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Updated March 12, 2019
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Pros
  • "Working time is flexible and promoting work-life balance" (in 12 reviews)

  • "great people willing to share their expertise" (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "A lot of pressure from senior management, especially quarter end" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Dischord at the C-level: personal agendas seem to trump strategic objectives" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Love My Job and Our Customers"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High energy, strong leadership, growing, customers love us

    Cons

    Extremely fast-paced, pressure to grow faster

    Advice to Management

    More career development opportunities needed


  2. "Review from my tenure a few years back"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Absolute (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Canadian headquartered so it has a different vibe than a lot of software companies in Austin. Annual sales meetings are usually in Vancouver and can be a lot of fun. Some great people work there and the culture was great when I was there.

    Cons

    Absolute struggled to make the transition from the "Lojack for Latops" days to managing an array of smaller, more mobile devices. They went from being the only game in town for laptop recovery to a much more fragmented space of mobile device management and security. Revenues stagnated, attainment struggled and pressure began to build. It's been years since I've been there but word is they're still struggling to hit goals.

    Advice to Management

    I wish I knew what advice to give. Redefining a company is no easy task, especially on a relatively small budget. I do know that the culture and the people used to make Absolute special and I hope that remains even in the face of mounting pressure.

  3. "great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Absolute part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    this was a decent company

    Cons

    the management could have been better


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Corp Greed at its finest"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great technology and a great office space in downtown Vancouver

    Cons

    CEO and CFO are really only concerned with lining their own pockets. Most of SR Mgmt is subservient to them and walk around on egg shells

    Advice to Management

    Replace the CEO and CFO bring in new leadership that cares about building a company and rewarding its people for success


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Technical Support"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Absolute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with, lots of lunches provided. Flexibility work hours, able to work from home some days.

    Cons

    Management was not great, short staffed and work was stressful trying to meet SLA. No training what so ever, pay was sub par but other positions did pay well. I guess it's who you know

    Advice to Management

    Try to check on your employees and take feedback when they ask for help and listen well.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of employee focus"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Absolute full-time

    Pros

    Great product and has a chance to explode if they market it correctly. Do invest in employees on training.

    Cons

    Below market pay. They have taken away the chance to hit quarterly accelerator's. Which means less in employee pocket and more in company based on your performance. A lot of pressure from senior management, especially quarter end. Job can be stressful due to this. May consider training for managers up to C level on how to treat people.

    Advice to Management

    Better bonus plans, invest more on performance. Provide senior level training on how to treat employees.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great progress"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is investing heavily into new security and management features. Teams are settling into the Agile cadence, and development environment has improved greatly over the past year. Product features are growing substantially and potential market is growing as a result.

    Cons

    Responsibilities for components are still in flux as teams take over different features and devops techniques continue to mature.

  8. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back casual place to work

    Cons

    I don't really have any cons.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Management"

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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


  10. "ABT as of 8/2015"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in King of Prussia, PA

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

    Pros

    Great technical story to tell as a sales person.

    Cons

    Had moved away from service and systems management to focus on security, but the security value proposition was not complete at the time 8/2015. It may have been rounded out since.