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Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
23 Reviews
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23 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work for those who want to work hard

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

    I have been working at Software Advice full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, awesome employees, cool office and improved opportunities for advancement. On the sales side, if you have thick skin, are competitive and like to work hard, you'll be rewarded. They recognize top talent and move them up the chain of command quickly.

    Cons

    Long work hours can wear on you. For those who like to hustle and get after it, it's a place to thrive. With that said, it's not a boiler room environment. It's a fair company, promotes learning and training (this has gotten better recently) and cares about their employees but the expectations are high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be transparent in everything you do. I'd like to see more communication from the top down on performance, the good and the bad. The more you communicate with your team, the healthier the work environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A quality company that cares about their employees.

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

    I have been working at Software Advice full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This company has great benefits, especially since Software Advice was acquired from Gartner. This includes a matching 401k program, comprehensive medical benefits and high salary options. The people on the marketing team are very intelligent and are execution oriented. If you are looking to learn about digital communications and SEO this is place for you. There aren't many companies out there doing a better job. The management are great and really want the best for you. It is worth noting that this job is not a good place for someone who doesn't enjoy working hard in an intense/deadline orientated environment.

    Cons

    I think the company continues to advance and make this a really enjoyable place to work. Not many CONS in my opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even though we are growing at a very fast rate. , try your best to keep the "small office" environment we are all used to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work if you can handle the sales world

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Advisor  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Advisor in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Software Advice full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I'll make this really brief - the perks are cool (stocked fridge, purified water, coffee, juice), people are cool and the job security seems real.

    Cons

    Long hours and that's about it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing, but allow employees to cross-train in different markets so we can have better income potential please!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    great environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Analyst  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Analyst in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Software Advice full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    awesome people to work with, fully stocked kitchen, the people definitely make the job

    Cons

    10 hour days can be rough.. and you have to stay motivated and intense on the phone to make money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great experience, and a lot of hard work

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

    I have been working at Software Advice full-time

    Pros

    An amazing team of people. Everyone works incredibly hard, the company is fairly young, and each team member has something to contribute. Working hard is fairly compensated, and the company does a fantastic job of teaching skills that will make a lasting impact as a professional.

    Ideas are everywhere, and it's a good place to make an impact, depending on your position. Some positions are really limited, and there isn't much room for growth. However, more development-focused positions (marketing, advertising, business development, etc) are much more lucrative, and there's potential to work hard, make an impact, and grow with the company.

    And, of course, there are perks. A fridge full of food, coffee for everyone, Massage Fridays (RIP Smoothie Tuesdays), and bonuses.

    Cons

    The company is growing rapidly, and it has done a good job of growing well. However, management for the analysts is limited, with 3 people managing between 50-60 analysts. There is the constant conflict between lead quality and revenue, and everyone feels the pressure to drive more revenue, while maintaining lead quality. It can lead to tension between management teams, with the analysts caught in the middle.

    As well, perks of the job have decreased as the company expands. Gone are the days of random barbecues in the parking lot, hiring parties, company happy hours, and specific types of bonuses. That's hard to watch, as employees see the revenue grow, and the perks dwindle. The employees work incredibly hard, with really long hours. Sick days and vacation are unspokenly frowned upon, and a lot is demanded of the young workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While company growth is a good thing, don't forget to continue to nurture the employee culture. One of the best selling points about Software Advice is its people, and it's so important to make sure the people are nurtured and feel no desire to leave.

    The hours are long, and work-life balance is almost nonexistent. With more analysts, they should split the shifts, with some analysts working 8-5, and others working 9-6. More flexibility should be given, hours-wise, to the rest of the company. There isn't a need for the other teams to work the same grueling and inflexible hours, and it is the most compelling reason for someone to search for jobs elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great fit for driven, focused people who want to work hard and put out high-quality work.

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

    I have been working at Software Advice full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    As others have mentioned, the perks are great. Beyond that, it is a very intellectually-challenging environment, which I enjoy. They are collecting an employee base of very smart, hardworking, friendly people, which makes for a great working environment. Having previously worked in the service industry, the M-F work week and relaxed dress code are nice.

    Cons

    There are few worth mentioning. If you're not looking to spend your time at work actually working diligently and using your brain you probably wouldn't like it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As you grow, be careful to hold on to what makes you special as a smaller company. There is a reason that many people left large enterprises to come work here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Boiler room mentality with a touch of nice graphics and usability on a friendly website.

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

    I worked at Software Advice full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Learned to sell and deal with difficult people.
    -Great location in Austin, TX.
    -Great to work in a results oriented business.
    -Exciting growing company.
    -Good compensation, if you play by senior management's rules.
    -Great insurance/benefits.

