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BMC Software San Jose Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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  • a bit lack in work/life balance depending on your department (in 34 reviews)

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

  3. "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


  4. 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...


  5. "Mixed Bag"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee to Employee camaraderie is great. Companywide focus on making customers successful. Humble CEO.

    Cons

    Some of the middle managers are brutal. The bi- annual employee review process is very messy.

    Advice to Management

    make efforts to build strong bonds between all employees and management. There is huge potential and talent in this company which is not been fully utilized.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Mainframe Technical Support Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior MSM Technical Support Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior MSM Technical Support Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BMC Software full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Forward thinking company, most employees work remotely, good middle managers that care about the workers.

    Cons

    Upper management thinks in terms of headcounts, rather than what's in the heads that counts. Quick to layoff people at the bottom to help make quarterly numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so reactionary. You are good at planning future strategies, but you need to remember that the company is built upon its history. Think before you damage the reputation.

  8. 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


  9. "Product development at BMC"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Developer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Developer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BMC Software full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Flexible work hours
    -Work life balance
    -Regular pipeline of projects and releases
    -Great people and good benefits

    Cons

    -Lacking innovation focus
    -Adoption of new technologies is slow
    -Management pretty stagnant

    Advice to Management

    Create a bias for innovation to make the work fun and rewarding.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Go elsewhere - lost company."

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent market leading mainframe products. While other products are still string, they have fallen behind competitive products.

    Cons

    Minimal innovation. Bloated platforms. Long time to invent and longer time to value.

    Advice to Management

    Need to overhaul the management. A private company of BMC's size doesn't need 15+ members in the leadership team. No wonder nothing is getting done!


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