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Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

I worked at Blackhawk Network as a contractor (more than an year)

Pros

Freedom to express your thoughts and ideas. Management won't put a lot of pressure about dead lines when you are convincing about the estimate.

Cons

Not a lot of learning

Approves of CEO

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    Extreme politics & Turmoil

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Blackhawk Network full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Location. Less commute if you stay near pleasanton.

    Cons

    Extreme politics.The culture [not sure if it is a disrespect to this word to use in the context of BHN] inside is terrible. The mid levels managers does not have any clue of the technology side or management side. They are forced to act in favor of their directors\direct managers who are no different than their direct reports. The founder and people of the same level have great ideas and business model of the company is good. Quite unfortunately it is currently being manged by bunch of people who does not have neither technical nor managerial capabilities.

    There is zero value for the years of experience a prospective employee bring on board.

    If you are planning to join this place, I would strongly encourage to use any other potential options to hang on for some time and find a job elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Peform a much needed deep cleansing if you would like truly transform this company around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Extremely Political and Cliquish

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    Former Employee - Software Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Software Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Blackhawk Network full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Location. If you live around the tri-valley area.

    Cons

    1. Political cesspool. The political culture has been there for too long to change. You have someone with just a few years of IT experience gets promoted all the way to the top simply because being able to "talk pretty" more than anything else. When a company promotes an individual like that it does 2 things: 1. It shows as long as you can talk and play political games you get ahead. 2. It promotes the political culture and worsens the problem. As a result, almost every manager has to learn how to play the game to survive so they learn from their boss - undercut peers when they're in the way, get ahead by stepping on other people, haze their employees to get whatever they want.., etc. The list just goes on and on. And when you look at the problems and try to understand the root cause, you realize they all start from one source. The only way to advance in this organization is by playing their game and get into the clique. You may say it's more or less the same in every company but trust me, you have seen nothing yet unitl you join BHN.

    2. Inexperience managers. The number of managers at this small company is simply amazing and because of the fact they're inexperience, they can't or don't know how to stand up to their bosses and eventually succumb to the sickening culture and become of the problems.

    These are the two major problems with BHN and everything negative about this place seems to derive from them. So you have low morale, employees feeling disrespected, overworked employees, public hazing and bad mouthing...

    If you're considering joinin BHN, do yourself a favor, ask around before you make the decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you really care about this company and want to do better yank out the bad apple from the top. It's poisonous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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