    Cons

    -The difficult people were oftentimes Senior Management---overbearing, micromanaging, individuals who invade personal life.
    -Ultimately, the clients are software companies, not the callers or individuals who fill out forms (i.e. software buyers).
    -There is very little actual training in industries or systems, just sales training. Many analysts did not focus on their clients success (e.g. whether or not the deal is sold, etc.) because their compensation is based upon how many leads they generate, not closed deals.
    -Analysts (sales team) have very little to no "expertise" in regards to 1. finance/accounting (period, ironic considering most of the systems are accounting-based ERP systems), 2. the industries for which they consult; and, 3. the actual workings of the software systems, including language, functionality, implementation, and even what it actually looks like on a screen (in fact, I was never encouraged to see an actual software system or demo the programs). Any sort of actual expertise or difficult technical question will indicate that the analyst probably has little to no idea what they're talking about except for rehearsed talking points.
    -Blind recommendations in many cases (especially new industries) based upon "fits" determined based on what clients (software companies) wanted to sell.
    -There is little to no time for analysts to actually connect with the marketing department or write their own content on topics/issues that come up on the phone with buyers. Analysts must sell, sell, sell.
    -Preferential treatment by senior management of certain employees.
    -Sliding comp. throughout the day make it very ruthless and frustrating--teaches one to look out for themselves.
    -You must stay in your seat from 8:00am to 6:00-7:00pm CST. Employees discouraged from breaks.
    -No understanding of emergencies or sickness. (Multiple employees who called in sick were oftentimes (and awkwardly) "sat down" by the CEO to talk about their "partying" habits without any hard or even relevant evidence. These talks occurred multiple times with different parties in the office who were not people who had problems, etc. CEO believed "drinking" or excessive partying was the only reason someone could get sick, rather than pre-existing medical conditions, being worn down, or a random virus, etc.
    -Never allowed to actually go abroad as promised after one year because it drove down revenue to call remotely (at the time).
    -In the end, it is a "job" not a career--no chance of moving up/advancing horizontally to another company from working there; yet employees work with hopes that they are apart of something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start encouraging a quality product by actually educating your employees on how industries work (not buzzwords that you want them to memorize). Stop the boiler-room environment. Money is not everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Misleading Job Titles, High Stress Work Environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Software Advice

    Pros

    Software Advice is growing at a rapid pace so you get to experience the excitement of a successful company. Cool work perks and open office environment.

    Cons

    The marketing team tries to jazz up the titles but to be clear, you are a web content marketer hired to recruit links and that's literally all they care about. The sales analyst don't know about the software they are pitching. They are not "analysts." They are sales reps who make suggestions based on computer generated recommendations. You function at 100% intensity level from 7:45 a.m. to 6:00ish every single day. The vacation time looks appealing but I've seen people get turned down for the work abroad program. There is extreme favoritism and pretty much a public ranking system. This is not a company where you can tailor the position to your working style. You have to tailor your style to this company so there's limited room for creativity or personal input.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making HR write a good review every time someone gives you honest feedback about your company. Yes, you're doing something right since you're so successful but you're stuck in your ways and that strongly limits innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A growing company with a good foundation

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

    I have been working at Software Advice full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The working environment is comfortable and social. They have created an environment where your input matters and the company is still the right size where your opinion actually goes somewhere that it can be heard. Many changes have come from the recommendations of the employees.

    Cons

    You work 8-6 Monday through Friday. It is not really a con, but something to consider. While there is a base salary, you are essentially paid by your performance which means you need to always be at 100% for the entire day. It is a highly competitive company internally, but there is no malice to it. This is not a "hang out at the water cooler" job, again not a con, but something you should know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, and try and stay connected with your employees as you grow. It helps keep the heart of the company beating, and makes us feel important. It will also remind us that we are a part of something bigger than just the desk where we work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    An intense yet highly rewarding place to work.

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

    I have been working at Software Advice full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and company perks, including Massage Fridays, fully stocked kitchen and awesome holiday parties. Management is extremely competent, truly cares about employees and will always listen to your suggestions if you make a convincing case for why and how something should change.

    You're given a ton of responsibility, which means you'll develop numerous new skills in a short period of time. There's a big emphasis on high quality in everything employees do, so while the work can be tough, it's very fulfilling. If you do a good job, you'll be recognized and rewarded for your efforts in more ways than one.

    If you're not afraid to roll up your sleeves and work hard, this is a great place to work. If you're lazy, lack motivation or drive, or are seeking a job where you can update your Facebook status all day, this is not the place for you.

    Cons

    The hours are long (10 hour days), but honestly, they go by so fast I don't even notice it anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time educating each department about how the others work. It would be really valuable if everyone knew how their individual role fit into the grand scheme of things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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