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Bad experience and big letdown after so much hype.

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Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

I worked at Bazaarvoice full-time for less than a year

Pros

Decent pay.
Good co-workers, and some are really smart (but sadly their intelligence seems underutilized).
20% time to try out new things.
Good vacation policy.
An okay job for a code monkey (or even management type).

Cons

The engineering work is not all that interesting, but the company acts like it is. They really stress this in recruiting, comparing themselves to Google, etc.
Poor work life balance.
Fake culture, and there is a sort of fear in the air that tends to make people keep their mouth shut. Those who do have new ideas are usually ignored because "we gotta make the sprint" on the next boring widget.
New ideas are generally shot down, and the 20% time really means you work longer. As a result, not many people actually have 20% projects.
Recruiters talk up how awesome the company and projects are, which only makes the let down that much worse once you get there. It's a fairly typical medium-sized corporation, nothing special.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of the cheerleading and all the hype, and most importantly don't lie/exaggerate to new recruits.
Listen to new ideas. The company is way too sales & marketing driven. Let engineering propose product ideas too; they know what's possible.
If you want to keep top talent, give them something interesting to do. All these brilliant CMU/Stanford/top-10 CS grads aren't going to stick around just to sling more enterprise java code.
Consider beefing up a full-fledged R&D department.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Missing the social media boat

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Implementation Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Implementation Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Bazaarvoice full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated people
    Vacation policy
    Culture used to be awesome, now nothing special

    Cons

    BV used to be at the forefront of social marketing with reviews, but reviews are no longer a brand engagement channel since Facebook and Twitter have become destinations for brands
    New products are not appealing
    Recent senior management hires are not fueling the future of this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to get acquired and move on to your next venture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Company in freefall

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Bazaarvoice full-time

    Pros

    New pay structure is over-market for Engineers
    Many smart people with whom to work

    Cons

    New products fail to impress
    Growing discord within R&D
    Poor technical leaders who play the blame game by pointing fingers at the engineers
    Poor follow-through on company wide or intra-departmental initiatives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the culture that made BV great. The new sweat-shop, blame game culture is pure poison and has many engineers looking for the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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