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BMC Software Reviews in San Jose, CA

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Pros
  • Good benefits and work environment allows for appropriate work/life balance most of the time (in 44 reviews)

  • Work from home facility is available" Good food is available at canteen (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Bad work life balance as per my personal experience but apary from it all good :) (in 13 reviews)

  • Middle management receives no support and there is little evaluation of their effectiveness (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at BMC Software full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary 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.

    Cons

    Every 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop listening to the accountants. Growth isn't forever. Value your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at BMC Software full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    401K match is ok; GICP is now almost zero

    Cons

    Read 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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    Always looking over your shoulder after quarterly reports for the layoff guillotine

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at BMC Software full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many long term employees are knowledgeable, technically adept.
    Mainframe infrastructure kept up well.
    Good benefits, good salaries, decent bonus program.
    Beauchamp has a good handle on the future of the industry and makes strategic acquisitions of normally best in breed companies.

    Cons

    I can't stress this more: lives and dies by the quarterly statement; layoffs are the quick fix, with no respect to importance. I left even with a guarantee of not being laid off before a certain time, because I knew that I would probably be gone after that.

    If you're not in Houston, you are not part of the "in" group, and don't expect to be part of the inner circle.

    People are retiring and not being replaced.

    Beauchamp may be a good CEO for the shareholders, but he comes across as somewhat arrogant, even in his stock photo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump Beauchamp out of the dual CEO/Chairman role. Dual roles eventually lead to disaster as you're putting the company eggs in a single basket.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Review of BMC Software environment

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    Current Employee - Information Developer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Information Developer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at BMC Software

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Flexible work options.

    Cons

    Global company with teams around the world. Difficult to balance work and home life. People are laid off quietly, and no announcements are made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about the people more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Leave your good ideas and passions at the door- you won't need them

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at BMC Software

    Pros

    Good compensation. Some very good people still left even after the BladeLogic fiasco.

    Cons

    Cancerous political climate at the executive levels percolates down through the ranks- passive-aggressive behaviors are the norm. All product strategy is driven top-down and 8 layers of management ensure reality stays comfortably distant. Non-existent research and planning for products leads to high project failure rate. As a result, execution is 100% reactionary to customers and deals at risk. Plan to work nights and weekends just to stay in the game and forget about your work being recognized or the correct people being held accountable for failures. Chances are the only person blamed will be the only truly honest person involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and reward hard work and dedication- stop treating people as expendable. Be clear about what the objectives are and reward people who meet them. Yes...this requires executives to actually put their own necks on the line. It's easy to ask for everything under the sun and fire people when it doesn't happen. Plan ahead for products and stop the massive swings in strategy. Build people instead of tearing them down. Prioritize and reduce scope relentlessly to drive focus and execution. Most of all, aggressively implement 360 reviews and get rid of those employees deemed most political and least trustworthy by their colleagues. This last step alone would go along way toward fixing the culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    BMC Has Become a Ship Of Fools

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at BMC Software

    Pros

    Five years ago, BMC Software was starting to gain market traction and industry recognition as a business services leader with their line of BSM products. The company also had a reputation for treating its employees fairly with respect, dignity, and compassion.

    Cons

    Over the last five years, BMC Software has degenerated into a second-rate software company that encourages employees to suceed by any means possible at the expense of fellow coworkers. The cause for most of the current low employee morale comes from the short-cited leadership practices of the ESM business-unit manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop intimidating employees by promoting the importance of performance evaluations beyond all possible reason.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I do not recommend working for this company.

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    Former Employee - Administrative in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative in San Jose, CA

    I worked at BMC Software

    Pros

    The salaries are higher than industry averages, there is some flexibility in the work schedule and there are ample donuts to be had.

    Cons

    Management lacks the wisdom to see structural problems and places blame on external agencies. Large amounts of abuse towards employees, as well as vulnerable clients. Neither management or employees respect the position of trust within the community that they have been given.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect for clients and employees. Treat clients with dignity, do not mismanage funds and take responsibility for the consequences of mismanagement by employees when it happens instead of shifting blame.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Waiting game

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at BMC Software

    Pros

    market leader in certain fields
    big but small enough to be involved in initiatives

    Cons

    company focuses on specific products at the expense of others
    lack of respect for employee's capabilities
    my way or the highway

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect your employees and do not treat them as emotionless cattle

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK but you don't change world here...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Developer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Developer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at BMC Software

    Pros

    Your work makes difference to very large number of users
    Decent development processes that let you concentrate on doing the job (relatively)
    Industry leader in several areas
    Very flexible (home\office) time
    Decent work environment

    Cons

    Less innovation
    Immature product management - what software are you developing?
    Limited opportunities in advancing career
    Growing emphasis on india development center
    Collection of acquisitions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve product management by investing in competent people
    Get real about process of innovation (bold and aggressive experimentation, failure is ok etc)
    Promote transparency and sharing of information by investing into collaborative technologies- naturally that's the way knowledge bees prefer
    Rethink about ergonomics of the environment from software development point of view - worthy investment

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Huge corporate upside, but mid-level management styles are caught up in hierarchical and bureaucratic models

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at BMC Software

    Pros

    BMC has got a great upside if the legacy culture and leadership style could get out of the way.

    Cons

    Managing "up" is the only thing that maaters. Innovation and "get it done" attitude is punished by mid-level managers that have made careers by managing-up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage down, the people on your team need to be your priority. Hanging on to power roles, without a vision to drive the team, is hurting the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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