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Updated Jul 18, 2019

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3.7
66%
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42%
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Bronto Software General Manager George Moser
George Moser
9 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great culture, benefits, and competitive salary(in 13 reviews)

  • "They understand the importance of family and a work-life balance(in 7 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Health benefits were average and opportunity for career growth was limited(in 4 reviews)

  • "If you want to work at a growing company you need to deal with change(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Account Executive II

      Dec 10, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great diversity, wonderful people to work with. My director was great and so was most of the management team.

      Cons

      Bronto was purchased by NetSuite which in turn was purchased with Oracle. Its still a good place to get experience but the culture is different now and so are the perks. It used to feel more like a startup environment now it's a corporate environment.

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Not what it used to be since it's acquisition.

      Jul 18, 2019 - Software 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible WFH/Remote Schedule, Relaxed informal work environment, Nice facilities.

      Cons

      All of the Cons come since the original Netsuite, and then Oracle acquisitions, Free Snacks/Beverages cut back. Social, Community, Etc Committees have lost all budgets used to plan employee activities. No more yearly holiday party. Slowly being absorbed into the larger corporate entity. The are slowly stripping our culture away from everything that made us Bronto.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      There’s a reason the bronto is extinct

      Apr 24, 2019 - Business Development Representative in Durham, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good money *as a bdr (can't say the same about AEs) Great people Looks good on a resume and your LinkedIn profile

      Cons

      Bronto is the unwanted stepchild of Oracle. Through acquisitions, Oracle has stamped its name onto Bronto... yet it is the furthest thing from a truly Oracle company. Bronto doesn’t sell Oracle products nor could any employee tell you a thing about Oracle, and Netsuite for that matter. It’s a great software tool in a very saturated market. Their value pitch is dated and sounds like every other company in the space. They lose consistently in deals for one main reason, price. Constantly prospects will voice how they love the software and the sales rep, but they aren’t willing to donate a kidney to send sophisticated emails. What company puts tens of thousands of dollars aside to shoot out emails? Not many. Bronto executives pride themselves on calling the software “best in breed” yet even when they say it you question if they believe it. Its sad when you attend a company sales kickoff meeting to praise the successes of the company that quarter and only 2-5 people hit their number for the entire worldwide new business side of the organization. A sales rep basically knows going into the account executive role that he or she won’t hit goal, but it would be cool to close a deal or two before leveraging Oracle to go somewhere better. Somewhere happier. Somewhere with more realistic goals and prides themselves on not just how they support their customers, but their actual staff. It’s a game of numbers to help certain executives hit their goal to look good. They could care less about their employees. In my time there I watched the best of the best drop like flies from each sector of the company. Ask about our fossils page. It updates just as often as Donald Trump’s Twitter. The majority of sales directors are talented, strong leaders. BDR management is not of the same caliber. Micromanaging has become quite the new trend. Their BDRs are being ruled out of fear, receiving constant passive aggressive emails and comments, and being told empty threats with unattainable quotas. If you enjoy having mandated daily call blocks - this place is a great fit for you! If you care to visit the beautiful office, you’ll be overwhelmed with the funk in the air filled of unhappiness and resentment. Who knows what Oracle and Netsuite have in store for this place? Something needs to change.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great Culture, People, Work Environment, Product

      Nov 21, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Great company culture; talented, creative and collaborative employee base; prime office space and locations in Durham, London, Santa Monica, NYC, Austin and Sydney. Excellent, established product offering in high growth market, good upward mobility, startup feel in established company, Best Places to Work 2018

      Cons

      Competitive landscape for product is growing, need for innovation and response to market is important. decision process for certain things is more complex

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Bronto is dead, long live Oracle

      Nov 17, 2018 - Software Engineer in Durham, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - The benefits are pretty good (except the 401k match.) - Good work-life balance. - Nice office. - Stability that comes with a large company. (not worried about layoffs.) - Many/most of the engineers are bright and really know what they are doing. - Very friendly coworkers. - Some first level managers are very good at their jobs.

      Cons

      - It's a software company that's run by a sales guy. The only thing that's ever talked about is sales. Any idea of technical excellence is a thing of the past. - There is no more leadership. Nobody seems to know what's going on, or what the big picture is. Engineering teams are left to "figure it out" themselves. - Product management is completely lost. They have no vision for the product as a whole. Most PMs are siloed and don't talk to each other. (with a couple of exceptions) - Oracle's bureaucracy is creeping in, and making it harder to get things done. (Need to buy some software? That will take 6 months!) - There is a shortage of employees, but an abundance of work to do. - Hiring freeze in the main office. All new employees are overseas (The Prague office is trying to hire, but it's very slow going) - Don't ever expect a promotion or a raise. Salaries have been stagnant for the past 3-4 years. - Way too much dead weight. Plenty of people who've been there for 6-8 years are given a free pass to not be productive. It's not a secret to anyone. Yet they are still there, and dragging down teams productivity. - Too many people in charge that have no idea what they are doing. Many of the "leaders" are there simply because they've been with the company since the beginning. Not because they are qualified for the position. As a result, nothing is getting done, there's confusion and chaos everywhere. - No investment in the code base. It's old and fragile. Technical debt piled on top of technical debt. The pile keeps getting deeper. Anytime someone wants to make a dent, they get slapped down and "talked to". I think you get the idea.

