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"Professional Services Division Identity Crisis"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Compuware flourished under the founding and leadership of Peter Karmanos, Jr. Both the pros and cons are changing rapidly since his 2013 retirement, however. Pros are the people. Compuware has been able to attract and retain very talented people in a wide variety of disciplines.

Cons

Senior management is very much an old boys' network and does not communicate with downstream professionals effectively. There are few if any opportunities for advancement, and they can't figure out whether they want to be a staff augmentation company or a technology solutions provider. Senior management is terrible at listening, and they value long-standing (old) relationships over substance, productivity, efficiency, and quality. They come up with ideas based on faulty assumptions and have middle managers that push all accountability downward. With few exceptons middle managers do not plan, execute or lead at Compuware and senior sanagement rarely holds the middle managers accountable. This has got to be one of the least diverse companies I've ever worked for. If it weren't for the flood of Southeast Asian guest workers, this company would would be nearly all white and male. Quite disappointing in city with Detroit's history and demography.

Advice to Management

There are some important lessons to learn from colleagues at the street level. Make promotions and bonuses merit-based, and force annual (or more frequent) changes in middle management organization. Get a standard set of performance metrics and measure everyone the same way at the same intervals. Also, you should invest in formal training for your entire workforce and grow competencies from within rather than constantly trying to hire from the outside or off-shore.

Other Employee Reviews for Compuware

  1. "Compuware is a company with unrealized potential."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As an employee you will generally be able to operate independently as long as you are willing to utilize Compuware's traditional strategy.

    Cons

    Compuware's unrealized potential is due to them clinging to old approaches. Additionally they have no marketing of any quality.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the size and responsibility of the marketing department. Increase the number of VPs who have experience from other companies. Compuware needs new blood.


  2. "Provides opportunities to challenge yourself and learn but you must be self-motivated"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay and community involvement

    Cons

    Limited as far as Career opportunities

    Advice to Management

    None

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