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Altisource Senior Software Developer Reviews

Updated May 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Easy to maintain work life balance (in 62 reviews)

  • The company provides a great work environment and I really enjoy working with my co-workers (in 51 reviews)

Cons
  • No work life balance (Flexibility is a curse in disguise) (in 48 reviews)

  • Anytime Firing, No Work Life Balance, (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Experience at Altisource"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Software Development in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Software Development in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Decent salary. Team still has a few good people left.

    Cons

    Not very organized in the thinking of directions for the current and future products. There have been several layoffs and attrition. Morale in several groups are at a low point

    Advice to Management

    Set good and transparent goals for the teams. Create opportunities for employees to be more participative in setting the goals.


  2. Helpful (15)

    "Surreal workplace"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Deep pockets, lots of new technologies to play with (if you're lucky enough to work in the right department), great co-workers, lots of technical talent, semi-startup environment.
    If you ever wondered how it would be to work for an off-shore company, but were afraid to move to India, your wait is over. Apply for a job with Altisource in Boston and the experience will be yours to have. Place is full of cultural diversity. H-1 visa applicants are strongly encouraged to apply and well represented in the Altisource workforce.
    Great place to brush up on foreign accents.

    Cons

    - Lack of leadership. Example: competing projects lead to conflicts between already alienated locations (Atlanta vs. Boston). Poor understanding of target technologies by senior technical management leads to indecisive management style.
    - Lack of vision. If you build it they will come. Build something... anything... throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. Business requirements? Say what? Come up with your own feature set and run with it.
    - Poor communication skills. Low-level management lacks basic communication skills. A lot of can be attributed to cultural differences.
    - Pretend-startup look and feel. Smoke screen to entice college grads from ivy league schools to come onboard. Not too many publicly traded startups with Indian roots out there to compare against, so perhaps I am wrong about this one...
    - Antiquated development environment. Locked down and tightly controlled workstations. Low-end Windows laptops as cost saving measure. Never mind simple math: number of builds a day TIMES number of minutes spent waiting for slow build TIMES number of developers = REAL WASTE OF MONEY
    - Poor facilities. Lack of permanent office space. Constantly on the move from one location to another.
    - Too many chiefs and not enough indians.

    Advice to Management

    Hire from within your personal circle of friends to cultivate already successful company culture. Clamp down more on development environment to encourage technological innovation. Hire at least one US citizen for every H-1 visa employee to introduce more cultural diversity.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Always check background of the team you are going to join; not just the company background."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is only good for few teams in the organization while the remaining struggle even to have their lunch or dinner on time. You will learn to work in very high pressure. Good knowledge gain on different technologies. Some managers are really knowledgeable and will help you build professionally.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Irritating management. Partiality in terms of gender and religion (Specific to my team) You can easily see the difference between people from good institutes and private institutes.
    Agile here is a myth. Management never takes story points from the individual. Yet they spend all their money on agile coach rather than the engineering teams who are actually working.
    No team outing or lunch or dinners.
    No working hours limit (Manager can call you at 2 am and ask you to sync with US team as they are suddenly online) and you can't even complain as in that case you are not taking responsibility, you dint want to grow in your career.
    For the team of 26 people we have 6 managers - Agile coach, development manager, testing manager, VP-development, VP-testing, Product manager.
    Too much chaos and way too much politics. Half of them are just waste.

    Advice to Management

    Please take some input from your engineering team too. They are the people who are actually (literally) working day and night to release the product.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Not a good option"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good work life balance
    - Flexible timings , Work from home option available.
    - Salary is on par with industry standards.
    - Free Cab facility.

    Cons

    - No fairness and transparency in hiring, performance appraisal
    - Dirty politics.
    - Too much favoritism. Career Growth might be slow if you don't maintain "buddy buddy" relationship with your manager.
    - Salary structure , variable component.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the right talent and give promotions based on overall performance.


  5. Helpful (15)

    "Not meant for IT Guys"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    1> Shift timings
    2> Salary
    3> CAB Facility

    Cons

    1>Work credit goes to Managers
    2> Senior Management in United States, they are not aware of things happening in India
    3> The Company Url doesn't show the Company location in India (Bangalore, Goa, Mumbai)
    4> Strict life and only work, no fun
    5> Typical BPO Company
    6> They hire one guy, pay high, expect that guy to do work of three guys
    7> HR policies are not well-defined
    8> Land-Lines are not provided to Employees

    Advice to Management

    1> Acknowledge work
    2> Give flexibility to work from home
    3> There should be a transparency and cordial relations between employees


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good company to work with"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Compensation as per the industry standards, Work culture. Supportive team members.good work life balance

    Cons

    Working on legacy tools. inept higher management, unwilling to spend money on new technologies. unfriendly HR policies.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Very restrictive environment, bad for career growth"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Altisource full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Can't think of anything.

    Cons

    Very restricted access, no career growth possible. Outdated technologies

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees...give them room to grow.