BigMachines

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Good coworkers, positive environment, constantly-changing process.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Deerfield, IL
Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Deerfield, IL

I have been working at BigMachines full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Coworkers are talented and friendly. The powers that be keep us on a pretty long leash; we get to work from home from time to time and make our own hours unless there's something that demands that we be there at a certain time. I know the value of enjoying the work I do and the environment I do it in and BigMachines provides me with good work in a good environment.

Cons

Processes change often, making month-to-month work and position in the company seem unsteady at best. Promotions and raises are talked about in vague language and middle management seems to not know the intentions of HR and upper management when it comes to corporate structure and methods for promoting their reports.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have clear processes in place for how people are to be promoted. If you determine that the current processes are inadequate; have new processes in place rather than stopping almost all promotions for months while you figure out how you're going to do things. Be transparent and forthright with middle management and let them be the same with their workers.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Growing pains, inept management and 'corporatization' have drained so much good from the machine.

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

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

    Pros

    You'll work with smart people if you can pass the test.
    Friday lunches and beer.
    Good opportunity for a college grad to get their feet wet.

    Cons

    Vista Equity forced a square peg in a round hole with many of its strategic initiatives and employee measurement rankings, and brought a dark cloud over what used to be a great culture. They do not pay anywhere near industry averages, and try to milk all they can get from their employees, expecting you to give up your personal life just to meet expectations. Management doesn't know how to set accurate metrics to measure performance, so they are constantly changing as they flounder to figure it out (since most are brand new). While most people at BigMachines are great to work with there are a few that only hold the titles they have because they've been around too long. They will throw you under the bus, micro manage, speak condescendingly, spin things to avoid actually helping, and do what they can to make themselves look better at your expense - fortunately this does not apply to the majority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees instead of placating them with fake promotions and fluff in your all hands meetings. Recognize and pay them for their efforts and contributions and perhaps you'll be able to keep the talent that seems to be flooding out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great up and coming company to work at

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

    I have been working at BigMachines full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You learn a LOT
    You are working with very intelligent people who know what they are doing and are always willing to help you out if you need it
    The culture is great, with a very open door policy

    Cons

    The company is up and coming and that means that there is always a lot of work to do and can lead to long hours
    The company is located in Deerfield,not Chicago. But it is right off the Metra line, so that's nice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge to talent that your people have and reward them for it with advancement in the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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