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Pivotal Labs Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
36 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome company to work for, but not for me. Is it for you? Maybe, and if so, it is an incredible place.

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    Current Employee - Developer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Developer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Pivotal Labs full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very smart coworkers. Good agile practices. You'll learn a ton.

    Cons

    For me, the full-time pairing and fixed hours got to be a serious drag, even though I think it's a huge strength for the company itself and the employees who can deal with it. I'm an introvert, and after a couple of months I just couldn't take it any more. However, that's just how Pivotal Labs does it -- I don't hold it against them. So, in the end not for me, but it might be for you.

    Due to the nature of Pivotal's practices, I ended up feeliing that I truly was merely a cog in a giant machine (or a "Pivot" as the company terms it). Nothing wrong with that for many people, but not my bag after experiencing it for a while.

    Recommends
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    Great place to work, awesome colleagues, great leadership

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager

    I have been working at Pivotal Labs full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance, the folks you work with.

    Cons

    None to speak of. First place I've ever been able to say that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Culture is now different since becoming part of Pivotal.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pivotal Labs (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pairing and learning with like minded folks. Good food, breakfast cooked by chefs in the morning is a big perk, so big I gained weight!

    Cons

    Rapid expansion and changes which sometimes do not scale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep team sizes manageable, culture is also about keep the team morale up.

    Recommends
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the best for a designer/PM

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    Current Employee - Designer
    Current Employee - Designer

    I have been working at Pivotal Labs full-time

    Pros

    9-6 culture
    smart people
    if you are a designer you get a good amount of autonomy
    really fun design team
    This is the place to be if you are a budding engineer

    Cons

    PM and design are 2nd class citizens in the org
    design and engineering cultures/values clash
    larger pivotal org. sales team not pitching labs properly

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Learning Experience

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    Current Intern - Agile Engineer Intern
    Current Intern - Agile Engineer Intern

    I have been working at Pivotal Labs as an intern

    Pros

    You are given a lot of responsibility from the very beginning and have the opportunity to work on a variety of different technologies / code bases. Teams are small so you can be a big part of any product you work on. Compensation is average for Toronto

    Cons

    You have to track your time down to the 15 minute level. Starting to become a more bureaucratic company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold on to that startup feeling!

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    Quality

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pivotal Labs full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work with the best engineers, using the best process, and the greatest opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Consulting leaves some uncertainty.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    UX/Visual Designer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pivotal Labs

    Pros

    Amazing culture, work life balance. Great perks.

    Cons

    Didn't like that they got acquired by EMC

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great opportunity to collaborate and learn from some of the top designers / programmers in the industry.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pivotal Labs

    Pros

    Culture, benefits, opportunity for growth, competitive salary.

    Cons

    A lot of free food around so you might gain a few pounds.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 10 people found this helpful  

    The best job you can get out of college...for a year or two.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pivotal Labs full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You'll learn the absolutely right way to write software and have a perfect skill set to work at a startup. You'll learn an incredible amount. You'll never work overtime. You'll get the chance to work with some cutting edge technologies. An amazing opportunity for a graduate to get a rock solid amount of experience under their belts before going on to other things. Upper management have been there and seen it all as consultants.

    Cons

    No scope for career growth aside from management - once you're a middle to heavy weight software engineer, you hit a brick wall.

    Poor compensation and vacation compared to the market - especially considering how much they charge clients for your skills.

    The San Francisco office is large and more political than the other, smaller offices. It's more about who you know and visibility than keeping your head down and doing a good job here.

    "Billability" (i.e. hours you bill clients) drives *everything* at the company, so time spent not actively coding for your client is highly discouraged. It's actually in your manager's interest as part of their annual review for their reports to bill as much time as possible during a working day, so all non-project meetings happen tend to happen over lunch.

    The corporate side of the company has shifted since the EMC acquisition to be more penny pinching - benefits are slowly being reeled in, for instance.

    Some pretty bad projects at times (lots of projects I've worked on have never gone live due to clients failing), although some cool ones too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and not let the filter slip on projects despite the need to keep the large team of developers in SF occupied. Don't lose sight of the benefits Pivotal offers its employees to save a little money. Figure out a way to assess your managers better having grown the management team so much - some are letting their Pivots down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Your life is as good as your manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pivotal Labs full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance, breakfast is delicious, fun coworkers

    Cons

    My manager didn't care about my growth, low/no professional development budget, below-market salaries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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