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Software AG Reston Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  • Pathetic work life balance, no appreciation of your work and management is worse than ever (in 7 reviews)

  • The regular team outings are now a little old school (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - RVP in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - RVP in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice environment, strong sales culture, no cap on commissions, no games on payouts, great product, lots of marketing and R&D investment.

    Cons

    High pressure to hit targets can drive bad behaviour for long term customer relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focussing on the long term relationship with customers, not just a single transaction.


  2. "Software AG"

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    Former Employee - Finance Director in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Finance Director in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Software AG full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance - 40 hours per week

    Cons

    German company with a matrix organization. No spirit & soul to the company. All about efficiency (controlling costs).

    Advice to Management

    Empower local managers.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "New Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Software AG full-time

    Pros

    I have recently joined Software AG in Reston. The employee training and on-boarding process was excellent. The work environment is very professional and positive, good morale.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to report at this time.

    Advice to Management

    It is very evident that employees are valued and the culture is very important to Software AG.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Software AG"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    2 of the best reasons for working here are the benefits and corporate bonus program. Regardless of how the company performs, you can still earn a bonus based on personal objectives.

    Cons

    Internally the company is very slow to move to new technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach to potential customers and current customers.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Sales -"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Sales in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Software AG full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Legacy software provider - there are customers that use parts of the technology stack for the last 5-30 years, however, most of them are unhappy or unaware of the footprint that exists as it's OEM thru another relationship or plumbing.

    Cons

    Zero brand awareness - competing with IBM, Oracle, Mulesoft that dominate the market. Operates as a legacy provider by rebranding with new shiny marketing around 'platform' and selling a whiteboard session with customers. 10+ technologies that do not sing together and if you ask for the 'quick story', people look at you funny. Revenue goals are surpassed only by large deals paid/booked upfront as total contract value that are financed over 3-5 years. Sales talent internally is C-. No equity. The customers are unhappy and pay a lot of money to continue to use legacy plumbing technology that they cannot rip/replace. High turnover with sales teams. Overall, the company is cheap - new hire training felt like a high school project and the first night included dinner with executives (no actual dinner) - there are very few people that make consistent high W2's at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Lead your teams - engage at the rep level for consistent enablement/engagement. Promote a healthy culture - the America's new leader walked thru new hire training and made fun of the sales reps that had backpacks vs. messenger bags, the type of shoes/clothes they wore. New hire training should be collaborative and engaging - the 2 sales enablement leaders were weak and spent more of the time talking down to the new hires rather than enabling and educating. If you've hired A or B players, they need information and can execute, however, this training was to teach you how to sell and best for newbies to sales. Empower your employees to go hunt, kill, and grow - focus on how to get new business, not just re-wrap or re-contract current install business. Pricing is completely wacky.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Stable and relatively low pressure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I you are looking for a friendly and non-threatening work environment with a stable, 40-year-old IT company (not many around anymore), Software AG is your kind of place. Software AG has allowed me to try on different hats (or "tours of duty" as they are sometimes called) during my tenure, and that has been a rewarding experience. You can do a whole lot worse than working for Software AG, and that's perhaps why many employees stay around for decades.

    Cons

    If you are looking for an exciting, fast-paced, team-driven, cutting-edge workplace with lots of pressure and long hours, you might want to look elsewhere. Also, if you are looking for a company that invests tons of money in technical innovation and marketing, you will **definitely** want to look elsewhere. One of Software AG's core competencies is cost control (how does an IT company stay around 40 years?) leading to long-term profitability.

    Advice to Management

    I would not presume to advise management


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Work Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are telework options, flex-scheduling, generous paid time off, and an overall atmosphere of your work and your life should balance.

