Violin Memory

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Violin Memory Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
34 Reviews

2.2
34 Reviews
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    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

    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
  2. 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

    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

    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

    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
  6.  

    Exciting opportunity and fascinating technology

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  7.  

    '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

    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
  8. 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

    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
  9. 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

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very likely too late for this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Had hope of a career advancement only to find out that you end up losing your personal life and family

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Some good perks.

    Cons

    Management is another story. Work expectations are way to high with a measure of "No Failure". There is no regard to family or personal life. If you like that kind of life and want a career with no life then this is the place. Days will become a blur and your life gets sucked out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some people with good people-management experience instead of being a robot following a rigid scale of unreasonable measures trying to achieve selfish goals. The IPO was a failure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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