Violin Memory

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Violin Memory Reviews

Updated August 30, 2014
Updated August 30, 2014
35 Reviews
2.3
35 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    What it was is not what it is now

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Violin Memory full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    When I joined violin (in 2011) it had the potential to disrupt the market with the technology it had and be a multi billion dollar company by now ( 2014). The opportunity was missed. There was no clear direction from management and the company was run as silos. IPO was a wake up call and a reality check.

    It is now on the path to recovery with clear direction from management, better work culture, less silos. More importantly let's do this together attitude across the entire organization.

    Pros of working here now or joining now are no past history, solid roadmap with great technology, no high financial risk like start-ups, lot of good people that work together as team.

    Cons

    Reward won't be as high as successful startup but has good potential to be sold for decent price once things turn around and financial equation hits break-even.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate, Communicate, Communicate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Failed IPO, and burning $30M/Q, with no understanding of their Niche opportunity makes it a risk. Some smart folks ther

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Violin Memory as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay is good, nice building/atmosphere.

    Cons

    Poor system (ERP), some smart folks, but missing a true team feel, inefficient org that feels disjointed at times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a great place to intern, but wouldn't want to work there after college.

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    Former Employee - Sales Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Violin Memory as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, great salary, and easy work.

    Cons

    Fast employee turnover, cut-throat environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Sales Engineer

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer

    I worked at Violin Memory full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    So much to learn from a leader in the field

    Cons

    Like any start ups way to go

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Software QA Engineer

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

    I worked at Violin Memory as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Violin as a whole has a pretty laid-back culture, but still gets things done. The teams are energetic and very friendly, but the work itself is not too exciting.

    Cons

    All the cons that come with a fast-paced company. Often work 6 days a week, and overtime on most days as well. Regardless, company does a good job of keeping everyone's spirits up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Exciting opportunity and fascinating technology

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Violin Memory full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Breaking new ground and changing the paradigm of the storage industry

    Cons

    Birthing pains of a young company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deliver the numbers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    'Game of Thrones' have almost died out, but not extinguished

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    Current Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Violin Memory full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great technology that is (still) good and could be very disruptive.
    After all the lay-offs the team seem to have bonded together better.

    Cons

    The politics never ends.
    This company is on probation now. With all the 'potential' there is no guarantee that it will recover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Control yourselves. Control the impulses of building new kingdoms inside the company and play politics. One more political conflict and this company is history.
    Keep open polity where ideas and descent could be freely expressed.
    Show some leadership, especially in the compensation area. Yes, the technology is good. But the competitors are not sleeping either. If there is no new investment this great technology will be left in the dust. But the investment could not be made because all the money have been spend on CXX compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Crushed dreams. Nice that the CEO got richer while everyone's stock bottomed out.

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    Current Employee - Presales Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Presales Engineer in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Violin Memory full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    None. They paid the check every month at least. I had benefits??? Whee.

    Cons

    Engineering management sucks. Product development management sucks. Sales management sucks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Way to run a technology company into the ground. Glad you got rich. Screw you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get Out Now

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

    I worked at Violin Memory full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    nice kitchen, clean office, nice cafeteria

    Cons

    high attrition, mass exodus of talent, the writing is on the wall.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sell the company NOW !! Stop being GREEDY

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very likely too late for this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Violin Memory full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The only thing this company has going for it is the technology. However, the tech fits into a niche space and is not currently poised for hypergrowth.

    Cons

    The leadership was (perhaps not anymore) incompetent. Most of the senior exec staff has been appropriately axed, but a few still remain. There is also a very poor installment of mid-tier Eng leadership that is almost equally as incompetent. Joining the ranks for Violin was the biggest mistake of my career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company as soon as possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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