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  • a bit lack in work/life balance depending on your department (in 34 reviews)

  • Some senior management lack people management skill (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "4 years in BMC"

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    Former Employee - Staff Specialist Product Developer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Specialist Product Developer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BMC Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management encourages innovation.
    Tend to use fancy technologies.

    Cons

    Engineering team is isolated with customers, and do not understand the customers needs. Project mangers do not not understand the customers either... That lead to failure of the projects.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more effort on POC. Good looking prototypes is not enough.


  2. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Developer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Developer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great product. They have been transforming legacy applications and frameworks into modern standards.

    Cons

    Directions keep changing every 8 months.

    Advice to Management

    Understand where you want the company to head before implementing company wide changes.


  3. Helpful (10)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BMC Software full-time

    Pros

    Nice building in San Jose, close to train station, great kitchen area, fresh fruits provided every Monday.

    Cons

    Too high vertical hierarchy, bureaucratic procedures, unclear goals, massive regular layoffs, old product, annoying periodical "Ethic training" with quizzes, formal and meaningless performance reviews, incompetent management, no room to grow, frequent early morning and late night meetings due to very distributed teams in all time zones of USA, as well as Israel and India.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on new technology, invest in updating the main products to meet the modern customer requirements


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Layoffs are the primary way of improving operating margin at the cost of loss of knowledge"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BMC Software full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are usually above average. Most low-level managers are good. Mainframe hardware and working environment is one of the best in the industry.

    Cons

    Every quarter, you read the report reading between the lines to see if the axe could fall on you, and whether or not to contact head hunters. High-level management does not pay attention to biennial employee surveys. Layoffs usually hit the people who have the best product knowledge, requiring the rest to cover even more stuff while trying to learn.

    Advice to Management

    Stop listening to the accountants. Growth isn't forever. Value your employees.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "BMC was a good company to work for - 15 years ago"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BMC Software full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    401K match is ok; GICP is now almost zero

    Cons

    Read the news - company is going private; layoffs each month; morale is to the lowest point. Management is very bad, no good decision makers, too much politics, promote incompetency (based on bias and politics rather than real talent).

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is only concerns about their bonuses and stay - nobody will listen to any advise


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Always looking over your shoulder after quarterly reports for the layoff guillotine"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BMC Software full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many long term employees are knowledgeable, technically adept.
    Mainframe infrastructure kept up well.
    Good benefits, good salaries, decent bonus program.
    Beauchamp has a good handle on the future of the industry and makes strategic acquisitions of normally best in breed companies.

    Cons

    I can't stress this more: lives and dies by the quarterly statement; layoffs are the quick fix, with no respect to importance. I left even with a guarantee of not being laid off before a certain time, because I knew that I would probably be gone after that.

    If you're not in Houston, you are not part of the "in" group, and don't expect to be part of the inner circle.

    People are retiring and not being replaced.

    Beauchamp may be a good CEO for the shareholders, but he comes across as somewhat arrogant, even in his stock photo

    Advice to Management

    Dump Beauchamp out of the dual CEO/Chairman role. Dual roles eventually lead to disaster as you're putting the company eggs in a single basket.


  8. "Review of BMC Software environment"

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    Current Employee - Information Developer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Information Developer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Flexible work options.

    Cons

    Global company with teams around the world. Difficult to balance work and home life. People are laid off quietly, and no announcements are made.

    Advice to Management

    Care about the people more.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Leave your good ideas and passions at the door- you won't need them"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation. Some very good people still left even after the BladeLogic fiasco.

    Cons

    Cancerous political climate at the executive levels percolates down through the ranks- passive-aggressive behaviors are the norm. All product strategy is driven top-down and 8 layers of management ensure reality stays comfortably distant. Non-existent research and planning for products leads to high project failure rate. As a result, execution is 100% reactionary to customers and deals at risk. Plan to work nights and weekends just to stay in the game and forget about your work being recognized or the correct people being held accountable for failures. Chances are the only person blamed will be the only truly honest person involved.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and reward hard work and dedication- stop treating people as expendable. Be clear about what the objectives are and reward people who meet them. Yes...this requires executives to actually put their own necks on the line. It's easy to ask for everything under the sun and fire people when it doesn't happen. Plan ahead for products and stop the massive swings in strategy. Build people instead of tearing them down. Prioritize and reduce scope relentlessly to drive focus and execution. Most of all, aggressively implement 360 reviews and get rid of those employees deemed most political and least trustworthy by their colleagues. This last step alone would go along way toward fixing the culture.


  10. "BMC Has Become a Ship Of Fools"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Five years ago, BMC Software was starting to gain market traction and industry recognition as a business services leader with their line of BSM products. The company also had a reputation for treating its employees fairly with respect, dignity, and compassion.

    Cons

    Over the last five years, BMC Software has degenerated into a second-rate software company that encourages employees to suceed by any means possible at the expense of fellow coworkers. The cause for most of the current low employee morale comes from the short-cited leadership practices of the ESM business-unit manager.

    Advice to Management

    Stop intimidating employees by promoting the importance of performance evaluations beyond all possible reason.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "I do not recommend working for this company."

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    Former Employee - Administrative in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The salaries are higher than industry averages, there is some flexibility in the work schedule and there are ample donuts to be had.

    Cons

    Management lacks the wisdom to see structural problems and places blame on external agencies. Large amounts of abuse towards employees, as well as vulnerable clients. Neither management or employees respect the position of trust within the community that they have been given.

    Advice to Management

    Respect for clients and employees. Treat clients with dignity, do not mismanage funds and take responsibility for the consequences of mismanagement by employees when it happens instead of shifting blame.


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