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Linedata Boston Reviews

Updated January 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible schedule with option to work from home (in 7 reviews)

  • Very flexible schedule - great work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Collaboration most notably at the Senior Management level is frowned upon, and rank and file attitudes are most desired (in 9 reviews)

  • penny pinching influence from Paris headquarters (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great company and benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best benefits in the business. 100% health and dental coverage for employee. Was 100% for family until ObamaCare crap emerged.
    Flexible work hours.
    Great coworkers and work environment.
    Beer is allowed at work.

    Cons

    Software technology is old an non-scalable.
    Don't put effort in keeping talented employees.
    Poor leadership and vision from upper management.
    No sales for awhile.

    Advice to Management

    Set a bold vision and execute it. Stop holding on to ancient technologies. Take employees' advice.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "And more of the same again"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Finance in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great colleagues - very supportive, work life balance is good

    Cons

    difficult to know what to start.. Head office management do not seem have a clue, treat their employees appallingly. As previous review your performance is not reflected in the bonus/pay increase, if you are liked you get above the annual percentage increase and whats left is split between the rest. Surprising nothing has improved changed since I left and the comments. Disappointed

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees equally they deserve it


  3. Helpful (1)

    "more of the same that you read on this company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Full Time Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Full Time Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work with nice people , ability to work from home , great office location, free coffee and snacks..do your work and you will be left alone , but don't expect any reward for doing a good job

    Cons

    "mgmt." is a joke , Paris calls all the shots, our business is under attack from better funded and more focused competitors , years of neglect on the flagship product is taking its toll, business dying a slow death...you can work hard..but it means absolutely nothing at bonus time

    Advice to Management

    sell the company....sell the company....sell the company...to someone who cares


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Former Full Time Employee NOT in R&D"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Linedata (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits (health, etc)
    Snacks are stocked (is that even a Pro)

    Cons

    Lack of Vision/Leadership from the Top-Down. What's the core target? What do you envision for the product? How is Linedata different? No strategic/tactical approaches for Growth (capital G). Every corporate decision is a reactive one. Sales and Account Management departments are a constant revolving door. Service/Support teams understaffed, overworked, left out to dry. Professional Services begging for more work, because the pipeline is dry. Why is that the case?

    Lack of technical innovation (old, antiquated stack)

    Compensation based on....nothing material. Not a single employee knew how compensation was ACTUALLY determined. Likely determined by how well "liked" you were, or how adherent you were to management's every whim. Not based on skill or result-based outcomes - no qualitative/quantitative measures exist. Self performance evals are a farce.

    Lack of personal/professional development; mobility in any direction is usually stifled for unjustified reasons

    No accountability to local/regional management - blame game abounds

    Band-Aid fix approach to every problem. Reactive vs Proactive

    Cannot retain talented/hungry workforce - HR dept is wholly encumbered to upper management, not an ally of the employee workforce

    Advice to Management

    How many GD reviews do you have to read (if you even care) until you get the hint.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "one of the worst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Linedata as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They had a job.
    Pay was barely adequate.
    Location was great, right near T stop

    Cons

    People were not very helpful
    Manager was a nightmare to work for
    unrealistic scheduling

    Advice to Management

    Get better people. The people I worked with had terrible English and I Really had a hard time communicating. The two employees I worked with didn't know much about software yet they wrote bad code.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "No growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Services in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Client Services in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Good co workers. Good location. Free snacks in the kitchen. Many people stay for a long time

    Cons

    Management is not connected to their people. HR is struggling to turn around attitudes which are not good. People are not valued, if you work hard to stand out you are only given more to do

    Advice to Management

    Value your people


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Decent place but constant changes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule - great work/life balance

    Cons

    Constantly reorganizing - slow to make decisions - flip-flopping on direction

    Advice to Management

    Make a decision - put a direction in place - empower local management to execute - be patient


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Arrogance and Greed on the Rise"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful peers that wanted the company to be successful in spite of senior management's ineptness. For some, a chance to work at a global level and travel abroad. Casual office environment and flexibility to work remotely.

    Cons

    Compensation is below market and do not look to get spikes with raises, promotions or bonuses.

    The senior management team in Paris is out of touch with products, people, industry -- rely heavily on McKinsey for guidance which is usually behind the eight ball.

    Constant changes in management structure with the same (ineffective) people always landing on their feet. It would seem that the constant change allows them to hide behind /blame the company's stunted growth on restructuring.

    A few selectively chosen are given the opportunity for advancement - everyone else is essentially stagnated and if lucky are given insulting raises/bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Let people do the jobs they were brought in to perform. Pay competitive salaries, invest in the products and infrastructure. Become a bit more humble.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Needs to find some direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, friendly (for the most part) co-workers.

    Monthly happy-hour, free snacks, outings.

    Great location. New office space.

    Liberal work from home policy/great work-life balance (for the most part). Decent amount of time off.

    Base compensation is pretty middle of the road.

    Great training opportunities for those that take advantage.

    Cons

    There is a distinct lack of unity between the business side and development side of the company. A series of managerial missteps delayed releasable updates for too long. Revolving door of sales directors/EVPs/SVPs/etc puts serious doubt into employees minds about any type of strategy the company has.

    Employee attrition in Boston continues to rise year over year, headcount in Tunisian office rises. No clear career path for anybody. Makes for a lot of sniping and a toxic environment at times.

    Morale is in the toilet. The work-life balance is a gift and a curse as comfortable employees never look to put in the extra effort which leads to projects slipping.

    Too much of "that's how we do it" instead of "how do we do it better."

    Advice to Management

    Figure out why people keep jumping ship.

    Set a plan to course correct, present it to your workforce and stick with it. Find a way to unify the business and development sides of the equation.

    Find a way to engage your employees and help them grow their careers instead of letting them sit in the same position.


  10. "Going downhill"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Services in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Client Services in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Open door policy - not just a buzzword, people are helpful if they see you are working hard. Some nice in-office perks like snacks, coffee, drinks. Can work from home occasionally.

    Cons

    Management is so lost! Senior execs in Paris micromanage and prevent US managers from doing anything productive. They basically just want to see numbers, but won't pay to keep any talent. Product is garbage! Instead of adding functionality clients have been asking for they just rush a flawed/buggy product to the market. Not a lot of room to grow your career or salary. They like to give new titles and tons of new responsibility and call it "a lateral move".

    Advice to Management

    Paris needs to back off and let the US managers run the show. Senior managers in US need to stop replacing every US body with someone in Tunis just to save money. Moral is low.


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