Wind River Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Going down

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Alameda, CA

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance better than average.

    Cons

    Senior Management is disrespectful of employees. Middle level managers are not technically adept.


  2. Great career with great culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place for a long-term steady place to work. Wind River is will to invest in its employees and has a history of treating them fairly.

    Cons

    Not as fast paced as a start-up company. Wind River is an a mature market and has been around for over thirty years.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Employees are great, met several longterm friends and business connections

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Alameda, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice campus, you actually get your own office, some have views. Employees are well versed in their fields and contribute to the overall stability of the company. Great for self starters.

    Cons

    Poor senior management, little or no direction for advancement, very few women executives. Prefer to restructure departments over working with the talent they have.

    Advice to Management

    Provide opportunities for personal growth to avoid costly restructures. Think beyond immediate financial gain of outsourcing overseas, and focus more on the longterm quality of industry solutions and product life cycles.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Disorganized, lots of internal competition among silos

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice dog-friendly campus, private offices, autonomy. Breadth of industries served allows for tremendous on-the-job education and diversity. Name recognition in embedded systems. Good people and products, for the most part.

    Cons

    Volatile sales organization. Cut-throat politics and internal competition for deals and assignments (and some who steal credit for your work). Compensation is not as competitive as HR believes. When a position is vacated there is no policy dictating that it's opened up for internal application, instead it's likely to be filled by somebody who knows somebody else ('empire building'), thus limiting your potential for career advancement. In my case VERY limited opportunity to apply my skills and prove myself to management - in my opinion they're currently overstaffed.

    Advice to Management

    Overlay sales teams with vertical experts, recognize your product managers are not vertical experts (stop flying them everywhere to meet with unqualified customers), and stop telling customers what the future of their industries are - listen to what they need instead. Overhaul your incentive system so services and field engineering and product engineering all march in order and not exclude/compete with each other. Stop focusing on "key accounts" and put more emphasis on growing SMB. Remember VxWorks is your flagship and foothold.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Not a lot happening there.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wind River

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Private offices. Many long time employees. Pleasant campus. Good flagship product.

    Cons

    No internal training. No support for career development. Company appears to be shrinking (frequent budget cuts and layoffs). Slow to adopt new practices.

    Advice to Management

    There's no real reason for this company to exist as a subsidiary. It may as well be a product division at the main offices in Silicon Valley.


  7. A well run company, lots of resources.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wind River is by far the most professionally run company in the embedded software industry. There are lots of resources available to get the job done. Internal processes make sense. Everyone is pulling in the same direction for success.

    Cons

    Some of the newer products are a bit immature but this is to be expected when attempting to push into new technologies. Some of the internal IT systems are unwieldy and outdated, but they still get the job done once you learn how to use them.

    Advice to Management

    Need to reconnect with the core of the embedded market. Not all customers are Fortune 500 companies, so small and medium businesses should not be ignored.


  8. Great place to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst II - Desktop Systems in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst II - Desktop Systems in Alameda, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very relax atmosphere I can bring my dog to work and wear shorts to work

    Cons

    For me I dont have any con's


  9. Helpful (1)

    Support Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Variety of tools to work on, challenging projects,

    Cons

    Cant explore different opportunities, Laid back environment,

    Advice to Management

    Not impressive.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Honest Assessment of Wind River

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Marketing in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Marketing in Alameda, CA

    I worked at Wind River full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great small company that is completely autonomous from Intel and is tucked away in a nice location next to Alameda's harbor. This company is great if you want to learn about the embedded software market, network with a very intelligent and passionate group of folks in the embedded software market, and have great work/life/balance. Wind River is #1 in the embedded software market and the workload is not too terribly stressful that if you are innately a hard worker, humble, and teachable, then you will be a winner at Wind River. The benefits are good enough to compete with other silicon valley companies and the compensation is average.

    Cons

    I only have a couple of issues with Wind River. First and Foremost, the executive management acts like a start-up group. They can be crass, open strong language (lots of profanity), and very much an inner circle group. Even though gaining access to them or seeing them in the hallways is pretty common, to really get their mind share you really need to be comfortable with an "elitist" mentality. Also, with this type of mentality looking at dramatic change would be difficult to implement. Unfortunately like any other company that faces this dilemma, their flagship product (VxWorks) is commoditized. VxWorks is a great product but that flagship product is going through evolutionary changes and not revolutionary changes. On the Linux side, the company is having a tough time making profits from it. Furthermore, the company is focused on improving the short-term success of Wind River and not the long-term success. The people who work for Wind River are contempt and just "do-their-job". The feeling is not like Google or Facebook where people will go the extra mile to make the company successful. Like I mentioned above, there are passionate people who love the embedded software market but not passionate about Wind River. Does this make sense?

    Advice to Management

    Need to look into Market Disruption Strategies to really change the rules of the embedded software market. Since Intel owns Wind River, it is time to take risk to change the rules. There might be a couple of quarters or decline or rockiness but will pay huge dividends in the long run. The competition in the embedded software market is fierce but not too many new entrants to the market. Have a knock-out strategy to eliminate the competition and still enjoy large market dominance.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Tumultuous

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Alameda, CA

    I worked at Wind River

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good location, company subsidized cafeteria, great co-workers, private office, interesting work

    Cons

    processes outdated and inefficient senior management lacks respect for lower ranks inconsistent support and lack of understanding of the role for technical publications cut-throat approach to revising processes or organizational alignment

    Advice to Management

    you need a clearly articulated content strategy and the processes, resources, and commitment to implement that strategy.



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