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BMC Software Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
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Pros
  • Good benefits and work environment allows for appropriate work/life balance most of the time (in 44 reviews)

  • Work from home facility is available" Good food is available at canteen (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Bad work life balance as per my personal experience but apary from it all good :) (in 13 reviews)

  • Middle management receives no support and there is little evaluation of their effectiveness (in 10 reviews)

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    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
  2. 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
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    good for architects, bad for lower level engineers

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

    I have been working at BMC Software

    Pros

    relatively stable engineering department. despite work being moved to india, engineers are accomodated to other product teams. all attrition is based on performance only.

    Cons

    since most work is moving to india, engineers are under pressure to work at lead and architect level. workplace is cramped, and office benefits (cafeteria, gym, etc) are being eliminated quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to communicate clearly with the employees in San Jose regarding what jobs will be retained here, so they know what to work towards.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you can 'blame-storm' this is the company for you

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at BMC Software

    Pros

    I have a feeling that if you work in one of the company's two main offices, located in Texas or India, the meeting times may be more manageable.

    Cons

    I'd heard about blame-storming, but I had never experienced it before being hired at BMC. If you know how to function in that kind of environment, go for it. I would also tell any new hire at BMC to talk to a trusted HR person to help them keep track of all the information that would be necessary to form a case for why your being fired is inappropriate. I would say set aside a good hour per day to devote to your note takings -- your management is doing this so should you be.

    After working there, I had several recruiters comment that BMC has a habit of calling meetings that you must attend. The example given was a meeting notice that went out at about 5pm on the day a person was leaving for vacation, for a mandatory 6-7pm meeting. It was presented as a pervasive corporate habit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The in fighting and lack of employee satisfaction are affecting overall product quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I do not recommend working for this company.

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    Former Employee - Administrative in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative in San Jose, CA

    I worked at BMC Software

    Pros

    The salaries are higher than industry averages, there is some flexibility in the work schedule and there are ample donuts to be had.

    Cons

    Management lacks the wisdom to see structural problems and places blame on external agencies. Large amounts of abuse towards employees, as well as vulnerable clients. Neither management or employees respect the position of trust within the community that they have been given.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect for clients and employees. Treat clients with dignity, do not mismanage funds and take responsibility for the consequences of mismanagement by employees when it happens instead of shifting blame.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Waiting game

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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

    market leader in certain fields
    big but small enough to be involved in initiatives

    Cons

    company focuses on specific products at the expense of others
    lack of respect for employee's capabilities
    my way or the highway

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect your employees and do not treat them as emotionless cattle

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Grass is the same color as most other large companies...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at BMC Software

    Pros

    - Large company, situated well to ride out bumps in the global economy
    - High level of vocal community support for the Remedy product line
    - Good at integrating acquired companies into larger solutions

    Cons

    - Big company with lots of internal process overhead - not very nimble
    - Tends to be driven by what competitors do or large customers demand vs. innovative
    - Most employees tend to just do what is in their job description without going above and beyond

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Be forward looking in 3-5 year plans and stick to them
    - Listen to your folks on the front line - they'll help you decide what's important to do

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales People not required

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager (Sales) in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager (Sales) in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at BMC Software

    Pros

    good products - good product strategy

    Cons

    Terrible Sales Management - Sales People go to BMC to die - It is a place for order takers not sales people. Bladelogic management is not customer focused - it is only about making a sale.
    Poor compensation. Not real smart people especially in sales management. If you want to be No. 1 in your lower division math class - this is the place for you !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try selling Cutco Knifes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    BMC - stable employment - boring technology

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Developer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Developer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at BMC Software

    Pros

    Company growing fast - stable job and good chance to advance career.

    The company got into the whole BSM story very early, and has had a lot of success at selling this to customers. Our customer base is constantly growing, and that makes for a lot of work and stable product development jobs.

    The possible risk to a job here is that there is a trend to move work to the India office, and I would estimate that in another 3-4 years most of the work will move there. So existing employees need to create a place for them in a leaner environment.

    Cons

    Outdated technology. Very IT specific work. if you understand how IT organizations work, or have good working knowledge about datacenters and all it takes to manage them, you will enjoy this work. Otherwise you will have to forget about all the neat stuff being done out there by companies like Google and Facebook. No place for that in this company.

    No work is done on the cutting edge. The perspective is to gain customers, not to lead on technology front.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow people to move between difference job functions, across engineering and marketing and sales. Not much support for that currently. Company does not seem to be interested in encouraging employees to do so.

    Approves of CEO

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