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A company with great opportunities in a niche market

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Current Employee - Product Line Manager in Redwood City, CA
Current Employee - Product Line Manager in Redwood City, CA

I have been working at Model N

Pros

The company treats employees very well and rewards good performance. I see a lot of people getting promoted from within and many long time employees who started right out of school are now at director level or above.

Model N is also great at balancing work with life. I see people who are given extra time off when kids are born and others who get a lot of support from the company and their immediate supervisor for things like school. It's nice to see a small company doing that.

I also like the fact that management is transparent and communicative. Any management decisions are reviewed with the entire companies and employees are given opportunities to provide feedback. I feel like a part of the decision making process here rather than just an observer.

Last but not least, I think Model N is a good financial opportunity. The company is growing and is a good candidate for either an IPO or an acquisition.

Cons

Very industry specific. The company focuses on financial software for pharma and high tech companies, which means employees need a lot of technical information and knowledge. The learning curve is very steep. This means that new employees sometimes feel overwhelmed when they join. There is a lot to learn about the product and the industry.

The Model N location is also not ideal. It's right in the middle of a big office park which makes finding lunch spots difficult. Although there is a close by Cal Train station, which does make the commute a bit better.

Finally, I think it's honest to say that, as a small company, Model N is not as stable as a large organization like Oracle or Google. If you're looking for safety, a small company is probably not the best place to find that and Model N is no exception.

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  1. Good company, bad development practices

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Model N

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, decent pay (though you might have to fight for it), good benefits/vacation. Very flexible regarding work schedule.

    From the perspective of an employee in Product Development: You will get to work on an amazingly large and complex app without being boxed into one tiny role. While this has its ups and downs, it will teach you things few other companies can.

    Cons

    Long development cycles + waterfall model + complex codebase + unplanned support work = prepare to fall behind. When you do, prepare for more people bugging you for progress reports than actually helping to resolve the issue. There is little interest in working on anything not immediately and directly sellable to a customer. They are not "pro-training"; expect to do most learning and skill development on your own time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The business side is important, but pay more attention to what's going on internally in PD and PS.

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  2. Good engineering processes but need stronger culture/people with self responsibility

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Model N

    Pros

    Its a good place to learn engineering processes if you're just starting out: automated regression tests, large test suites, individual developer development environments, dual monitors, work laptop, formal design specifications required prior to beginning work.

    Cons

    Passing the buck from some members of the organization rather than taking responsibility to ensure that their part is done well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what is necessary to bring the best into the organization.

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