BMC Software
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www.bmc.com Houston, TX 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 30, 2014
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3.2 445 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

BMC Software Chairman and CEO Bob Beauchamp

Bob Beauchamp

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54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Mediocre Software, Good Technical people, Angry Customers, Poor Middle management

    Business Systems Management (BSM) Architect (Current Employee)
    Detroit, MI

    ProsGood facilities, average benefits,
    Great Offshore teams. Senior management pretty effective at solving product issues.
    Very good focus on customers during pursuit phase, Indian business and technical management are second to none.

    ConsMiddle Management too reactive, Mixed bag of consultant quality and people skills,
    Services ( PMO, Portfolio managers, "Global" delivery managers...) unprepared and forced to play "hot potato" trying to bury rework costs and impact of fixing poorly tested software.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStreamline middle management ( eliminate - don't just shuffle the deck)
     Invest in QA to improve our software. Develop better training for consultants.
    Ramp up PS delivery managers with basic functional and technical product training.

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

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    Layoffs are the primary way of improving operating margin at the cost of loss of knowledge

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsSalary and benefits are usually above average. Most low-level managers are good. Mainframe hardware and working environment is one of the best in the industry.

    ConsEvery quarter, you read the report reading between the lines to see if the axe could fall on you, and whether or not to contact head hunters. High-level management does not pay attention to biennial employee surveys. Layoffs usually hit the people who have the best product knowledge, requiring the rest to cover even more stuff while trying to learn.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop listening to the accountants. Growth isn't forever. Value your employees.

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

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    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsGrowth, training, complexity, location, colleagues

    ConsOrganization churn, layoffs, focus, top line met by layoffs

    Advice to Senior Managementmanage operations better so folks don't have to lose their jobs so often.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No coherent vision, dis-functional Managment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent compensation.
    Good work-family life balance.

    ConsNo career development.
    Managment detached from individual contributors.
    Management takes credit for individual contributors work which makes people feel unappreciated.
    Mistrust between all different department in development: PM - Management - Engineering.
    Annual layoffs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent benefits and compensation that remains competitive.

    ConsLack of leadership and general dysfunction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake better stock of the technology and talent that you have in place.

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

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    Completed 5 years recently... has seen this organization go from Good to bad to ugly.

    Regional Sales Manager (Current Employee)

    Pros1. Excellent products
    2. Some good acquisitions

    Cons1. No Transparency - huge difference in salaries, comp plans amongst peers.
    2. Some groups are run like family business - senior Management is not aware of reality on the ground.
    3. Management makes false promises.
    4. No Recognition for the work done, managers can steal credit from you.
    5. No Growth Options - only for Management favorites not for performers.

    Advice to Senior Management1. Feel the reality on the ground -- people, business - come out of your ivory tower.
    2. Remove bureaucracy, bring openness.
    3. Check what is happening in each group. lot of weird stuff happening which will harm the organization in the long run.

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

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    Be prepared to give up your right to work in your field -- for two years -- anywhere in the world

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsLarge company that offers decent salary. Well-known name, current technologies.

    ConsBeware: Unbelievably restrictive non-compete for non-executive (i.e., "general worker") employees.

    The non-compete (that everyone must sign) is written so that the employee who signs it cannot work as the same "title" anywhere in the world--not just the US. This was confirmed by a very expensive employment law attorney, and it's enforceable if you work in Texas.

    What company makes a low-level business analyst, technical writer, or a administrative assistant sign a document like this? It's almost unheard of.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour non-compete is so 1975. No one uses them, and why do you need to prevent people from working and making a living if they must, or want to, change jobs? This sounds like legal indentured servitude, and it is restricting the employee population to the naive or desperate.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Didn't have much work for interns

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsWorkdays never really stretch farther than 9-5. The pay is actually really good and the employees are really nice. A big plus is they take freshman and sophomores for internships.

    ConsMost employees are older. Not too many young people unfortunately. They never gave me a lot of work and I wish I learned more. Not too sure if they hire a lot of their older interns.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Disapointing work experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people, products, flexible environment and competitive pay were the only things that made working at BMC a tolerable experience.

    ConsA clueless top management is slow to act on opportunities which everyone else sees clear as day. Also appear to not understand that you can't grow a business if you only employ enough people to keep the lights on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace yourself with execs who know how to grow a business, not make the bottom line appear better by laying off people.

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    BMC was a good company to work for - 15 years ago

    Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    Pros401K match is ok; GICP is now almost zero

    ConsRead the news - company is going private; layoffs each month; morale is to the lowest point. Management is very bad, no good decision makers, too much politics, promote incompetency (based on bias and politics rather than real talent).

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management is only concerns about their bonuses and stay - nobody will listen to any advise

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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