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Tom Sawyer Software Reviews

Updated May 30, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Manager and Software Designer in UC Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Manager and Software Designer in UC Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its a great place to work. You get out of it what you put into it. You are expected to work hard but that's what I'm paid to do. The company is extremely flexible where you work as long as you get it done. The talent at the company is very strong. If you have good ideas, people will listen as long as they are presented in a scientific manner. A good amount of process is being put in place, new systems are being built to make the company work more efficiently. We are using our own software to do it. Any company, especially a small company like ours, should be proud to have a customer list like Tom Sawyer does. I have worked at huge software companies and small companies. I much prefer the culture at Tom Sawyer to large companies. You are not treated as a number. You have the ability to make a difference if you work hard.

    Cons

    Its a small company of less than 100 people at the moment. Innovation can sometimes take longer than one would wish due to supporting existing customer base. It is hard to make big changes without affecting existing customers. That is a general issue I think most software companies have however.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Run Away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free parking, coffee and snacks.

    Cons

    This company has absolutely no vision. There is no growth expected, rather will the company go down fairly soon. CEO is very abusive to employees. Many employees have to work overtime without getting paid (it's discouraged actively to report any overtime).

    Advice to Management

    Fire CEO!

  3. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Berkeley, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tom Sawyer Software full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn, with nice people.

    Cons

    Not enough trust or autonomy - lots of micromanaging

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employee ideas and concerns. Trust them to handle work and projects. Communicate respectfully. Organize promotion and raise schedules.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting work, great coworkers"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You get to work on interesting products. Some of the work involves writing advanced algorithms for example.
    - The products are used in a lot of different industries. So you get to meet and work with a variety of interesting people.
    - Some of the engineers there are really good. It's a good place to learn.
    - You get assigned higher responsibilities sooner than you would in other companies.
    - You get treated fairly. You can speak up.
    - It is a stable company. CEO is competent where it matters the most, weathered several financial crisis and made product transitions at the right time.
    - A lot of former employees are now working at Google, Microsoft and so on. It makes it much more likely to get into these companies later on in your career if you are interested.

    Cons

    - It is an unusual place that is definitely not for everybody. But employees who can adapt tend to have personality traits and a sense of humor that make them pleasant to work with.
    - Managers hired externally don't last.
    - It is not a company interested in growth. Or maybe it is unable to grow. It is likely both.
    - there is a tendency to spend a lot of time on things that matter very little


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Company, Doing Important Work, and With Very Good People"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tom Sawyer Software is a long-lasting company that does very interesting and important work in data relationship visualization and analysis. The company definitely pioneered the commercial graph visualization and analysis field in the United States having started in its work in the early 1990s before many companies and organizations learned, or knew, that graphs would become widely important. It has important top-tier customers in many markets as well.

    Tom Sawyer Software also has very nice facilities in a number of countries, and staff could go and work in other offices from time to time if they wanted to. The company also has pretty good benefits, and pretty good work-life balance. The work has become more agile and quick-paced in the last four or five years and the new work gets out there pretty quickly to customers as long as it is reviewed, tested, and developed to a high-level.

    Also, the company has a very international staff, and this helps bring some respect and appreciation for different peoples and cultures. All of the staff including employees and consultants receive good salaries, stock options, and fair benefits. Staff has pretty flexible work schedules as long as the person earns the respect of the peers and managers. There are no second-class citizens in the company, it's a meritocracy where good careful work is appreciated by the staff and managers. It also has an egalitarian approach where everyone from senior executives and managers to entry-level staff is hands on and is supposed to work with the same rules. If there is a problem in the company, a person can report it to their managers, or their peers, or even to executive management. There is no criticism about it, just a sincere interest in solving what may need fixing.

    The company has a long history of trying to be organized. It is building a lot of new systems and applications in order to improve the way the business flows. I think a lot of the staff see that now actually. The company also has a pretty clear path forward, is entering into larger markets with where it will have room to grow more easily, and it is trying to get all of this new work done. I think the company has a lot of new work for the staff so the next years should be very interesting for the people who work there.

    Overall, I think Tom Sawyer Software is a great company and it is admired by many in the software industry.

    Cons

    Tom Sawyer Software is a very technocratic company. It is a good place for people with strong technical skills, who are organized, and are willing to work formally and properly use the company's systems. It is not a good place for people who don't like to have their work reviewed, and it's not a good place for people who like to do quick and dirty work, or who are not clear or don't do what they said they would do. It's not a good company for talkers. It is not a good place for vertical silo or fiefdom builders as the company is always tearing these kinds of structures down.

    At Tom Sawyer Software the work will iterate over and over to a high-level. Even senior executives should expect to have their work carefully reviewed by multiple people in this company. If a person doesn't like having to get something very, very clean, this this would not be a good place for them. But overall I think that the company is fair in how it approaches work.

    Advice to Management

    I think sometimes the managers and directors are too nice, and this makes it harder for the CEO. I know the CEO would like to delegate more and trust the managers more but they sometimes need to not be caught flat-footed about issues that they could have, and should have, seen coming and solved earlier by themselves.

    A number of the managers are growing in experience, and learning to step up, and this is very good - just please don't be too nice all the time.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great potential but......"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tom Sawyer Software full-time

    Pros

    It was a great opportunity to learn about data visualization, interact with companies that were building innovative software and work with some amazing people. Work-life balance was great and the benefits were generous. Promotions were more in engineering than other departments.

    Cons

    Initiative is stifled by the CEO. There's a lack of strategy and planning.

    Tom Sawyer Software Response

    Aug 9, 2014 – Administration Manager

    Thank you for your review and for recognizing Tom Sawyer Software's potential. We highly value initiative, but do expect that ideas go through the proper review and approval channels, and then proper ... More


  7. "Mostly satisfied"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology, good people, relatively stable

    Cons

    The company management was not able to realize the potential (or did not want to)

    Advice to Management

    N/A

    Tom Sawyer Software Response

    Aug 9, 2014 – Administration Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and for taking note of the potential that the company has. In recent years, Tom Sawyer Software has sharpened its focus towards rebuilding its ... More

  8. "Technology boutique company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool technology, stable revenue stream from OEM customers

    Cons

    Execution is uneven, especially in marketing and sales

    Tom Sawyer Software Response

    Aug 9, 2014 – Administration Manager

    Thank you for your review. Tom Sawyer Software is of course a work in progress like many other organizations. We continue designing and shaping our company to meet the needs of our customers and to ... More


  9. "Smart and energetic people, great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Oakland, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Everyone is really passionate about what they do here, so it's inspiring to work with these people. Executives and management care about employees and are easily accessible. Cross-departmental connections are smooth -- Sales, Marketing, and Engineers work well and tightly with each other.

    Cons

    The team is relatively small and resources are finite, so it can be a challenge at times. On the other hand, it's a great opportunity to learn a lot of new things and gain expertise in many areas. There's room to jumpstart new initiatives and run with them.

    Tom Sawyer Software Response

    Aug 9, 2014 – Administration Manager

    Thank you for your kind words. The company is growing steadily, so the resource situation is improving. We also have new headquarters in Berkeley and a number of solid and well-staffed facilities ... More


  10. "Feedback"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    they have very friendly and smart employees, the project managers have enough experience to manage a team of developers even if they are distributed around the world; additionally the software technologies they use are very interesting

    Cons

    the entry salary for starting employees is a little low


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