Pegasystems Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
185 Reviews

3.4
185 Reviews
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Pegasystems Chairman and CEO Alan Trefler
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136 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, Lot to learn, lot of cultural events and fun environment (in 17 reviews)

  • The product set is fantastic, and there are a lot of very smart people who work Pega (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • The work-life balance is not balanced, even if you have young children (in 16 reviews)

  • no onsite for professional services mobility (in 11 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Great product, smart, passionate people who are committed. CEO really cares and is deeply engaged but also open to listening to opposing views. Growing fast and lots of opportunities for like minded.

    Cons

    The self service approach to beneifts and policies can be challenging when you are new. Would love to see more formalized onboarding for new employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees woud love more exposure to you. Find the time to walk around, spend more time with employees. When you do it pays off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Gets Better Every Year. I Love Pega

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    Current Employee - Sales Consultant
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant

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

    Pros

    Excellent Culture, Inspirational CEO, Great Work-Life Balance, Wonderful Product, Innovative, Open Door Policy, Fun. You will love coming to work everyday. It is all about attitude. If you work hard here and show self-initiative and thought leadership and prepare you will get to work on some great problems.

    Cons

    Managers should follow the CEO and lead from the field. Some managers tend to be mostly administrative and lead from an ivory tower.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make managers get more involved in projects and provide real direction and constructive feedback to AE/SC team. Make managers attend as many onsite meetings as possible and contribute to overall account strategy. A coach is at every game and will go through plays whenever possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company making integration technology for many platforms and channels(mobile, web) to provide work management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Architect
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Architect

    I have been working at Pegasystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work life balance, amazing place to see technologies come together to solve real world problems.

    Cons

    Depending on your role the technology can be a challenge to learn. If you are a build engineer...java helps...if you are an implementation engineer...forget you ever learned java...it only hurts you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think they are on the right track..expanding the platform to include various technologies, fair comp., and they do nice things for their employees...holidays(they recognize global holidays across cultures), company parties, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A good growing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Pegasystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company is strong, has good people and products. Overall happy but the company and culture are changing and waiting to see which way things go.

    Cons

    Work/life balance isn't always easy. The company is heavily metrics driven and sometimes they need to stop and take a qualitative view.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Rigid Culture - low diversity in US

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    Current Employee - Remote Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Remote Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Strong ratings by Gartner and Forrester. Full of very smart technology people.

    Cons

    Founder and his inner circle rigidly define how things get done - innovation and new ideas by staff are not valued. Very few women and ethnic diversity in US and even fewer in leadership roles. Promotion to management roles given to those with many years even when they lack management and people skills. Culture of fault finding rather than supportive and collaborative to solve problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They won't be interested or likely to act on any advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, bad management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Pegasystems full-time

    Pros

    Lots of interesting problems to solve. Smart people who work hard to make the product better. Geeky culture, if that appeals to you. Decent pay. Some good managers.

    Cons

    Constantly shifting direction. New rolling release schedule makes it crunch time ALL THE TIME. Overseas expansion designed to undercut local salaries. Ridiculous timelines and poorly-implemented scrum methodologies lead to cut corners and glitchy code. Whole departments run by recalcitrant do-nothings. Pointless fiefdoms and bickering between managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a plan and follow through. Lose the dead weight in upper management. Implement scrum how the consultants told you. Stop chasing contracts; we're a big company now. Let's just build something that works, and let the customers come to us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pegasystems

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good pay, great client base

    Cons

    Work life balance is missing in few areas

  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Terrible experience

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    Current Employee - Recruiter  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Pegasystems as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    location, co-workers, collaborative, fast paced, always changing

    Cons

    they treat contractors like contractors, lot's of micro-management, old boy network and no work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up the reins a little. You spend mi=oney to hire talent then you should let candidates do what they were hired to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Just Awful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Pegasystems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Location is good. Near the green and red line and not in Boston so less of a traffic issue. The benefits are pretty good. Those are really the only good things.

    Cons

    -Clunky, badly designed product. It's as if the products were developed for the sake of developing. Slow-loading, ugly to look at (even the most current 2014 versions). Honestly, don't understand why any client would choose their limiting software over a more common development solution. More money for less scalability and less adaptive software.
    -Pay is not very competitive.
    -Awful management that only cares about advancing their own careers (don't rock the boat). This seems to be the trend across all frameworks.
    -Very corporate. EVERYTHING is political. And consequently it takes months to get even simple things done. They surround the old-school managers with young people but it's all smoke and mirrors. This is an "old" feeling company, not an agile, young one.
    -Because of the corporate nature, there's very little room for advancement. The mangers are "lifers" and they seem to only promote people who either shmooze with them or who are also lifers. Feels like a dead end, and going to work gets tedious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at who your managers are. Break up the circle of buddies who aren't interested in keeping pace with the modern software world. Get rid of the base PRPC team of developers and designers and start over with capable people who want to create GOOD software. Right now it's just revisions of the same dated product, and it's past showing its age. It's virtually unusable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Pre-sales Software Engineering Managerer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Pre-sales Software Engineering Managerer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Pegasystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company, great people, great product

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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