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Updated 17 April, 2019
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Pros
  • "Working time is flexible and promoting work-life balance" (in 12 reviews)

  • "great people willing to share their expertise" (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "A lot of pressure from senior management, especially quarter end" (in 7 reviews)

  • "New leadership in the past two years have transform it into an impersonal work environment and constant changes" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Java Developer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will have chance to work with a lot of talents and gain experience from the expert in Canada and Vietnam team.
    The culture and activities in Absolute are various and exciting.

    Cons

    Code quality is not so good.
    There are so many technical debt.


  2. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Absolute full-time

    Pros

    Great company, great people and great product!
    Good process.

    Cons

    Too many managers and sometimes it is hard to follow.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "There are way better opportunities outside Absolute"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great location and great office

    Cons

    Never join if you have an equivalent opportunity out there. No one recognize your talent and you will be under lots of pressure since day one. Beware!!! No one knows what company is doing and which direction they will be following. Since it came under new management they keep laying off people


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Development"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Absolute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Weekly Snacks, monthly pizzas and unlimited drinks. Whistler trip yearly mostly subsidized.
    Christmas party and Children's Christmas party and Flexible hours.
    Bentall building with renovated office space.

    Cons

    Too many PMs. No promotion for "Doers". Expected OT with no pay (industry standard).
    Yearly layoffs in the summer for the past 4 years and a couple of minor ones here and there.
    Open office <-- Decision makers this does not work for developers!!!

    Advice to Management

    Many years ago when the owner was still in charge things were good. But then he retired and things started to go downhill. I've been in the industry (and this company) long enough to see everything. The "doers" are the people (Devs and QAs) who go on their business and do their work they will
    never get promoted. Only the "talkers" will get promoted (PMs and BAs). One exception to this, there is one team manager who always promote and give his team members dinner vouchers.

    Back in the day some teams will go out for team lunches while other teams have "no budget". A PM will take one team out for nice Cactus Club lunches while
    another team that he's in charge of will have no budget and he takes them out for coffee. Not good for a male only team.

    If you just do your work and even go above and beyond what you do. Don't expect a promotion. They will always hire "senior" positions from outside. They don't seem to value you. Then the people they hire from outside can't even do the work that is in the job description.

    As for the work itself. The past few years they've been building up their Vietnam team to off load the support work. If you've been in this industry long enough it means you will be laid off soon.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work if you don't mind the job risk"

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Absolute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work and learn
    Managers are done of the best I've seen
    Lots of internal activities to take part in
    Yearly Whistler trip is fun

    Cons

    Lots of job cuts has happened and probably will continue
    Hey used to seeing people come and go, almost as if it's routine and normal
    Benefits could have been better
    Increments and benefits aren't that good
    Not many new things to learn after working for a couple of years
    Hard to convince manager to try out new things
    QAs still doing a lot of manual testing. Automation is last on the list

    Advice to Management

    It's not always about the money
    There are many good practices that can be followed and will be better for the product in the long run


  6. "Great Vancouver software company"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very collegial staff, interesting product suite , supportive work environment, generous benefit plan, lots of interesting perks

    Cons

    Opportunity for advancement was uneven. Some managers provided level up promotions for their staff, and others didn't put the effort into it.

    Advice to Management

    The culture of Absolute is strong. It made working there pleasurable and interesting. The effort put into the culture definitely pays dividends in employee satisfaction.


  7. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - N/A
    Former Employee - N/A
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to start, people are nice and help each other, work / life balance

    Cons

    not as good as before

    Advice to Management

    keep good local employee

  8. "Solid Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Absolute full-time

    Pros

    Great perks, good salary and very nicely rennovated offices.

    Cons

    Logs of legacy code and tons of process.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on streamlining process and doing less better.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad place to work, but be careful"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    For developers - flexible hours, free beverages (soda, gourmet coffee, juices, etc.), frequently supplied lunches, fruit, cookies, pastries, game room.

    Pay is mostly competitive. Tools in use are up to date. Everyone gets a laptop but no desktop computer.

    Benefits are pretty good. Medical/dental/vision are very good, and the company pays for most of it so the monthly premiums are quite low. 401k match (for those in the USA) is vested immediately.

    Cons

    Low cube walls and open work environment (so it can be noisy and distracting). Company has been struggling financially for many years, and the bonus has not been paying out above 50% of target for quite awhile.

    Reputation for providing a secure product line has been called into question numerous times, so there is work to be done here.

    There is a lot of competition in the security management / endpoint management space, and the product doesn't compete very strongly against the one-stop vendors that provide a much larger protection suite for the money, so the overall product viability is not too compelling. The main strong point is in the Persistence technology and relationships they have established with it among the big device OEMs, but Absolute has not been able to hit growth targets and has been losing ground / sales in key areas of the market because of falling device prices. Overall, I don't personally see a lot of growth or up-side to the company.

    They recently (2016/2017) went on a hiring binge with engineering staff but recently had to issue many lay offs due to underperformance of sales and poor quality. Execs reacted by refocusing the product back to core capabilities rather than growing the feature set, thus, laying off many associated with new feature development.


  10. "Principle Engineering Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Absolute full-time

    Pros

    Great technology and work environment

    Cons

    Employee and skills development are not as high as I'd like them to be.