FileMaker Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. QA Intern

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    Former Employee - QA Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - QA Intern in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at FileMaker part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a great small company with big company benefits because you receive all the benefits an apple employee would get (since it's an apple subsidiary) Loved the people and atmosphere

    Cons

    No room to move up or even extend an offer there


  2. Business Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    What a wonderful job it is.

    Cons

    You must enjoy working independently.


  3. Great small company feel with big company benefits

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FileMaker

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

    Pros

    The company is small enough to know everyone's name but it's a subsidiary of a large public company. The people who work at FileMaker are awesome - it was like a family.

    Cons

    Not much room for quick career growth.

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. Helpful (4)

    There are much better places out there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Subsidiary of Apple Computer. All the benefits of being an Apple employee.

    Cons

    Old boy's company culture. If it comes down to your word against someone else who has more years with the company, you will lose. Don't bother going to HR with your issues. You will be disregarded. The person I talked to actually fell asleep for a good 30 seconds while I voiced my concerns. After a lot of the senior management was let go, encouraged to leave, or left/retired on their own, a bunch of people were promoted to managers and software architects who have no business being in those roles. No innovation happening. In the current state of technology, the company's niche is becoming, if it hasn't already, irrelevant. Implementing a FileMaker installation at your company most likely will require consultants that specialize in FileMaker. It's not a turnkey product. A lot of pride in QA engineers who identify a massive number of defects, but no one looks into the cause of the metrics.

    Advice to Management

    None that haven't already been voiced on multiple occasions.


  6. Helpful (1)

    The only constant factor in management's failures is... the management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FileMaker full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    A great place to hide.

    Cons

    Malaise has taken over this company. Management is risk adverse and hyper analytical to the point of inaction. They are loosing ground every year and they no longer inspire interest in their employees or their customers.

    Advice to Management

    There are a few talented and motivated people that still work there. Stop getting in their way. You've been trying to save your way to growth for too long. Its time to think about investing in the customers and the company.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Some Great People, Good Company

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at FileMaker full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    It's like working for a small company with big company benefits (FileMaker is owned by Apple). Stable company, able to work and thrive for many years under the right conditions.

    Cons

    Turnover is low, so there's little room for upward movement within the company. The executive staff is often more concerned with the the bottom line and staying out of Apple's cross-hairs than they are with innovation and retaining good people. This sometimes results in people who are making a decent salary getting a target painted on their backs.

    Advice to Management

    Retire.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great product, nice folks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at FileMaker full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The product is tremendously beneficial--laypeople can use it to really get a handle on what's important. It's been awhile, but I thought the culture was great--fun launch celebrations, good and open communications for all-company meetings. They have a good focus on product quality, which is fulfilling and not always the case.

    Cons

    I believe change happens slowly--unusual for most tech companies.

    Advice to Management

    Try more new things to grow revenues.


  9. Great life work balance, limited job advancement

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at FileMaker (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Life work balance is great, CEO is great.

    Cons

    culture ok, managers can be jerks.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Slowly but surely on its way downhill

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FileMaker full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good if you want a paycheck without having to work too hard in a mellow environment.

    Cons

    If you are considering this company, take a good look at their technology position. Even though progress has been made to keep up with the current technology climate by doing such things as releasing an iOS client for their database software, the company is essentially still squarely positioned in the old school shrink wrap software market. No cloud computing here. You have to ask yourself how long will that last? They make their money from an aging demographic that somehow has been sold on the ease-of-use of their products, and bought into their whole ecosystem. However, in most cases it still requires hiring a developer to create your database for you with their software. Which essentially means they are competing with free and more widely accepted tools that are increasingly in use every day to create vertical applications. That plus the fact we are seeing more vertical applications every day available via retail (not needing a developer), and you have yourself a company clearly on the down trend.


  11. good times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at FileMaker

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    As an Apple subsidiary, you would think they would have more pull with Apple.



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