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Updated April 14, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Software development: Much better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people! From the junior developers up to the director of software development, everyone is friendly and helpful. Cross-team communications has improved a lot and every team puts a lot of emphasis in not blocking other teams. Even the IS (Infrastructure Support) guys have been amazing in dealing with all the crazy requests from developers.
    The company is moving from a legacy system to service-oriented architecture. Several teams are working with new technologies and slowly rebuilding the legacy code. There is more focus on standards and training, managers are focused on the quality of the code written, and teams are given a lot of autonomy in finding the best way to design their system. New technology and standards are being used throughout the company.
    There are lots of opportunities for career advancement and promotion. If you are serious and know how to produce quality, you'll quickly be moved to where you can contribute the most.
    A bunch of perks such as life-work balance, ability to work from home when necessary, full 401k match, and more.

    Cons

    Many of the people who created the legacy system and cannot adapt to quality standards are leaving, being laid off or fired. Some may consider this a bad thing, but I think this is great. It is bad enough to clean up code without also having more of that code being written. This probably causes some negative reviews on Glassdoor. The problem with this is that it causes confusion and insecurity in the company when people suddenly leave.
    There is a part of the legacy system which is so convoluted and broken that people are afraid to touch it, yet management seems to be attacking that part of the system this year.
    There is also legacy management, outside of software development, and most of them need to be replaced. You do not have to deal with most of them if you are in the software department.
    It has become very difficult to find good developers and leaders with all the competing companies in Seattle. This puts more strain on the developers and we end up with less ability to move in certain directions.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of some of the veteran directors in the company who are blocking progress and innovation.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Landmines and Libations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is in the midst of rewriting it's decade old, legacy website from a slew of global variables and include()'d scripts into Microservices. As a result, there's lots of opportunity to learn with the company.

    New management structure is highly interested in modeling itself after Twitter, Amazon with an emphasis on Agile/Lean and changing the company culture to one that is excited to work on new features and open to change.

    The work atmosphere is an open floor plan, where developers are encouraged to talk to other teams and work out technical issues. To this end, there's heavy emphasis on inter-team building exercises, quarterly events, holiday parties, Friday libations and Dogs (lots and lots of dogs).

    There's a kitchen on every level that is fully stocked with all the junk food you could possibly want.

    Coming in as a junior software developer, there are many opportunities for motivated and technically proficient developers to quickly move up the ranks and into different roles: Jr Dev -> Dev -> Sr Dev -> Principal. People that can produce are highly respected.

    Money is good for a LAMP developer, however there's heavy emphasis on 6-month bonuses (con as well) to make it very good and competitive with other enterprise companies in Seattle. If you are a developer that can output legacy patches, without going crazy, the pay can be excellent.

    Work life balance is a recruiting perk. Seldom does the office have anyone in it after 5:45pm, which is amazing.

    Cons

    Politics. If you want to keep your head down, work on your tickets in a Developer role, punch in/out everyday and go home to your real-life. This is an amazing place to work. However, if are in a position of responsibility to product development, leadership or team-work, you should be prepared for landmines, which are everywhere. Every aspect of the company is managed by the leadership council, which are all long term employees outside of Soft-Dev. These employees have been managing the *very successful* business model since its inception in the late 90s. As a result, *anytime* there is a proposal to do anything different, there will be sharp disagreement by forces outside of your control, influence and department. This can result in endless meetings for the most mundane changes to the website's functionality, partly as a knee jerk to breaking the hidden dependencies of *poorly* written code, but mostly it's the result of legacy employees feeling less important and pivotal to the company as investment in developers has dramatically increased since 2014. Unfortunately, these long term employees aren't going anywhere, as they are either related to the owners or have been in the position for 10-15 years.

    Dogs and Noise. In Seattle, the work culture is very open to dogs. However, if you are allergic, don't like dogs running circuits and constantly barking around the office or have an aversion to visible pee stains in the carpet, this might not be the place for you.

    HR. Be wary of human resources, they are there to help the company and in my exit interview, they redefined the anti-competition contract and will use severance or back pay as a tool to get you to sign a very onerous contract that forbids working in the entire industry (not just competitors) for the internet as a whole. Danger. Watch what you sign.

    Advice to Management

    The business is owned by two individuals, which have an unseen hand into every aspect of the business due to their closeness with long term employees in the leadership council. However, these two owners checked-out in 2015, leaving a power vacuum to be fought over by people in the company. While they have upped the technical investment since 2014, their focus remains on other business ventures, investment opportunities and families. In Summer 2016, this resulted in a massive loss in profitability due to poor oversight in advertising purchases and bonuses where drastically cut as a result. This leads to a problem if you allow bonuses to compensate for any difference in salary vs market-rate.

    With declining revenue, due to changes in the marketplace and increased competition, I fear that executive management is not in a position to make effective changes and there is zero insight into profitability or the company's overall financial health.

    This company, over the next 10 years, will live or die based on its ability to adapt to changing usage of video streaming. They must adapt and escape the vestigial management, business/product owners and codebase.. or be irrelevant when peer-to-peer video conferencing and social marketing become to prevalent that partners will handle everything themselves.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Great little tech company"

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

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

    Pros

    Solid group of employees that makes for a fun work environment. Decent base pay, semi-annual bonuses, good benefits package including a killer 401k program, ORCA card or parking reimbursement, gym membership subsidy, and more. Everyone seems to be invested in their work with a desire to put out a quality product.

    Department morale is a big deal. Teams get a quarterly budget for morale events, successful projects result in parties, yearly Christmas party and summer picnic, kitchen is kept stocked with snacks and drinks, breakfast provided on Fridays, somewhat regular poker/game nights, etc.

