Bottomline Technologies

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Bottomline Technologies Reviews

Updated 11 July, 2014
Updated 11 July, 2014
52 Reviews

2.4
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Bottomline Technologies President, CEO, and Director Rob Eberle
Rob Eberle
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are great people to work with and the benefits are top notch (in 5 reviews)

  • Good benefits, free fruit in the summer, free ice cream (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • They talk of 'work-life balance', but they do not walk the walk (in 7 reviews)

  • Too many VP's and not strong enough middle management (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bottomline Technologies, The Grass is Not Greener

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Specialist
    Current Employee - Product Specialist

    Pros

    There are great people to work with and the benefits are top notch.

    Cons

    The upper management Push, Push, Push to get everything done. Most employees seem to be overworked and under appreciated. There also seems to be a habit of cutting the workforce just prior to quarterly results so the "books" look more tenable to the Public Stock Holders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent and actually hire the staff necessary to carry the work load you expect to need.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great start, but glad to be out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)

    Pros

    pizza friday's and 'party in the carpark'
    Good banter and people

    Cons

    - Management and Execs don't know their own solutions, value prop or the market
    - They don't invest money in their existing solutions and find out what their customers want
    - They take advantage of people who care a lot and work long hours for little pay
    - Sales people are paid too much for doing far too little
    - Far too money orientated - quantity over quality
    - Personal development plans are ticks in boxes - no feedback is ever taken on board let alone any changes are made

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would get replace near enough all of them as they are far too comfy and don't innovate - they are loosing big customers due to their lack of vision and innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Why do they keep Rob Eberle?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some really nice people and nice work environment. They try to make it family friendly, but often this is in word not deed.

    Cons

    The CEO creates a hostile and demeaning atmosphere that is counterproductive to a healthy work environment. The pay is so-so and the benefits are average. The top management gets all the perks. The CEO drives a Porsche, naturally. There are no "free massages", so whoever wrote that is a bot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is time for Rob Eberle to go. What kind of strategy is it to denigrate your employees? Will this keep people here or attract the best people in the future? There are a lot of good people at Bottomline, but Eberle is a total fail. He blames others for his own mistakes, and instead of offering employees any constructive criticism so they might learn from a mistake he will send a scathing email copied to dozens of employees (guaranteed to embarrass) or shout at the poor person in front of half the office. I got out of this place fast because I have too much self-respect to put up with his crap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice Company and people, but..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Portsmouth, NH (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portsmouth, NH (US)

    Pros

    Great corporate philosophy, great ethic of working 'with and for' each other, good pride in their work.

    Cons

    It's a sweatshop. No other way to put it. They talk of 'work-life balance', but they do not walk the walk. Very long hours are frequently expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you say you believe in work life balance, practice that.

    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excruciating and all consuming!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They don't realise when they're being ripped off and lied to, so if you have the stomach for the toxic culture, you can milk them for everything they're worth.

    Cons

    Incompetent, arrogant and completely myopic global executive management.
    Incomprehensible approach to market.
    Unethical customer and partner relations.
    Slow product development lifecycle.
    Predatory commercial practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give it up! Stop lying to stock market analysts, your customers, your employees and yourselves.
    Let the good people do good things. Make the useless ones leave.

  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bottomline Technologies was looking at their bottom line

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior QA  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior QA in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    Bottomline Technologies bought a division of Intuit's Financial Services. BT saw something there about the product lines and the customer base. But, as far as the human capital was concerned, they were picky and decided to retain what they needed and leave others such as myself behind.

    Cons

    I am afraid I can't really say the Cons are working at Bottomline Technologies. I was there for only 6 weeks, and then escorted to the parking lot with the proverbial cardboard box in tow. Some of my former co-workers who are still there say things are going well for them. So, if the company needs you and wants you around -- then, things might work out just fine for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Geez--make up your mind, will ya'?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Bottomline Technologies where incompetence meets ignorance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer  in  Portsmouth, NH (US)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Portsmouth, NH (US)

    Pros

    Great benefits ...good locations across the US and UK . Below the VP level lots of great people. A good place for someone to start their career if only to see what not to do.

