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BMC Software Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
463 Reviews

3.3
463 Reviews
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BMC Software Chairman and CEO Bob Beauchamp
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and work environment allows for appropriate work/life balance most of the time (in 42 reviews)

  • Work from home facility is available" Good food is available at canteen (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Bad work life balance as per my personal experience but apary from it all good :) (in 12 reviews)

  • Some groups are run like family business - senior Management is not aware of reality on the ground (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    It's had its ups and downs!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Product Developer

    Pros

    BMC tends to hire really talented people, and I have worked on some interesting projects over the years. Strong customer emphasis. BMC has had a strong commitment to delivering quality software and providing excellent service to the customer, and this has made it nice as an employee to not be constantly apologizing to customers for a lack of these items.

    Cons

    BMC has been cutting back on staff for 5 to 10 years now, so it gets harder and harder to keep up with new development, maintenance, and support. Raises and promotions are few and far between. Management shuffles make it like starting over at a new job every year or so. They never survey workers about manager effectiveness, so mediocre managers hang around forever and just move around. Still can't tell if going private in late 2013 was a good or bad thing for company and employees (I am sure those at top took care of themselves).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management reviews (all levels) should include a survey of the managed employees. They get promoted/rewarded/public accolades while the people they manage are terrorized and miserable. Give employees a sense that we have a future here. Give up a little of your bonus money and get some help at the bottom.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Benefits okay but uncertainty continues about long-term employment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company offers good benefits and work schedules are flexible (see cons). The yearly layoffs have not stopped since going private. Many staff in the U.S. have taken a step-down in their position to retain employment with the company. Jobs continue to be offshored,

    Cons

    This is a globally staffed company with project teams scattered among multiple countries. Staff in key locations work very early or late to accomodate the varying time zones. This might benefit your personal schedule or be difficult to manage if you are not an early morning or late-night person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring jobs to locations that have been downsized and expand opportunities for employees that have seen their opportunities narrowed due to restructuring and offshoring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome people, decent benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    Pros

    Start with 3 weeks time-off which increases with time in the company. Compensation is amongst the top 25% in the industry but you have to negotiate and get it

    Cons

    Health benefits are getting poorer. With the company going private, they have not replaced the ESPP with an equivalent benefit

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Getting better again, was in a slump

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

    Pros

    I have mostly had fair and level headed senior management. Senior management folks in the pre sales division are extremely approachable. The division has an average tenure of 6+ years - which is huge in today's market. For me - the approachability of management, autonomy in work and decent pay are the biggest pros.

    Cons

    Growth in career can become a challenge if the employee doesn't have clear plans. Top management strategies take time to reach rank and file.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's happening now - but top management needs to be on the ground.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A great place to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Great local and national sales leadership. Great future vision. Renewal of customer focus now with the company going private behind them.

    Cons

    None company is great. Only the best will get better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Diversity is non existent

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Compensation was very good. Great future vision. Really good sales leaders. The taking over to private in my opinion was a good thing.

    Cons

    I was in cloud automation group -- it is stagnant with old timers. No women in leadership positions. Lack of women VPs is joked about with management making flippant remarks about hiring more women. Actions speak volumes -- only mid level women are brought in and as contractors only. I left because I saw little ability to advance not just because of gender but because nobody advances here. It was also sad to see the boys club mentality at the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in decent healthcare benefits as these kept taking hits year after year. Do not accept your managements lame excuses about why there are no women leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    BMC has amazing employees that care, work long hours, but fear the annual layoffs!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Grateful to have a director that cared. Always felt supported, valued, and challenged. Great co-workers!

    Cons

    Layoffs!!!! I was never impacted by a layoff, but the month of March and April....pointless from a productivity standpoint!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company that provided growth and learning opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    BMC offered me opportunities to move around to different roles. This allowed me to learn new things and remain challenged.

    Cons

    At times, the leadership was not fully in touch with the "feet on the street".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to talk with and listen to employees to understand what is working and not working. Pay close attention to the culture.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    BMC has a variety of job types that allow an employee to explore different aspects of the business

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

    Pros

    Good people who care about each other
    First and second line management is very supportive of career development
    Bright future as long as the company will execute on its plan

    Cons

    Upheaval related to the acquisition has taken longer to settle than hoped
    Recent attrition has led to loss of confidence in ability to execute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent to ensure your actions match your words

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Downward

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

    Pros

    Good cafe. Good pay. Some people are good. Not much else is worth mentioning as cons out weigh pros.

    Cons

    Cloud strategy is missing and cloud group lacks direction. Weak leadership in some of the most important parts of company like cloud will hamper our forward traction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Insensitive comments about women so women are discouraged in some groups and left BMC. HR seems unwilling to support women. HR does not push back on levels and levels of mgmt teams without any women direct reports.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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