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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

Pros- Great place for newly-minted college students to learn a lot
- Company is in the CPQ/SAAS space. It doesn't get sexier than this in enterprise software right now. Lots of careers will be made.
- Rigorous interview and testing process means that all your co-workers are very very smart. Because they are usually young and unmarried, there is always something going on - lots of happy hours/outings/general shenanigans. Very fun depending on your team-mates.
- Friday beers
- Recent business strategy is designed to increase the valuation of the company and then sell it. That could be a pro or a con depending on what you are looking for. No one is getting stock options though.

Cons- Terrible pay. They were exploiting the weak economy and now they are exploiting impressionable young college graduates
- People leaving in droves. The big company joke is that there is a standard going-away party every Friday at DC Sarnies (local bar and restaurant).
- Vista (a VC firm) bought BigMachines and promptly pushed the old CEO off. Of the original management team, only 2 people still work for the company. A VC takeover usually means management flight but what on earth is going on at the top? Very worrisome.
- Old Management were either bullies or had verbal diarrhea but at least they were competent and were respected. Some of the new management is thoroughly incompetent. Others are fine but they dont give a fig about company culture.

Advice to Senior ManagementVista - Reach out to your b-school buddies and hire a CEO that does not speak in platitudes. Management - Know what we do. Take the yellow belt so you can carry out a decent conversation about the product. Come to happy hours/stay for Friday beers/walk around the office and say hi. You are going to sell the company anyway so it might seem like wasted effort but this is the only thing that will stop people from leaving in droves.

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    9 people found this helpful  

    Innovative Growth Company Slowed to a Crawl

    (Former Employee)

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


    Pros: -Hiring a lot of young grads right out of school, so those with any experience have a pretty good chance of landing a manager level… Cons: -very little diversity in management. No women, for example... -If you don't directly contribute to the agenda of the new CEO and the… Advice to Senior Management: Integrity starts at the top and filters down to every person at… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    4 people found this helpful  

    Good experience at a place where they hire based on potential

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at BigMachines


    Pros: *Relaxed atmosphere *Appreciated for hard work *Once you get to know people in Sr. Mgmt, open communication/criticism is encouraged It's a good, fun place to work with smart… Cons: *Appreciation not often monetary *People getting promoted a lot of times already in… Advice to Senior Management: Get to know your people. Stay until 4 on Fridays to have a beer. Be invested in their lives. Promote people who… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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