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Rally Software Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great culture and work-life balance because corporate values are mostly respected (in 35 reviews)

  • Rally truly cares for it's people and has a great culture (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • CA acquisition has thrown everything into chaos (in 6 reviews)

  • Growing pains with integration with parent company, relating to sales and provisioning processes (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great engineers, great mentorship, great process, and a fun place to work. The usual office niceties like beer on tap, foosball, and ping pong

    Cons

    Salary could have been higher

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the amazing work


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - R&D in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rally Software (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    While no company is perfect, the culture at Rally is great. It's a collaborative environment that is still going a good job of preserving that "start-up" feel while having the benefits of a large corporate like 401(K) match, ESPP, health-care.

    Cons

    With the acquisition, we lost our free health-care, but I felt that was an amazing perk. Even though the culture is great, it has declined with the recent turnover due to the acquisition.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "loved it but moved on"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture: empowering, supportive, fun, innovative
    The most intelligent and all-around great people I've ever worked with
    Interesting challenges and the ability/freedom to solve them in creative ways

    CA acquisition opened a lot of doors to share agile with major customers we wouldn't have had access to on our own.

    Cons

    CA acquisition. They adamantly say they want the Rally culture to spread to their own, but it's not possible for a company of 500 (probably closer to 300 now) to change a gargantuan 18,000 person company. People have left in droves.

    Lack of leadership training. There was a running joke that you had to be a pompous jerk to get promoted to Director, and they have no idea what they're doing or how to manage people.

    Cowboys. There is a lot of technical hubris and arrogance in Engineering. People are very smart, but there's also an attitude of entitlement and not wanting to work on the necessary (ex: tech debt) when they'd rather build something shiny and new. Also, there was a pattern of chasing the shiniest new technologies before vetting them and then being tied to those technologies even when they didn't suit our needs. Perhaps CA will lock that down which might actually be a good thing.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck. I hope you succeed. Don't let tone-deaf CEO come to Boulder and tell us how great hele-skiing is. Keep the corporate BS to a minimum.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Territory Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rally Software full-time

    Pros

    Work Life balance, beer, ping pong

    Cons

    low pay, no promotion from within, leadership bias towards older males, no marketing support for sales, zero inbound leads, no clear direction for sales in 2016

    Advice to Management

    be honest and upfront with the direction of the company for 2016. Don't dangle an imaginary carrot, promote your good people or they will continue to leave (like they have been for the past few months), recognize the TMs do the lionshare of the work within the sales org. with little to no recognition.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Territory Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Rally Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, great people, amazing goals of the organization, learning is encouraged and supported, flexible

    Cons

    No career path, unconscious bias against women, low pay, only 15% of sales teams make quota.

    Advice to Management

    Hire/promote leaders from within who embody the core values of the company.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Used to be a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Rally Software full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Rally was once a really great place to work. The leadership was passionate, genuine, and took transparency into the business to a new level that gave employees the feeling that they could truly make a difference and be part of the success. Team-oriented, collaborative and intelligent colleagues. Lots of opportunity and competitive benefits.

    Cons

    Employees and managers not taking accountability so they don't risk getting cut, and morale has taken a major nosedive after CA acquisition. Some teams act like a high school clique and the peacocks in the group are the ones seen in a positive light. Across the board there's more politicking and typical big corporate behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure any advice is heard, but take a step back to understand why so many people seem to be going out the door or wanting to. Hint: it's not just because the company is no longer called Rally.


  8. "Great place for Software Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Erie, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Erie, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rally Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rally is an excellent place to work as a software engineer. We are able to influence the direction of what we build and how we build. There is a great sense of community responsibility and a desire to make the ecosystem better for the whole team.

    Cons

    We are starting to our grow our working space, but there are plans to expand the floor space available to help. We can do a better job at balancing the priority of product and technical goals.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work in retaining the Rally culture through the CA acquisition! Help us focus on what is most important to you.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "So many caring people, lots of work to do"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Really incredible people to work with, and your colleagues will genuinely care about you as a co-worker and a human being.

    Cons

    A lot of things get brushed under the cover/talked about "behind the scenes", resulting in tech-debt and ambiguous wants/needs of the company and your manager.

    Advice to Management

    Hard to say after CA took over - try to maintain and grow the Rally lifestyle if at all possible.


  10. Helpful (17)

    "Rally During the CA Acquisition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rally Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rally was a very interesting place. A truly Agile company with the most capable people I've ever worked with. Unfortunately, the company culture is being replaced by the 1980's management style of CA Technologies and many of the best and brightest, especially in the technology/engineering teams, have left.

    CA really isn't that bad, it's just so very different from the culture of the old Rally. But it's not a long term problem, as most of us will get laid off at the end of the year.

    Cons

    The company culture is being replaced by the 1980's management style of CA Technologies and many of the best and brightest, especially in the technology/engineering teams, have left. It's really too bad, as Rally was the most interesting place I've ever worked with tons of opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Wow, it's sort of too late now, isn't it? You've gotten paid (again) at the expense of your employees' well being and careers. Why start listening now?

    I do, however, have some advice for people who are reading this to check up on Rally's senior management or are thinking of working for them at a different company. Don't. Stop now and find another opportunity. I've watched Rally's senior management do things to enrich themselves (IPO, selling the company to a really bad fit, etc.) with zero concern for the employees that worked hard to make their company good enough to go public or to sell for tons of cash.

    Rally management, if you're still reading, you should be ashamed.


  11. "Terrific Engineering Team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great engineers, great managers, challenging projects. Family-first organization, 40 hrs/wk, no overtime or after-hours on-call with few exceptions. Very strong culture of learning and mentorship. Strong reputation in the local tech scene.

    Cons

    Transitioning to CA (acquired recently) will affect benefits. Hiring is becoming more difficult due to the new company size.


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