Working in Boston Tech: ClickSoftware
ClickSoftware is building field service management software for the future.
Its SaaS products and services have evolved to cater to a variety of needs in lots of different industries. From scheduling employee’s shifts to performances measurement, ClickSoftware’s solutions address the entire Service Chain and other challenges unique to field service.
ClickSoftware has several locations across the world and in the United States. However, Burlington, Massachusetts is home to the company's headquarters.
We connected with the SVP of Human Resources, Stephanie Lucey, to chat about ClickSoftware’s technology and the company’s internal culture.
As you will notice below, ClickSoftware is hiring aggressively! Check out their BIZZpage for the company's latest job openings.
Quick Hit Company Details
Year Founded: 1997
Number of employees: Burlington - 100 employees, Global - 700 employees
Industry: SaaS and Cloud
Can you share the details on what ClickSoftware does?
ClickSoftware is a leading provider of field service management software. ClickSoftware provides customers with intelligent, automated decision making delivered in real time. The cloud-based Click Field Service Edge platform is a cutting-edge solution for optimizing the scheduling and management of a mobile workforce and mission-critical service operations.
Can you talk about your technology? On your website, it talks about artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). How are those technologies utilized in your solution for field service and workforce management?
The simplest way to define artificial intelligence as it relates to field service software is as the ability to optimize every aspect of field service delivery—even without prior programming. By processing data and running simulations based on various objectives, ClickSoftware enables a smarter, more efficient workforce with benefits delivered in real time.
The most common use cases for AI in field service include smarter scheduling and route optimization to reduce travel time. But the real advantage comes in mapping optimization to business goals—from SLA compliance to revenue growth—and letting the AI find the right path to each desired outcome.
The Internet of Things is poised to radically change the way companies do business. The evolution of sensors in connected devices and advances in big data analysis will combine to make field service increasingly proactive, highly efficient, and, in many cases, less dependent on human intervention.
As a field service management pioneer, ClickSoftware has been closely involved in networked field service for many years and in particular in the elements that combine to make up today’s IoT, such as GPS, mobility, business intelligence and big data, and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology.
Who are your customers and who is the end users of your products? Can you share some of the names of companies who are clients?
We have customers on nearly every continent and in more than a dozen verticals. We serve oil and gas suppliers, utilities, and communications service providers, as well as manufacturers, insurers, home services, home health care, municipalities, facilities management companies, and more. Field service professionals whose schedules run on our software might be repairing a solar panel, installing broadband internet, or providing basic health checkups to a rural retiree. National Grid in the United Kingdom, Diebold Nixdorf and also Best Buy, Lowes and Motorola to name a few in the US.
ClickSoftware is a global company with offices in the US, EMEA, Asia Pacific, and South America. How many people work out of your Burlington office and what are the primary functions which are based here?
The Burlington office is currently about 100 employees - and worldwide we are roughly 700 employees. Burlington has Sales, Marketing, HR, Finance, Professional Services, Legal, Operations and Customer Success.
What are your plans for growth in terms of hiring in 2017 and what positions?
We will hire 200 employees in 2017.
What are your company’s core values or how would you best describe the culture and working environment at ClickSoftware?
Click’s Core Values:
Give our Customers an Edge
Leadership Powered by Innovation
Trust, Respect & Accountability
From a big picture point of view, what experience or traits do you typically look for when interviewing and hiring new employees into ClickSoftware?
We look for intelligent, passionate candidates who thrive on making a difference. We want people who are creative and innovative - who will be constantly looking at ways to help make us better. Our employees need to wear many hats and we need people that embrace change and can handle a fast-paced, start-up like environment. We look for people who want to work as a part of a team, not just succeed on their own.
What types of activities are employees involved in at or outside the office?
Our employees love doing outdoor activities like volleyball, skiing, hiking and hanging out at the beach. Sports is another big one - Football (who doesn't love a good rival) and baseball. A lot of people love concerts and dancing.
Rapid Fire Questions
What’s on tap?
Coffee and Craft Beer
Star Wars or Star Trek?
iPhone or Android?
Favorite employee perk?
Thirsty Thursdays/Fully Stocked Kitchen/Free Gym
Coffee - hot or iced?
What TV show or movie describes your culture?
What super hero could you see working at ClickSoftware?
What music is playing in your office?
Lots of variety - answers varied from Pop to Country to Polka to 80s or 90s to 70s Yacht Rock and Death Metal
View from your office (provide a picture):
“When people ask me to describe where I work, several things come to mind; innovative, supportive, employee concentric and fun. The executive team is committed to bringing innovative solutions that enable employees to accomplish their jobs in a fun collaborative environment. If a person is looking for a place where their opinion matters, ClickSoftware is the place to be.”
“Great things happen when you combine smart, motivated people with cutting edge technology and a large market opportunity. Click is at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence, mobility and the Internet of Things – helping to address major challenges, for global organizations, and having fun doing it.”
Paul Whitelam, VP of Product Marketing
“ClickSoftware has been a great place to work and the people I work with make all the difference. Most of my coworkers take initiative to maintain the amazing culture we have here and are supportive of one another. Also, it’s great knowing that my manager has a vested interest in my career development and actively coaches me so that I can be the best SDR I can be and someday take the next step in my career. The icing on the cake is the fact that our software is one I can truly get behind given the measurable, multi-faceted impact it has on our customers businesses.”
Trevor Ferronetti, Sales Development Representative
Images courtesy of ClickSoftware