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  1. "Mediocre Employer at Best"

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    Former Employee - Sales in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    descent work life balance because I press the issue. Otherwise, HR is not very willing to discuss unless there are a litany of management sign off.

    Cons

    You can not trust one word that comes out of any of managements mouths. They're all too busy positioning with senior management and brown nosing. I'm not going to go into all the gory details but I would encourage you to keep looking for a better job. With all the wasted energy here with all the back stabbing and back biting, you will be better served elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    grow a spine.... oh that's right, you can't because you're all turds.


  2. "Absolute Terrible Management Team and CEO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at St. Bernard Software full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the more tenured employees are great, hard working people to work with. The location is also great- convenient to everything for errands during lunch or after work.

    Cons

    Dave Maquera was hired as CEO in the 2012/13 time frame and has made one bad decision after another. Lou Ryan the Chairman of the Board and prior CEO is "checked out" and just wants to sell the company for 5 or 10 times what it's worth as he's the largest share holder. Upper management (VP and SVP levels) turned over many times within months. And SVP of Sales was hired (not the current one) that was harassing, violent tempered, intimidating, and even had a criminal record and wore a house arrest ankle bracelet, yet Dave turned a blind eye to all of this. Upper management is atrocious and went from Public back to Private just to have less to answer to with the SEC. They claimed they had money in the bank that was actually a credit line from Silicon Valley Bank. How they continue to get VC is beyond me.

    Advice to Management

    Get out now- sell to a real security software company and take what you can get. Move on. Hopefully some of the great employees will get offers. You all have created a toxic environment where people dread coming to work.

  3. "Struggling company goes through many management changes."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some very nice people, people worth knowing well on a personal level working for St. Bernard. Employees enjoy engaging in activities over lunch together, and it's easy to make friends. Sales staff is incredibly capable.

    Cons

    In two years, engineering had roughly 5 different managers. The chaos did not lend itself well to product development; the product itself is a great deal behind its competitors in most respects, and the company lacks the funds required to catch up or leapfrog the competition. If the economy rises, there will probably be investment funds available to keep it going for a while, but it will always have the specter of an inferior product looming over its future. It will likely need to find a niche or a different way to exist that does not involve attempting to build and sell enterprise-level equipment.

    Tons of political backstabbing among department heads and mid-managers... it's better than it was, but it needs to stop permanently; those who report to the CEO need to be on board with what the company needs to do to survive. For the most part, things have seemed that way, but the political games are causing good people to look elsewhere for employment.

    Advice to Management

    First and foremost, end the politicking between managers below the CEO level. The last thing the company needs is another development manager; stick to the one you have now, warts and all, let him make his mistakes, so that development can have some continuity and a chance to innovate. Remember that a product needs to be first, best or different to succeed; right now, your product is none of the above.


  4. "Good place to work, but poor management"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    balance work and life, friendly coworker that are willing to share knowledge.

    Cons

    Pay is average or below average.

    Advice to Management

    poor management.