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Pervasive Software Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
44 Reviews
3.3
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Pervasive Software President, CEO, and Director John E. Farr
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  1.  

    Don't wo

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Pervasive Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits and some great co- workers.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Don't work here. Especially in the Integration Division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get someone to run the Integration Division who actually cares about employees (and not just the male ones.)

  2.  

    A common direction and shared goal please.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Pervasive Software

    Pros

    Vast amounts of technilogical learning possible
    Insight into other industries (non-technology sector focused)
    Career networking possiblies with other companies
    Benefits not too bad for company size
    Physical employee resources kept up to date with latest technologies

    Cons

    Business unit needs not evenly balanced
    Learn to say no, not everything needs to be a yes
    Train all employees properly on what/how/why of their role and the proper methods to perform their individual duties
    Ethics needs to be instilled at management level and transmitted to contributors
    Tends to be more focused on numbers than the people.
    Make commitments that make sense for the growth of the company beyond a number focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let go of the employees who cause more harm than good, keep the valued employees who repeatedly put 110%+ effort into the company and strive on a daily basis to improve the company, the products made, and the customer experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work Hard and Benefit From It

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Pervasive Software

    Pros

    Pervasive has a strong culture of nurturing those who are passionate about their careers. Employees that are interested in bettering themselves and developing as a professional in their field will feel at home amid a culture of constant improvement and personal growth. This makes the company an especially good opportunity for entry level employees, since their good habits are reinforced from day one by the company's experienced staff (senior employees are highly encouraged to serve as mentors); it also contributes to the promote from within mentality that is prevalent. The company has a "reap what you sew" mentality, so employees are allowed to enjoy the benefits of their effort. Management is upfront and clear in expectations and feedback is forthcoming and constructive. The general situation at the company is made all the better by the strong market demand for its products. In sum, Pervasive offers employees the opportunity and freedom to create their success and benefit from dedication and hard work - the accelerators are fantastic!

    Cons

    In many ways, Pervasive is a large start up. Such a culture has a lot of great things to offer but there are some annoying aspects as well. The persistent reliance on "Tribal Knowledge" is case in point. Although it is better than it used to be, the company still struggles to scale up its new employee training and dissemination of what works and what doesn't. As a result, new employees are somewhat forced to scavenge the old fashioned way for the most effective strategies. Finally, there are some practices that I don't quite fully understand. The company has a resistance to hiring remote employees which seems a bit out of place in 2012.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Double down investment in your employee's professional development.
    Keep breaking down the silos between the various divisions; everyone will benefit from more cross-pollination.
    Keep investing in the high growth areas of your business.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Engaging, Challenging, Rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Pervasive Software

    Pros

    1. Employees are great people, hard workers, and very team oriented.
    2. Data Integration has widespread pain through multiple companies and companies are eager to use software platforms, like Pervasive, to solve real problems.
    3. Fun environment, fun atmosphere
    4. Great work/life balance, along with the potential to make high 6 figure compensation.
    5. Minimal micro-management, entrepreneurial attitude, high professional growth.

    Cons

    1. As the business grows, or new products are developed, infrastructure needs to grow or respond to growth faster.
    2. Job/Performance feedback needs to be more structured and more consistent.
    3. More defined career growth or plans for career growth. There are a lot of opportunities internally for career growth, but no defined path.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Poor management is their biggest downfall

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Pervasive Software

    Pros

    Co-workers are fabulous, good benefits and good working environment. Location was great but that's a personal preference

    Cons

    Nepotism is all over the place, management brings their children (unsupervised) to the office for days on end to avoid daycare. Meetings are typically started late and without an agenda. Projects are run without communication to the team and plans/decisions are often not thought out fully, causing missed deadlines or unreasonable expectations on staff. Management is largely from abroad and has no concept of motivation. Some managers rely on intimidation as their primary means of motivation. Planning is pretty much a joke. Often times staff is asked to create elborate plans only to find out through the grapevine that the goals/feautres have been changed and the plans are moot. Staff are often harshly reviewed because of time spent on tasks that didn't benefit the final project but no communcation was offered to know goals had changed. A very difficult place to work and usually the only way to get ahead is to simply be on someone's good side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take you children to day care instead of the office. It's unfair to your children but also to your employees. You make more money in the company than anyway - YOU CAN AFFORD IT!!! Go back to school and get basic management and ethis traning as well as brushing up on your Engrish! Just because you have an MBA does not automatically make you a manager. TALK TO YOUR EMPLOYEES. Everyone there wants to succeed but it's impossible if plans and schedules are not communicated to staff on a regular basis. Think through you product features before you have your staff jump off a bridge. Much time is wasted doing things halfway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Can't wait to get out of this place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Integration Division in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Integration Division in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Pervasive Software

    Pros

    Nice building
    Lots of food
    Insurance coverage pretty good

    Cons

    Low salaries
    Wacko, inexperienced, incapable and/or obnoxious management
    Priorities and plans change every other minute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is far too arrogant to listen so I'm not going to bother to offer any advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    There are worse places to work. Maybe.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Pervasive Software

    Pros

    If you work for the right person, life can be OK there.
    Benefits package is pretty good.

    Cons

    So much management incompetence.
    Any job in Sales or Marketing.
    Impossible to get anything done due to corporate culture.
    Trailing-edge technology.
    Low pay levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find some managers who know what they're doing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    pleasant and useful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Consultant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Consultant in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Pervasive Software

    Pros

    the work environment is great there

    Cons

    not the best pace for career growth

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Best Company in Austin!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Pervasive Software

    Pros

    Hard work is rewarded with intangible rewards like comp time, recognition by the whole company, etc. There is a culture of over acheiving hard workers who also play hard. Great benefits package. Most of management understands that their job is to run interference between upper management and those doing the grunt work. Great company social events! Always staying on the cutting edge of emerging tech.

    Cons

    There is a culture of over acheiving hard workers, lol...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership at Pervasive has great vision and does a great job of letting the whole company know what's going on.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Flat Sales over last 12 Years, Defective Product, No room for advancement within company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Quality Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Quality Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Pervasive Software

    Pros

    1.Company is in a convenient location
    2.Typical 40 Hour work week
    3.Occasional company functions
    4.If asked to work overtime they will provide dinner for free

    Cons

    1.There is little to no training on internal software that the company uses for day to day tasks.
    2.Some Sr. Level Management gets upset if you ask simple questions.
    3.Sr. Level Management spends to much time on little issues instead of focusing on the overall picture, which will be their downfall.
    4.Bonuses and Stock Options are a JOKE!
    5.Flat sales over the last 12 years.
    6.Some employee’s don’t even reply to you when you say “Good Morning” as you pass them in the hall way.
    7.Employee’s and Management bring to much of their personal lives to the office environment.
    8.Company released software as defects were increasing in the product!
    9.Company sets up new employee's in doom to fail scenarios
    10.I do not see the company being able to mature their software Di 10 because. A. They need a mature marketing president to get the name out about their products. B. Need more mature Sr. Management in place to make wise company decisions, instead of based on emotion.
    11.I’ve seen Middle Schools and Start-up companies run better than this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't bring your personal life into company meetings, that should be left for friends and family. To mature the product focus on the overall picture, instead of small issues that are irrelevant. Choose multiple software tools to perform your job functions more effective and efficiently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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