Bottomline Technologies

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Bottomline Technologies Reviews

Updated 10 October 2014
Updated 10 October 2014
63 Reviews
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Bottomline Technologies President, CEO, and Director Rob Eberle
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Pros
  • Bottomline has a pretty good benefits plan for a company of its size (in 5 reviews)

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


Cons
  • They talk of 'work-life balance', but they do not walk the walk (in 8 reviews)

  • No clear process for comp time when long hours to hit deliverables is a reality (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dissatisifactory

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

    I worked at Bottomline Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    benifits may be, life insurance and pension

    Cons

    Management is very bad and racisim is high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open-minded and give non english staff a bit more freedom and motivation and rewards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Most recent 5 star review was a plant

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

    I worked at Bottomline Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Support your current employees, don't fire them, and hire new ones at twice the salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    A company that would like to monopolies but lacks integrity and direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Consultant in Reading, England
    Former Employee - Support Consultant in Reading, England

    I worked at Bottomline Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    * A few slices of pizza one week of the month/Fruit on a Fridays etc
    * Some good annual company events
    * opportunity to travel to different office areas

    Cons

    * Poor salary but, will pay contractors a generous sum
    * No great insurance, pension plan or annual bonuses
    * If you have come from an acquisition you will be treated like a second class citizen
    * Management lacks the permission to make any true decisions
    * Appraisals lead to dead ends, and are just a tick in the box for management.
    * Will take on a lot of work from acquisitions, but will not employ new staff. This puts teams under a lot of pressure with little to no breathing space.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Bottomline Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In 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?

    Cons

    Growing 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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Management issues a huge barrier to success

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

    I worked at Bottomline Technologies full-time

    Pros

    This is a solid company that is in growth and acquisition mode, so it presents an opportunity for job security if you are in the right division with a supportive manager. Benefits were pretty standard, as far as PTO, insurance and 401k. There are opportunities for flexible hours and remote employment, which is beneficial for some.

    Cons

    From lack of mentoring, guidance and leadership to outright intimidation and very unprofessional internal communications, there were many red flags to indicate that this position working with the LegalExchange product was going to be a rough ride. There was an undercurrent of dissatisfaction and concern throughout the team which lead to an environment where co-workers were unwilling to take ownership of issues and willing to quickly throw others under the bus. Mysterious "lay-offs" and transfers left you wondering what the future held for you at Bottomline. Topped off by a lower than average salary, extremely long hours and ridiculous stress, it was an easy decision to leave. No one needs to be bullied in the work place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek feedback from your employees and identify those who are unable to lead through positive example and position their team for success. This company has a bright future and should not be hampered by bad management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Downward spiral

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

    I have been working at Bottomline Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Vacation time is good

    Cons

    Managers have no guidance. No open door policy with HR. No performance reviews. No job descriptions. No leadership or regard for employee growth. Many employees are underutilized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust in your employees. Innovate the products. Hire leaders as managers. Recognize that your employees are your greatest asset.

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

    Great example of how NOT to run a company.

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

    I worked at Bottomline Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Bottomline has a pretty good benefits plan for a company of its size.

    Cons

    CEO does an all employee call each quarter to discuss company financials - complete with cow bells, bad jokes, and laugh tracks. Something similar to a very bad vaudeville act. CEO likes to talk about how well the company is doing..... then cancels bonus payouts at will, even when the company achieves its financial targets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a real growth strategy that is strategic - and not one that focuses on buying poor performing companies in adjacent markets at a discount - just to prop up near term quarterly earnings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 10 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

    I worked at Bottomline Technologies

    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
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Excruciating and all consuming!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bottomline Technologies

    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.

  11. 10 people found this helpful  

    Bottomline Technologies where incompetence meets ignorance

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

    I have been working at Bottomline Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    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

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