    Cons

    The company is in the midst of a culture change. There has long been a desire to hold on to the "start up mentality" and not get bogged down by process. With a recent rededication to innovation, more process is being put into place to grow the company and profitability. This change has been anything but swift which has created a sometimes uncomfortable atmosphere between those driving the innovation and those reluctant to get on board.

    Advice to Management

    It feels like things are trending in the right direction. Keep it going.
    The department needs a unified management team. The politics game doesn't benefit anyone or our product. The rumors around department changes fuels the gossip machine and distracts from the work.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Some good some bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good 401k match. Most co workers very nice to deal with.

    Cons

    completely arbitrary, political, not terribly talented, ego driven management. No sense of an actual plan, but full of people talking about how brilliant the non existent plan is. Honestly this was and hopefully remains the worst place I've ever worked. There is no real communication with management and employees just talking points that don't have real meaning. There was ways to move up if you are in some arbitrary place at an arbitrary time.

    Advice to Management

    Who cares what I have to say they wouldn't listen anyway. They would nod and pretend to though.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Mostly Awesome"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They actually value work-life balance which reduces burnout. Competitive pay and good benefits. There are many super smart but also chill/relaxed people and are a real pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Useless management, and too much of it. I agree with some other reviewers. The current head of software development is absolutely clueless. Fortunately he mostly just stays in his office and does god knows what, but does not bother developers.

    The other main issue is the massive horribly built code-base. I would say the design was bad, but it would give it too much credit to call it "designed" at all. That being said, all the developers realize this and they're making huge headway in fixing and re-writing it.

    Advice to Management

    Don't try to manage things you don't understand, give developers more freedom to make decisions and not just complete work requested by non-technical people. Stop the politics and let people do their jobs.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "The Best Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Accretive Technology full-time

    Pros

    Accretive is amazing with wonderful people and lots of humor. This is a very stable company with excellent work/life balance and the benefits are okay.

    There are big changes happening and a lot of work is needed to design and develop the new concepts involved. It is not easy to get the new code to work with the legacy code, so there are lots of challenges and opportunities.

    In my opinion, this is the best company in Seattle to work for.

    Cons

    Although we are constantly hiring and growing, we still need more developers, so there is pressure on the talented developers in the company. On the other hand, the project managers are very careful not to over-commit and try to make sure no one is pushing too hard.

    Advice to Management

    We are moving in the right direction.


  8. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Accretive Technology full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed work place, interesting projects, good senior developers and project managers. Also incredible 401k match.

    Cons

    Dogs in the office sound good until they crap on the floor. Also big open plan rooms can slow work productivity.


  9. "great place for software developers."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Accretive Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    ATG has a great place for me to grow as a software developer. Frankly, if you're a good developer, you can succeed here and find fulfilling work.

    Work-life balance is a huge priority here; developers almost never work more than 40 hours/wk, and there are frequent team events and other work-social events.

    Most teams follow an Agile methodology with 2-week sprints. Getting 100% of your work done each sprint is more important than how much work you take on.

    Managers and leads really care about your career development and keeping you interested in your work (since interested developers are productive developers). Any time I've had conflicts with people or processes, I've been able to talk with the right people to get issues worked out. Motivated developers earn the freedom to choose what projects to work on.

    Company is clearly focusing on diversity hires (we are hilariously diverse compared to our neighbors at Amazon).

    Cons

    The benefits package is solid (and improves over the years), but the base salary is low. Culture fit is important and won't work for everyone (we're generally liberal and judgment-free; workaholics and manipulative people don't get far). HR manager is a nightmare. While there's a lot of effort to improve technical debt, our core product is a sprawling mess of PHP - not even the latest version of PHP, and no new technologies like HHVM. Frequent re-orgs and task switching can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Management here is solid; mistakes are made, but everyone is working towards something better.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service Representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Can listen to music while working.

    Cons

    Needs more of an open door policy when it comes to management.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Good company to work for, but has a lot of growing pains."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Developer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Accretive Technology full-time

    Pros

    - Great benefits, the company tries hard to keep people happy in this regard.

    - Good work environment and friendly people. Open environment, very little drama, people are respectful of one another. It's better than most any other place I've worked before.

    - You'll never get bored, we're always busy. So much going on all the time that there are always interesting project, technical challenges, etc.

    Cons

    - The main code base is pretty bad (no, it's actually pretty terrible), imagine you started with living in a trailer and kept duct taping things on until you had a sky scraper. That's pretty much our code base. But most people recognize it and are always looking for ways to make it better.

    - It takes new developers way to long to get up to speed (Mostly because of the above point). Which leads to bugs, bad code, and more duct tape.

    - Employees need better paths for growth. Don't just talk about it, make it happen. "We like to promote from within" doesn't happen enough.

    - Lack of upper management. Almost no higher level leadership and little direction, prioritization, or focus. Some of them seem to have fallen out of touch. Accountability and responsibility seem to fade away the higher up you look and gets directed downward instead.

    Advice to Management

    - Find ways to stabilize while still bringing business value. It seems way to often we have emergencies and on the edge of disaster. Developers want to improve the system, the business wants to add features and make more money, we desperately need to find a balance.

    - Seems like management thinks the solution to every problem is more process. As we grow, the processes keep getting thicker and with little return. Find ways to simplify.

    - Sometime it's obvious management doesn't know what they're doing. It's ok, nobody knows everything. But instead maybe reduce the arrogance a bit, work with others, and ask for peoples opinions more often. Doesn't mean you have to take it, but at least you'll have more info to work from.


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