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Updated January 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2015
24 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fun, fast paced, social

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Virtual Instruments as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging problems, lots of benefits, flexibility

    Cons

    A few not so social people, uncertainty for location of headquarters

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Very good company to work for!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virtual Instruments

    Pros

    Unique product in the industry

    Cons

    Flat structure limits growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great life/work balance; Good benefit for a small company;

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Virtual Instruments

    Pros

    1. Managers are pretty nice people.
    2. Give you freedom in your work. Trust your judgement.
    3. Good benefit with unlimited vacation policy.
    4. Co-workers are mostly cooperative and nice people too.

    Cons

    1. Company is not going anywhere bigger so far.
    2. Small company with large company politics sometimes at higher level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good product; niche market, tough (but possible) to make good money

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Virtual Instruments full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good products that can aid customers.

    Cons

    Long sales cycles, tough to get customer buy-in.

    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Silos and Walls

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Virtual Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a strongly Engineering-led company; engineering knows exactly how to build a product and what features customers need, and deliver on regular drumbeats.

    Cons

    Engineering needs to speak to more customers; the barrier to anyone using the most recent big-bang release should be considered in an effort to allow new sales. Those regular drumbeats are few and far between and 2 years delayed. The whole culture is sales: CEO and SVP are salesmen, defining culture and values across the domain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication; poll the people who talk to customers and users daily what the real problems are. To engineer a better product for customers, engineers should meet customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sales

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Virtual Instruments full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting product. Solves a unique customer problem. Pretty good story developed by marketing.

    Cons

    Inward looking senior management team. Seems out of touch with the industry and market trends. Sales management is definitely an "old boy network". Long term reps are highly favored and it is hard for a new comer to get support or make money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs a COO with turn around experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Was fun in the beginning

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Virtual Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Was a lot of fun in the beginning, convincing the industry and analysts this was a new category and we were the leaders. Was an honor working for JWT when he took over as CEO.

    Cons

    Company culture evolved into a short-sighted, sales-only company culture that could only look at one business quarter at a time. Partners not valued, viewed as just another way to get some easy money. Field org is a revolving door. I always said I'd never work for the Evil Machine Company, then one day woke up and found I was working in the EMC culture with a bunch of ex-EMC people. Product is the Rolls Royce of its industry, but most people buy Chevies and Toyotas. None of this bodes well for long term success

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very sales oriented. Not much market growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virtual Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Friendly employees. Free fitness membership

    Cons

    No strategy. Very sales oriented

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Senior Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Virtual Instruments full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Innovative, freedom to make changes. Ideas are heard. One of the best places for engineers.
    Lot of flexibility i.e working from home.

    Cons

    Flexibility to work from home, Engineering Culture, no politics. VP is smarta nd technical person.

    Trust on engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep up teh good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering
    Current Employee - Engineering

    I have been working at Virtual Instruments full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Trust in employees to do the right thing
    Interesting technology and interesting work
    Work and play hard - work is fun, yet a feeling of productiveness and accomplishment
    Lots of opportunities

    Cons

    As any growing company, virtual instruments suffers from some growing pains. Keeping everyone informed and on the same page can sometimes be a hurdle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the current work on maintaining the great company culture, where people are empowered, and have a fun work environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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