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SourceForge Chairman, Interim President and CEO Kenneth G. Langone
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    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Collaborative, progressive work place. Leading edge technology with a lot of potential. Open source roots and reflected in culture and product strategy.

    Cons

    Finding good strategic talent to take the company to a higher level.

    Advice to Management

    SourceForge.net needs a major overhaul. It's losing share and is fast becoming no more than a download destination site for open source projects. It can be so much more innovative, if you replace the current marketing managers with more experienced, strategic marketing managers.


  2. "I learned a ton while contributing to a high-profile company that advances the open-source software movement."

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    Former Employee - Web Software Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Web Software Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was able to work for a Silicon Valley company from my home in Tulsa, OK.
    I learned a ton of, and about, open source software.

    Cons

    As a public company, SourceForge had to put long-term open-source strategy on the back burner to satisfy quarterly financial objectives

    Advice to Management

    Adapt the revenue model beyond advertising.

  3. "In my 15-year career, this is the best job I've ever had."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    100% telecommute (and it's done well).
    Lots of smart people - you will learn a lot!
    'Agile' is actually agile. Little bureaucratic overhead - things get done!
    Good engineering practices - SCM, tests, CI, automated (and frequent) deployments.
    Fun engineering challenges at scale (high traffic, big data sets).
    Great compensation (good base salary, merit-based bonuses, 401k matching, health/dental/vision plans, life insurance, stock options)

    Cons

    There is constant tension between 2 ideals: 1) Doing what's best for the Open Source Software community, and 2) Doing what's best for the business (making money). It's not an ugly tension, but tension nonetheless. The ideals often conflict, making decisions more difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that the OSS community is the life-blood of SourceForge. Do what's best for the community first!