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Helpful (9)

Get in, Learn Fast, Get Out. Quickly.

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at BigMachines

Disapproves of CEO
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

Vista - 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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  1. Helpful (9)

    Innovative Growth Company Slowed to a Crawl

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BigMachines full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 job that will boost your career in the future. As long as you get the ear of the right people, chances are you'll get promoted quickly too.

    -The people who have been there more than one or two years are really trying to keep the same culture as the founders (1 of 2 still at the company) - which is an awesome work hard, play hard kind of mentality.

    -Finally starting to put good processes in place.

    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 private equity company that took over a year ago, chances are you will be invisible and overlooked even if you are doing a great job. Achieving meaningful results and being qualified doesn't necessarily mean you'll get chosen for the promotion either... very political.

    -everything is about downsizing to look like there is profit, but the reality is that people are drowning in projects and over-worked. There are just not enough resources. People are leaving just as fast as people are being hired. Obviously, it is difficult to grow and innovate when the majority of your employees are new and need to be trained.

    Advice to Management

    Integrity starts at the top and filters down to every person at the company. It is the most vital component to a successful organization.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Good experience at a place where they hire based on potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BigMachines

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 people. With the rigorous testing process and interview process, people can get hired based on potential rather than perfect resumes. Managers that I've dealt with do well at telling their people they're doing a good job.

    Cons

    *Appreciation not often monetary
    *People getting promoted a lot of times already in higher level positions
    *Hard for everyone to form good relationships with Sr. Mgmt

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your people. Stay until 4 on Fridays to have a beer. Be invested in their lives. Promote people who really deserve it, even if they're not necessarily on your radar. A lot of people seem to be under the impression that we just recently "came under power" of a private equity firm (which is untrue) so work on communicating with the company about those types of things.

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