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Updated January 18, 2018
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  • The relentless pace of acquisitions means the pressure on back office staff is huge and work life balance poor (in 6 reviews)

  • No job security, layoff people then re hire them (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Many Opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Compliance Manager
    Current Employee - Compliance Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented people in every department.
    Desire to blend the best of every acquired culture
    Amazing vacation and health insurance benefits
    Job security and rewards for the best talent

    Cons

    Not perfect road maps with all products, but alignment is in sight.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out disgruntled employees and refill the cupboards with new talent.


  2. "After the merge."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good location. Good benefits. Seems like reasonably good diversity among employees.

    Cons

    Management shifting a lot. 3 layoffs in one year.
    No clear directions.

    Advice to Management

    Think about existing customers and employees first. Pursue the only if there is a good understanding how to make it work for all stakeholders.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Offices for development (for now), really good manager.

    Cons

    Non-competitive salary, no career path, bonuses are rare if at all. Since the company has gone through many mergers/acquisitions the entire upper management never seem to know whats going on.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Depends on the manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great benefits, and was a fantastic place to work under my previous manager.

    Cons

    The acquisition of HPE Software has really messed up the business. My new manager, coming from HPE, has a very different culture and micromanages.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Dont try to do everything on your own.


  5. "Consider Carefully"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Micro Focus full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free Hot Chocolate
    Sometimes free events/meals
    Great teammates
    Good place to learn and possibly start out at.
    Average benefits (Health, Dental, Vision, 401k, fitness center)

    Cons

    No cost of living increases
    No performance raises
    Bonuses don't always happen
    No career growth within company
    Your pay will likely not increase for some time, so ensure you get a good offer you're happy with.

    Advice to Management

    Reward well performing talent (not just at the top)
    Do regular cost of living increases (inflation does happen)
    Do more promotions and career path opportunities


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Fun but beward"

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    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Troy, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome people and place to work. Lot's of fun though not many opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    MF likes to buy out companies and absorb them. Your job could be at risk every year. Mine was.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Bottom Line Before Innovation"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Microfocus portfolio includes several market leading solutions. With that in mind, you are hard pressed to find customers who do not own something in the Microfocus stack. Many of these customers will need to buy additional software license capacity or are open to migrating to a SaaS model which opens up new saeles opportunities. For FY18, salespeople are quota'd/compensated on 1 metric. This adds a lot of flexibility on how salespeople can reach their target/quota. Salaries seem to be within the market expectations. Nice bonuses and incentives for quarterly performance. Presidents Club is achievable. Decent healthcare benefits. 401k and stock purchase are available. Some really smart people work in Product Management and they are building some really cool future technologies.

    Cons

    People are treated like numbers. The company "culture" is virtually non-existent. Salespeople are forced to commit deals regardless of whether or not they are ready to be committed and when they don't come in, salespeople are berated as to why they could not bring in a committed deal. Leadership is way over-promising and refuses to let the forecast/pipeline dictate what a realistic expectation should be. This leads to multiple missed quarters, layoffs, operational expense reductions, etc. The company operates on a margin model. While they have some very cool new technology they are trying to introduce, they have no good ways to migrate from the legacy technology to the new platforms. This leads to awkward customer conversations and many times, very long sales cycles. There seems to be no sense of urgency to fix things that are broken on our back-end systems. This is leading to longer sales cycles, missed bookings, poor/inaccurate quotes, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Reset expectations internally and externally. Don't forecast revenues that are not in pipeline and if you do, be conservative due to the lengthy sales cycles and internal issues that are currently crippling the sales teams. Revisit the SaaS software models. It is very apparent that SaaS doesn't have a bright future at Microfocus (as opposed to almost every other software company on the planet). You either need to adapt to a support free world and embrace SaaS or be prepared to lose many customers because your sales teams are not being compensated properly to sell it and you are unwilling to adapt to the new business model. Lastly, treat your sales team like assets. They are your primary connection to your customers. Salesperson churn is a problem that directly impacts the bottom line. Stop treating salespeople like numbers.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "More of a "big company" feel"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Micro Focus full-time

    Pros

    They keep their eye on the bottom line, and adjust business activities appropriately.

    Cons

    As a result of the above, employees treated more like resources than people


  9. "Lack of recognition for top talent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Micro Focus full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule mainly due to the need to work long hours and be available after hours and weekends to address customer needs.

    Cons

    Lack of bonus funding even for top performers. Lack of recognition for significant contributions and substantial accomplishments resulting in multi-million dollar revenue contracts.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize top talent financially and with career growth opportunities.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good opportunities here!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance; opportunity to spearhead and drive changes; always seeking to understand why we're doing something, versus just "doing something."

    Cons

    limited career opportunities; encourage new MF leaders to continue to challenge the old HPE behaviors of trying to solve every issue immediately.

    Advice to Management

    Reward ALL top performing employees! Higher salaries paid to the most vocal and politically aligned.


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