Springbrook Software Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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  1. Good Company, just got acquired

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Portland, OR

    I worked at Springbrook Software full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Company provided food and large kitchen are great. Good product. Each department is different but Implementations is mostly self directed.

    Cons

    Wages under market. Just merged with another company. Was not a lot of upward mobility and promotions sometimes given to those that hang out with upper management after hours, not always based on skill or other qualifications.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  2. Growing Software Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Portland, OR

    I worked at Springbrook Software (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Software company environment, large stocked kitchen, booze is allowed in the office.

    Cons

    Became more corporate after merger and acquisitions.


  3. Programmer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Programmer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Springbrook Software

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

    Pros

    Good, downtown location Nice co-workers Some folks play poker/foosball/games during lunch in break room

    Cons

    Salaries are low - they're on the cheap side. Unless you're an all-star talent (and there's only 2-3 of them in development) you'll get cheap treatment, and maybe not even then. Meanwhile, all but one of the partners are retired (5 out of 6 or so), so maybe that's where the profits are going. Who knows. Finances are non-transparent. Arrogant management. A lot of the programming managers are promoted from within, which would seem good ideally, but if you you're there long enough, you notice a lot of self-promotion goes on aimed at impressing the CEO. And for them, that's all they really need to worry about. It's not what you do on a daily basis that matters - nobody notices that stuff - if a tree falls in the woods....


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Stockholm Syndrome

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

    I have been working at Springbrook Software

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    So much beer. Many great people in the company. Performance tracking was pretty cool. They offer solid paternal leave to both men and women which is one thing they are exceptional in.

    Cons

    Not as relaxed as they claim to be. Spreading tobs of misinformation to employees to keep them in line. You can see one person's claim that 40-45k is reasonable for experienced software devs because they have work-life balance. This was just over 1/2 of the median software dev compensation in this city, and despite management's claims, median software devs don't work more than 40 hours/week, especially in Portland. They liked to so this gs like claim they offered "free" health insurance, "except for a small fee". Their commitmwnt to doublespeak is commendable. I found it hard to take my vacation days. Despite claiming to be a laid back company, they were very touchy about a lot of topics. Some of the upper management had a tendency to use manipulative interpersonal tactics if they weren't getting their way. Very political. Overall the place was filled with self promotion rhetoric to make their programmers think that they had it great when they were in reality locking themselves in to a substandard career path more and more every day.

    Advice to Management

    The biggest change I would have respected would be to change your rhetoric to match your reality. Stop claiming your insurance is free, stop claiming to be so laid back, stop claiming you offer great work-life balance. Maybe those were once true, but I didn't see any of it when I was there.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Growing company, great culture

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

    I have been working at Springbrook Software full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company isn't huge so there is very high visibility for all of the work you do. Management wants employees to have a good work-life balance, so you will periodically have check-ups with management to make sure you aren't working too much. The company has grown in the past few years, so there have been some growing pains in terms of processes, but it is something that is constantly being worked on and is improving. Your work -will- directly affect clients. Fully stocked kitchen, kegerator (that is enjoyed in moderation and mostly on Friday after-hours..I don't understand most of these other reviews listing that as a negative) and game room are signs that management wants to keep employees happy. Flexible hours for most departments, which include the ability to work remotely if necessary. Most clients and coworkers are fantastic to work with.

    Cons

    No formal training for most departments. Pay isn't outstanding, but the work-life balance makes up for it (compare working 60-70 hour weeks with a 'high salary' and 40-45 here and there really isn't much of a difference for the number of hours worked).

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on transparency with initiatives and sharing the vision for the company. As we grow, strive to maintain the 'Springbrook culture' that keeps it feeling like a family.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Circling the drain......

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

    I worked at Springbrook Software (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fairly decent benefits, culture is terrific if you like to trade kegs & open bar for salary, which is the way it rolls there. Locally owned company......

    Cons

    This company will think nothing of letting you go at a moment's notice. I've seen them do it time and again, without regard to employee contribution or client reaction. Financial numbers are given to staff, but they are fantasy numbers..... Not surprising the CFO left recently. Clients will soon notice increasing numbers of newbies on staff and little knowledge of client history.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that your staff has built your company from the ground up and show some respect. Expect more and more of your staff will be looking to leave first chance they get. Not many long-term employees for a reason.


  8. Current employee, not disgruntled former employee

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

    I have been working at Springbrook Software full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great collaborative culture! Focus on results, do a good job and reward will come. Excellent mix of promote from within and hiring needed talent. High growth company with lots of opertunity! Did I mention the kegaerator?

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than market, benifets and culture make up for it. Not a place to work if you do not care about customers and co-workers. You are either part of the team, or quickly not part if the team.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! I really appreciate the fact that all senior management is approachable and cares about staff. Don't mess up the culture as we grow!


  9. Helpful (2)

    The ability to spin any situation into a positive one is key to working at this company.

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

    I have been working at Springbrook Software (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can learn many skills at a quick pace as you have to do this to survive. You learn quickly to get anything important or relevant put on paper and signed so senior staff and management does not forget about the conversation. You meet some awesome long lasting friends who are willing to work as hard as you do.

    Cons

    Some senior management have been promoted from within and have no clue how to manage. Or work with staff. It would behoove management to educate them, as in get the training they need Never assume they are going to carry thru the promises they make to you or clients. Bag the sodas and snacks and increase your rate of pay.

    Advice to Management

    Become more involved in your management staffs practices. Make sure they are a good fit to your team.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A growing company that is still growing up

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

    I have been working at Springbrook Software full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -- Good opportunities for advancement -- Cheerful, fun work environment -- Collaborative teams -- Awesome kitchen and kegerator -- Easy communication vertically and horizontally -- Company is small enough that your work is visible and has an impact on company success

    Cons

    -- Environment can be disorganized (e.g. double-booked conference rooms) -- Strategy is not clearly communicated to all staff -- Goals can shift over time without announcement

    Advice to Management

    Continue putting structure in place and do a better job of communicating company initiatives and goals to all the staff.


  11. Helpful (1)

    I Love my Job

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

    I have been working at Springbrook Software full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    *This company is great at mentoring, and helping to build people's careers, and almost always promotes from within. *If you have a good idea, there are no obstacles to having it heard and implemented. *The founders are wonderful people, who are as invested in your success at the company as they are in your happiness with your family, and life outside of work. *There is a huge effort to make the office environment comfortable. It has a keg-a-rator, fully stocked wine racks, breakfast and lunch foods, and games.

    Cons

    * The pay isn't as competitive as other companies in the industry, and there isn't a great deal of monetary stratification between the CEO and your average employee. *5 of the 7 departments are great, but the other 2 are terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your management problem for the two departments that are failing due to lack of leadership.



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