Model N Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
96 Reviews
2.6
96 Reviews
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Model N Chairman and CEO Zack Rinat
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance with opportunity to work from home when neccesary (in 11 reviews)

  • Model N provides facilities like work from home (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Horrible Work life balance with expectation to work 90% of weekends in a year (in 10 reviews)

  • No work-life balance-expectation is to work 24/7, travel on any notice, and give up any life outside of work (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Broken Engineering Organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Model N full-time

    Pros

    Profitable Company. Will sometimes adopt new tech.

    Cons

    The build system is broken. The is little QA Automation. There is absolutely no Modularity. No attention is paid to best practices. The Platform team is too small to properly support a company of this size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more accepting of input. Senior management tends to adopt a strategy without seeking any input and then refuses to discuss even minor changes. They are happy to bring in outside consultants to advise the company, but they then either ignore the consultants input or in some cases have even become hostile when the consultant offers an opinion that conflicts with what they have already decided to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Enticed by salary, awakened by TERRIBLE corporation from the top down.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Model N full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Enticing starting salary, and that's where it ends.

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    Non-existent management
    ZERO work life balance
    Tangible knowledge of no employee value

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be lured in by the salary, mediocre benefits, and current IPO. This company places no value on it's employees, the end user product is a joke, and the indecency of employee treatment is deplorable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Rotten middle management, everyone on vacation, no accountability, no innovation

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Model N full-time

    Pros

    I'm gathering the below information from my perspective as well as other current and former employees.

    - There are some good people there. Everybody is very friendly, nice and a few of them are technically ok.
    - The CEO is strong, Model N is running for the long haul
    - Good professional service branch
    - They sell their software and services very well
    - Leader on the market
    - Great unexplored potential in terms of innovation and business potential. There is a lot of business knowledge at Model N but nobody seems to be willing to take this knowledge to create a product to revolutionize either Analytics or the pharma industry or both. Yet I believe they can.
    - There are really smart top executives (some less smart).

    Cons

    - No innovation, old and ridiculous technical stacks (salesforce, qlikview, old, clunky Java framework)
    - Complete distrust from Product Managers towards developers (justifiably so)
    - Rotten middle management (see below)
    - The company grew too fast, making some bad hiring decisions (bad hiring is ok, not firing fast is not).
    - The software developers' salary are not on par with other companies in the bay area, even if they tell you the opposite. Don't believe them.
    - It's becoming more and more political within my team. It has always been political between teams. I think this comes from several factors. First, the project is not delivered on time so the management/developers try to cover their ass, second, both developers and managers don't seem to focus on delivering a product to be used by customers so they spend their energy elsewhere.
    - A lot of incompetent people (especially in QA, developers, middle management).
    - Prefer to put processes in place instead of making people accountable. It dramatically slows down productivity but justifies the managers' jobs.
    - Employees and managers alike prefer to go play table tennis instead of finishing their tasks for the sprint (maybe because there is no accountability). Most of them are here from 10am to 4pm (a bit less on friday evening).
    - My team has 3 managers for about 15 people. I was floored when one of them said he "did not do anything today" during a daily update. The following day he was in meetings and the day after he reviewed commits... Maybe there was a table tennis tournament at this time so this explains that...
    - All the talent has left the company since the managers were more interested in their politics. Talent is replaced with incompetent people.
    - It is not a software company anymore but a service company. It may be interesting to work for Model N on the service side, not on the development side.
    - The CEO is either completely out of touch from what's really happening on the development side or he is fully aware of it which is even more worrying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good people want to innovate, love accountability. When people leave a company, they most probably leave their manager even if they don't say it. Maybe the amount of people quitting in the recent months should be a red flag ?

    To Zack Rinat. Please throw an eye or put a hand in both your 'strategic initiatives'. I think they were great initiatives, wrongly executed. The analytics team needs a real director, leading innovation, not a kid. The other team does not need 3 managers (2 now). Most of this team is on vacation. Hopefully the UX lead and PM pushing the product, but they are the only ones.

    If a project keeps pushing it's release date, one or several people are not doing their job...

    The company has great potential, unexploited.

    I'm not worried about the future of Model N.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    So far so good

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant  in  Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Model N full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Small Company, lots of socializing

    Cons

    Absolute chaos; No process adherence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should adher to hiearchy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not well organized

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Model N full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice people. Big office any kitchen. A lot of parking. Beautiful area. Strong CEO

    Cons

    No room for creativity
    Too many managers
    Very hirarchical

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a disconnect between management and employees who do the actual work. They seem to have different agenda. Please define: Where is the company going? Strong CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not a bad company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Model N full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work life balance and opportunities.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say really.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stressful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Model N full-time

    Pros

    Still try to figure those out

    Cons

    too many cons for me to list

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it's not enough to have a list of values you aspire to. employees really should adhere to them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frantic pace, can't keep up with growth in customer facing departments, and no focus on employee growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Model N full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fast growing
    High demand for products
    Becoming de facto industry standard
    Very high caliber customer facing employees

    Cons

    Recent addition of "IBM mafia" at senior and mid-level management - no real understanding of Model N culture, products or sources of past success.
    Culture changing from support of risk-taking to "identify and punish those who make mistakes"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the IPO has detracted from the company's past successful processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mostly non transferrable experience gained.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood Shores, CA

    I have been working at Model N full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy learning curve in the High Tech vertical.
    Gain good experience using your Java and SQL skills.
    Some very smart people work there.
    You have an opportunity to make connections with people leaving and joining other companies.

    Cons

    Despite tough learning curve in the Life Sciences vertical, no effort made to keep valuable employees.
    Mostly properitery technologies and frameworks - not useful for future employers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Consultant

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Model N full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    At Model N, you will find yourself a part of a team that offers a variety of perspectives and also encourages you to share your own.

    Cons

    Could improve on building more dynamic culture, employee training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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