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Software AG North America Reviews

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
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    Pre-Sales Solution Architect

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Potential, Terrible Senior Management

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    Former Employee - Shared Services Employee
    Former Employee - Shared Services Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Suffering from identity crisis

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Regional Sales Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    sell the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Great people

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    Current Employee - Professional Services Director in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Professional Services Director in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Software AG North America full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, even better people!

    Cons

    Fluctuating environment, job security not a priority.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Get There Faster. "There" being 2006.

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is better than most companies. Depending on your manager, you can have pretty flexible working arrangements. Do your job and there shouldn't be any problems.

    Lots of very smart and friendly co-workers. I learned a lot and made lasting friendships. Also have the exposure to work on a global scale with customers and coworkers.

    25cent items in the vending machine. Monthly breakfasts/lunches. Kid's Holiday Party. Group outing.

    Cons

    Very archaic ways. No internal process is easy. An organization that touts it's ability for seamless process management should not have such round about implementations for simple business processes.

    Little to no growth opportunity. Evidence is the many employees with close to a decade of time with company in the same or similar roles. Growing requires knowing the right person in the organization at the right time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't think Darmstadt, Germany (Headquarters) has any idea what they want to do with the business. Stop with the vague e-mails from Karl Heinz with subject "Announcement" of some "strategy" change that will change again in a month

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good overall experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA

    I worked at Software AG North America full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and team; OK work-life balance depending on your manager.

    Cons

    Slow to change old way of thinking and doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the employees that truly get the job done, i.e. those in back office positions with titles less than manager. Get those "lifers" out of there and get some new blood in!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good for short to medium term employment. Not a good prospect for long term employment.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Software AG North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. People are very easy to work with and very helpful. Good interaction between various product groups.

    Cons

    Poor career prospects and not enough growth opportunities. Inflexible internal processes and hard to use internal systems. Managers are happy to maintain the status quo.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    If you're into politics hop on-board

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Software AG North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good, solid company led by good management in Germany. The Germans do have a good idea and vision for the future with acquisitions. They do have some good field and SME talent in the field (who receive little credit) and are expendable.

    If you are a rep who has 2-3 years to invest not making much money and can stomach large company politics - you'd probably be happy here

    Cons

    US Sales Management is utterly useless. They dwell in Reston and somehow convince themselves they add value. None of them have ever succeeded in hitting their number - which is of course the reps fault. It is not what you would call a meritocracy. If you are a rep - don't plan on making money unless you handle existing accounts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On the sales side - try some accountability for the office squatters that have hid their incompetence behind ETS extortion success. Really clean house - these guys are useless. Bring in fresh talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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