Software Engineer (Former Employee) – Bedford, MA – May 19, 2017
Pros The various events they spend money on to make the company have a “fun” looking culture. Your own office (if you’re fortunate enough to work at one that offers it, because sometimes privacy to work is a good thing). Benefits package is enticing. Good place to work if you’re at the latter half of your career and feel like coasting.
Cons The Technology (For Grads or Experienced Workers): If you are a college grad looking for experience in software engineering, this would be a prospective place, but I would not put this as your first choice. The technology to develop their products are old and it most certainly shows. I would advise not to stay there for more than 3 years (and 3 years is even a hard cap). If you do, it’s possible you may fall into this trap of being landlocked where you are because the skills you learn at Progress are not marketable outside of Progress.
For the experienced workers, I would probably write this off your list, unless you don’t really care where you work, depending on which stage of your career you’re in. If you just want to use your current skill set that matches with Progress’ current technology use and feel like coasting until retirement, then by all means, I say go for it.
For those making to look a statement in the middle part of their careers, trying to utilize the technology of today, then look elsewhere, as change is slow at Progress and the mention of change is almost cringeworthy to them (despite how much they may preach for it).
The Culture: Progress has many employees that have been there since the beginning. Peoplemore... who have there for 10-20+ years. While that may seem like a “pro” in the sense their employees are loyal to the vision of the company, it also spells a lot of issue that may not be obvious.
The percentage of experienced employees is very high, which make the percentage of younger employees, the “new blood” very low. With any company, they will advertise that they want the younger generation to bring in a fresh perspective on things. While that may be true, they want a fresh perspective, but they don’t want you to change anything or to propose a change in anything. It feels as if Progress lives under the mantra of “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. Sorry new blood, if you want to make a change or propose a change, expect it to be written off because they really don’t want you to R&D it. Which, most likely means that they don’t want you to R&D it, implement the change, then use your newfound skill set at some other company. They want you at Progress for life (hence the track record of having VERY loyal employees).
Also, change is slow, so your idea probably wouldn’t be put into thought until 3 months after you propose it. A cultural and company problem, I think.
The Products: All I can give is that they’re hanging on to their bread and butter product, OpenEdge, for as long as possible. Most revenue of OpenEdge most likely stems from contract renewals from customers still using the pre-11.4 era of OE. I don’t even know if new sales are even catching on.
The cloud shift is a sinking ship. How long is it going to take for something like Rollbase to actually look profitable?
Where are the Modulus and Telerik acquisitions factored in? Have we heard much since they have been acquired? Are they a success story?
The products acquired are Progress’ way of trying to stay relevant in a market where they’re already behind on. It’s like Microsoft and the Zune (Oh the Zune). If the new products fail, well, at least they have OpenEdge to ride on for a while.
The Identity: What is Progress? How many rebrands have they gone through already? Really “sparks” confidence on defining who they are. What happens if their most recent rebrand sinks? Do their current products work with what they’re envisioning? I don’t even think it’s clear internally what Progress is.less
Great culture for families but poor career advancement
Senior QA Manager and Engineering Manager (Current Employee) – Morrisville, NC – April 28, 2017
Recent restructuring has limited career advancement. Although, the people are the core plus. Progress greatly values family and work life balance. They are going through restructuring pains at the moment.
I worked at Progress for 17 years and it was a great company to work for. There were ups and downs along the way with changes in strategy and senior management but there was always a constructive and collegial environment. We worked very hard most times to achieve our quarterly/yearly goals but we made it fun along the way. I worked with some wonderful people at Progress - very smart and very professional but also very generous and supportive.
I would have liked to see the inherent problems that were very obvious to those who worked there had attention given to them. The employees were tops in their field and incredibly smart and hard working
The data division in Morrisville has a challenge, trying to sell 1980s technology in 2015. huge turnover in Management as they try to navigate an unwinnable situation. repetitive layoffs demoralize the whole place. gotten pretty toxic.
Free lunches on occasion, individual offices, some of the toxic mgmt has left
Principal Systems Administrator (Former Employee) – Bedford, MA – November 13, 2015
Checking work requests, monitoring SAN and VMware infrastructures. SAN's, VMWare, MS windows, DNS Management get's involved when needed Some co-workers are great and helpful. Collaborating with team members, Learning new versions of Operating systems, Applications, Hardware and meeting project deadlines. Being rewarded for a job well done.
Hands on training. Work/Life balance
lack of direction and change that no longer makes sense
Productive, challenging environment with an extremely friendly atmosphere.
Technical Support Intern (Former Employee) – Bedford, MA – April 28, 2015
The team I joined has been together for over a decade. Everyone was extremely friendly, personable, and full of knowledge. I never ran out of things to do, and was put in a great spot with the sun rolling in the windows daily.
Typical day consisted of an immediate starting of my work after getting to Progress; often people would have their coffee and breakfast before starting up. We would work, break for lunch, and had weekly team meetings as well as weekly personal evaluations. I always felt challenged and comfortable, learning a lot about Databases, Progress' ABL, and SQL.
Management was friendly, yet stern. Although intimidating, they provided extremely useful feedback and helped me continue on my co-op despite limited time.
My co-workers were amazing; everyone was available to help and everyone was friendly with each other. There was no negativity, and I was always met with a friendly greeting in the office.
The hardest part of the job was hands down acclimating myself to Progress's many products, and their technical specifics.
I really enjoyed almost everything about working there, and had a lot of fun.
Global Marketing Specialist (Current Employee) – Morrisville, NC – April 30, 2014
I love everything about my job with Progress Software, I am constantly given room to grow, a chance to work with brilliant people, and to sell products that really make a difference. No matter what my next step is, Progress will always hold a special place in my heart.