SERENA Software

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Former Employee - Mgmt
Former Employee - Mgmt

I worked at SERENA Software full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Not many left- a job

Cons

Mid-upper mgmt needs change. Constant CYA and reactive mode. Need new blood and ideas.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue to clean house. Unfortunately most good resources have left or are leaving for sound advi ce. Seek outside!

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    no growth, no vision, no passion, no innovation

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

    I worked at SERENA Software full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -generally a good group of people (though folks under 30 will feel like children among the rest of the company, which is predominantly 45+)
    -very good work/life balance - no OT, rarely if ever have to take work home

    Cons

    -lousy benefits package
    -no perks
    -executive staff has no vision/passion
    -revolving door of CEOs
    -boring product line
    -no path for growth
    -performance reviews are perfunctory not beneficial/constructive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    figure out a business strategy and stick to it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Dead-end place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SERENA Software full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are no really pros left. They've outsourced almost all of QA and most of R&D to Ukraine. The middle management is decent and whoever is left after the 25% butchering of the workforce is nice to work with. Benefits are standard with the return of the 401k plan matching.

    Cons

    No direction. The company is mailing it in while waiting to be spun off by Silver Lake. Its amazing how good of a company Serena used to be - both human capital and business and how they managed in 5 or 6 short years to waste everything. Now Serena is a shell of its former self. No direction and too many direction changes. With the relentless outsourcing and layoffs (3 in the last 2 years) it has left R&D staff demoralized. Customer support is short-staffed and overworked. Closest to "government" job you can think of. Its a job. All the passion is gone. No salary increases, no cost of living increases for years. If you want a dead-end job, roll the dice on Serena.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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