Keynote Systems Reviews

Updated August 3, 2015
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  1. Moving forward as two businesses merge

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The synergies between the two businesses (Keynote and Dynatrace) are as huge as the APM market. There is a great opportunity to make a mark in a very exciting field.

    Cons

    As with any merger, there are points of less than optimal communications between the newly joined teams, but they are not major and all the people on both sides are nice and just want to do a great job.

    Advice to Management

    Move faster on the integration. Full steam ahead.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Company unsure about its future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Mostly good people to work with; flexible; ability to work from home

    Cons

    No clue where the company is headed; not really obvious paths for advancement


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    Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Account Executive (Sales) in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive (Sales) in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Up until the time I left: - It was a pretty solid public company, - headed by a down-to-earth and respected CEO. - Lots of great people, from the bottom all the way to the top. - Amazing culture. Work hard and play hard. Company's gatherings involved employees and their families. - At least as far as I could see, no one was micro-managed and everyone worked their tails-off (in a positive way). - Free Yoga class on Thursdays lead by a talented Yoga Instructor (he is no longer with the company). - Interactions with other departments were heavily encouraged and promoted from the top.

    Cons

    Keynote was acquired in July of 2013 by Thoma Bravo, a private equity firm, and all they have done is geared toward trimming the fat, along with the fillet mignon and most of whatever was left of that cow. First they sold the building (we are not in real estate, they said), then they laid-off lots of great people, then they kept on re-organizing and re-estrategizing. Pretty much all the best people from the good old days are now gone. - Lack of vision. Cookie-cutter approach used at other acquisitions apparently does not work the same in the Silicon Valley - and the new management fails to recognize that. - Salaries are sub-par when compared to equivalent jobs in the area. - As mentioned previously, most of the best talent is now gone. - Over-saturated market with many great competitors who are eating their breakfast, lunch and dinner. - Inexperienced management: With a few rare exceptions (some old timers who are still on board), the new management team was all brought in by Thoma Bravo. They lack experience in this market. I believe the boat is already sinking and unfortunately all they can do is tread water at this point.

    Advice to Management

    - Get into a time machine and revert everything you've done to this once great company.


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    Great People

    Former Employee - Administrator in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Administrator in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Keynote Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company with very hard working talented people. Great CEO - Jennifer.

    Cons

    Poor management leadership in several departments. No investment in employee development.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and listen to your customers.


  6. Great Team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Keynote Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great team to work for, always pushing each other to learn more and to keep motivated. Management is easily approachable. Also, company paid lunch Wednesday's, breakfast every other Friday's, and snacks.

    Cons

    The company is constantly changing, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The change can sometimes be overwhelming.


  7. Keynote returns to leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Keynote is a great company with 20 years of history and a vibrant visionary CEO in Jennifer Tejada. In the last 18 months the company has reinvented itself, and has launched a new product and category focused on helping customers make sense of performance data. While it has not been easy, I have learned more in the last 18 months then I did in the last 5 years. Leaders care about customers and people, and there are plenty of interesting products and technologies to work on.

    Cons

    Keynote is private equity owned so there is a focus on earnings and costs are tightly managed. The company is being merged with Dynatrace so more change is coming.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. The transparency and customer focus is refreshing. Consider increasing salaries.


  8. Helpful (1)

    This is not your Father's (or Mother's) Keynote!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Keynote under new management in 2013 and has infused new energy and excitement into the company.

    Cons

    All the big changes can get overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    The company is headed in the right direction, but do not overlook the details when changing the bigger picture.


  9. An exciting place to work where any employee can make an impact.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Keynote Systems full-time

    Pros

    The business is moving in the right direction and building momentum. Everyone's voice is heard and ideas from all employees are welcome. If you want to work at a place where you can make a difference, this is the place. The new management team has created an energetic, collaborative environment and created an exciting vision for the future of the company and its value proposition for its customers.

    Cons

    There are so many areas that can be improved that the list can seem endless. Although it is a profitable company, it can be difficult to recruit in the Bay Area when competing against venture-backed companies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going in the path you are on. Continue to engage the wider employee population in company initiatives and you will continue to build the excitement that has been growing in the past year.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Take-private in August 2013 has been good for financial #'s, but not great for employee morale or trust.

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff
    Current Employee - Senior Staff
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Keynote Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart leadership Investors with deep pockets who are buying up the competition Well placed in a hot industry Vibe within company moving from "old-school banker vibe" to "hip tech company"

    Cons

    Numbers more important than people Acquisitions + integrations = uncertainty Bonus structures unrealistic Leadership always seems to have something up their sleeve

    Advice to Management

    Consider that your employees do not know what is talked about behind those closed doors and want to know. A growing business that promises to be great for those lucky enough to to survive all of the integrations isn't motivating.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Look out competitors ...you better start hustling..that's Keynote breathing down your neck! Our sales training rocked!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company leadership is engaged, smart, hard-working and has a real vision. Teams are working together in ways they never used to. The energy is building bigtime. One great team...one huge opportunity! Innovation is back and Keynote is headed in the right direction.

    Cons

    There are always thing that need to improve and some processes that are critical path need to be simplified and optimized. We could use more technical field and customer facing resources to take advantage of the opportunity that's within sight.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing! All the malcontents and dead wood are gone, existing folks are getting new opportunities, and new team members are bringing great market perspective.



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