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Green Hills Software Reviews

Updated March 2, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Flexible work environment, quirky culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Green Hills Software full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    As a working parent, I often have to leave work mid-day to pick up my daughter and ferry her to some after-school activity. This is never an issue at Green Hills as long as my work gets done. I am always so grateful for this flexibility. For as long as I've worked here, the company has always accommodated family needs.

    Cons

    This is a very technology-centric company. Working in the marketing department—as a creative person—I've often felt there is not a lot of appreciation for the contributions made by both myself and my department. I believe our technology is top-notch, but that's not the only reason our customers choose us.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "OK if you want to quietly do what you're told"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay
    Lots of autonomy (unless you work with the CEO)
    Very smart co-workers (good recruiting department)

    Cons

    Cold, bland culture
    Nerdy, socially awkward engineering department (including CEO)
    Very little collaboration or team work
    No acknowledgement of achievements or praise of any kind
    No true management, just engineer bosses
    No career development
    Very little customer interaction
    Hard to see impact of product
    CEO is very arrogant and closed to any ideas that aren't his own
    CEO belittles employees and customers

    Advice to Management

    Go to management training. Care about your employees, their happiness and career development. Get employees invested in your vision for the company.

    Hold fun team building events. Encourage people to interact. Adjust interviews to account for how easy a person is to work with, not just how smart they are.


  3. "Rewarding career, beautiful place to live."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Green Hills Software full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting, challenging projects with meaningful real world impact, personal ownership of products with substantial autonomy in how to implement and improve their features. Located in downtown Santa Barbara, which has perfect weather nearly year round and great amenities for a small city.

    Cons

    Expensive real estate. Could use larger engineering staff. Frequent side tasks can be a source of distractions from current project.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Overall it's a interesting place to work, with lots of good things going for it."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Fully Stocked Kitchen
    Good Benefits
    Smart Staff
    Great downtown location and a stable company to work for in a small town.

    Cons

    Sometimes the department heads can be micro managers. The employees aren't always kept apprised of the success of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Management should consider ways to improve the advancement of employees whom have been with the company for a long time.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Pretty good place to work, if you like to hack all day without interpersonal interaction."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Santa Barbara is a wonderful city to live and work in, and GHS lets you set your own hours (within reason) such that you can take advantage of the awesomeness of the city. Go to the beach to play volleyball or tan in the daytime, and come back and code all evening.

    Cons

    The developers consist mostly of antisocial and awkward individuals, more so than at other companies. They tend to be very nice and well-meaning people, but some people might not want to spend time with co-workers out of the office, though the city is small enough that its difficult not to.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees more in the loop regarding the issues that they've been voicing.


  7. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Green Hills Software full-time

    Pros

    Clear vision from management, excellent physical location, very stable company, management is very loyal to long-term employees

    Cons

    Slow growing, not as much opportunity for advancement as there was when the company was faster growing.

    Advice to Management

    Hold company meetings on a regular basis, not just when there's good news to announce.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Green Hills Software full-time

    Pros

    Good Health benefits, ten paid holidays, 401K match to 3%.

    Cons

    Very negative motivational company. Nepotism is out of control in the Sales organization.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all people fairly and consistently.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent training, wonderful offices. Loved being able to work fr home and travel

    Cons

    Kind of an old boys club, hard to be taken seriously as a woman sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Hire more women in sales


  10. "Great Technology, But..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Green Hills Software (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company has some of the best technology in the embedded software industry.

    Cons

    Upper management is somewhat harsh in their philosophies.

    Advice to Management

    Don't always think in terms of how much money you can make.


  11. "Great Company Great People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Green Hills Software full-time

    Pros

    Excellent place to work with a great location

    Cons

    Santa Barbara is and expensive city to live in



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