Rogue Wave
1.7 of 5 9 reviews
www.roguewave.com Boulder, CO 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jul 4, 2014

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Brian Pierce

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    HHHmm...a place to skip unless you park your career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Boulder, CO

    ProsThe people are great....and there is some flexability

    ConsYou are always worring about your job. The company likes to grow through acquisition....and then lay people off. The pace of acquisitions is expected to pick up.....

    It's very hard to move up...come here and you pretty much park your career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees...they are the ones that help you be successful. Encourage them to grow...be friendly....quit doing the 5 o'clock walk arounds...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lack of direction, Lack of leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLocal coworkers are a great group. Generally, there are little or no issues there. Taken separately, the individual products have much potential.

    ConsAcquisitions continue to burden the unqualified (and mostly original) management team. Inability to assess the values of a new company combined with an attitude of empire-building is taking its toll on the company.
    Their classic and fatal flaw is the inability to listen. Consistently, the value of each new acquired company is diminished once under Rogue Wave control. Rogue Wave as a whole may become larger, but increasingly inefficient and ineffective in the process. The corporation grows as the products suffer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to listen. You don't even listen to yourselves. Printing goals on a coffee cup like "Humanity" "Teamwork" and "Communication" doesn't make it happen. It simply reeks with upper management arrogance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Company that will suck the life out of you.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boulder, CO

    ProsLooking back at the time I served at Rogue Wave, I can honestly say the pay was good and I liked the people I worked with (not for).

    ConsBattery Ventures and Brian, the CEO, embody the definition of greed and will step on your throat to grab a dollar. There is very much a feeling that Big Brother is watching.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn the end your reputation is what you leave behind.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lack of Exec Mgmt team

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    ProsThere are a few really good people.

    ConsNo processes in place, no real Mgmt team - promoted, with no training, leaves for a lack of an effective Exec team.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmbrace change. Review turn over ratio - it's outrageous. New employees aren't sticking around, WHY Clean-house and start fresh!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A company with a distinct division between management and staff.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boulder, CO

    ProsCo-workers are very helpful with peers.

    ConsYoung inexperienced middle management in Sales. Communications is poor. Laying off an employee with the reason - did not meet expectations. And not once given any idea that expectations were not being met by employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunications to employees. In the past, if one is not meeting expectations, putting an employee on a plan for improvement would be highly successful for both parties.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Recipe for Failure

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsRogue Wave has have several products that have install base that enables them to generate a steady revenue stream. These products include: TotalView, IMSL, PV-WAVE, SourcePro, C++ Views

    ConsTotalView, IMSL, PV-WAVE, SourcePro and C++ Views competes with many open source and newer technologies that have more up to date "Look and Feel" and in some cases offer better fuctionality. This makes it difficult to maintain market share and generate sales to new customers.

    Senior Management would like to see organic revenue growth, but this is difficult when products become dated and the infrastructure to sell these very technical products is very limited. This is a recipe for failure.

    This "Recipe for Failure" leads to dissatisfied employees and turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDetermine which products have the greatest upside and put in place a plan to ensure they are truly world class.

    Put togther a sales infrastructure that supports the organic revenue goals you are trying to achieve.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Multiple CEO's/ Constant changing by Management of company direction/objectives

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boulder, CO

    ProsColleagues are bright and supportive, Offices are nice.

    ConsCEO (BP) since coming in in 2008 as a first time CEO has created a corporate culture that places little value on employees, and everything on making his name for the VC firm, Battery Ventures, no matter what the human cost. Frequent layoffs, information 'hording' by senior management under threat from Brian. If you just want a place to work where you are ok with keeping your head down and never expressing a contrary opinion to C-Level executives, this may be fine.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't forget the human aspect of the company. The recession is ending and the talented people will leave as better opportunities arise. You will be left with a class of B-level people if the company continues its current culture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good, smart company to work for

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Boulder, CO

    ProsThe best reason to work at Rogue Wave, at least as a C++ engineer, is that you are surrounded by some of the very best C++ software engineers in the industry. Everyone I worked with was 100% focused on delivering products of exemplary quality that everyone can be proud to have a hand in creating. It's important to note, and is different from other places I've worked, that this attitude and drive is organization wide - from the President down to the tech support folks.

    ConsThey're pretty cheap - all around. Cheap computers, cheap monitors (in 2006, I was still using a 17" CRT - because it still worked). Basically, to get really decent equipment, something has to fail. Salaries aren't that great either - not horrible, but below average. To their credit though, management's frugality has probably saved them from laying off folks when times got tight on multiple occasions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more in your employees - keep 'em happy. With as many brilliant folks that work for Rogue Wave, throwing some decent equipment into the fix can go a long way towards keeping them happy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Do not accept a job at Rogue Wave

    Marketing (Current Employee)

    ProsThere are no pros to working at Rogue Wave. They used to be flexible regarding working from home, but as soon as the CEO was forced to move to Boulder and be in the office, he took away everyone's work from home days. Which is a great example of the type of manager he is.

    ConsThe CEO and top level managers are money-grubbing, crooked, and chauvinist. On a professional level, they don't even know what they are doing. There is always an atmosphere of fearing for your job. If you are a woman, don't even bother trying to become upper-level management, much less management. The company likes to stay flat, so they expect people to work far below their skill set - i.e. if you have a PhD, MBA, etc, expect to also be doing logistic and admin work for a significant part of your job. Over all, the atmosphere of a mortuary is more lively and hopeful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you wan the company to succeed, try laying yourselves off instead of your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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