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Peter McKay
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  1. Pleasant enviroment and progressive people

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Danville, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Danville, IL

    I worked at Watchfire full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Progressive company and dedicated people.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for advancement. Entrenched staff in all areas.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up and pay attention to hard workers.


  2. Great developers, clueless management & CEO

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Watchfire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The developers are great to work with, smart and pleasant. They're a great bunch overall.

    Cons

    Their main product (WebXM) was impossible to use, customers had no clue how to get the information they needed. It was designed by developers for developers and nobody wanted to spend the time to see what customers actually want in the product. The company had been kept afloat by a stellar performing group of salespeople for quite some time, and would have gone under had it not been for the salespeople. Management was incredibly unprofessional, I overheard one manager ridiculing one of his employees when that employee was not around. On the technical side, they were in the frame of mind that a "code rewrite would solve everything", except they were too naive to realize that this type of decision is typically a waste of resources and incredibly time consuming. Code rewrites are nearly always a mistake.

    Advice to Management

    They're a part of IBM now, so the ones who were managers are not senior management anymore. I hope they take the effort to become more professional in both the interpersonal and business side of things.



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