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  1. "It was a wonderful place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great employees, great company, overall a great experience in a very successful company that consisted of intelligent engineers and overall staff of Executives who made right decisions.

    Cons

    The only issues that the company had was that a lot of people got tied up in complaining about not very significant issues.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately no advice is necessary for the leadership at BEA Systems as it was acquired by Oracle in 2008 and all the individuals were either laid off or transfered on to Oracle


  2. "Mediocre Workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Global Accounts in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Global Accounts in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - some of the leadership team and employees are great people to work with

    Cons

    - Finance carried a tremendous amount of power, which is not what a s/w company needs
    - Sales and Marketing had very little power, causing the company to build products and services that don't fit customer needs well
    - Not a customer-focused company
    - Since the company was struggling to grow revenues, there was little opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the customer and empower Sales and Marketing to do their jobs. Stop giving Finance the head seat at the table.


  3. "Great organization. Would do it again in a heartbeat."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Tight knit groups with focus on doing things right and doing things well. We worked hard and we played hard. Very motivating environment.

    Cons

    Although it still had much of that start-up mentality tenure seemed to be more important than competency near the end of the company's life. As Oracle drew nearer things became much more desperate, much less team oriented.

    Advice to Management

    CEO lacked focus outside of himself. Great Executive Leadership team despite CEO's lack of ability to lead. He knew how to spend money, but making it was a bit beyond him.


  4. "field operations role - revenue mgr"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Revenue Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Revenue Manager in San Jose, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There was great exposure to good leadership and sales reps. the pace of the company's growth required a lot of changes and creativity.

    Cons

    over time, there was a high level of fiefdoms from the outside hires. people from company's like tandem and HP started to errode the culture.

    Advice to Management

    try to better understand the specifics around the resources on the team. there is enough space to grow and empower people.


  5. "Where is Bill Coleman"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great tech space, good cafeteria. Nice offices

    Cons

    Bill COleman was a much better CEO. Things really started to go wrong when AL too over. I want Bill back

    Advice to Management

    sell to some big company already so that my stock can be worth something. If not, get Bill coleman back as CEO


  6. "Was fun while it lasted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. Friendly people. Nice cafeteria with great chefs. A gym to work out in.
    No overtime, left early some days. Very relaxed place to work. Close to restaurants, across the street from Ebay so a lot of Ebayers would stop by our facility. Nice looking building. Great boss, i worked there for 2 years and my boss didn't have to work many weekends. I had a lot of work but was not expected to come in on the weekends. I think it's a great place to work if you have a family. They understand work life balance. HR also like to have company picnics and encouraged departments to have outings as well.

    Cons

    I couldn't find any, they were bought by Oracle.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "A good place to work, especially in Boulder, CO."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good, especially when looking to work in Boulder, which does not have a lot of large software companies. The products are well respected, which is nice.

    Cons

    The management is not as top tier as some other corporations.

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. "Now Oracle is in charge"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Program Management in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director, Program Management in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Small, friendly, welcoming...my 3 years were mostly positive. The work life policies were in place, but it was sometimes hard to take advantage of them to the fullest given the demands.

    Cons

    Very reactionary -- the company made decisions on a quarter to quarter basis which means some longer term goals were never met.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO felt he had to make all the decisions so it took longer to get things done than it should. Lots of revolving doors at the top that were mostly political type appointments.


  9. "No-one is minding this store, so you can join in the looting too!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have lots of money, and they don't keep very good track how it's spent. You can take very lavish and unnecessary business trips and business dinners on them.

    Cons

    The company has no future, management is incompetent, decisions are not made with respect to a meaningful strategy but only pure internal politics. Incompetents often wind up in management and are never called to account for running things into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Alfred. Stop padding your own nests. Admit when you are in over your head. Stop pretending this company is a serious threat to Oracle or SAP or IBM.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to work, but not well-run enough to not get bought by Oracle"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    BEA promotes excellent life work balance, at least in the division I was in. Also, I had an opportunity to work with a lot of interesting technology. Physically, the San Francisco office was a great work space. Finally, my colleagues were, to a person, intelligent, thoughtful, and very nice.

    Cons

    Some downsides of working at BEA: the Plumtree acquisition resulted in a separate BEA division that had little communication with greater BEA. This could be seen as an advantage or drawback, depending upon your perspective, though in the end I think it worked to the detriment of the health of the overall company.

    Advice to Management

    Well, it's a bit too late for this, I guess, but I would have done more to integrate Plumtree's technology with BEA, replacing the WebLogic Portal altogether.


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