    Cons

    Environment as mentioned in numerous reviews is toxic. Sr management is borderline incompetent and without question arrogant and ignorant. The amount of wasted opportunity is beyond imagination. If you NEVER want to feel accomplished or successful you will fit right in. As soon as I have an option I will move on like most of the other good people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the CEO we all know your genuinely passionate about business and people but unfortunately your expressed ideals are not realized in your company.
    To the CEO beware of false prophets ... !
    To the CEO it's your job to know if your Sr. Management is effective ... If you held yourself to the standards you promote you would be a "C player" when evaluated on your direct reports effectiveness
    To the rest of Sr. Management and certainly to the newly anointed or promoted ... You really need to step away before you ruin the company ... The honeymoon is over the first part of solving the problem is knowing that you are the problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    EMEA Growth by acquisition, not focused on clients

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Their cash rich status will ensure stability in your career here. EMEA region is well established, with a managerial team that has grown steadily through acquisition

    Cons

    There's a lot of internal positioning that politics which will suck your time up in whatever role you take at this company. Their growth by acquisition approach typically results in throwing the valuable people away and adding products to their offering that they don't necessarily understand or know how to sell. Over time, the main area that suffers is the customer experience, ironically one of the main areas they spend their marketing budget on. Saying is not doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop working in silos and understand your processes from start to finish before assuming that your operations are in good working order. Give value to the client before bringing money into the equation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Run away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, free fruit in the summer, free ice cream.

    Cons

    If you want your ideas, suggestions, and work to go unnoticed if your not in Portsmouth then this is the place for you. They are a national company trying to be a global company. When you have a distributed workforce you must utilize them to your advantage, this company doesn't know how to do this from middle management all the way up. Getting someone to respond via email is the most trying task I have ever seen in a company, I would have emails go days without a response and this from my own team. Since I was a remote user and not in Portsmouth there was never a feeling of being welcome by the majority of people. I watched and listened to people actually undermine the CIO, so there is no respect for the management at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to school and learn how to run a global company. You may be one of the biggest players in your market but you have a lot to learn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 14 people found this helpful  

    Bottomline Technologies is a family wrecker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Free fruit, free ice cream truck in the summer, ok for people new to the job market who have no sense of their worth and are willing to work impossible hours without overtime pay. Good employee stock purchase plan. Employee of the quarter recognition. Community giving.
    It's possible to survive here as long as you don't look at the outside employment opportunities.

    Cons

    The cost of this job is all too often one's family, marriage, or health. Even at the VP level people end up having to choose between keeping their family together or keeping their job. People get so overworked that it's common to get stopped in the hallway to hear employee griping. The HR department gives lots of lip service to quality of life but I the following are true stories of former employees :
    An employee in building services was called back early from recovering from a tumor removal to pack up boxes for laid off employees and then he was laid off when he was done.
    An employee was forced to choose between being with her mother the day that she died from cancer or lose her job. It was the end of the quarter and the end of the quarter is a hostage situation at BT.
    Employees are regularly denied breaks at the end of the quarter simply because each quarter is poorly planned. Employees are often demeaned by having to ship software that isn't ready to be deployed, simply to get revenue recognition.
    The CEO is all about image. It's not unusual for him to hint to employees that they should put positive reviews up here. I cringed when I saw that he publicized the murder of an employee in the Portsmouth, NH office while at the same time the company could be cold blooded to employees with ill family members. "FMLA? What's that?"
    There is little to no career path. Managers treat annual reviews like they are a necessary evil and executives are often immune from wage freezes.
    Once you leave BT and go to another employer you realize how undervalued you were and how poor the quality of work/life balance was. The CEO used to be known for parking his Porsche in the community college lot so that the employees wouldn't get a hint of how well off he was. Surfing the insider trading boards is an exercise in masochism that some employees indulge in.
    The HR department doesn't participate in the employee quality of life. They seem to be there to defend the company against lawsuits.
    When the CEO reads a book that inspires him he'll change the organization massively and sometimes negatively without getting employee feedback.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave. The "working with and for each other" line is insulting and disingenuous. One has to be careful walking in the hall to not have the CEO walk into you as if you are invisible. The employees have families. Stop trying to win awards and trying to get the world to believe that you are a great place to work and step aside and let someone who actually values employees to be in charge. Get rid of the ice cubes that run the HR department. There was a big downgrade in leadership several years ago and the promise of this employer is gone.
    Shame on the leadership for strong arming employees to write positive reviews. It's funny to see the clues that they leave to make sure that the leader knows that it was they who wrote the review. Stop telling the employees how much cash you have on hand in one breath and to tell them that it isn't for raises in the next. It demonstrates extreme disconnect.
    Headhunters used to look me in the eye and say, "how did you manage to stay there so long?" The better question is why?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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