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Updated January 23, 2017
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Geoff Haydon
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Pros
  • great people willing to share their expertise (in 15 reviews)

  • They really take care of their employees by promoting a healthy work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Frat-house environment with senior management, although they are all gone today replaced over the last 3 years (in 6 reviews)

  • Dischord at the C-level: personal agendas seem to trump strategic objectives (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Representative in Towson, MD
    Current Employee - Marketing Representative in Towson, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Absolute part-time

    Pros

    I am currently getting my undergrad degree and could not find a job that worked with my schedule. This company was able to work with my class schedule during the week, giving me a chance to continue with my degree while staying employed.I hope to stay with this company after I finish my degree in May!

    Cons

    The amazing money comes with long hours


  2. "Great place to be!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great product. Lots of opportunity for professional growth. Huge market potential with the product.

    Cons

    Things are changing fast, so if you are looking for something that is slow and stable, this is not the place for you.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Company has changed a lot with the new CEO, and not for the better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are very friendly. Very large sales force for company its size. They do invest a lot in their product. Good chance to hit your numbers if you're in the right territory. Not a lot of diversification in product portfolio. There's only one product now so they can focus on that single product. Company meetings are usually in beautiful Vancouver.

    For US employees they cover your health insurance. Rest of your family is extra.

    They do match your 401K.

    Cons

    High turnover in sales staff. Their idea of staff development is to bring someone in for a 1-2 day seminar. The most training you get is during the annual sales conference. Sucks for you if you get hired a week after the sales conference. There's not a lot of mentoring. Company originally was great about cross-selling all their products to customers of their Computrace product. New hired gun CEO comes in from EMC and decides to sell off all non-Computrace products to focus on security. They rename the product to some incomprehensible acronym DDS with no brand recognition. Existing customers that were cross-sold products predictably get angry that they got rid of the non-Computrace products. Corp culture changed a lot after the original CEO was pushed out.

    They are terrible about raises. Aim high with your salary requirements because once you get hired that's probably going to be your permanent salary. I didn't get a pay adjustment once the entire time I was there.

    New CEO from EMC is a corporate robot. Listening to him talk during company meetings was bizarre as every other word out of his mouth was a corporate buzzword. There was no meaningful content behind it. Try listening to one of their quarterly shareholder meetings if you're wondering what it's like.

    A lot of the security functionality they are providing will eventually get rolled into the Windows and Mac OS. Without a diversified product portfolio the company is toast.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to sell a product off don't announce it to the world until after the sale goes through you dummies. Announcing you're getting rid of a product in advance is like throwing chum into the water around a bunch of sharks. It devalues your product as customers flee and competitors swoop in to steal your customers. Guess selling the product for the highest price possible was a lower priority then selling it off ASAP.

    Get a new CEO and hire a decent marketing team. Especially get rid of the person that decided that DDS was a better name than Computrace. Way to destroy decades of branding.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    "unusally odd sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Absolute full-time

    Pros

    great unique security niche, a couple really good managers. Ask you who will be reporting to as its 1000% different in some cases

    Cons

    old school micro management. like someone read a how to sales book from the late 80's. tread carefully.


  6. Helpful (14)

    "Company is Absolutely Clueless"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Absolute full-time

    Pros

    I had ample travel opportunities and good work-life balance while working for Absolute. There were many great people with great minds in the company as well.

    Cons

    When the current CEO came into the picture in June 2014, his CV gave many people high hopes with expectations of a great future for the company. Morale was high. However, it was all downhill since. Anyone who questioned the CEO's authority or raised any conflicting opinions was sent packing.

    The attempt to rebrand the company and refocus the core technology and product from an IT asset management solution into an InfoSec solution was appealing. However, their grand design failed in execution. It would appear that management failed to realise that by making Absolute an InfoSec solution provider, it now faced a different set of competitors in the market segment. Due to the refocus, management had also decided to neglect the education sector, which has traditionally been their biggest customer base.

    The company has also failed to capitalise on growing globally. The mantra of "let's replicate our successes in North America to the rest of the world" every year, and having to replace the sales people around the world every other year, doesn't seem to faze management. Their inability to realise that the world does not work like North America is unbelievable.

    All the good people have left. However few good ones that are remaining, hangs on to the hope that the company can turn around one day.

    Advice to Management

    Do you really need that many CxOs? And even if you really do, the company isn't working like a well-oiled machine like it's supposed to if you haven't already noticed. Getting rid of people who can work and give two hoots about the company, and replacing them with those that supposedly "share your vision", which basically just means yes-people, is driving the company into the ground.


  7. Helpful (19)

    "Oh boy....."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Absolute (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Persistence technology in the BIOS is a great thing. Window has close though, Windows 10 and Google providing free services will end this advantage.

    Cons

    Leadership, Management. Neither of which should be used to describe what's going on at this place. Most dysfunctional, amateur hour place I've ever seen. Been is business for 21 years and have 18 VPs of Sales..... Pinging Linked-In contacts should not be your sales strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck!!! Maybe in 6 months when you're still not hitting your numbers #19 will work.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Mixed bag"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Absolute (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Average engineering teams. Good CTO, nice location for Canadians.

    Cons

    chaotic, narcissistic executive management and a board that acts at a snails pace.

    Advice to Management

    make data driven decisions and avoid the product cliff you are heading for.


  9. "Amazing company culture!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Welcoming environment, great leadership, exciting changes in the channel, determined company to become the biggest name in security!

    Cons

    All departments need to sync a bit better, but that is expected when the sales organization was recently restructured


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineer Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Absolute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Positive environment to work in. The teams are diverse and inclusive, and I have had many opportunities to improve on my current knowledge and learn new skills.

    I have really enjoyed my experience here thus far.

    Cons

    Lots of middle-management. Sometimes it seems to take a long time for managers to get consensus on how to accomplish a task. You can sometimes find yourself attending meetings to talk about other meetings.

    Advice to Management

    The steps taken to improve our work flow and organization are a great step forward. I think it will improve our efficiency and communication dramatically.

    I think that management has a good sense of how we move forward, and has been receptive to input and feedback when it is given.


  11. "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great people willing to share their expertise

    Cons

    lots of internal churn is distracting sales organization.



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