A look at endpoint security company Absolute Software (plus advice for getting hired there)

Absolute rundown 

Industry: Computer & Network Security

Locations: The company’s headquarters is in Vancouver, Canada, but it also has locations in Austin, Texas, Reading, England, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Founded: 1993

CEO: Christy Wyatt

How much do Absolute employees make?

The average salary for an Absolute Software Corporation employee is $123,425 per year. Ladders estimates are based on our calculations

Absolute is currently hiring for 42 open positions, including a Marketing Automation Manager and a Senior Software Developer to join the team in Vancouver. Find a full list of open roles on Ladders’ Absolute Jobs page.

Company culture

“‘One Team, One Number.’ This is a mantra I find myself saying over and over again,” Wyatt said.

While many leaders want to define their company culture and show it to the public one way, Wyatt believes that culture truly comes from how the team works and what actions or achievements leaders reward.

“Laminated cards with vision statements are words; those words don’t become reality until your employees see those values in action,” Wyatt said. “At Absolute, we have a rewards system that focuses on clear, shared goals and metrics.

At the company’s monthly all-hands meetings Wyatt displays the scorecard and explains how Absolute is measuring up against it. According to Wyatt, each employee knows their incentives, are connected to the shared goals, and how they are measuring against each goal, as well as how the company as a whole is measuring up.

“From the senior team all the way across, from the top down, we all have the same goal,” Wyatt said. “We win or lose together. One team, One number.”

What the CEO says it takes to get hired

When Wyatt meets with an employee, no matter their role, she always looks for one key trait: passion.

“I want to be surrounded by individuals who love their work, who own their space, who are curious, and who are eager to collaborate and actively want to make things better,” Wyatt said. “When you meet someone for the first time and they have that energy, that passion …it is like someone turned on a light in the room. It is visible and tangible; people are drawn to that energy.”

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Wyatt wants to work with passionate people, so that is a key trait she looks for when meeting with potential employees.

“I listen carefully as they describe other parts of their life and previous experiences or roles…If their descriptions focus on results or outcomes, why they were excited, what they were proud of, what they learned from the risks they took – then I know they love what they do,” Wyatt said. “Someone who loves their work loves to tell you about their results… they often, almost have to pull themselves back.”

Wyatt explains that if they describe the circumstances of their last job, the people that held them back, or projects that ere uninspiring, then she feels that the individual is a product of what is happening to them, rather than a product of what they are making happen.

Funding and acquisitions

The company has acquired two organizations, Palisade Systems on June 25, 2015, and LiveTime Software on Nov. 5, 2012.

Absolute Software employee reviews 2019

Reviews on Glassdoor range from one-star reviews titled “don’t work for this company” to five-star reviews titled “love my job and our customers.”

“High energy, strong leadership, growing, customers love us,” one reviewer wrote, adding that “more career development opportunities” are needed.

What does Absolute Software do?

Absolute offers endpoint security technology on a cloud-based platform that allows customers to protect devices, data, applications and users against theft or attack. Absolute Persistence is giving endpoint agents “the ability to withstand user error or malicious attacks, and return to their original safe and effective state.”

The platform offers seven main features:

  • Asset Intelligence
  • Continuous Compliance
  • Endpoint Hygiene
  • Absolute Persistence
  • Absolute Reach
  • Application Persistence
  • Endpoint data discovery

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