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CA Technologies Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Good Culture, Good Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CA Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong effort to solidify common values and culture focused on major principles. Improvements to office environments and employee events to balance work and fun.

    Cons

    Need more products to sell into new and smaller customer accounts.


  2. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Located in Pittsburgh, the CA development office is a small group of very dedicated and wonderful people. Interesting work, and a great place to live.

    Cons

    Snows way too much in Pittsburgh for me, but in some ways, the city is worth putting up with the snow. Working with CA sure did.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

  3. "Dysfunctional Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CA Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. Good Pay
    2. Great People
    3. Active Acquirer keeps SW portfolio fresh

    Cons

    1. Sr./Exec. leadership plays favorites
    2. Little oppty for career advancement
    3. Poor corporate culture and lacking accountability for sr. execs.
    4. Weak global sales leadership (virtually no top line revenue growth in 7 years)


  4. "CA Worked for Me"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CA Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There were two things I loved about CA:
    1. This was a place that gave you opportunity if you were willing to work hard and were competent. It gave me tremendous opportunity to take on different roles and grow.
    2. The people at CA are Great

    Cons

    During my time at CA, they never figured out how to really grow and that led to a lot of bad symptoms such as common layoffs, s


  5. Helpful (2)

    "IM BU was great; Security, not so much"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Framingham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CA Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary
    Better than average benefits
    Nice perks (e.g. a few hundred dollars a year for any job-relevant books you want)

    Cons

    Management quality was very mixed. The Infrastructure Management business unit was, for the most part, well managed. The Security BU was terribly managed and no fun to work in at all.
    Twice yearly layoffs ("staffing adjustments") became common, and larger layoffs resulting from re-balancing the application portfolio were not uncommon. A lot of people felt they were walking on eggshells all the time.


  6. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment. Smart people. Good local management. They don't rely on travel much at all. Very few people are travelling at all.

    Cons

    We've had recent layoffs and much attrition since then. Middle management seems unable or unwilling to retain talent at this point. Business Unit management seems scattered and unfocused, at least in the BU I'm part of.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying attention to the exodus of people. At some point we'll no longer be viable to maintain where we're at.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Very difficult environment to be successful"

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    Current Employee - N/A in Islandia, NY
    Current Employee - N/A in Islandia, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CA Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a effort to provide a good work/life balance. There is a an effort by senior management to turn the company around.

    Cons

    The company is in decline and is slowly dying. The only thing that has kept the company from going under is a series of acquisitions. CA is well known as "The place good software goes to die". Highly political environment that makes it very difficult to get things done. Most projects are unsuccessful and those that do succeed are because of heroic efforts on a small group of contributors. Constant fighting between groups and finger pointing.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the obstructionists in middle management. The over all goals are good and can be made to work.

  8. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CA Technologies full-time

    Pros

    All colleagues, up and down the chain, were professional and easy to work with.

    Cons

    I can think of no downside while I worked for CA.

    Advice to Management

    No advice.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Big corporate environment at it's worst"

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    Former Employee - Portfolio Representative in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Portfolio Representative in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They do offer good work-life balance, the hours are flexible and can be arranged around your schedule.

    Cons

    CA is a very corporate environment where polices and procedures are dictated from the top down, by those who have no idea how the workers actually do their jobs. CA survives through acquisitions, they buy a company and incentivize the developers to stay while they make as much profit as they can, then, as everyone quits because they simply can't take it any longer, CA moves on to the next acquisition.

    You have to deal with different departments and systems that don't integrate or talk to each other and archaic legacy backend systems that were never designed to work with modern software offerings. It's a nightmare wrapped in an enigma covered up by corporate greed and politics.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your back office systems that get in the way more than they help. Listen to your people, they know what's wrong, they're telling you in every pulse survey, but you have to respond and fix what's broken.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Layoffs and Turnover"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Islandia, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Islandia, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    stock, bonus, and lifelong friends in the trenches

    Cons

    Constant layoffs, back-stabbing, and lack of positive leaders

    Advice to Management

    Too many SVP and VPs do not emulate the strategy. The 'confidential' surveys are not confidential and the revoloving doors at VPs lacks progression and promotion. There is zero career path. ZERO. Unless, you are a white man. The words are there from the E team, but this is not in practice. Look at the Sr. Director (fair amount) level to VP (very few) and above. Now, look at SVP, EVP (almost none)? How many women are there? How many non-whites are there? I heard more racist and sexist jokes at CA than from any of my previous employers. This is very prevalent in sales and you will continue to lose highly skilled people. Fix the career track issues and the sexism and racism seen every day... yes, every day.


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