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      14 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Culture, Great People

      Nov 30, 2018 - Account Executive in Durham, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Bronto has a created a great company culture and is filled with super supportive leadership. Lots of ongoing training and upward mobility. With its continued growth, opportunities are continuing to open up.

      Cons

      Growing market with a lot of competitors in the space.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Highly Collaborative Environment Where Every Person Makes a Difference

      Feb 13, 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The company really does live its' values of passion, transparency and approachability. Have never worked for a company (especially a private one) that shared its plans and the results with all employees as openly as this one does. The C level execs are open and accessible to all employees. They move their desks around the company, sitting in different depts so they can be connected to what is really happening in the company. Yes, the culture is quirky and fun as others have said but more than anything I would call it collaborative. The open environment encourages collaboration and it happens at all levels, within and across all depts. It is common to be having a conversation with a colleague and have a colleague from another dept who is walking by just join in the conversation and add their point of view. The added perspectives are welcomed. Don't join this company if you don't appreciate collaboration.

      Cons

      The biggest challenge of the company is managing its rapid growth. Maintaining the culture and the high levels of success while growing this fast can often be a challenge. Sometimes it feels like different groups get out of sync with each other, and most times, they work together to figure out what happened and how to avoid it in the future.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Bronto provides lots of freedom, a fun environment, and opportunities to work hard.

      Jul 7, 2014 - Quality Assurance in Durham, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I really enjoy the freedom. Within my role, I have the opportunity to make it my own and form it into any variety that I most enjoy or into a type that I notice a need for. The office is a very comfortable environment and has lots of opportunities for physical activity in the area, like the YMCA, basketball court, and nice areas to take walks.

      Cons

      In short, I think communication within and around Engineering could be improved. There are benefits to not bogging down a department with process and the department currently holds a great practical balance around documentation, but I feel Bronto could benefit greatly by defining some standards and applying some small processes within the Engineering department to radiate information and to decrease misconceptions about the current development process. Specifically, I think the relationship between software engineers and QA would greatly improve in addition to increasing external visibility into the development progress. For example, if what triggers deployments to staging and to production were more clearly defined, all teams within the company would have a shared understanding of the reason for each type of deployment and would be able to speak the same language when discussing them .

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Best place I've worked.

      Nov 3, 2014 - Software Engineer in Durham, NC
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Transparency (from upper and lower management), fun culture, and intelligent, capable people are why I enjoy working here so much. I genuinely look forward to work every day, and feel satisfied with what I and my team accomplished when I go home. Everyone here feels like a friend and has a good time while producing with quality. There isn't pressure to just "meet the numbers", but plenty of encouragement to love what you're doing and care about doing it well. *I am giving all 5 stars in my ratings, and I hope those who read this review will believe me when I say that I could not in good conscience give less in any of the categories, though I wanted to just to make the review less monochromatic. This is simply a great company!

      Cons

      None really to speak of. Every company has its days, but on the whole I would struggle to find anything that Bronto lacks. The company is growing, so it's a little harder than it used to be to stay in touch with all parts of the organization, but the leadership here prioritizes that constantly - and tells us so - and executes well.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Definitely stay away from this place

      Dec 19, 2013 - Marketing in Durham, NC
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      American Tobacco Campus location, free snacks, sodas and beer, foosball, there is a sabatical after 5 years, but you won't make it that long

      Cons

      The two founders are still there and still run the company like it is their personal club. They don't have the experience or the sense to run a real business, so they focus on things like silly company games, office expansion and marketing events. They lump all this under "culture." Meanwhile they pay below market wages, skimp on bonuses, have bare minimum benefits and generally try and extort as much as possible from their employees. They hire generally incompetent managers who can't lead, but instead just rah-rah everything the founders do or say. Even though they claim they are a start up, you will find more money in the cushions of your couch than you'll get from the equity that they hand out. The greatest farce is the travel policy of sharing hotel rooms and the red eye requirement, so the best thing to do is just avoid travel at all costs. They cover up the awful environment by forcing employees to say nice things about the company: forced voting in the Best Places to Work survey and I'm sure several of the reviews on this site. They also hire young, inexperienced people who don't know any better, they get a few years from the good ones before they figure it out and leave. The bad ones stay, especially if they rah-rah the founders silly actions.

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