Software AG North America Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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Software AG North America CEO Karl-Heinz Streibich
Karl-Heinz Streibich
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is better than most companies (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits, even better people (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Career paths not very well defined at manager level and above (in 4 reviews)

  • German leadership has not identified the uniqueness of the North America market and their policies do not deliver (in 3 reviews)

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  1. SE

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Software AG North America (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    work-life balance. awesome co-wrokers. great place to learn.

    Cons

    No proper plannning. Red tape business


  2. Not bad but does not stand out

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Software AG North America full-time

    Pros

    Fair evaluations Working with some extremely smart people Infrequent travel requirements, but nice places when I did have to go Work from home Fair benefits

    Cons

    Tough to see the whole scope Huge product line Borderline-uncomfortable amount of German influence So. Many. Orphaned. Projects. Many perks reserved for employees in corporate offices only Encouraged not to tell coworkers when you are leaving the company unless there's a need for them to know

    Advice to Management

    High level goals are consistently unclear and/or poorly communicated down the chain. Mid- and low-level folks would really like to better understand their role in the larger scheme of things.


  3. Sad place to be at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They offer good benefits but it is nearly impossible to enjoy the extent of these (vacation)

    Cons

    They talk about life-work balance but there is no such a thing! If you say you actually have this balance then you must not be working with the money--making teams. Management forgets that we are human beings even when we dedicate our lives to their and the company's success.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your people!!!! KHS needs to really talk with people in the Americas (the hard working people, not those who 'present' their work, not just management), he might know what goes on in Germany but surely not in US HQ


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  5. Great products, some top talent, all let down by dismal leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products that work, really work! Good talent, don't last due to dismal leadership

    Cons

    Remove the C-Suite in North America, it's killing what could be a real challenger to incumbents. Foolish and childish ego wars guarantee a 95% and rising attrition rate.


  6. Very Poor C-Level Management

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    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Software AG North America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved my team, but there was no sales momentum, since they did not invest in marketing.

    Cons

    They do not want to make any investments on people, tools, processes, or marketing. Did not treat employees well. No sales and so did not make bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees well and invest in processes, tool, marketing. Listen to employees, since many of them have great ideas.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Good Potential, Terrible Senior Management

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    Former Employee - Shared Services Employee
    Former Employee - Shared Services Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Software AG North America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Thanks to a series of strategic acquisitions and fairly successful integration, the company has put together an excellent portfolio of products and solutions that are highly relevant to today's market. They have also been able to sell into some very high profile global corporations, which has helped them fine-tune their solutions even further. The company's R&D group is populated with a lot of very talented individuals and successful teams, and much more attention is being paid to customer-satisfaction issues such as installation, configuration, and user interface design. Overall product quality is up and continually improving. The Product Management team is also strong, and has a good grip on the market. The company provides good benefits and a generally comfortable and informal work environment, including the ability to work remotely.

    Cons

    Although the company is poised to make significant strides forward, with plans to be a global software provider, the current executive board has a tunnel-vision focus on the bottom line, and "cost-saving" measures have effectively handcuffed the R&D and shared services departments to the extent that the continued growth and improvement are jeopardized. The company maintains development centers in Sofia, Bulgaria and Bangalore, India, in addition to its US-based labs in Reston, Denver, Seattle, and Santa Clara. The executive board is not hiring in the US and in fact is actively working to reduce headcount there, due to the perceived "high-cost" nature of US operations. Since the core of the company's senior development staff is in the US, this is causing inefficiencies in product development and placing basic product knowledge at risk.. Recent reductions to US shared services (release engineering, globalization, documentation) further exacerbate this problem. Long-term careers do not appear likely at SAG US, simply because the company seems focused on keeping "high cost" employees to a minimum. Which brings up another issue -- it doesn't matter how long you have worked for the company, or how hard, or how much you may have contributed. Once the determination is made that expenses have to be trimmed, you're gone, even people in critical, day-to-day roles. Despite the fact that the company has international development centers, as well as international customers, it is very much a German company, and until it can grow beyond its parochial and rather insulated point of view, it will have difficulty reaching its global goals. In particular, unless the company starts investing in product development, it's recent successes will not continue.

    Advice to Management

    Karl-Heinz Streibich has said, "our biggest asset is our people," yet the behavior of the company indicates that dollars are far more important than employees. This is a company with over $1 billion in annual sales, and a profit margin of over 21%. Yet, to save a fraction of a percent of that margin, key employees with up to 10 - 15 years of experience and product knowledge are laid off. This is not a path to success. Start managing Software AG as a people-driven software development organization, not as a money machine.


  8. Pre-Sales Solution Architect

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Software AG North America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Products. Great benefits. 401k matching to 5%, with vesting in 4 years.

    Cons

    Lack of focus and execution in the sales and marketing organizations. Many sales persons do not know how to sell a solution. They are very product focused.

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing every 3-6 months. Train the sales team to sell solutions and not just products.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Suffering from identity crisis

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Software AG North America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Nice people to work with - Diverse customer base allows you to experience different industry verticals, and technical environments - Good salary and bonus structure - Flexible work structure, work from home - Leader in on-premise integration. This provides opportunity to become an ESB, SOA expert

    Cons

    - Process-oriented, leading to several inefficiencies in obtaining approval on almost everything - German leadership has not identified the uniqueness of the North America market and their policies do not deliver - Recent acquisitions have not delivered - Aggressive sales stance not very customer-friendly - Career paths not very well defined at manager level and above - Leadership is trying to grow by acquisition, and not providing enough $$ to R&D internally. This will result in a challenge in staying competitive and expanding into newer markets such as cloud based integration. - Need a focused effort in offering a strong UI product to showcase value of the overall product suite

    Advice to Management

    - Define clear career paths - Invest in R&D to improve existing product suite and offer newer features - Improve cloud offering, and ability of suite to delivery to automation of Dev Ops - Act on improving customer relationships


  10. Good people, good work-life balance.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Software AG North America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are nice to work with and good work-life balance. Managements are well organized. Not much political situation in R&D organization.

    Cons

    Not much chance for personal growth. This is not a place for someone, who is new to software industry and needs chance for growth. Company's old business line is declining and losing profitability.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Regional Sales Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Software AG North America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Software AG has very good benefits

    Cons

    Management is clueless. Legacy technology. Marketing strategy is to catch good long term customers with Compliance issues

    Advice to Management

    sell the company



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