BMC Software Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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BMC Software Chairman and CEO Bob Beauchamp
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Pros
  • Very good work life balance, comfort zones like WFH (in 44 reviews)

  • ability to work from home (given to ensure employees are working 24/7 (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • work-life balance needs to be improved (in 13 reviews)

  • Middle Management doesn't appear to know what they are doing (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    The best place to be !

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BMC Software

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, caring policies, wonderful infrastructure, learning opportunities, approachable and pro active HR & senior management

    Cons

    Can't think of any yet but would revisit the page in 6 months

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with your strong leadership and communication

    BMC Software Response

    Jul 27, 2015 – Social Media Manager

    Thanks for the great review!


  2. Helpful (2)

    Fantastic opportunity for passionate, bright individuals

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC

    I have been working at BMC Software full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're focused, bright and self-motivated, you can thrive here! Inside Sales is a great way to get your foot in the door at a tech company and then grow into various other roles including sales, software consulting, and customer success. Compared to other local tech inside sales orgs, BMC's work-life balance is more favorable; we're not just a call center. The products are well-known market leaders in most cases, and they're stronger than the competitors even in markets that BMC isn't traditionally known for. The leadership brings culture and insight from other tech-winners like SalesForce, SAS, and Adobe. And the company is big enough to offer great opportunities, but small enough for you to stand out and go earn promotions. Patience, networking and consistent performance is the formula for success here.

    Cons

    None worth lamenting. Come win with us!

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting your people, share successes and guide your teams to grow and win!


  3. Great Company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BMC Software full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work life balance is achieved here. This doesn't mean that you won't have to 'go the extra mile here', but you will feel appreciated and you will have flexibility. It makes it to where you want to work because you feel like you make a difference.

    Cons

    Sometimes things don't move fast enough, but that is with any company.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Years of layoffs

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Information Developer in Austin, TX

    I worked at BMC Software full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A great start but things have gotten really hard for many employees. Employee benefits are good while you work there.

    Cons

    Layoffs at least 1 a year for the last 7 years. Hard to maintain employee morale in face of so many layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Be content with short term in employees in the face of the layoff history. Few people want to work for a company with such a history.


  6. Helpful (11)

    Not the same company it use to be

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant

    I worked at BMC Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good starting salary, can't think of anything else positive to say but there is a 20 word minimum to post so...

    Cons

    Not the same company I joined 4 years ago. Things changed just over 2 years ago with a hostile takeover attempt by a majority shareholder (Elliott) and BMC swallowed a "poison pill." This hurt long term sales. A year later they went private and promised to invest in their products. This also hurt long term sales. Most of the talented people left at this time. The new owners are all "vulture capitalist" firms. They've done massive RIFs every 6 months since. While laying people off, the owners took out a $900 million loan and paid themselves bonuses for a "job well done." Their products got pushed out the door with fatal defects that took several months to resolve. They no longer innovate. Their products have been stale for years and their competitors are catching up or passing them. I went from feeling like a valuable asset to the company with some of the best managers in my career (they all left) to having a horrible manager and feeling like an expendable number at the end. Annual salary increases are non-existent. Would not recommend this company to anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you say. You promised to keep and retain talent and it was a lie. You promised a work/life balance and it was a lie. You promised to go private so you could pump money back into your products and it was a lie.


  7. Innovative, Fun, Collaborative Environment + Great Benefits!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Evangelist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Recruiting Evangelist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BMC Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    BMC offers a great, energetic, exciting environment. Products are very unique, innovative, and market-leading in multiple categories. Analyst firms consistently rank BMC among the top, which makes it much easier for sales teams to sell the product.

    Cons

    Just as many multinational organizations, it can be difficult to coordinate schedules for meetings.


  8. Good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BMC Software full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people who work hard. Good working environment and everyone does what it takes to keep customers happy. Reasonable work hours.

    Cons

    No career paths for managers or succession plans. All top level jobs are filled with outside people who typically leave after two years. Then the next new group of execs come in.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within and even if areas don't hit their stretch goals, if they performed better than last year, share the wealth. Reinvest in paying people to retain the talent.


  9. Helpful (10)

    Senior Account Exec

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager (Sales) in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Account Manager (Sales) in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at BMC Software

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Accelerated vesting and stock options kept a lot of us there when we should have left.

    Cons

    sales turnover averages about 50-80% per year, in 5 years here I literally could not even keep track of the new reps, and this has not stopped as I still have many friends here, turnover is higher than ever right now. You have a mix of almost IBM-like lifers here and 3rd rate reps that didn't have any other options than to go to BMC. BMC has not made a good technology acquisition in years. Of the whole portfolio, maybe 3 products are worth selling; Control-M (mainframe team), ADDM (the discovery tool) and MyIT. But unfortunately you have quota for 50 products and if you're in ESM (distributed person) you won't be selling Control-M Scheduling. For the ESM/distributed products they have 3 lines of business: 1) monitoring --they are getting crushed by everyone, CA Nimsoft, Splunk, even IBM, Nagios opensource. 2) Automation under the Bladelogic name has not added a new feature or kept up with the market in years. Puppet and Chef now dominate the server automation market. Cloud Lifecycle Manager was the top product for a few months in 2011-early 2012 and they stopped investing, CLM is not even relevant anymore. VMWare owns this market, the others are doing opensource like cloudstack/openstack. 3) Service Support (service desk-Remedy) --the most boring thing in the world to sell. Remedy is a distant second place to ServiceNow. you can win some deals, but have fun talking about request, incident and change management and having a 12 month+ sales process as everyone who needs a service desk already had one 15 years ago. There is no growth in this 20 year old market, just lateral movement. ServiceNow has only grown by stealing share, mainly from HP and the other lousy service desks but also from BMC Remedy. BMC has completely lost its way. BMC has lost the right to make fun of anyone, if they were not private you'd get to see how bad the revenue numbers are. If you want a big messed up company with at least a good amount of good to great software, try CA If you want a big company where you can work 30 hours a week but not make good money go to IBM. If you want a big software company that is totally mismanaged choose HP or BMC.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy and execute, if a product is in your portfolio, invest in it, if it's not strategic get rid of it. Do something different as it's been the same tired, rebuilding story for 7 years.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BMC Software full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great focus on the product market and delivering innovative solutions. Peer environment demonstrates teamwork. Flexible to work life balance including WFH

    Cons

    Need to invest more in the personal development of the employee. Need more public name recognition of the BMC brand.

    Advice to Management

    Need more communication on the vision of the company as a whole for the short and long term and the integration of the product lines.


  11. Helpful (6)

    No one knows anything

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BMC Software full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good training for Sales, remote office for many, work life balance, being part of a company in transition.....

    Cons

    Being part of a company in transition means no one knows what anyone else is doing. Silos upon silos. Constant re-orgs. Changes made don't seem well thought out, they are just change for the sake of change. An old company trying to act like a young company is harder that it sounds. I'd also agree with another review that states many people here are at a career point where they are just riding this out until retirement. Nice people but no energy. BMC turned out to be a real dud, even with a new wave of VP's and Leadership I'm about to jump ship.

    Advice to Management

    I know it's all about the numbers when a private co but being too cheap affects your people. Benefits here are SUPER expensive and not that great. I've had better at a start up!



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