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Critical Software Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2019

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4.2
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Gonçalo Quadros
58 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good work environment (i was in Oporto office)(in 20 reviews)

  • "3 - Very interesting projects in a wide range of markets from space to high performance web applications(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low salaries compared to other similar companies(in 6 reviews)

  • "Top and middle-management positions are filled by in-crowders at company headquarters(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company for graduates"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Cheltenham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Critical Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice open space offices, good people, interesting projects

    Cons

    The compensation is not the best.

    Critical Software2019-06-09
  2. "Paid to learn"

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    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Coimbra, Coimbra
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Critical Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are two main positive things about critical software: you are paid to learn. You'll have access to several training sessions, conferences, workshops and most of the time you can choose or suggest the ones to attend. Another great thing is the people. Or at least, the majority of them. A culture and work environment is made by people and you'll feel a friendly environment where people are always ready to support...

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    Cons

    The noise in the open spaces can be a real problem that seems to be ignored by management. Sometimes it's so hard to keep concentration that people just opt to work from home. Another con is the salaries that obviously are not aligned with functions and responsibilities. Yes, there is an annual bonus for everyone, but that should not work as an excuse to hide the reality - we are underpaid compared to other companies...

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    Advice to Management

    Review your remote culture. Remote work can't be used only as marketing to hiring. Having multi-geographical teams it's good when it works properly. People are not numbers and eventually, you need them as much as they need you.

    Critical Software2019-06-11
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great social environment with below market salary"

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    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer II in Coimbra, Coimbra
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Critical Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. Great community. Fun hangouts after work. People with high skills are recognized within their peers. If you are looking for a great social life, this is the right company for you to join.

    Cons

    Noisy work environment at times, which may hinder your concentration on demanding tasks. Low salary for the responsibility that is demanded. There is continuous salary growth if you stay with the company for a while but it isn't efficient. Salary-wise it is better to leave for a company that offers higher pay and return after a while.

    Advice to Management

    Work on better talent retention.

    Critical Software2019-06-03
  4. "UX Designer"

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    Current Employee - UI-UX Designer 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Critical Software full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Environment, Respect, Learning, empowerment , equality

    Cons

    no cons that i can remember

    Critical Software2019-05-14

    Critical Software Response

    May 23, 2019Human Resources Senior

    Thank you for your review. It's great to hear that these values stands out in our working environment. At Critical, we highly value our community and we strive to promote a strong culture. In case you would like to share more about your experience, please feel free to send me an email: ...

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Backend Software Development"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in Porto, Oporto

    I have been working at Critical Software full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good working environment and a lot of well known partners

    Cons

    The salary range for an this position is too low

    Critical Software2019-05-23
  6. "Changed my view of a working life."

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Southampton, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Critical Software full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are a lot of pros. I have been made to feel incredibly welcome. I would also like to say that the working environment is one of co-operation and support. Every single person I have met here is willing to further your knowledge or share their experience. All of the team in Portugal including the owners are accessible and incredibly professional. Working here will expose you to cutting edge technology and...

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    Cons

    I honestly can't think of anything that has made me think negatively...but there is one, they keep feeding me and I'm putting on weight!

    Critical Software2019-04-12
  7. "Flat, Flexible and Fun"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Southampton, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Critical Software full-time

    Pros

    CSW has a very open and friendly atmosphere, they promote a relaxed and flexible atmosphere and try their best to align company needs with personal goals. The company is small in the UK so there is the opportunity to try different roles and find a niche.

    Cons

    Limited formal training opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace employees willingness to learn and hold formal and frequent training.

    Critical Software2019-02-28

    Critical Software Response

    May 23, 2019Human Resources Senior

    Thank you for the 5-star review. I am pleased to hear that you are able to pursue your personal goals and that you had the opportunity to learn and grow at Critical. I would like to let you know that our Training Department is always looking to offer more and better courses, so that ...

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good intentions poorly executed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Critical Software full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, Oporto office is right next to the metro station, outsourcing / nearshoring to large international companies.

    Cons

    Salary below market average, you may have to work abroad for an indeterminate amount of time, penny-pinching at the employee expense, lack of vision / experience from inbread managers

    Advice to Management

    Growth is a process, not an objective

    Critical Software2019-02-16

    Critical Software Response

    February 20, 2019Human Resources Senior

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed working with the people here, although not so pleased to hear you didn’t get on with all the managers you interacted with. I’d love to hear more about this if you’d like to share more about your ...

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  9. "Senior Technical Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Manager in Coimbra, Coimbra
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Critical Software full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It is a school of engineering where people learn a lot in any role.

    Cons

    Mostly services oriented company not so much on the product side.

    Critical Software2018-12-20

    Critical Software Response

    January 3, 2019Human Resources Senior

    Thank you for the 5 star review! We hope that your engineering journey with us continues for a long time. I'd like to learn more about why CRITICAL continues to be the place you choose to work - it's just as important we understand why people stay as why they move on. If you'd be ...

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  10. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coimbra, Coimbra
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Critical Software full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Strong culture - Company cares about people and community

    Cons

    - Career development opportunities not available to all

    Critical Software2018-12-18

    Critical Software Response

    January 4, 2019Human Resources Senior

    Thank you for your review. It's great to hear that you had a great time working with us. Every day, we strive to create an amazing work experience and we highly value our community. We hard work on promoting a strong, happy culture! We also look to provide great career and personal ...

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