BDNA
2.7 of 5 9 reviews
www.bdna.com Mountain View, CA 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Jun 5, 2014

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Constantin Delivanis

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Love this company

    Executive (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsVery Creative place with Disruptive technology. There are no boundaries for employees so you can have a ton of fun but you need to be willing to work hard. The company has great products / solutions and customers renew at a very high rate. There are no office politics so be prepared to contribute at every level.

    Constoo much to do and there are limited resources so it forces you to think differently

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to foster creativity and reward employees for great performance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAutonomy, independence, innovation, contribution beyond scope of job description, all are encouraged.

    ConsTypical challenges of a start up environment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Extremely Poor Leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsNice people, decent technology - albeit very niche

    ConsVery poor culture due to the lack of leadership. Poor communication/administration/employee morale. Highly diluted equity and company very stingy around equity for employees. Compensation for sales people not good as company defers payment on commissions earned for 90 - 120 days because of cash-flow issues. Very few referenceable customers and poor post-sale implementation/support.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEasy advice - remove CEO from the business. His behavior is very unbalanced, his decision-making questionable at best and his megalomaniac need to be right all the time has created a revolving door with anyone talented that joins the company. The only chance BDNA has to survive is to remove him from the operational business.

    The other key advice is for the company to stop solely positioning their solution as a ServiceNow Plug-in. It is an enterprise solution and this narrow focus dilutes that value of the solution. In addition, the company needs to better articulate what the solution provides to businesses. While I was with the company, the positioning was constantly changing (i.e. Data as a Service, Data Cloud, Common language of IT, Data Quality, IT Genome, etc.)

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

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    Great experience, great learning, great people

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    Pros- Excellent place for engineers
    - Good work/life balance
    - Startup nature, get to work with people from higher posts
    - Can contribute to ideas even at a junior level
    - Very friendly people to work with. You get comfortable with the team and other employees very easily.
    - Company has made great progress regarding the products are not stopping here.
    - Free lunches once a week and occasional company outings and happy hours

    Cons- Need more engineers in the team (which I believe is in the roadmap)
    - Involves late night work sometimes (which would possibly be in any startup company)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place for engineers

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsPeople in engineering are great and get along well
    Variety and flexibility in engineering projects
    Opportunity to work with many different technologies
    Org structure is pretty flat, entire office is generally pretty cozy and friendly with each other
    Good consideration for work/life balance

    ConsExpect to spend time on customer support issues
    Projects sometimes change too rapidly
    Old products have lingering technical debt

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe willing to see a project through to the end.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    B players unite!

    Consultant (Former Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsNew products launching but need marketing support =leads

    ConsNeed marketing!/awareness/branding!
    What does BDNA stand for?
    Top exec sits at cube in main open office environment--babysitting/intimidating/smothering environment
    B office quality, lame facilitates, a/c poor.
    Culture very silent, not social, stale, boring, and morale mediocre.
    Very diverse so no unity, cohesiveness, interaction.
    Understaffed in all but engineering.
    small team and geographically dispersed to divisivea nd inefficient.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove top exec out of main employee area.
    become a non-engineering/techy driven co.
    Improve morale.
    Try some employee recognition......
    Make culture upbeat, friendly, and enjoyable-not the opposite.
    Special events are nice but need to improve offcie environment-work day feel.
    Stop marketing dept revolving door!
    Admit you attract /hireB players if lucky not A players!
    Staff up to increase chances for growth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    LACKING IN PRODUCT DIRECTION

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    Pros- good technical engineers
    - hiring manager was excellent

    Cons- high senior management turnover
    - no product direction
    - limited references

    Advice to Senior ManagementChoose a strategic direction for the company and communicate that to the field.

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    Good technology, but no strategy.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEngineering group is great, and very easy to work with.
    Far less office politics than most companies I've seen.
    Their technology can be truly great, if they'd just focus on developing one thing and being the best at that one thing.

    ConsThis company, as an organization, has the attention span of a sugared up 8-year-old. If you work here, you should expect to have a new "top priority" directive from the CEO on a nearly monthly basis, with no rhyme or reason as to why the priorities and strategies are changing. This tends to generate tons of wasted work, as the rest of the company chases their tails trying to keep up with the priority du jour.

    There have also been far too many management changes, especially on the sales and marketing side of the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPick a good strategy, and stick with it. The way you're doing it now, you're confusing your customers. Or even better: pick a competent executive team and stick with them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor direction and leadership

    Vice President Marketing (Former Employee)

    ProsGood location. Good employees. Good product. Some good customers. Employees get along well together and try to weather the ups and downs.

    ConsVery poor leadership. Everything changes all the time. The CEO is generally loathed and is dealt with by always agreeing as anything else is grounds for dismissal. Management merry go-round. Dozens of executives have passed through and CEO makes excuses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe problem is the CEO but the board appears to be incapable of doing anything about him as he is the major share holder. They once hired a real CEO but he was run off in less than a year.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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