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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good job Alfred"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Back in the day, BEA was a great place to work. Talented, inspired people creating a great product.

    Cons

    Over the last few years, upper management failed.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to Oracle.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people and very nice pay.

    Cons

    Bad management, too much process makes it hard to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Better management

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Could have been much better"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting technology; some really good people. My direct manager was great and very concerned about the well-being of his group.

    Cons

    Senior management interested only in their own advancement and compensation; lots of politics! Senior management not at all in touch with the general worker population. Senior management also played favorites; often there seemed to be no connection between promotions and bonuses and the work that someone had done. Senior level executives rewarded richly, but little trickle down of bonuses and stock options to lower levels of workers.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with lower levels of company. Make sure that everyone knows and understands what the goals of the company are. Need to improve credibility to the company as a whole.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Management feedback"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative technology company to work for.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, very poor leadership

    Advice to Management

    Its immaterial now


  5. "BEA Consulting Review"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Product and Latest Technology in the application and services infrastructure space

    Cons

    The immediate management was running their own show with their own say and promoting their own few people. The Executives and Senior Management were not given true picture of what is happening in the lower ranks. I have seen 3 directors promoted to VP in last 5 yrs (2002-2007) in my group (Consulting) and consultants were made to do the same type of works year-after-year. It seems like the immediate management (Directors) were fighting the battle (meeting their revenue numbers and targets) but putting guns on Consultant shoulders. Anyways, now Oracle has acquired BEA, I can only pray that things improve but I see no hope for that as the same management (Director and VP) is being kept intact from consulting perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Take feedback from folks in the field and don't get blinded by the immediate subordinates (Directors and VP)


  6. Helpful (1)

    "BEA needs a serious investment in systems and infrastructure. Finance has crippled the company."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Major Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Major Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced environment that focuses on innovation and products that customers want.

    Cons

    The company is crippled by the Finance organization. There is no investment in infrastructure. The infrastructure is a disaster with tools and systems outdated and underfunded.

    Advice to Management

    Make an investment in the company.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Innovation in marketing"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The marketing program I was part of was innovative and market leading (see Charlene Li's book, Groundswell). I had the scope to be creative and work with any part of the organization that I needed. The product is solid and customers were generally satisfied - a good place to start when running interactive marketing campaigns. BEA attracted good smart people, seemed like there was less deadweight than many tech companies of this size.

    Cons

    Budgets were tight towards the end, these programs have a long ramp time before they generate value.. Also, the downside is that BEA is part of Oracle where there is little marketing autonomy

    Advice to Management

    Keep on trucking with the audience marketing programs and roll them out to other Oracle product areas.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "No ability to sell."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Major Account Manager in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Major Account Manager in Huntsville, AL
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    BEA pays its employees well for sales performance. They let you work own your own and manage your business. The company has excellent technical resources, and good products for developers. The company is inovative in product development and product quality. It also has very loyal customers that are dedicated to its solutions.

    Cons

    No direction for the company. The company does not know how to compete well in the market place. BEA does not have good marketing and reley's too much on its technology. There was not a good career path for its employees. They did not communicate well, and the employees did not have much to sell. BEAs products were very hard to sell because very few people knew who they were.

    Advice to Management

    Communitcate better. Tell the employees about the direction of the company. Marketing the company better. BEA had no brand presence.


  9. "Challenging, but many opportunity to learn and advance."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - QA Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible opportunity for growth within company. You can learn a lot of technology from the sharp people that work here.

    Cons

    There are too few employees. Often we have to switch our focus or job because there are not enough people. We are over-worked at times.

    Advice to Management

    Please Hire more people!


  10. "was a good company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BEA Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    good work culture and salary

    Cons

    acquired by oracle and BEA doesn't exist


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