Exact Software Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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  1. Challenging business environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

    I worked at Exact Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Loyal customers, committed employees, and good channel partners who challenge the business in a positive way. Long standing customers want to succeed in partnership with Exact.

    Cons

    The HQ in the Netherlands needs to make up its mind once and for all what to do with the US business. Is it a cash cow, is it a growth business, will there be adequate investment made to forge a future path for all stakeholders.

    Advice to Management

    Determine a long term strategy, communicate it with all concerned and follow through.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Run Forrest Run

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exact Software

    Pros

    The people who do the real work are fantastic. They keep the company alive - but unfortunately this is a thankless job.

    Cons

    Management has ruined what was once a good company. Egos run the show and find yes-men to help them do it. If you have a mind of your own, they'll discard you. However, if bending to the will of the mediocre sounds attractive to you, then this might be a good fit.

    Advice to Management

    To those at the top: open your eyes.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Frenetic

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exact Software full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very diverse work flow. Wide variety in projects and tasks. Congenial atmosphere. Adequate benefits.

    Cons

    European parents were very difficult. No appreciation for cultural/geographic differences. Intense pace. Some managers very difficult, like spoiled children when they did not get their way. High turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees. Appreciate what you have. Do not use them up


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Working so hard to improve!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exact Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked for Exact for 3 years and the difference between 2011 and 2014 are so vast it's almost impossible to describe. When i started, there was an Americas president that made the worst decisions possible for the business, people hated their jobs, I felt no opportunity for advancement or that anyone in HR even cared. Having left earlier a few weeks ago (for reasons unrelated to dissatisfaction with the company), I can say it's a whole different ballgame. Firstly, the Americas portion of the company is now split into 3 business units, all headed by very smart, very dedicated and honestly, pretty cool managing directors. In 2011, there hadn't been any new product development in years and sales hadn't seen an upward trajectory in half a decade. Now, two of the three business have exceeded sales budgets EVERY quarter this year and both have released new products to market. It's honestly a good time to be part of that company. I think they have the right leadership and passion to continue to grow. And they are making not just business-centric decisions, but people-centric decisions. The way they show their appreciation to their employees is just continuing to get better.

    Cons

    Benefits are fine- they are probably competitive for their market but definitely don't compete with huge companies (i.e JPM Chase, Oracle etc). I think pay is competitive, although probably not top of the market. Just heard that they're increasing there paid-time off allowance to 19 days in the first year for non-senior leadership which I think is crazy good! They need to work on embracing better work-life balance, at least in the Columbus office. I never heard any complaints from Minneapolis colleagues about this. There is an expectation to be available round-the-clock, and it's exhausting. A little too much power still lies in the hands of the corporate office in the Netherlands. They have too much control and I think it is limiting on what the Americas groups can accomplish. The Americas are the only group that are really making money so NL needs to back off and give them more free reign.


  6. Not a good place to grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Exact Software full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good breadth of software solutions and well known overseas, but less known in the U.S.

    Cons

    The company culture in North America is quite poor. There were many disruptions in staff and management lacked clear vision. The pay is below average for the industry and benefits are basic. Work-life balance is frowned on. The software/technology industry is often considered cutting edge and a lot of companies value enabling their employees to advance and have balance, this is not one of them. I'd look for one that is, there are many out there.


  7. Experience at exact

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Exact Software full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice building

    Cons

    Lots of levels to get achieved

    Advice to Management

    Na


  8. Tries real hard, too European in approach

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Glen Ellyn, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Glen Ellyn, IL

    I worked at Exact Software full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good products, good people, innovative engineers

    Cons

    Little marketing awarness, too many processes

    Advice to Management

    Rely on US employees to set sales and marketing approach


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good company gone bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exact Software full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked at Exact for more than 1 year but less than 10... I loved the company and everything it stood for when I first started. Then as the years went on and America started losing control it all went downhill. We were a name, not a number. We cared for each other and Human Resources were just that...human resources.

    Cons

    U.S. lost all control to the parent company in the Netherlands and many great, talented people lost their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    You are not Microsoft, stop acting like it. I've never met anyone in the U.S. that has ever heard of Exact or its products. First try establishing yourself here in America and earn the right to flaunt later. And don't forget...it's your U.S. employees that make Exact what it is here, try to remember that too.


  10. Not worth the effort

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exact Software full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I like the people I work with on a day to day basis.

    Cons

    There is no opportunity for advancement. My supervisor has asked for a promotion for me for 2 years and despite excellent reviews, I have been told there is no room in the budget for advancement.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Unless you have no choice!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Exact Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good team in the US, stable product proven in small european markets.

    Cons

    False starts in markets outside Holland are largely due to this organization's inability to cede "go to market" control to those markets. Insistence on running everything from Holland adds cost, complexity and continues to mean missed expectations in the very markets critical to their growth. Absurd performance goals mean they never have to pay performance bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from your past mistakes. Find some humility - being the #1 software company in the smallest country in Europe doesn't mean you know everything. Continued failures outside your comfort zone indicate otherwise. Ignorance and arrogance are a not a great combination.



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