Northwoods Software

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Northwoods Software Reviews

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  1.  

    Nice small company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwoods Software

    Pros

    lots of freedom and autonomy... if you take it.

    Cons

    can be all over the map with company direction and goals.

    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brown Deer, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brown Deer, WI

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

    Pros

    I got to learn a lot at Northwoods, worked with some very talented folks. You get to work in the latest technologies and it is the best place to have your first job ever.

    There are technical meetings where managers, developers get to discuss ideas and improve coding. There is scope to grow in your role if you are good. I was promoted and have seen several employees go to senior positions.

    The work-life balance is excellent. You can bring your pets (friendly ones) and kids along to office. The atmosphere is very relaxed and it sometimes helps in being more efficient in your work. You typically get your own office room and at least one desktop machine.

    There is scope to interact with clients at a personal level and get feedback on your work. There is no office politics that I knew of. You are free to discuss ideas you have. They have great ethics and want the best for their clients. They are not money-minded like some of their competitors and provide a great content management system with a lot of powerful features.

    Cons

    Sometimes the atmosphere can get too relaxed, but this actually helps improve work efficiency in the long run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep in mind practicality while providing technical estimates to clients. Don't underestimate the cost of a new creative idea, you might get less than what you bargain for. Keep up the open communication and positive attitude and keep improving your CMS skills.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Musical Chairs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Northwoods Software

    Pros

    Great work environment -- casual, fun. Flexible hours. Some very cool people.

    Cons

    As Northwoods has ridden the rollercoaster of being a tech company in a rocky economy, it has created a never ending game of musical chairs for its staff. I'm not familiar with any other company of its size who has thrown so many people overboard trying (unsuccessfully) to balance its books. And they've thrown a lot of very good people overboard while keeping some dead wood because of old friendships among management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every time you terminate someone, you hurt people. You need to figure out a way to stabilize things.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    One that promotes family first, a casual environment, ethical business dealings, and team work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brown Deer, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brown Deer, WI

    I have been working at Northwoods Software

    Pros

    Freedom to come and go as long as you are deicated to the team and projects respondsibly.
    Private offices for all staff with indivdual bathrooms/showers.
    Brilliant co-workers at all levels of engineering, design, sales, and project management

    Cons

    Being a company of 35 employees it is diffucult to move up the ranks. IF you aspire to be a director or some other top management it probably will not happen here, that is until the soon to be expansion of growth occurs

    Recommends
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    Northwoods Software Review

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Northwoods Software

    Pros

    There is truly a work/life balance in the company. They are very careful to maintain that. The ability to work on diverse projects is also a plus. I learned a lot while I was there.

    Cons

    There doesn't seem to be a clear sense of direction. They have a good CMS product and could make a lot of it. However, the focus seems to drift and leadership is weak. Unprofessional behavior by employees is tolerated and even supported. Many of the talented folks have left the company because of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your core strength, Titan, and take it national. Don't be afraid to reach beyond the Milwaukee area. Develop a sound direction and stick with it long enough to see it work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Technology Stepping Stone

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Northwoods Software

    Pros

    If you are into complex technologies on the Web, you will learn a great deal working for this company. Their Enterprise Content Managment System has matured over the last 5 years

    Cons

    Senior Sales team is really bad at pricing/bidding out work. Development teams were expected to do the impossible on shoe-string budgets.

    Senior Management needs to figure out how they are going to market their ECM. They don't have a clue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the folks that will be doing the work and stop with the outrageously low bids. Involve your development team in the requirements process. Give your project and technical leads more authority over their resources.

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