Absolute Reviews

Updated 15 Jun 2020

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3.5
61%
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93%
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Absolute Chief Executive Officer Christy Wyatt
Christy Wyatt
10 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "An amazing time to work here."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Absolute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I' worked at Absolute for over a year (I quit as I have to move to another province) and really enjoyed the company culture. Colleagues are friendly , fun , patient and willing to help. The company offers lot of activities allowing employees to have fun after work Working time is flexible and promoting work-life balance.

    Cons

    None - it's a great place to work!

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  2. Helpful (11)

    "Corp Greed at its finest"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Absolute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great technology and a great office space in downtown Vancouver

    Cons

    CEO and CFO are really only concerned with lining their own pockets. Most of SR Mgmt is subservient to them and walk around on egg shells

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  3. Helpful (8)

    "Consider your options - you can do better."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Absolute full-time

    Pros

    A free cookie once per week.

    Cons

    Poor examples of leadership. All lip-service to keep employee retention.

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  4. "Best Place to Work!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Absolute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, amazing collaboration, semi-flexible hours, lots of opportunity to move up within the company and gain new skills, lots of mentorship from management.

    Cons

    Compensation could be a bit higher

  5. Helpful (9)

    "Poor Leadership"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Absolute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    people, vancouver, technology, location, outlook

    Cons

    inconsistent leadership, outlook, leadership, lack of vision

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Software Tester"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Tester in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Absolute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Newer tools, technology, good product, nice office and location.

    Cons

    Processes lack completeness and mid-term vision is not stable. Too many Scrum teams that don't attempt enough to cooperate and work together, only when things go wrong they jump on to fix. There doesn't seem to be a "lessons learned" strategy, the same mistakes are carried on from release to release.

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  7. Helpful (15)

    "Consider your options before choosing to work here. I wish I did."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Absolute full-time

    Pros

    Conveniently located near Burrard station. Don’t need to get wet by taking the underground passage.

    Cons

    Absolute is not competitive with the market compensation-wise, bonus-wise, perks-wise, culture-wise and to some degree benefits-wise. The company’s stock is flat but the hierarchy isn’t. It’s very top heavy with layers of VPs and directors, managers of this and that. Some of these individuals are very smart and I admire them but for all this brainpower the HMS Absolute is changing course too often (features and releases in flux) and many of the crew in the lower decks have lost faith. Absolute doesn't use the newest tech stack and the tech debt is high. You probably won’t be practicing your modern skill sets here. You’re blocked a lot and things move so slowly you'll quickly get bored. Process is gradually improving but compared to other companies, everything seems 5 times harder and still nowhere near continuous delivery. Lots of meetings but little to show for them. Almost all go off track and need to be held again as a result. Some even devolve into contests of who can talk louder. Work is done in silos mostly and there is not much communication across teams despite the critical interdependencies of our contributions. The other reviews here about office toxicity and needing to be a yes man to thrive at Absolute are factual from what I saw. In fact I saw entirely way too much to write about here. Just Google ‘telltale signs of bad company culture’ and know that you’ll witness many of these here on a frequent basis. It can be a political battle scene some days and you have to thrive in such to enjoy the place. Many of the good, talented people that were here have jumped ship, which is not surprising really. Each person has his or her own reasons but the high attrition rate is a sign of a deeper problem. YOU CAN DO FAR BETTER at just about any other company but if you do choose to interview here insist on a full circle tour of all floors during regular work hours. Take in the atmosphere. Search for genuinely happy people and other aspects that matter to you and decide if this is a place you can see yourself spending 8 hours a day. And if you decide to join, come back to all these reviews after your honeymoon period and see if they still hold true.

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  8. Helpful (6)

    "Engineer"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Absolute full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Vancouver downtown location Friendly co-workers Easy work - too easy Some smart people to learn from

    Cons

    Communications between teams are poor and inefficient. Too many politics. Too many managers. Too many meetings without solving real problems. Very slow-paced. Too many old school engineers.

  9. "Overall great experience"

    4.0
     

    I have been working at Absolute

    Pros

    Various stuffs to learn during the term. Teams are so interactive, and you may need multiple knowledges to complete the work.

    Cons

    It is a big company, so there are quite many work dependencies from other teams. This might slow you down on learning.

  10. Helpful (5)

    "Technical Support"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Absolute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people to work with, lots of lunches provided. Flexibility work hours, able to work from home some days.

    Cons

    Management was not great, short staffed and work was stressful trying to meet SLA. No training what so ever, pay was sub par but other positions did pay well. I guess it's who you know

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