Wind River Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
104 Reviews
4.0
104 Reviews
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Wind River President Barry Mainz
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19 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work / life balance; experienced sales managers and field engineers; great customer base that like our products (in 11 reviews)

  • A lead company in embedded software industry (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management has been floundering for years trying to find a direction (in 7 reviews)

  • being acquired by Intel slowed the company down, and caused focus to be almost exclusively on the top 5% of customers (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company Making The Right Calls - Bravo!

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Alameda, CA

    I have been working at Wind River full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company going through a transformation and it feels like our new products and strategy is getting great traction. The strategy is super clear as well as what success is.

    Cons

    Employees who don't read email or who do not attend all hands feel they can make negative comments about the company and they should be listened to. Pay attention and think before you make silly comments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't pay attention to silly feedback from employees who should get a clue. President we are behind you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good for a few years, until the faulty rebuilding plans started happening twice a year

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wind River full-time

    Pros

    Good engineers, good support staff. The CEO has a great attitude.

    Cons

    Each management level seems to fear the management level above them, so innovative ideas / suggestions / pitfall warnings don't make it up to the top levels. The CEO is not hearing what is really happening below him... that information manifests when major issues occur.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fearlessly deliver your best

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Things Are Changing For The Better - Winning Is In The Air

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Alameda, CA

    I have been working at Wind River full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Company is in an interesting space. leader in our industry. I like the executive team as they have made soem tough calls that are starting to have a positive change. I like the transparancy and engergy of new Presdient

    Cons

    Still have process' that could be modfied to help us move faster. Also need to make sure that we dont try to do too many things which will spread our resources too thinly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We are workiing hard but work life balance still good!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Much changes over the years and is now poised for growth.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Alameda, CA

    I have been working at Wind River full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great group of people who want to do the right right always looking out for customers and WRs benefit as win-win. Opportunity for learning and advancement for anyone willing to put the effort. Interesting work and fun loving co-workers. Work- life balance is great.

    Cons

    Process inefficiencies are getting improved with the upgrade of systems and management getting more standardized. Some folks feel entitled for whatever reason and don't think they need to work but they are getting weeded out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on course with doing what you set out to do. Don't start changing course too quickly...look at your data, listen to the field and customers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Just passing through

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    Former Employee - Programmer  in  Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer in Alameda, CA

    I worked at Wind River full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice location, good people, interesting work, decent compensation.

    Cons

    Layoffs out of the clear blue sky.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the little guys. When every one in the company is thinking Linux could be an issue, try not thinking that no one has a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Thoroughly enjoyed working with many excellent people, however leadership in areas is questionable

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    Former Employee - Account Representative  in  Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Account Representative in Alameda, CA

    I worked at Wind River full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Tons of great people worked there when I was employed there. Fairly relaxed environment at times, however still always cognizant of pressure to produce. . Salary and pay while I was there was extremely competitive, no complaints there. Many terrific people in my department that are still friends and I am currently connected to.

    Cons

    My personal experience was that there were certain aspects of working there that I absolutely loved, however the biggest problem I had was with questionable company direction and focus. Wholesale restructuring and oddball management decisions that were very questionable were consistently made during my tenure there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less focus on trying to be "cool" company, and more focus on hiring professionals with proven track record.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    High tech industry but down to earth people...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wind River full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There are a lot of long term employees here (10+ years), and even several that have left over the years only to return again to Wind River. The atmosphere is comfortable and the people are friendly. The deployment of some WR products across several industries and well-known projects is exciting.

    Cons

    Small teams are both a pro and con here. Con in the sense that there often is not enough bandwidth for the workload. Complex and time consuming internal processes can also be a source of frustration. But that is something you will most likely find at any large company (especially, in IT).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company Vibe - Good Change Is Happening!

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Alameda, CA

    I have been working at Wind River full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    New products are getting traction, lots of energy, smart and fun employees and love the new president's passion, focus and execution

    Cons

    Still some departments lack velocity but this is changing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to hold employees accountable… We are counting on you!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Wind River full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Love the "new" Wind River. It feels like the Sr Management is really making the tough calls and we are starting to win. like the campus and the space tech space we are in

    Cons

    Working hard and loving it... feel for some of the employees that choose to work here for lifestyle as they are being weeded out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New President keep the fire burning hot! The company is behind you!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic turnaround

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Wind River full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    New senior leadership team and dynamic president

    Maniacal focus on growth businesses and sustaining businesses

    Alignment with Intel

    Bringing back the bay area innovative spirit that was lost

    Cons

    There are still some old guard thinking left

    Still can do more commercialization with Intel BUs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. This momentum is great !!

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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