Greenplum
2.4 of 5 16 reviews
www.greenplum.com San Mateo, CA 50 to 149 Employees

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Greenplum President Bill Cook

Bill Cook

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27% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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not good not bad...

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Greenplum

Pros-Fast paced cmpany
-startup like environment

Cons-Management is bad
-Compensation is not good

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Run the other direction!

Greenplum Architect (Former Employee)
San Mateo, CA

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

ProsHmmm. The technology perhaps. even though many months behind the leaders ...

ConsMiddle to upper management have their head stuck up there so deep, they can't see what's going on in the field. White people up there are treating the rest like slaves ...

Advice to Senior ManagementRespect the customer! Move away from "Off-shore" style people and project management!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Easily the worst experience of my career

Technical Architect (Former Employee)
McLean, VA

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

Prosnothing much comes to mind

Conscompany merely cannot produce quality software. Trying to compete in all new technologies - big data, fast data, cloud, applications, appliances etc etc with no focus on core offering.

clueless management , driving good talent out of the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay close attention to what is happening in the field, i.e listen to customers. Grow the core, do not erode brand value of your flagship product. Look to add diversity to field workforce.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Dictator atmosphere

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I have been working at Greenplum full-time for more than 3 years

ProsVery intelligent, hard working employees

ConsUpper management seems confused. They are chasing a market that has already been addressed by superior competitors. The founder focuses on his own "vision" and how that vision can help other companies that he is already invested in. His affiliations are obvious. He runs the company without knowledge on how a company works. He has marketing knowledge and vision, but zero business acumen. Employee morale is very low. Belief in the vision by employees is very low. Everybody has one foot out the door. My peers do not look beyond a six month timeframe. Reasons they like there job are "flexibility" and "close to home". Not based on the company vision or technology. No excitement there.

Advice to Senior ManagementStand up for what you believe will make this company succeed. It is embarrassing that these men are puppets and not making their own decisions. They simply get frustrated and follow the fold. Silicon valley companies work as teams to focus on a vision. Pivotal/Greenplum does not. There is enormous talent in the ranks. There are great ideas. But it is an us versus them atmosphere. The original founder and top management should move on and let experienced leaders with integrity and business acumen take over.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Terrible Senior Management - disconnected, vindictive and all white male.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I have been working at Greenplum full-time

ProsRegular working level people are nice. San Mateo location is nice. Free food is nice. Work is interesting.

ConsSenior management is all White Male. Senior management has no idea of the skill sets of their staff and what is needed to be successful. Senior management appears to adopt the latest management fads ( eliminating cubes for large tables and noisy open work areas) rather than sensible decision making. Absolutely no interest in the skills and interests of the average employee - they are in it for themselves. Employees are replaceable work units.

Recently cut lose from EMC, Greenplum is now known as Pivotal and is using this as an opportunity to settle scores with EMC and EMC originated staff through reorganization and downsizing even if it ends up costing them valuable resources and hurts their ability to deliver projects.

Advice to Senior ManagementGrow up, get some pragmatic senior managers who actually pay attention to the skills and value of the employees. Stop following the latest fads

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Mindless chaos, imposed by senior management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Greenplum full-time

ProsVery competent, talented middle management, a pleasure to work with
Free lunch on Wednesday

ConsChaos and competition rule the culture. Legacy employees can be very unpleasant and condescending. Expectations of engineering to create the new technologies (Hadoop, cloud computing) in the same playing field as competitors are not realistic.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your engineering and marketing management and accept what it takes to create true excellence. The products just aren't there yet.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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ok

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I worked at Greenplum full-time

ProsFree lunch on Wednesday. Senior management can sell any idea to EMC.
Had a great distributed SQL idea.

ConsShort sided. Lots of turnover. Putting a little effort into everything instead of trying to be good at a few thing. About 3 years behind other companies doing Hadoop, the cloud, etc.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Can Maritz make a change? Toxic place to work!

Support (Current Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I have been working at Greenplum full-time for more than a year

Pros- Nice first floor
- Wednesday hot lunches and pizza 2x a week
- Middle and lower management very competent and tallented
- Good work/home balance

Cons- Toxic culture at all levels from administrative to upper management
      * They compete with each other instead of working together
      * Too busy fighting for control instead of working together
      * Good old boys club mentality
            - Upper management are mainly white males
            - Minorities don't really gain a whole lot of respect here
            - Legacy employees treat the new ones differently - they are not old GP and never will fit in
- Seemingly sales and marketing focused with limited attention to engineering
      * Engineering had 1 administrative assistant for 2 years to cover 5 suites and over 100 people
      * Small cubes with limited privacy
      * upgraded look and feel to sales/marketing area but not engineering - note the pictures are
          not where the bulk of the organization was!

Advice to Senior ManagementLet Paul do what he does best and get out of his way. It would have served EMC to have removed the upper management level when they acquired GP. Maybe Paul will see past the smoke and mirrors and do what EMC should have done in the beginning.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Ruined after acquisition. Incompetent and corrupt local management.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Mateo, CA

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

ProsTechnology is interesting and relevant.

ConsPolitics, slimy people, hateful environment, below-par salaries

Advice to Senior ManagementStop lying and cheating.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Employees aren't getting respect from Management

Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I have been working at Greenplum

Pros- Opportunity to work on cutting edge products
- Growing and exciting space to be in
- Sort of startup feel, with backing from big company

Cons- Lack of transparency and plenty of bureaucracy
- Lack of a culture, people are competitive with each other instead of colloborative
- People are constantly caught up in fighting for control, when they fail to see how to get to the end result
- Upper management are mainly white males, needs more women and minorities in management
- Minorities don't really gain a whole lot of respect here

Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes, and manage the company from the bottom up instead of top down.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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