Progress Software

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Progress Software Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
150 Reviews
3.3
150 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Talented people, great work culture, good work-life balance, great benefits (in 18 reviews)

  • Unlimited sick leave and ability to work from home (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is not well connected (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management is not concerned about this tactics (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Solid software company, changed in 2012 to focus on OpenEdge and select products

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Solutions Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Solutions Manager

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

    Pros

    30+ yr software company, great benefits, 401K match, approachable management, open to new ideas, Freedom to create and generate marketing campaigns and thought leadership.

    Cons

    The product/ solutions change in April 2012 caused a lot of products to be sold/acquired and therefore the solutions marketing staff and many other teams were laid off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    OK for internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience in Redwood Shores, CA

    I have been working at Progress Software as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice company culture, casual dress, have toys in office. Nice colleagues, free to speak for yourself even as an intern.

    Cons

    Not a very active place - people seem to play a lot here. Cannot get feedback of work in time if you don't ask for it.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Progress Software

    Pros

    Flexible work environment and ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Relatively low salary for the amount of hours needed to work

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  5.  

    Good people, easy job,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Progress Software

    Pros

    Food
    Easy
    Job Security
    Small company mentality (starting to change thought)

    Cons

    Not much diversity in the things you work on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more colorful

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Multiple marketing personalities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Progress Software full-time

    Pros

    Best salaries for the area.

    Cons

    Dis-integrated, siloed marketing under too many managers. Centralized services are over-worked. Due to marketing silos, marketing messages do not match even from asset to asset or campaign to campaign. Best practices are neither learned nor followed. KPIs not tracked, or tracked against wrong measures. Continually trying to fix bad decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a plan and stick to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people work here, good office culture.

    Cons

    Some products will require a complete revamp and new investment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your 4GL platform not many choices out there for somebody wanting to develop an app that is OS and DB independent. DB is not that important although you have to improve the toolset to come anywhere near to competing with SQL Server.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Senior Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at Progress Software full-time

    Pros

    Personal growth, Office culture, Policies, work life balance, time off

    Cons

    Companies vision has been changing a lot in the recent past

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 9 people found this helpful  

    Big Beautiful Butterfly, Thick Timeless Cocoon

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Progress Software (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Considerably smarter-than-average employee populace (many brilliant individualists lining the corporate hallways). Gentle operational tempo and work-life balance. Decent benefits package (including what must surely be best-in-industry employee stock purchase terms). Frequent luncheons, ice-cream socials, mixer activities. Some opportunity for community service, local park/conservation cleanup, etc. Deeply rooted technical leaders who can generally still "talk the talk" and "walk the walk." Corporate bias clearly favors engineering rather than business-process or marketing. Company rests upon a 'stable' legacy product grossing 100M revenues annually.

    Cons

    Lethargy. Laxity. Paralysis. A split-personality within the corporation -- a new "cloud platform" trying to self-launch as an entrepreneurial seed within the established legacy (non-cloud) business. Lack of operational urgency, coupled with a growing disconnect between 'our product(s) can do anything' showmanship and 'we're biting off more than we can chew' developers/technicians. Some faint sense of coming trouble as the decades-old legacy product begins to falter and the new ('cloud') platform has not yet fully caught on. Many longtime employees seem to be retired-in-place or sitting back, waiting to see how far the ship can coast before it strikes an iceberg.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This enterprise's two conjoined twins will probably need to be split and/or separately nurtured in the coming quarters. Some back-to-basics "what are we trying to do" and "who and what, exactly, do we need to do each of these things" clarification is long overdue. It seems like there is still fat remaining to be cut.

    The current strategy (weaning the Progress 'cloud' on legacy OpenEdge incomes), though valid, gives rise to much obfuscation -- how many legacy people/products are just piggybacking on corporate inertia, how ready is the 'cloud' for prime-time adoption/sale, how many legacy customers will be willing (or even able) to embrace the new platform, etc. Future stated business directions (let's build technology X on top of technology Y) will only worsen this coupling and indistinct blurriness.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Progress Software - Company In Transition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Progress Software full-time

    Pros

    New product strategy of Application Platform as a Services (APaaS) aligns well with Progress Software's historical core market of small to medium Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). Certain organically developed as well as recently acquired products put Progress Software in a position to compete effectively in the APaaS space.

    Cons

    Progress Software is currently working through competing priorities of "old world" and "new world" business models and it generates substantial dynamic tension across the organization.

    Business model for software companies is changing from on-premise, perpetual licensing to a mix of on-premise and cloud-based but a clear trend to subscription licensing. Particularly in publicly traded companies that must report quarterly, this impacts every group; Sales, Services, Support, Development, Marketing, Legal, Finance, and even HR. Progress is currently working its way through this business model paradigm shift.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Boring, process heavy, bureaucratic, tough to endure.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Progress Software full-time

    Pros

    Quiet offices, if that's your thing (it wasn't mine).
    Lots of forms to fill out and processes to follow, if that's your thing (it wasn't mine).
    Some smart people who you can learn from, if their soul hasn't already left their bodies due to boredom and isolation.
    Decent benefits. You'll need the nice vacation time for when you want to go and talk to other humans and have some excitement in your life, because you certainly won't get it at the office.

    Cons

    Too many offices with walls and doors. Basically a gulag feel extends throughout the Bedford HQ building, and nobody ever talks to each other. It's a depressing place that feels more like prison than a high-tech software company. Lots of tenured engineers there who are waiting it out until retirement. Plenty of people who hate change and fight it every step of the way. "That's just the way we do things here" will be a phrase you'll hear a lot. Cobwebs are visible on some of the original staff. It's miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tear down the old building and start anew with a space that encourages socialization and collaboration. Get rid of some of the old time staff and hire fresh faces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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