BigMachines Reviews

Updated May 7, 2014
Updated May 7, 2014
75 Reviews
3.3
75 Reviews
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BigMachines CEO David Bonnette
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Although the company is growing rapidly, you will feel like you're around family (in 10 reviews)

  • Stocked kitchens, beer on Fridays, company outings (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay in exchange for great experience (in 11 reviews)

  • It sounds like the new management that was brought in by the Board is just the opposite (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to work your face off

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at BigMachines

    Pros

    1. Super Smart Co-Workers
    2. Intellectually stimulating work
    3. Relaxed attire
    4. Ability to gain a lot of experience very quickly
    5. Career advancement opportunities for those willing to do the work

    Cons

    1. Sometimes work trumps life on the teeter totter of work-life balance
    2. Compensation is a little lite coming in the door
    3. If you have questions, the company isn't mature enough to always provide easy answers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To Prospects - BigMachines is a great place to work, and the pros certainly outweigh the cons. It has been an amazing ride growing with this company over the last 4 years. While there are certainly plenty of challenges, those challenges lead to many opportunities for career advancement. I have a feeling that a lot of the negative reviews on this site were left by those that were either unwilling to dedicate themselves or whose dedication yielded little results. This is a new economy, and one must double down on their work ethic or suffer the consequences of mediocrity. BigMachines is in a unique position to attain tremendous growth in the coming years. They are financially healthy, and investing heavily in the product and in their employees. Come along for the ride.

    To Management - Please, please keep investing in the product and the people! When communicating the company vision and plan, include timelines and owners. I know a lot of this stuff is still on the drawing board, and maybe it is best to leave it there until the plan is fleshed out a bit more. Keep advancing those that put in the effort, and start creating paths for advancement so people have a clear idea of what needs to be done to succeed.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work.. Better returns in the long run

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at BigMachines

    Pros

    Smart and talented team
    Open environment. If you have the potential, you would get to do the work that you want to do.

    Cons

    Its a place where you work hard and party harder.
    It needs adjustment to balance your work life. If you show the potential, management would offer you the flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Programs for Self growth of employees should be designed along with the employee and this need not be related to their work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Place for Entry Level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at BigMachines

    Pros

    1) Great Benefits
    2) Awesome People
    3) Casual Environment
    4) Growing Rapidly

    Cons

    1) Overall Pay is low
    2) No real way to advance except for title
    3) Review process is antiquated and even management does not like it
    4) The hours expected of you are extreme (12 hour days, every day is not longer)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You treat everyone well, and it is a great company to work at, but the expectations of each employee is unrealistic and will burn people out.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great Training, Great Benefits, but... No clear advancement opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at BigMachines

    Pros

    - Great people in this company
    - Leader in its industry
    - Fantastic development and Ops team
    - Fully stocked kitchen
    - Alcohol served Fridays (late afternoon)
    - Some great resources
    - Great company meetings weekly (free lunch)
    - Extremely difficult job to get

    Cons

    - No clear career path. Company is constantly changing, so what you may have been told were potential career paths, may be different the next month
    - Ever increasing goals and work load, while trying to find ways to pay you less
    - More of a "figure it out on your own" approach
    - Lower pay than other jobs in that area
    - Workplace morale could be a lot better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO is great. He has a great vision, and he is a very brilliant, fun, and personable guy. Easily one of the funniest guys I have met. Management could do a better job answering questions or providing guidance. As well as providing employees with information on what to expect for career advancement.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    A nice place to get your feet wet, but poor sales management and little room for advancement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at BigMachines

    Pros

    - Young, energetic environment
    - Fast growing industry
    - Good benefits compared to other business in the area
    - Good product, with some great development people
    - Well stocked kitchen

    Cons

    - Salary and commission is significantly lower than alternatives
    - Fast growing company means things are always changing (could be a "Pro" depending on how you look at it)
    - Undefined career paths, little or no room for advancement
    - Many complaints about management, particularly sales executives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a noticeable downward trend in employee satisfaction, and I think its in large part to the lack of career advancement within the company. I can speak for others when I say that we no longer felt management has their employees best interests in mind. It was difficult to give 100% when you felt management wasn't doing the same for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great for sales, development, bad for professional services

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at BigMachines

    Pros

    High growth company, very casual environment typical of many software companies, very quick career growth potential, very open environment to get info and ask questions in, sales pipeline is bursting, free soda and candy!

    Cons

    Sales team allowed to rule the roost, oftentimes selling things that the product cannot do, leaving implementation teams out to dry. Full sales pipeline forcing company to outsource work, oftentimes leaving clients unhappy. Extreme cost cutting measures being taken, possibly for a sale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a defined vision for where to go with the company; is it going to be a software company, focusing on product development and selling licenses, or is it going to start taking its professional services practice seriously?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place for fresh grads

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at BigMachines

    Pros

    1. Great people
    2. Fun enviorment
    3. Start up culture
    4. Benifits are good (medical, weekly lunch, free drinks)
    5. Management are strong
    6. Company is on the right way and grow fast

    Cons

    1. Low salary
    2. Bad location, too far from Chicago
    3. No promotion, few middle level management, very flat
    4. Most of them are fresh grads

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some experienced people and rise the salary.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at BigMachines

    Pros

    Great startup culture, work is very independent, credit usually goes where it's due, has a very casual culture growing at a fast rate.

    Cons

    average salaries have a hard time pulling talent away from the big guys, office is often rather crowded, lack of laid out career tracks as with any startup.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Aggressive, Growth Company with Fun, Hard Working Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at BigMachines

    Pros

    The company is growing fast and hiring a lot of new talent based on a rigorous testing and recruiting process. BigMachines is a leading partner for cloud computing leaders such as Salesforce.com and Oracle and is deploying a lot of cool web 2.0 technology.

    Cons

    Due to the growth, the resources are stretched thin and team members are expected to work hard and do whatever it takes to help the company succeed. Things seem a bit chaotic at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add sufficient resources to all the teams to enable a better balance. Formalize employee growth plans and provide more opportunities for training.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    BigMachines is a great place to learn, grow, and work your butt off while having a good time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Services Intern in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Professional Services Intern in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at BigMachines

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, fun and easygoing atmosphere, friendly people, interesting and varied work, good cross functional teamwork and communication, possibility for growth and learning, quickly growing company and industry, high individual responsibility

    Cons

    Location, high workload, lack of performance feedback, lack of consistent practices, standards, and metrics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the amount of feedback given on performance, set up more consistent practices

    Recommends

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