Nexenta Systems

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Nexenta Systems Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Positive but not yet thrilling.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    New CEO.
    Great team, many talented people to work with.
    Ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Lack of clear career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward people for dedication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A difficult place to be successful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely
    Salary
    Amazingly smart people to work with
    Cool technology areas to work in

    Cons

    Lack of understanding of how to do real engineering results in unrealistic schedules which are major contributors to product quality issues. These quality issues cause major customer problems. Rather than investing the time up front to develop and release a quality product time is then spent on the back end fixing customer issues after the sale is made. Engineers spend at least 50% of their time on customer escalations.

    No opportunity for engineers to do innovative work. Too much time spent shoring up previous releases. And yet new product features are 'sold' before they are ready.

    A terrible work/life balance. The expectation is that people will be available 7 days a week. Meetings are called on Sunday afternoons. This is all as a result of the constant panic mode under which management operates. Rather than being realistic about schedules, features and resources required to develop, release and support a competitive, quality product the expectation is that people will just be available at all times.

    It seems that with the new CEO the focus is on increasing company valuation to position it for acquisition without really doing the right things to make a competitive and quality product and to ensure customers are happy. It's a smoke and mirrors show.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Potential, great leadership.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Nexenta Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    New leadership taking the company in the right direction. Great strategy. Great roadmap. It's all about execution.

    Cons

    It's all about execution. Too much work needs to be done to keep pace with customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to learn new technologies

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    This is the place were I've learned a lot: javascript, python, UI development, network, storage, unix, solaris. Nexenta requires to use a lot of different technologies, from different field, and has a lot of great engineers who can help to explore, good people.

    Cons

    Massive growth of the component comes with some extra work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of work, lots of fun, great opportunity - we will be a $1B company!

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Nexenta Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great technology, partners, and people - CEO has good vision and is building towards a strong culture, lots of energy around the brand, full of "fixable problems" that mean big success for employees; at the front of the next wave of innovation - software defined data center; work days are long, but the work has an impact, which makes it satisfying; I'm glad to be here and plan on staying; and my two cents - love the open floor plan - now I can talk to people :) it's energizing

    Cons

    The culture is in transition and change is hard; the journey to enterprise class doesn't happen overnight and means a lot of process discipline that people don't always like; culture / company change = some people churn, but I think this is a necessary process; right now, everyone's getting used to the new reality; as we settle down, all that improves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! Maybe add staff meetings back to the mix :) overall pleased

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    What a mess!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    People, snacks, in building gym

    Cons

    Open floor plan, directors and leaders, no communication, not enough team meetings, salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees what they are worth and they may stay longer, empower them to be leaders and they will lead, stop with the favorites - there are many and they are not as good as people think

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Reenergized company with some dynamic and talented newcomers.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Nexenta Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - New CEO has created a new energy and momentum toward success.
    - New management makes me feel like our work is important and adding value.
    - Great product loved by many customers.
    - Great healthcare and other HR benefits.

    Cons

    - Low salaries compared to other comparable places in the bay area.
    - Facilities and related perks are not as generous as other places.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    "A start-up with bad management but lovely co-workers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Nexenta Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They fully stock snacks!

    Great if your willing to put in long hours and looking for an opportunity to try new tasks.

    Really wonderful coworkers!

    Cons

    Some large growing pains. Saw many people get hired and MANY people laid off.

    Management defiantly needs work...ESPECIALLY in the Sales department.

    Felt HR department was unhelpful, unprofessional, and just plain mean.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold yourselves accountable for your team and hold team meetings....weekly why not?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    New Upper Management has Affected the Culture

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    Current Employee - Diligent Worker in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Diligent Worker in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    -- Was a great company at one point.
    -- Developed technical skills here that will help me in my career in the future.
    -- There are still good people working there, just not in upper management.

    Cons

    -- The new upper management is disconnected from their workers and have created a culture of separatism, favoritism, and exclusivity in a company that was once very egalitarian and transparent.

    -- Lack of vision and leadership. Upper management's strategies are more about what not to do rather than proactively finding new ways to conquer the market.

    -- Selective accountability. For many of the managers, politics take precedent over innovation or quality/efficiency of work. People are rewarded for being politically convenient and supportive even if they don't deliver what they are responsible for delivering. Those who ask tough (and fair) questions of management are seen as political threats and are pushed out regardless of performing well.

    -- Management does not work well together. They have no shared vision and don't do a good job of coordinating efforts. In other words, the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing, and neither hand cares to find out.

    -- Nepotism has become rampant.

    -- The culture has become toxic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to remember who built this company: the workers, not the new management team. You are systematically alienating your workforce with your elitist, nepotistic culture and utter lack of vision and talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A great place to work with a unified team who cares about you as a contributor.

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Nexenta Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There has not been another company that I have been with that encourages career development, employee growth, and success. I feel very integral to the growth and success of the company as we take on more and more market at an unprecedented growth rate.

    Cons

    Lack of good places to eat within walking distance. There are plenty of restaurants, but since we are near Santa Clara university, you get the typical university student budget type of places to eat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, happy so far!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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