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REAL Software Systems Reviews

Updated January 31, 2017
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  1. "An honest assessment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodland Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodland Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at REAL Software Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    - The team at RSS is fantastic. Some of the brightest, easiest to work with people I have ever met. There are a few bad apples, of course, but it's the folks who work here that keep me here more than anything else
    - Great work\life balance. You can often work from home if you need to and most managers are very flexible
    - As others have mentioned, there's lots of free food and unlimited coffee
    - You get to learn a lot. This is great for people with less experience. You will generally be given as much responsibility as you want and it's easy to branch out into other areas, especially if you are technically inclined. My skill set has grown massively since starting here
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - Not a lot of room for career growth. There's pretty much 0 upward mobility. That's why most folks work here for a bit, learn a whole lot, and then take their newly acquired knowledge and skills somewhere else
    - Static environment and culture. Very little changes here. Everyone is always innovating and coming up with great new ideas but it is very hard to get them acted upon. Part of it is a resourcing problem and part of it is complacency on the management side.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace creativity and change. Allow innovation to flourish instead of stifling it.


  2. "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodland Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodland Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at REAL Software Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, great work/life balance, great understanding manager, great coworkers, bonuses, annual raises, flexible environment, etc. Catered Panera Bread every Monday, donuts every Friday, fully stocked meals/snacks in the fridge/cupboards every day, fun holidays, and more. Double screens at your desks and some are given laptops to take around. There are different offices in California, Massachusetts, and Europe.

    Cons

    There may not be much room for advancement, but that's okay if you negotiate and come in high. People work quietly, but you can always just listen to your headphones and such.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "The middle managers are too entitled"

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    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at REAL Software Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is great, some coworkers can be great.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement. Hardest / smartest workers aren't recognized. middle managers are too entitled. some coworkers are miserable. executive has distorted opinions. IT team is often clueless and abrasive.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize who cares and is getting the work done. Reward your best talent instead of letting them get sick of the bureaucracy.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Title"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodland Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodland Hills, CA

    I have been working at REAL Software Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work/life balance is very flexible.

    Cons

    They are so focused on acquiring new customers that they're neglecting other facets of the business. There are also not many growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Good life balance but no opportunity for advancement."

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    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Woodland Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Woodland Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at REAL Software Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good colleagues, flexible environment, opportunities to learn various technology.

    Cons

    antiquated structure, politics, very limited communication with management, middle managers more concerned with protecting their domain than helping staff learn and advance.

    Advice to Management

    listen to your people and understand new people may bring more value than old


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid like the plague"

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

    I worked at REAL Software Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The only pro is that the work hours are incredibly flexible. Otherwise that's it.

    Cons

    For starters, I know that the company doesn’t believe these reviews are real, and that they’ve asked current employees to write good reviews for them in the past. I can tell you that everything described here is accurate and similar to what I experienced during my tenure. A couple of thoughts:
    -The benefits can best described as virtually nonexistent, and the salaries are much lower than market value and what other technology companies will pay for similar work. The management will gaslight you however, and try to make you believe that they’re doing you a favor by paying you minimally.
    -The core product is riddled with defects and is needlessly complex, and any suggestions on how to improve it or create a better user interface are disregarded.
    -Any time I tried to offer suggestions on how to reorganize a particular process or improve anything internally, I was ignored and made to feel like an idiot. The managers are entitled jerks who think they know everything, and once they have set their mind on what they intend to do, will not hear any advice to the contrary. I had to constantly fight for resources, and to be taken seriously when I brought a problem to my manager’s attention. Even when I did manage to get my manager’s attention, he would usually not defend me or come to support me in any way.
    -There are absolutely no career development opportunities. Even if you are proactive about advancing your interests and working on diverse projects, you will be ignored. The turnover is also incredibly high, I calculated that during my 3 years with the company, over 50 people quit, out of a company of around 80.
    -The upper management is so sales focused that they are completely and utterly neglecting the consulting arm of the business, which drives the majority of the revenue.
    I could go on, but I think I’ve gotten my point across. In sum, this is not a good place to be.

    Advice to Management

    You need to reorganize the entire company, and start treating your employees with respect they deserve.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not a place for new ideas to flourish."

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

    I worked at REAL Software Systems full-time

    Pros

    - Good for work-life balance
    - Intelligent and knowledgeable colleagues
    - Many interesting and challenging projects
    - Company is growing

    Cons

    - Insecure middle management are resistant to new ideas
    - Seniority trumps quality. It is hard to get your voice heard unless you have many years' experience in the company, regardless of the quality of your ideas.
    - No clear advancement trajectory through the company.
    - Lack of clear support from management

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on excellence rather than maintaining the status quo
    - Shake up complacent middle managers
    - Listen to and empower your best workers

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Its easy and ok"

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

    I worked at REAL Software Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fairly lenient company that allows a lot of freedom.

    Cons

    Low wages.
    Little direction.
    Micro-managing upper management.


  9. "Recommend for the self-motivated"

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    Former Employee - Project Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at REAL Software Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    During the job you learn a lot about the business processes of industry leaders. In the London office it is a close knit team that works well together -- overall much more agile than the other two offices. It has a relaxed working environment, and if you are self-motivated there are opportunities for career advancement. Fellow employees are great!

    Cons

    Communication between teams can feel very bureaucratic and corporate and there is some disconnect between flow of information between management and employees. Work is not consistent -- sometimes can be very busy and other times much less to do.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "It contains all of the trappings of a small and large company, with very few of the benefits."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - Great colleagues
    - Flexible work environment
    - Multitude of client interactions and expectations to develop inter-personal skills and business tact

    Cons

    - Isolated departments, with muddled lines of communication
    - Lack of clear communication from upper management
    - Lack of clear career advancement path
    - Lack of clear responsibility
    - Unprofessional firing practices (no notice or prior warnings)
    - A reactive, versus proactive approach to handling issues, internally and externally

    Advice to Management

    - Give us a clear goal for the company that everyone can look up to, aside from, "Let's make these sales figures."
    - Promote true innovation and openness within the organization to tap the full potential of their employees (there are quite a few that are under-utilized and having their skills go to waste)
    - Re-evaluate the hiring process. It takes too long, is too elaborate, and provides no transparency for the organization as a whole.