Bottomline Technologies

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Bottomline Technologies Reviews

Updated Jun 21, 2014
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2.5 50 reviews

41% Approve of the CEO

Bottomline Technologies President, CEO, and Director Rob Eberle

Rob Eberle

(41 ratings)

35% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    2 people found this helpful  

    Excruciating and all consuming!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey 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.

    ConsIncompetent, 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 Senior ManagementGive 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.

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Words can not adequately describe the sheer frustration!

    Sales Executive (Current Employee)

    ProsOpportunity to work with some quality people who despite the absolute failure of executive management continue to put their best efforts in for no reward other than personal pride and professional integrity.

    ConsStart at the very top. The con starts there and rolls down through the Management tree, who by the way are simply puppets and yes men to the President and CEO. It is a sham of the highest order. All decisions and directions are made and given in isolation with middle management left to clean up the mess and try and implement train wreck after train wreck.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork with and for your employees!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    As short sighted as they come...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI cannot think of any upside to working at Bottomline other than the potential to fade into the mix so much that you can pretty much just exist and take home your salary in many cases...mainly in Senior and Exec Management.

    ConsInnovation (product or market) is NOT a strength, even though it's often talked about.
    Strategic thinking is NOT something that is practised.
    Enabling employees to be successful is NOT a focus, not matter what field or geography.
    Micro management is rife.
    Absolutely no appetite to stay the course to achieve success in new or emerging markets.
    BT is STRICTLY, almost cripplingly so, a 90 day revenue focussed business and it doesn't care how or where it comes from.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look outside the 4 walls and see how the REAL world, along with your competitors, is evolving.
    The business world is passing you by because you arrogantly refuse to keep up.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Why do they keep Rob Eberle?

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementIt 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Bottomline Technologies where incompetence meets ignorance

    Applications Developer (Current Employee) Portsmouth, NH (US)

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsEnvironment 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 Senior ManagementTo 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Run away

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementGo 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    11 people found this helpful  

    Bottomline Technologies is a family wrecker

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFree 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementLeave. 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?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Most recent 5 star review was a plant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat review that speaks only the positive aspects of the company.

    ConsThe fact that people feel the need to write bogus reviews on glassdoor to attract employees.
    The reviews that aren't all perfect, and not the place for everyone, are manufactured stories.
    Work/Life balance is one of the biggest problems here, and causing many long time great performers to quit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport your current employees, don't fire them, and hire new ones at twice the salary.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Lousy place to work

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Portland, ME (US)

    Prosnone that I can think of.

    ConsUnderstaffed and frequent turnover of employees due to an increased workload.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your priorities straight. Settle on a workable plan and finish it before changing your mind.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Stuck in the past, stalling in the present, scared of the future

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Reading, England (UK)

    ProsIn many ways, working at Bottomline is just your average, monotonous office job. That’s one of the nicest things I can say about this company.

    Fruit bowls in the office, although sometimes under-provisioned, are a welcome touch.

    Employees are given free food each fortnight, alternately breakfast bacon/sausage rolls (under the sickly guise of ‘Happy Monday’) and pizza. All this, but no healthcare plan. Trying to kill us off?

    ConsGrowing too quickly for its infrastructure. The company is trying to double revenue every three years, yet ploughs so little of that money back into its increasingly overstretched systems that the whole thing is likely to come tumbling down at any minute.

    Growth is through acquisition and the process seems to be:
    1. buy company that’s turning over a decent profit by selling better software
    2. make majority of the acquired company’s staff redundant
    3. take over their customers in order to sell them Bottomline’s archaic software instead.

    This is an American company and as such you can expect ‘mission statements’, motivational posters & regularly updated boiler plates, overbearing middle management requiring constant progress meetings, a total commitment to maximising short term profit and dictation from the US board regardless of your own local market.

    It’s embarrassing to be involved with a company that claims to have fantastic customer service (there’s even a pitiful ‘customer service’ campaign with logos and mottos to convince people of this) but which has the highest ratio I’ve ever come across of unhappy to satisfied customers.

    The fastest growing department is human resources. They need extra people to handle all the redundancies and resignations! Second is marketing, who are needed to create the motivational posters and customer service propaganda.

    One part of the Reading office is bolted on to the Crown Prosecution Service building, with shallow airless work spaces. The other is an ex-warehouse office building with barely any natural light, with nowhere to go to escape the ‘work area’. In general the office atmosphere is muted and formal, making it a particularly unpleasant place to work.

    Middle-senior management is a boys club. Not to say that it necessarily needs more women, but people in those positions should adjust their behaviour to lose some macho bravado and make some more level-headed decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to grow make sure you can handle it first. ‘Building houses on sand’ comes to mind.

    The internet exists, embrace it. Other companies are miles ahead in ‘cloud’ products (i.e. they actually have one). Burying your heads in the sand isn’t going to make it go away, and competitors are taking away more of your core market each month. I suppose you could always just buy another company and bastardise their code instead of developing your own.

    You’re clearly a software company but you’re scared of using the word ’software’ to describe your business activity. Make your minds up.

    Senior management is not there to be worshipped, please cut back on the compulsory conferences where you expect our adulation for what you’ve been doing with your $3 million salary over the last few weeks.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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