Halogen Software

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Halogen Software Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
38 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre - unfrindly

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

    I worked at Halogen Software

    Pros

    work life balance available. hours were flexible. had a friendly department in my department, however the other divisions and departments did not communicate with my department

    Cons

    no company culture. really poor communication from executive management to middle management. There were limited times for input and the HR function while being recruited was poor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Halogen Software Response

    Jun 9, 2014Talent Attraction Manager

    Thank you for your feedback.

  2.  

    Does not do what they preach - HR is company only, not for employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leader in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Leader in Kanata, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Halogen Software full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with - passionate, inspired.
    Super training provided to everyone
    Solid company, good customers and doing well

    Cons

    Lower than average compensation
    Does not do what they preach - poor performance review process, releasing people 'on mass' in product development without the checks and balances they say are in place.
    HR is working for the company, not the employees.
    Not very open to different work arrangements
    Not compensated for significant overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start supporting employees and do what you are selling. This is not a brilliant experience for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall a good company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, lots of social committee events, pizza Fridays, understanding about personal commitments, don't usually micromanage their employees.

    Cons

    Management is not often biased to action although this is supposed to be part of the Halogen culture. It seems as though they aren't listening to theirs employees' suggestions. By the time they take action it is too late and the damage is done. The company is struggling with handling rapid growth and often appears unprepared and disorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Be more proactive and anticipate the consequences of not taking action more quickly,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stable organization with a clear future!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Development in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Product Development in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Halogen Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The one thing I really don't appreciate about these types of sites is that only disgruntled employees & candidates seem to write reviews because they want some form of revenge on those who, they perceive, have wronged them in some way. I have read the reviews of Halogen Software on this site and need to correct a few points. Halogen is a stable, growing organization that is focusing more and more on their international presence. There is a great Emerging Leader Program, they feel strongly about promoting from within (and do so all the time!), everyone's voices are heard and they proactively manage their staff.

    One reviewer mentioned there has been too many layoffs...there have been NO LAYOFFS whatsoever at Halogen! It is true that they do terminate individuals but that is only ever a last case scenario when all other options are exhausted. The individuals writing these reviews have either been terminated due to poor performance or have left because they are not a fit for the strong corporate culture at Halogen.

    There have also been complaints on this site about compensation. Halogen recently put in place a compensation structure to correct perceived inadequacies regarding compensation. This is one of the many ways that prove that they are moving from a small company to the next stage of their global growth by putting processes and policies in place vs. the ad-hoc management of a start-up organization.

    No organization is perfect and not everyone will agree with management's decisions but Halogen is better than most Ottawa-based organizations (i.e. RIM, Nortel & Alcatel) in terms of making smart choices to ensure the organizations continued success.

    I am proud to be a Halogen employee and recommend this organization to anyone who is looking for professional growth and stability. Halogen is a breath of fresh air in Ottawa which was dominated by failing telecom companies and lazy government employers.

    Cons

    Top down communication could be improved at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to make strong choices and add experienced management to bring us to our next stage of growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Halogen Software Response

    Sep 29, 2014Talent Attraction Manager

    Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it!

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Another example of an IPO killing a great vision & culture...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Echoing other reviews here, but individual contributors are brilliant - the commitment to customer service and intent to help always made me proud when dealing with my customers.
    It was great to be able to leave by 5 every day!
    The product and vision are excellent.
    The sense of community (both internal and external) also excellent.

    Cons

    Rapid growth without control.
    Talent Management principles/corporate vision not being applied successfully e.g. friends hiring friend, no career development or coaching happening.
    Feedback and engagement survey info being disregarded.
    Post-sales Management team lacks maturity, experience and also empathy (both for employees and customers).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What will be more important on your death bed?? The vision you had to help organizations treat employees valuably or that you made millions...
    In either case, you need to step back and acknowledge that you do not hold the skill set to take the company to the next level.
    Time to stop micromanaging and let go!
    Drive the vision (that and customer service are your only differentiators), and let new people with real-world experience run your company for you!
    p.s. i still think you missed the boat on employee engagement re ESOP!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Halogen Software Response

    Jun 30, 2014Talent Attraction Manager

    Thanks for your feedback, but to be clear, your comment re no career development / coaching is false. Each and every employee at Halogen has access to a personal development plan and our employees ... More

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good health benefits, RRSP Matching

    Cons

    Senior Dominating, Bad Senior Management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Halogen Software Response

    Jul 15, 2014Talent Attraction Manager

    Thank you for your feedback

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company which can be a lot better!!

