Wind River Reviews

Updated August 22, 2015
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Wind River President Barry Mainz
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Pros
  • Good work / life balance; experienced sales managers and field engineers; great customer base that like our products (in 11 reviews)

  • you can learn embedded software & industry (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior Management is disrespectful of employees (in 7 reviews)

  • Since being acquired by Intel in 2009, they make it very difficult for sales people to make money (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Enterprise Support Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Plainfield, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Plainfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Wind River full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Family oriented organization. Great manager, great team.

    Cons

    I can't say there are really any cons. I truly do love my job and what I do.

    Advice to Management

    Management team has done a great job with communication and with improving issues that previously affected employee moral.


  2. Direcor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, active in interesting segments of the market

    Cons

    Management has difficulty making strategic choices and sticking to them

    Advice to Management

    Build a stronger layer under you and delegate more


  3. never worked there, interviewed there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Glassdoor manditory entry, else they cancel membership.

    Cons

    New glassdoor policy on min review entries is a definite con. Pollutes what was once a good thing.

    Advice to Management

    Glassdoor shouldn't make manditory entry requirement to maintain membership. Causes bogus reviews to keep membership.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Wind River

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Wind River full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid legacy product (VxWorks). Several inspiring, talented senior leaders (Douglas, Krutz, Fenton and Noyes). Very knowledgeable sales people, field engineers and services team. Decent people all around ("No jerk" policy). Nice HQ campus in Alameda.

    Cons

    Misguided new product strategies, sales leadership and C-suite. Having trouble carving out an identity inside Intel. Successful emphasis on big, long-term deals in 2014 has lead to severe drought of new bookings in 2015. Growth stalled. Moving backwards.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to field people. Admit recent sales re-org, particularly in Asia, has been a disaster - and act to rectify. Re-think how to integrate and win with Intel.


  6. Business Development / Alliances

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    Current Employee - Senior Alliance
    Current Employee - Senior Alliance
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wind River full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company! Long history in embedded software. Lots of different industries and markets that are interesting and challenging. Compensation is excellent and my management chain of command is great.

    Cons

    Company is driven by Intel -- as its parent company. Should be driven by the customer requirements, not Intel's. Seem distracted by "growth" opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what brought WR to the market leadership position. Explain to INTC that lots of customers in the embedded side are _very_ satisfied with "good enough". Explain to the parent company that the dev cycles in embedded are longer than enterprise.


  7. Helpful (4)

    In Sales Organization

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    Former Employee - In Sales Organization in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - In Sales Organization in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wind River full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Historically good technology but trying to figure out how not to become another extinct company as the world is turning toward free software at every opportunity.

    Cons

    eStaff is all over the place. Finance has too much control. Did too many multiple year deals in the past and for some reason and then can't figure out why they aren't getting new sales in the current fiscal year....duh..... CEO used to be someone you could talk honestly with but now just trashes everyone. Nobody can be honest with him anymore. Those who try are made to feel like idiots.

    Advice to Management

    Your people are working their butts off, stop blaming them for your errors.


  8. Very helpful colleagues

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    Former Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Downers Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Wind River full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked in Wind River's Customer Support Organization for 5+ years (before retiring). What I'll always remember about WR CSO is the way that all of us helped each other. Our customers were themselves software engineers, so in CSO it's one group of engineers helping other engineers. Within CSO we always helped each other without hesitation to resolve customer issues.

    Cons

    With our group scattered around the county, I never met some of my colleagues face-to-face.

    Advice to Management

    Have the customer support group meet together in person at least once a year.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Feast of famine

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wind River full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great people, the products are innovative and they are the market leader / maker.

    Cons

    Ruthless, uncaring sales management.. Either you come up with a "mega-deal" or you are worthless.


  10. Great Place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Once of the nicest companies to work for. I was on contract with the HR team . Its a very professional environment where you are encouraged to come up with ideas. People are extremely polite , friendly and accomodating. I had a wonderful time working there and learnt a lot. Most of the team members are subject matter experts in their fields wether it is Recruitment/HR or Benefits administration. A great place to work.

    Cons

    Nothing that i came across. I was happy with the team and the work culture.


  11. Excellent Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Wind River full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Open and frequent communication from management. Good work life balance and benefits

    Cons

    Planned "purges" of employees who are seen as lower performers on a quarterly basis. Alignment with Intel is weak and sometimes a distraction



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