    Cons

    You tend to work harder and longer because you feel a sense of commitment to the company that's more like a community

  8. Helpful (15)

    "on par employer, terrible employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    to put pros and cons for this company into perspective you need to understand its finances and org. growth is flat. single digits up or down. to attract investors it pays high dividends. that means it must keep a close eye on margins which translates into ongoing cost-management (e.g. cutting). as a result Finance is always watching and the place is heavy on paperdom and there is an air of micro-management. under this revenue and cost regime some departments do better or worse.

    working in Finance is very desirable. you are god in a spreadsheet. Sales is also great (besides making your numbers the other caveat to this statement is the account deck you are dealt. old accounts, great. new accounts = look for another job. no serious Sale is made with dated tech by SAG). the flip side is working in cost dependent departments. it sucks. RnD is seen as a cost. Innovation is acquired. All you do is integrated acquired stuff. you will become an expert at lean development. marketing is another budget victim. At least company has acknowledged that by not even having a CMO. there is no customer acquisition its all about shoving more products down the same pipeline and managing churn.

    Cons

    Hence in joining this company you need to be aware that your happiness is very much department dependent. they try to be a good employer and in all fairness are on par with the market. not modern tech company but other mainframe survivors.
    - bonus is budgeted. if the company makes it numbers it rains on you. no excuses. and if it doesnt make its numbers you should be more concerned about your job than your bonus
    - training exists. it is, that is right, budgeted. not always relevant and sometimes ad-hoc. same as other tech dinosaurs.
    - good health. obamacare increases were swallowed be employer.
    - pension is matched up to 3% as long as you stay 3 years otherwise 1.5%.
    - time off is ten days plus ten days sick. most managers pay little attention to the details and the pre-historic system allows for gaming of actuals.

    most folks working here are B players. very pleasant and not out to get you but also not leading lights from whom you can learn something revolutionary. be mindful of the HQ folks (not SAG Germany, HQ) and the Aris team. very versed in corporate politics, high rate of nepotism. marriages amongst colleagues are common. according to employee survey, people find working at SAG easy and are fairly paid. WfH is common.
    Sales turnover is very high 73% in 13, 68% in 14. no communication on 15 figure - go figure. as a matter of fact they are having trouble hiring new folks. its not that the products are terrible or the commission is unattainable. the issue is good luck selling process stuff against oracle / msft ecosystems or analytics stuff against pivotal / hadoop ecosystems. the SAG ecosys is non-existant and name from 1970s simply does not resonate.
    Coming back to cost management, well never really moved away from it. Watch the employee headcount in the annual report. downsizing is active and a west to east shift ongoing. The SF office is closed. US headcount is decimated. How many tech companies do you know who reduce US headcount. Where is the growth? Bulgaria and India. Why? cheaper than US and Germany. Promotions are by appointment. a consequence of lack of growth and investment.

    And this is what makes SAG terrible employment. the lack of investment means, if in development , you work on old tech and spend your time fixing bugs/custom builds (thats the reality when 98% of revenue comes from existing customers. not bad products) . there is no opportunity to learn about cloud. heck they dont have cloud. its all managed services stuff. in marketing there is no brand/ing. its all second and third rate email campaigning via microsites with boring content. no money for thought-leaders. no need for modern tools. in admin (finance/HR/IT) you are a cost function. what is respected is ideas for taking out costs. processes systems are dated. the big ploy to attract salespeople is iPads. everybody gets one so you look good in front of customers and feel good about yourself. But if you expect to have a CRM where pipeline is automatically available to any exec in a report think again. that is your job to manually produce every month. see ipads can be budgeted one time. systems need to be maintained over years. Consulting is again client dependent. established clients and you can have a fab career. new accounts and you can look forward to time on the beach and training on new tools you will never implement until the chop comes. Acquired companies usually do reasonably well. nobody get fired. in the first two years you are the new shiny toy and everybody wants to speak with you. during this time you get integrated. when 2 years are up another newer, shinier toy will have replaced you or the processes grind at you that you cash-in on your exit package and set up camp elsewhere.

    and so to conclude. as an employer SAG is OK. great work-life balance. as employment you wont learn anything, you are not joining a special club, likelihood of leaving within 2 years is very high.

    Advice to Management

    1. retire / annul contracts for CEO and CFO 2. stop paying dividends and buying back shares 3. reduce margins to barely above zero 4. invest into new product innovation 5. acquire a cloud business with $100M in annual rev


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Lot's of laying of employees in US."

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Software AG (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great people that I got to know.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement and unstable environment.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Good work/life balance. Interesting work. Opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Fewer opportunities in the States.


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