BigFix Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
6 Reviews

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    Gone, But Not Forgotten

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BigFix full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Truly superior technology. Made competitors look laughably incompetent.
    Management said they valued out-of-the-box thinking and actually meant it.

    Cons

    Growth brought talent dilution and complex politics. Kissinger's law ("Academic politics is so vicious because there is so little at stake.") kicked in.
    CEO couldn't hire a sales VP to save his life.
    Company bought by IBM mostly to kill it.
    Emeryville has its charms, but logistical accessibility (i.e. decent BART connection) isn't one of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company as such no longer exists. So much of the comments here are moot.

    Recommends
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    Small teams that created big products

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at BigFix full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - fast paced work in small teams
    - worked on relevant products that competed against much larger companies

    Cons

    - there wasn't much going on in terms of career development
    - there were definitely cliques among certain senior employees that alienated newer folks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BigFix full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Brightest group of technical people I have ever worked with. Tight knit group. Ability to challenge the status quo.

    Cons

    The IBM acquisition was great in many ways, but some of the key talent left following the acquisition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the BigFix team the space to do what it does best -innovate.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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    fast pace on tight budget

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at BigFix as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The company was expanding its product lines at that time. The support/sale/eng teams were in close collaboration to pushing the business forward. There were frequent brownbag events for cross-team technical discussion. And the people are super friendly.

    Cons

    The product team needs to work overtime periodically due to the time-sensitivity of security products. Bottom-line: people work happy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    BigFix acquired by IBM

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BigFix full-time

    Pros

    Small, fast growing, nimble company

    Cons

    Now part of a much larger organization (IBM).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Less BigFix, More IBM Everyday

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at BigFix

    Pros

    Good technology.
    Decent building and facilities.
    Excellent customer support and internal IT crew.
    Generally smart people.
    Decent compensation.
    Accessible management

    Cons

    Cliqueish and political atmosphere.
    Management could not hire a sales VP to save its life.
    Didn't seem to get that products have lifecycles. Much excitement for a "new" product, but little sense on how to maintain or develop it going forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The old BigFix is gone, but culture can persist.

    No opinion of CEO

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