Web User Interface Designer (Former Employee) – Detroit, MI – April 19, 2017
I enjoyed working at Compuware, but the environment at that time would not have been for everyone. We worked long hours, sometimes days in a row, and there was a lot of volatility. And the pay wasn't that great. But those things were offset somewhat by the camaraderie and the flexibility to work from home following a long day (or a long weekend) at the office. The building is beautiful. And it felt like we were contributing in some tiny way to the revitalization of the city.
Professional Services Consultant (Former Employee) – Detroit, MI – April 17, 2017
Working for Compuware had its ups and downs from 1999-2008 the company went through lots of turmoil during that time. In the beginning I worked with a internal group and that was grate. later I did lots of off site projects witch left me disconnected and unsupported.
Application Designer/Developer (Former Employee) – Detroit, MI – April 7, 2017
Compuware was a corporate consulting company that had salaried employees as consultants and/or contractors. It was spun off during an acquisition and is now Lockbridge. The company requires a steady stream of contracts in order to keep their employees on staff.
V.P. Global Technology Operations (Former Employee) – Detroit, MI – March 18, 2017
Great technology and wonderful staff. People and productivity oriented. A place where employees have an important voice. Assisting world-wide customers and your fellow staffers creates great satisfactions.
Software Developer (Former Employee) – Detroit, MI – February 20, 2017
Salary was excellent, team members were cordial and expert in the technical requirements for the Compuware product we supported and developed. Layoffs were a surprise, as salary reductions had been reversed.
Location required renting a room in the Detroit area
Software Developer (Former Employee) – Detroit, MI – July 8, 2016
Crowded noisy open office setup. Loads of meetings. Loads of filling out reports on what you're doing. If that all sounds like kindergarten, notice that the desks are quite small and some Fridays there's a company-wide pep rally. Raises and promotions are sparse. Hours are not really flexible in reality because of the meeting schedule. Neither on the west coast nor the east coast could they hold onto competent technical staff in a setup like this, but since Detroit is not exactly Silicon Valley, they manage to keep people who feel stuck in the area and see few alternative options in the region. If you don't live in the Detroit area already, do not even consider relocating to accept a job at this place.
Location is the only real asset I see, unless you count the parking garage.
meetings, paperwork, noisy, crowded, more meetings, forget raises or promotions, and the list goes on.
Information Developer (Former Employee) – Detroit, MI – November 20, 2015
While at Compuware (now DynaTrace) I had the pleasure to work with many outstanding people with great talent. It is what I miss most.
Technical Communications at the company was ill-regarded. There was no budget to purchase upgrades for our software and our hardware was so old it was difficult for IS to maintain. There were no opportunities to learn new skills or applications, no ability to take courses to develop new skills that would be beneficial to the company. Additionally, we often relied on freeware since we had no budget.
Our manager was a very self-involved man who didn't have respect for women. Women were not encouraged to share ideas or offer suggestions, instead, for years, only ideas shared by our male counterparts were considered. It was a hostile environment.
Because the company changed directions as quickly as Michigan's weather, there were continuous layoffs, requiring those of us left to take on more and more work. These efforts, nor the OT required to keep up with the workload, were never recognized by my manager.
In regards to the continuous layoffs, in some cases it seemed that people were laid off because the project they were assigned to was no longer considered important. There seemed to be no consideration of a person's skills or performance. This led to the company backtracking and trying to rehire people they had previously laid off.
Finally, instead of responding to customer requests for new or improved functionality in the applications, upper management directed development to waste their time and efforts continuously changing productmore... names. When customers complained about the lack of new or improved features, upper management would then blame product management and development.
If there was ever a model dysfunctional company, Compuware/DynaTrace is it....less
Awesome co-workers, interesting work, great benefits
Company instability, ineffectual and misogynistic management, no employee growth, non-supportive atmosphere
This was an organization that considered the individual needs of organizations with which it contracted. Projects were focused directly at specific needs that the organization had. This approach was a cost-effective alternative to hiring employees to complete what may be a short-term initiative.