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BMC Software San Jose Reviews

Updated June 4, 2017
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  • Work life balance and work pressure (in 35 reviews)

  • Slow growth in revenue, lack of appreciation in the middle management (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Not competitive salary compared to other bay area companies."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BMC Software full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Workload is manageable most of the time except near the end of release.

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive. Bonus is always paid at 50% because of unsatisfactory company performance even though employee performance is above expectation.

    Advice to Management

    Please compare salary with other bay area companies and revise salary to retain employees. Also it does not match when we get a rosy picture of company performance throughout the year and then pay 50% bonus at the end because of not achieving target. Please be honest with employees while sharing updates on company performance.

    BMC Software Response

    Jul 20, 2017 – Employee Experience Coordinator

    Your feedback is greatly appreciated. We are thrilled you, like many others at BMC, appreciate the great work/life balance we foster in our culture. Its a huge selling point at BMC. Thank you also... More


  2. Helpful (10)

    "As Many Mid-sized Tech Companies go in the Silicon Valley- Not great, But Not bad"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BMC Software full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I've been with BMC for 4 years now and I've seen so many changes during this time. The Flexibility of working from home is absolutely ideal. My commute into the Santa Clara office can sometimes be as long as 2 hours, so this flexibility is huge for me. The people of the SCC campus team are great, friendly and very knowledgeable. Free lunch is provided 4 days a week, so that saves time and money, and the pantry area is always stocked with snacks, fruits and breakfast items to keep you going. There is also free Soda, coffee & Tea. We've been in the SCC offices for about 18 months now, and they are nice and bright with windows everywhere. The workstations are fully adjustable allowing both standing and sitting. Although a very open-concept workspace, it is fairly low in the noise level. The Sr. Management offices are in the interior, allowing all others the floor to ceiling window views, which is quite nice.
    The benefits package is pretty good with decent choices. Lots of Informational gatherings about industry standards and cutting edge technology. Great supportive sessions for women in the workplace and guest speakers coming onto the campus.

    Cons

    There has been several Sr. Executive layoffs over the past 4 years. In 4 years, I've had 4 bosses, seen at least 6 Sr. executives get laid off. Every April there are layoffs, and you never know if it'll be your turn (there doesn't seem to be a method to the madness). Although we have a twice annual bonus structure, in 4 years I have only seen a 100% payout once, it usually only pays out 50%, then depending on your ratings (can be less than that). In 2017, moral has been super low, we've seen the President or our division get his walking papers, and so many more changes within the SCC location , it seems most people have doubts or uncertainties about their future here. The current overall climate is quite and no-one talks about the most recent changes out loud. Sr. staff attempts to give reassurances, but I can tell folks are questioning their future with BMC. No where enough cultural diversity. The scales are tipped drastically in favor of "cheap labor." Making it impossible to hire more diversity within the USA. There is a new company president, so lets see how things finally shake up.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Standard Software company"

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    Former Contractor - Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Marketing in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BMC Software as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    BMC has nice people and friendly environment. Although working in office is encouraged, there is flexibility to work remote when needed.

    Cons

    The company has too many meetings. It sometimes felt like there was a meeting just to pick a time for another meeting. Little time is left to do the actual work discussed in the meetings.


  4. "Senior Product Developer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Developer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Developer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Stay ahead of technology, motivating managers.

    Cons

    Try to get work done with fewer employees. So work load is always heavy.


  5. "life at BMC"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    balanced work and personal life

    Cons

    in efficient management of resources


  6. "Good company with unknown future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, great people, great work-life balance, good working environment

    Cons

    Upper management unsure of direction, little coordination/communication between different product groups, strong concept of territory among different product groups


  7. "CSM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and solid products to support and sell

    Cons

    Not a good pay master and not really interested in employee appreciation.

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond yourselves

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Chose wisely before you hire any employer...."

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    Former Employee - Executive in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Executive in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you want a "job" this place is great, if you want a career where you can innovate, progress, be recognized and build legacy... Swipe left!

    Cons

    Dysfunctional, sales organization run by execs with a truly bizarre management style running an antiquated playbook. If you value your time, why join a company that is more like an IBM, HP or CA when you could join the companies that are competitive disrupters to them instead?

    Advice to Management

    You want to change to become competitive again, yet all the innovation is stifled by your lack of courage. You need to divest with the technical debt you have as a result of all the misguided acquisitions and double down on the projects that will set you apart.

    Your culture of "selling and running" is being rendered irrelevant by SaaS players who understand the value of long term value driven relationships.

    Secondly, your obsession of shifting work to "lower cost countries" ensures the creative brilliance of the non Indian r&d effort is transient. You are now an Indian software company with a US executive team. An executive team that is focused on self preservation instead of progression and innovation.

    You do know that profitability can be achieved by keeping the cost base constant while growing the tip line too right? Maybe you need to focus on cutting out the fat at the top and invest in growth - that's how you regain the makers hate and thought leadership you are haemorrhaging daily.

    The two yearly cost efficiency cycles ensure more and more effort is put in to reward and retain India based talent while all possible effort is put into minimizing payouts to on shore staff.

    The rev share plan rarely pays 100% and most people on it have little ability to influence it.

    Sales & Marketing is led by an old exec team who manages by bullying, a bizarre style at best, with a really spotty history in previous companies.

    Purveyors of fear and threats make poor leaders, invest in this area for maximum success, there is plenty of new breed talent around whose IQ and EQ are much more in tune with what it takes to lead a sales organization that can effectively engage with the evolving base.

    With global equity markets in a wobble the path to a liquidity event for the investors will be accelerating and further pressuring the company. Make sure what you are interviewing for is ABSOLUTELY STRATEGIC, so you know what you are joining for will be around for you to work on.

    One thing hiring managers do a lot of is retain headcount budget at all costs and so will hire for roles any smart leader will know may not exist 6 months down the line.

    Good luck and remember you are hiring the company, not the other way around...


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good, leading-edge work can be had; just be sure that you're on the right project"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - There are pockets of developments that make use of the latest technology
    - Management is open to new product ideas
    - Encourages employees to do local outreach activities

    Cons

    - If not on right project, watch out for the annual layoff
    - Employees (informally polled) do not get raises unless getting a title change. Profit sharing is the excuse, but that is extremely variable, depending on business units
    - Impossible to do any longer-than-one-year projects to improve existing products


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not so good at the moment"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BMC Software full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    pays good, at least to start with

    Cons

    some product lines are not all that great, so be careful where you take up the job
    not doing so well financially.

    Advice to Management

    Need more focused strategy. Too many changes and too soon...


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