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

    I have been working at Halogen Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Easy going environment
    Decent perks
    Great product
    Stable company
    Good training provided to all employees
    Weekly one-one meetings with manager
    Pizza fridays!!

    Cons

    Too many lay-offs
    No job security
    Low salary compared to most companies in the city

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the employees enough chances before laying them off. For all the efforts made to enhance customer experience and customer retention, some of it should also go towards employee retention (better compensation)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Halogen Software Response

    Jul 21, 2014Talent Attraction Manager

    Thanks for your feedback, we appreciate it

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Brilliantly disorganized

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

    I have been working at Halogen Software

    Pros

    Friendly people at the lower ranks
    Alternative week pizzas, euchre games.

    Cons

    Lack of direction in terms of road map.
    Bias to action is one of the core values- Management has no bias to action. Brilliant in blaming/firing people.
    Brilliant in forcing the employees to take some random surveys just to show the lower ranks that they are in an awesome company
    Brilliant in paying sub par salaries and salary hikes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sensitive to your employee needs. Your actions are reflecting in the stock price.
    Use less of Brilliance and more bias to action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Halogen Software Response

    Jun 24, 2014Talent Attraction Manager

    Thanks for your feedback.

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Below Average company to work for----to be avoided.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    regular pay check, good friends, hard to think of any really
    Christmas Party

    Cons

    No stock options being offered even almost 1 year after IPO
    20% to 30% below average market SALARIES
    Management team very incompetent.....Directors who have no idea on how to lead people....
    Just promoted internally very incompetent individuals for sales manager roles....friends of friends...drinking buddies etc....other highly qualified internal candidates never got a shot.
    Too much of a Country Club atmosphere within the Senior Managers and VP's group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your stock option payouts and go on vacation...hire an entirely new team from CEO down....including most Directors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Halogen Software Response

    May 5, 2014Talent Attraction Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. Although I can’t speak in detail in regards to specific personnel decisions, I am confident in our leadership team and would like to highlight that we have a robust ... More

  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Growing more disappointed

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

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

    Pros

    -employees at the individual contributor level are top notch. Sales, Support, IC ect are all great people and seem to care of the work, and the client base.
    -relaxed environment even though there is a lot of work.
    -all hand quarterly meetings does attempt to have transparency on the direction of the company.
    -good community involvement

    Cons

    -Halogen HR are not advocates for the employee base. They are tools used by Management only to weed out the apparent weak links. While they have tons of training and motivational diatribes to the contrary, it is only smoke and mirrors. They will sneak around behind closed doors scheming, while telling the employee all is great. They do not fight for the rights of the employee.

    -I have personally witnessed an employee get awarded for a great year, only to be let go a few quarters later for having a few bad months. He was never told that there was an issue with the quality of the work, only that they wanted this person to do better next quarter. Documented 1v1 with his manager where positive. Notes from VP even stated that they were positive that he can get back on track , and offered resources to help, only to let him go 2 weeks later.

    Yet one manager who's departments quality has gone down every quarter in customer audits over the past 2 years, tons of staffing issues and moral that is nonexistent, was promoted twice.

    -Too many managers there do now want to put in the effort in to be transparent and honest. They let employees feel the work is at or above par, then blind side them when they want to get rid of them. They have meetings to plan how to put these employees in position to fail.

    Once removed removed that employee becomes the source of jokes with the management team openly soon as they are gone.

    -The culture they promote and laud over all other businesses, is great sounding in the news clippings, but falls short in practice. Moral has been on the downward swing for a few years.

    -Company has gone from private to public, they have release sub par software knowingly, as the push for more features trumps their once reliable quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Halogen Software Response

    Apr 6, 2014Talent Attraction Manager

    Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it. Some of your comments are particularly troubling however. I cannot speak in detail re specific personnel decisions, but I assure you that we in no way ... More

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