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Wave Systems Reviews

Updated December 29, 2016
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  1. "Senior Sales Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Hudson, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Hudson, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wave Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, great team. Good product

    Cons

    Poor product management. Great disconnect between the field sales teams and the marketing and product teams. This led to the company going bankrupt in February of 2016.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "CEO Bill Solms Destroyed Wave"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wave Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wave engineers developed great technology, product roadmap, and vision. The company had a base of loyal employees and multiple products with high profit margins and strong market demand.

    Cons

    Bill Solms had no corporate experience and proved himself to be a completely incapable of functioning in either a sales or management position.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately it's too late now. The VPs should have told the board to look more closely at Bill Solms, particularly his unexplained absences, erratic behavior, and total inability to make decisions.


  3. "Wave - closed the door"

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    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Nokesville, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Nokesville, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Wave Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and cutting edge products

    Cons

    Wave closed the doors after 22 years


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  5. "Sr Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wave Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work culture! just like my second family

    Cons

    Bad management. No employee appreciation

    Advice to Management

    Need to get reality check of the market and improve


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Inside Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wave Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    5 days remote role; great people

    Cons

    financially unstable company with a horrible CEO

    Advice to Management

    Hire a new CEO


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible company, exec's destroyed a good thing"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Lee, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Lee, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wave Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There were some good people there who really cared about the product, but they're in the minority

    Cons

    Worst management I've ever seen, technically ignorant nepotisticly corrupt parasites destroying the entire corporation at everyone else's expense. They've killed the golden goose rather then feed it.

    Advice to Management

    Sell, sell, sell. Stop letting the tail (sales) wag the dog (eng). Stop employing ignorant do nothing friends and non-quota'd sales people, only hire experienced professionals - but it's already too late now.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "good people but lack of management"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wave Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked for the company for about 2 years. The company was in the process of expanding. Buying other companies and expanding sales into other countries

    Cons

    management lacks quality cohesiveness. company is reactive instead of proactive. Overextend Sales and did not generate new sales which lead to company wide instability and downsizing.

    No opportunities for professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    Need to return to a stable product and grow slowly


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Feels like a sinking ship."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits plan.
    Lots of people come to work late and leave early.
    Some really solid, seasoned software engineers.

    Cons

    Non-competitive compensation with regards to perks, stock options, salary, get-togethers 401k matching... pretty much everything.
    Lots of people come to work late and leave early.
    Too many layoffs and reorganizations; morale is extremely low. The company is bleeding employees on a regular basis.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Review of Wave Systems Corp."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wave Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, inclined to adopt new Microsoft technologies, many good working engineers to develop into lasting working relationships.

    Cons

    Communication problems exists within group in same geographical location, let a lone different locations. Managers do not share the same goals, are not working for the good of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should talk to engineers more often. Get briefed from engineers as well, not just direct reporting managers.


  11. "QA Engineer in trusted computing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wave Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    high professional and intelligent team

    Cons

    Was asked to work overtime and during weekend

    Advice to Management

    No advice


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