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Santa Barbara, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Information Technology
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
From the seasonally green hills of Santa Barbara comes Green Hills Software, an oasis for embedded systems developers. The company provides a variety of software tools for developers of embedded systems (combinations of microprocessors and components used in many different ... Read more

Green Hills Software Reviews

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Dan O'Dowd
6 Ratings
  • "Interesting and challenging work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
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    I have been working at Green Hills Software full-time (More than 5 years)


    - Challenging work on a large variety of projects.
    - Code base is relatively high quality and well tested. Code reviews are required.
    - Very stable company. GHS is profitable and has been around for a long time.
    - Management is all programmers. They tend to have a good grasp on how long a project will take and how many resources it will require.
    - Willing to spend lots of money on hardware to improve developer productivity.
    - Good work/life balance. Flexible schedule. Overtime is not expected.
    - Yearly raises are generous.


    - Management is all programmers. Some lack basic people management skills.
    - Stock options are essentially worthless.
    - Many employees are extreme introverts which makes for awkward socializing.

    Advice to Management

    Give regular updates on how the company is doing as a whole, and what direction it is headed.

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Green Hills Software Interviews



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    Senior Sales Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
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    Negative Experience


    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Green Hills Software (Los Angeles, CA).


    I was introduced to the opportunity through a recruiter. I've been successful in the industry for many years; my background is an excellent fit for GreenHills.

    I had a very good phone interview with Dave Chandler, GreenHills/Integrity CEO. This is evidenced by the fact that we agreed to our next step as a meeting for me with a high ranking member of his team. This team member was scheduled to be in the office local to me and my territory within the upcoming couple of weeks. During my interview, Dave quite obviously had LinkedIn open. At the end of our discussion, he read off the names of the founders of the company I was working for at the time. He mispronounced the name of one, so I knew they were not 'acquainted'. I mentioned that when we got to the reference stage, I would be happy to connect him with my manager. I conveyed that since I reported directly to him, my manager (who actually held a very high level title and role) would have much more specific knowledge of my skills. He had also been in many meetings with me, and had observed me in my work with customers.

    My manager had recently left the company and had agreed to be a reference for me. His departure was a significant reason for my decision to look for a new position. (If you were to read between the lines - neither of us were happy in this company, so he left and I was looking!)

    After a week without hearing from them, I followed up with both Dave Chandler and the Recruiter. The Recruiter told me that the Dave had gone silent on him as well.

    Later, Dave and the Recruiter connected. However, the Recruiter was told that they were not going to move forward with me. Why? No reason given.

    Shortly thereafter, I got confirmation that Dave had contacted my then current employer (one of the Founders), without my permission and through LinkedIn. The way I discovered this was my then current employer told me he knew I was looking for another job, how he knew this, and fired me.

    Based on my experience, I believe the ethics here at GreenHills are very questionable. I've always been under the impression that contacting a current employer was considered a breach of trust in recruiting and job searches!

    Oh, did I mention that I'm a woman? I can't be sure that this fact was related to Dave’s belief that him contacting my employer was in any way acceptable behavior. However, I just can't see him doing this same thing to a man.

    Message to GreenHills Founder and President – I suggest you pay attention to my review and the reviews of the other women who've been on your sales team. There just might be something behind the claims of poor treatment of women. It might help you avoid an ‘Uber-like’ scandal. (Plus, I think I also saw references in GreenHills employee reviews on Glassdoor to nepotism in the Sales Department!)

    To everyone else, including men - Beware of the backchannel reference!

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