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  • Biggest con is senior management (in 7 reviews)

  • Some very bad decisions in product management (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good learning opportunities, easy to fall into the wrong area"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great people who are willing to share their knowledge with you,
    Great opportunities to travel,
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Upper management take little notice of lower employees,
    its all about p and l, people were let go at sensitive times,
    Easy to start working under someone who will have no intention of advancing you

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time looking at the actual results and the potential of employees and move away from maximizing your quarterly profit


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Some great people.....shackled"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working
    Many bright employees
    Comprehensive software solution
    You can manage your own time
    Once respected product
    Good exposure to the market
    Good for CV

    Cons

    Many senior roles held by incompetent and ineffectual individuals who hinder progress and deplete morale
    Weak marketing dept who consistently fail to represent the company
    Feeble sales team
    Arrogance - particularly present in the US
    No HR compliance
    No personal development / appraisals
    Senior management obsessed with the competition

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the company strengths. Stop chasing rainbows. Stop protecting underperforming employees in high places whose only concern is their own self-preservation

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Sadly, going no where."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible working hours;
    great people;
    generous expense policy;
    recognition of good work.

    Cons

    no career progression
    no pay rises;
    poor bonuses;
    severe lack of training and development;
    no long term plans other than to invest expensive senior hires;
    mismanagement of funds;
    no financial recognition of good work.

    Advice to Management

    improve the Front Office;
    listen to the people on the ground;
    get rid of the ivory tower mentality; people in SF do NOT always know best;
    promote people based on merit, not the buddy system (currents heads of certain departments (Sales, Marketing, Professional Services) have zero experience of those areas);
    replace the kakistocracy culture with one based on merit.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Calypso Technology Financial Engineering Group"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Calypso Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great flexibility. No long hours expected. The firm has knowledgeable people from all areas of finance from whom one can learn a tremendous amount about both technology and the business area.

    Cons

    Very big technological debt due to more or less desperate work arounds. Creativity is hurt by having to spend time on getting fundamental tools to work. Environment can be highly political at times.

    Advice to Management

    Try to establish a clear road map for the company and reduce the firefighting driven development cycle.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Some very good people, some very poor management. Company too big to be run by one person, but still is."

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    Former Employee - Professional Services in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Professional Services in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work at one of the leading software vendors. Lots of travel opportunities. A few really very smart and good people that you can learn from. Some excellent client sites with a great variety of financial products

    Cons

    Poor management, very re-active rather than pro-active. Most cower from the CEO and try just not to make a mistake rather than be innovative and take true ownership of products etc. Product is great when it works but so many gaps that no solution is complete and there is no attempt to finish anything when chasing the next big sale.
    Biggest con is senior management. Not supportive unless suits short term goals.

    Advice to Management

    It is better to reward competence rather than sycophants. A change in management is desperately needed, fresh blood has been added, but it is still the same tune


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging Projects
    Travel to exotic and not-so-exotic places for work.
    Many good people
    work from home and flexible work hours

    Cons

    Little room for personal growth, little or no training nor structure around personal development. Some very bad decisions in product management. Slow or incomplete product delivery. Only one decision maker in the company. Culture of bullying pervades SF Head Office. Morale very low globally. Pay below market and that of competitors. High staff turn over.

    Advice to Management

    Refresh senior management. Invest in staff. Improve the product, Improve QA. move to a big company culture. stop playing favourites.


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