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  1. Lifespan was prematurely cut short by squabbling VCs and poor executive hires

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Gridiron Systems full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Founders and Engineering leadership is top-notch. Very skilled development team. Product is transformational and revolutionary. Customers love the concept of using flash as a way to accelerate existing storage arrays -- unique approach to application performance improvement.

    Cons

    VC, VC, VC. VC influence was mostly negative leading to eventual sale. Poor board decisions on CEOs and crony exec hires led to subpar results.

    Advice to Management

    Beware of overly influential VCs next time.

    Recommendations are based on acquiring company, Violin Memory, which appears quite strong.

  2. Get to work with smart people

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Gridiron Systems

    Pros

    Chance to tackle some very tough storage issues. Smart engineering team.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from senior management.
    Senior management seems clueless about closing deals.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate! Assume employees have at-least average intelligence so no B.S!
    Get sales people who are hungry and can close.

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    CEO's Mafia

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Gridiron Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some really good people to work with. Lots to learn from within the company, however you will need a self motivator to do it.

    Cons

    Too many egos within the company that can't look past their pride. Product's core works however it does not implement well in real life. There is a very specific environment that the product fits in and market is not large enough. They keep lying to themselves it's a big market. Every time the product does not test well in the environment the company blames the customer's environment some how.

    CEO hires useless people from his mafia, management is top heavy for certain.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the customer. There is a correlation if we end every POC saying the workload is not correct.

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