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Software Advice Overview

Austin, TX
51 to 200 employees
2005
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Information Technology
Unknown / Non-Applicable
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Software Advice Reviews

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  • "Flexible, casual work environment"

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    I have been working at Software Advice full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1 month a year to work abroad (many use to work from home)
    No dress code
    Healthy snacks for free in the kitchen
    Good benefits
    Flexibility for things like doctors appointments during working hours
    Highly intelligent and thoughtful GM
    Never work weekends or holidays, rarely work after hours
    Product is good
    Internal software system is good
    Company uses Macs
    Managers generally pretty loyal to their team, willing to stand up for them in cases of conflict - particularly tenured people, although that doesn't require much time here.
    Not micromanaged
    Good amount of vacation time, especially after you've been here a couple years

    Cons

    Focus on quantity and revenue goals sometimes creates questionable quality
    Leadership is young and lacks experience/mentorship
    Some departments aren't well supervised and exploit it to the detriment of others and the customers/clients/software buyers
    Downtown location and 8-6 working hours means many commute through horrible traffic without another option.
    Still finding their place in the new parent company, so there's not immediate opportunities for advancement
    Internally-developed system means updates are sometimes behind the curve
    Not enough IT/development resources
    High-ish turnover in certain roles
    Bad coffee

    Advice to Management

    Set high standards and hold EVERYONE to them.

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Software Advice Interviews

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    Senior Front End Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Software Advice in March 2017.

    Interview

    Very strange interview. I was asked about my experience with PHP when I don't even have PHP on my resume and I did not apply for a job using PHP. I applied for the front-end developer role with EITHER Python or PHP experience, along with the usual HTML, CSS, and JavaScript - all of which I have experience with, including Python. At the time of my applying there are three engineering roles at the company for web or back-end development. The interviewer apparently got sidetracked and focused on a different job requisition. "When was the last time you did plumbing work?" "I'm an electrician."

    As a senior engineer of many years experience coding in C/C++, perl, python, Java, and JavaScript, I was still rejected because I am somehow not competent enough to do “scripting” (interviewer is non-technical) because I don't have recent "professional" experience writing scripts. Okay, then. I've done an extensive amount of scripting in my career and competent in this area. They can pride themselves on rejecting very experienced engineers who can fix their code issues but they are still left with their problems, which is really sad. Their loss.

    Some advice for the hiring managers at this company is to focus on hiring experienced engineers who can solve problems and not because they know trivial scripting languages. The process of engineering includes much more than writing code in any particular language.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have any experience writing scripts?   1 Answer
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Software Advice Awards & Accolades

  • Top Workplaces, Austin American-Statesman, 2016
  • Top Workplaces (Small Employers), Austin American-Statesman, 2014
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