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GFI Software Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
19 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The worst working place you can find in Malta

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Ġwann (Malta)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Ġwann (Malta)

    I have been working at GFI Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nothing to list. Really nothing!

    Cons

    There are tons to list here. The positive reviews listed for this company are just a big dirty lie. The working environment is just like a Chinese sweat shop...if move 10cm backwards with the chair; you hit your colleague, move 30cm sideways you encounter the end of your desk. Uber boring location, incredibly ugly on the inside of the office building. Zero leadership. In this hole what matter is how much effort you put in pleasing certain key figures within GFI. Don't worry in not know who they are; you will instantly recognize them or described to you by your colleagues. Salary, benefits, promotions are all given according to that pleasing effort. N.B. No HR exist...or rather there is someone who is enclosed in a corner and you might only know him/her when you are fired. Yes fired...it happens quite frequently when you don't "PLEASE" the director etc etc.

    If you want a bright future...keep out of here. Many are doing so, many who leave the company are not being replaced for the simple reason that no candidates apply.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pack your things and get out of there. You are destroying the company. You have no values, no skills, no leadership. All you care is your personal gain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Boulder Team is a good ole boys club

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boulder, CO

    I worked at GFI Software full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    None, unless your already a friend their group.

    Cons

    No creative control or technical control over you work. They just want someone to be heads down coding and do exactly what they tell you without question or comment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to bring in new people from outside your original group you need to accept them into the "club" and assume they have good things to contribute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    GFI is one of a few non-iGaming IT employers in Malta ... it turned out to be my worst career move

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ġwann (Malta)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ġwann (Malta)

    I worked at GFI Software full-time

    Pros

    I have to think hard about the pros, but I guess being a small island, the dress code is very casual and peers are mostly very nice people. The location was (I have read the company has moved into a new office location, and it's not SmartCity Malta) fairly central so easily accessible from wherever you live on Malta ... as long as you have a car. Maybe public transport connections are better now but I am not sure.

    Cons

    People at GFI Malta do not seem to trust each other. With everything you do your manager will tell you to make sure you cover your back with email trails or the sort. I have been told that this is a standard process for Malta, but whenever you call in sick (which must be done before 9 am) the company will send a doctor to you house!

    My biggest gripe with the company however is the extremely, unacceptably, baffling poor wages! How they can justify paying someone with an IT degree and over 10 years experience less than 20k a year is just mind boggling ... but that (and the lenient Maltese corporate tax laws) is unfortunately why they are based in Malta, which is a shame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management are very poor communicators and Walter (who became CEO while I was there) is an especially odd (but admittedly hard working and smart) cookie ... who unfortunately only cares about pleasing the shareholders and does not give a toss about his Maltese-based staff at all.

    During my time there, our excellent team culture was killed by management by abolishing the yearly Christmas party, no more family days, no more after work beers on the roof ... all the fun stuff, poof , gone!

    Another thing which - beside the extremely poor salary - is very poor is the fact that lower management seems to be promoted based on who they know and how long they have been at GFI, so their policy is based on seniority and favoritism rather than merit-based promotions which creates even more friction.

    Advice to management:
    - remove all Malta management and put in place managers based on competence
    - pay your staff a salary which makes them proud they went to uni and worked hard for years to gain experience and are now giving their all to GFI's cause, underpaying makes you feel dirty, especially when you hear the CEO just bought a new Ferrari or Mercedes SLS
    - and for Pete's sake, put the fun back, work without fun is just not cricket man!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Love and befriend the management and you will succeed!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Ġwann (Malta)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Ġwann (Malta)

    I have been working at GFI Software full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a good place to learn....but it stops there. No good salaries no possibilities for your career.

    Cons

    It is not how capable you are, it is not how much knowledge you have it is not how dedicated your are! The only important thing is to have personal friends from the management side. At the start of this year (2014) an employee survey was performed. The results were so bad that the results were not even published.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pack your things and get out! You have ruined GFI Software. You are not capable and there are no good reasons for you to remain at the helm of the company. You are light years distant from reality. One day it will bite back and all will be lost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be loved by management and you will do well

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at GFI Software

    Pros

    Products are good but seem to decrease in quality after every release.
    Benefits

    Cons

    No career management
    No support from management
    No praise for good work

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poorly managed, lack of direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing, Sales
    Former Employee - Marketing, Sales

    I worked at GFI Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay is good. A lot of good people. Not the worst managed company I've been with.

    Cons

    A collection of businesses. Not focused. A CEO with a very foul mouth. There are good people, but there are mediocre executives in senior management who never seem to be held accountable.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Challenging place to work, too much drama.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Representative
    Former Employee - Support Representative

    I worked at GFI Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    GFI pays ok and the hours are also manageable. The location is outside of Tampa so the commute isn't too bad to get to work.

    Cons

    The place is synonymous with a theatre house. The place is full of drama and it seems nearly no one can keep anything to themselves. It is a small company with little room to move up. Also, to move up you have to be buddies with the higher ups.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ticket Jockey Support

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enterprise Support in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Enterprise Support in Clearwater, FL

    I worked at GFI Software full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's a job and pays okay.

    Cons

    Big company mentality - you're just a number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you treated people better, you wouldn't ALWAYS be hiring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ass Kisser Heaven

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Cary, NC

    I worked at GFI Software

    Pros

    Good Product, Paid Family Benefits

    Cons

    lack of direction
    no career advancement
    employees are treated like pawns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of Direction in Mgt
    Stop killing off your resellers, develop them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A shame there isn't better leadership.

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

    I have been working at GFI Software full-time

    Pros

    Great experience builder. Potential to grow, if under the right manager (read not sales).

    Cons

    Execs have too much ego. They preach about being open to change, but refuse to change lost areas. No real strategy (changes every few months).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a strategy and stick to it. Change is fine, but GFI is madness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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