing. It's pretty relaxed and I always felt secure there. Had some GREAT managers.

    Cons

    Disclaimer: Relative to most employers, the severity of these problems are pretty low. It's just not perfect. Roger was pretty aloof, and it was hard sometimes to get a real idea of what his motives were. By the time I left, I felt Ipswitch was moving to more of a profit-at-all-costs way of doing business, in the name of growing enough to be viable long-term. This let to development being more driven by sales and marketing, some layoffs, etc. Decisions on salary and bonuses were opaque--lots of talk that didn't really mean anything. Managers were put in place that didn't seem to care as much about their employees. They were really using the, admittedly well-deserved, goodwill of the employees to keep them on-board with changing conditions--for the good of the company. It was sometimes implied that just having jobs should be enough to motivated them.

    Advice to Management

    Ipswitch works because the employees are happy and it doesn't feel like an "evil" company. Keep things open and honest. Do more to make them feel like those record profits benefit them in ways other than letting them keep their jobs. And slow down on the aquisitions. Successfully merging cultures and technologies gets harder and harder the more you do it. Keep developing good product in-house. Don't be afraid to hire developers and pay them. It's an investment. Sales people can't sell something that doesn't exist or doesn't work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great benefits but a lot of politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at Ipswitch

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on the cutting edge of technology. Incredibly good benefits. Very good at helping charities. Financially very stable and private company.

    Cons

    Lot of internal politics. People work in cliques and if you don't belong to one you feel like an outcast.

    Advice to Management

    Tone down the politics. Reward people based on their work not how good they can suck up to you. When you ask for honest advice from others, don't punish them for giving you their honest opinion even though it may be critical of you or decisions you made. Communicate your decisions better.


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