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BMC Software is like working in a salt mine

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Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer
Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer

I worked at BMC Software full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

-- Sometimes, you have the opportunity to work on an interesting project.
-- The health benefits are better than average.
-- Some of the company's products are leading-edge technology.

Cons

-- Absolutely no work/life balance. You literally work until you drop or develop a medical problem.
-- Politics at the individual department level are hardball. Coworkers act agressively to gain turf.
-- You receive emails from managers written at 2:00 AM. Nothing is said, but you quickly get the hint.
-- If you don't hit the ground running from the start, you'll be out of there within three to four months.
-- You spend about 30 hours every quarter writing your performance evaluation for your manager.
-- Only super stars need apply. Everyone else is lumped into a huge bucket subject to annual layoffs.
-- BMC Software doesn't develop new products; instead, they just acquire other companies.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Back in 2005, employees were leaving in droves at some BMC Software locations (for example, Sunnyvale, CA). The strong growth that occurred over the next three years though attracted fresh talent.

You need to manage your workforce by "offering the carrot, not the whip". When I left in 2009, BMC Software had just acquired a new company, and they offered the CEO a position managing a large business unit. One of his first actions was to create a plan to eliminate an additional 5 percent of the workforce each year. He was so proud of this!

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for BMC Software

  1.  

    Great place to "retire"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BMC Software

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Great kickoff and club
    Good people, better than standard corporate job but trends toward complacency.
    Easy job and can move up easily if that's what you want.

    Cons

    Heavy focus on retention vs. high performance.
    Not encouraged/rewarded/motivated to stand out.
    Seniority trumps all even in the face of disastrous performance.
    Missing out on more money by not *really* producing.
    Customers use as necessary evil, hate company, rarely get good meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For those at the top great job! Pocketing cash with minimal effort and leadership. Unfortunately, it felt like it's more of a ponzi scheme. Those at the bottom are deluded in what the job really is. All the while having to deal with the non-performance of the middle mgmt with minimal upside and an impossible path to customer happiness. This is in part because no transparency exists through mgmt layers.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technically enlightening

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Pune (India)

    I have been working at BMC Software

    Pros

    Work environment and technical pool

    Cons

    not a great organizational structure

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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