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BMC Software Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated Mar 23, 2014
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2.6 35 reviews

43% Approve of the CEO

BMC Software Chairman and CEO Bob Beauchamp

Bob Beauchamp

(21 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Good Company to work for.

    Product Developer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsBMC has good work and life balance culture. It is easy to work with cross functional teams and offshore teams..

    ConsNothing specific as cons in working at BMC Software. Does have lots of projects going on simultaneously by offshore teams, so time management is a must..

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible and Frustrating

    Senior Information Developer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsTechnology is interesting and challenging to learn. The benefits and salary are above average.

    ConsThe atmosphere is ridiculously political and filled with pompous primadonnas. Most of the employees take themselves much too seriously and management is frightenly cut throat!

    Many in management who have no concept of the "real" world as they've spent their entire lives working for BMC.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNever, ever, elicit personal information from an employee on the pretext of "helping them with their career development." I made the mistake of being open with my manager (on her repeated insistence) about a communication weakness that I wanted to work on only to have her turn around and fire me on the basis of the so-called "weakness."

    Don't betray your employees even if you're looking to justify a lay-off! It's really bad karma...bad juju...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This place was a train wreck

    Account Manager (Sales) (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsLot's of good sales training and broad product portfolio. Got to spend a lot of money trying to sell customers on a good time rather than reliable technology.

    ConsToo many layers of management, lack of executive communication with employees and no value add to the process. Sales Directors are more interested in managing up and throwing their subordinates under the bus. The products didn't work. There was constant turnover and therefore no sense of team work working towards the common cause.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean up the mess and invest more in Automation

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company, but slow to adapt at times.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsBMC Software sells some exceptional products, and can address a lot of pain inside of IT operations. The Cloud Lifecycle Management tools are exceptiona, and at least 18 months ahead of the competition.

    ConsSometimes you see people that should not be doing the jobs that they are in. They are either unqualified, or incompetent, yet they stay and nobody is forcing them to leave. They also do not take many risks, but risk is inherent in innovation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe a bit more focused on the product and the customer, not necessarily the stock price. If the development org is not able to write stable and functional code, then you should consider drastic changes in that area to shake things up.

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    No place for creativity

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat job security as long as you keep your head down and do your work and wait for bonus to get paid without expecting any job advancement.

    ConsNo place to advance one's career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRather than holding employees retained with attractive bonus plan pay them competitive salaries and let them work hard for it.

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    They sneeze the life out of you

    Senior Product Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    Prosruthless discipline towards execution and profit

    Conssee people as resourses to eb used, chewed and spit out
    no sense of belonging
    very political

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Tidbit regarding BMC Software

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat company for specific depts such as Sales and Product Dev'ing.

    ConsOverall limited opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI cannot speak for all depts but in regards to internal I.T. the management is using the "do more with less" approach which stresses out the I.T. employees. I better balance of man power to work load is necessary to ensure a more positive work environment.

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    Information Developer (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsExcellent benefits. Flexible work options.

    ConsGlobal 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 Senior ManagementCare about the people more.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

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

    ConsCancerous 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 Senior ManagementRecognize 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    BMC Has Become a Ship Of Fools

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsFive 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.

    ConsOver 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 Senior ManagementStop intimidating employees by promoting the importance of performance evaluations beyond all possible reason.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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