BMC Software Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated March 23, 2014
Updated March 23, 2014
475 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Good Company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Product Developer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Developer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at BMC Software

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Nothing 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..

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horrible and Frustrating

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    Former Employee - Senior Information Developer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Information Developer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at BMC Software

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Never, 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...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    This place was a train wreck

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

    I worked at BMC Software

    Pros

    Lot'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.

    Cons

    Too 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 ManagementAdvice

    Clean up the mess and invest more in Automation

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, but slow to adapt at times.

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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

    BMC 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.

    Cons

    Sometimes 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    No place for creativity

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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

    Great 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.

    Cons

    No place to advance one's career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than holding employees retained with attractive bonus plan pay them competitive salaries and let them work hard for it.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    They sneeze the life out of you

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at BMC Software

    Pros

    ruthless discipline towards execution and profit

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Tidbit regarding BMC Software

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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

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

    Cons

    Overall limited opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10. 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
  11.  

    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

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