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BroadVision Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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  1. "slow company but good for easy life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked there 2 years. The people over there are nice people. The campus and gym also great.

    Cons

    company is losing direction and money. The management team cannot do right thing to correct the product design problem.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO needs listen more suggestion from team instead of dreaming


  2. Helpful (1)

    "AVOID THIS NIGHTMARE AT ALL COSTS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BroadVision full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a few nice folks here who got suckered in to making the horrible decision to join BroadVision.

    Cons

    BroadVision is by far the worst company I have ever worked for in my 30+ years of experience. I don't know where to start...

    The CEO - Pehong Chen was successful in the 90's and continues to have a huge ego based on his past accomplishments. He has not accomplished anything professionally since Gain Technology sold in 2002. He insists on having his fingers in every aspect of the day to day operations and constantly degrades and demoralizes employees out of fear that his precious company is failing. On the rare occasion when he does come into the office he arrives at 2pm and leaves by 4pm.

    The Company - BroadVision was once an e-commerce platform and has completely lost its way since then. In the last few years we've been trying to sell a knowledge management and collaboration software called Vmoso to no avail. The UI is horrendous, it's extremely complicated, and the industry is already saturated with far better products. The engineering team is constantly redesigning insignificant features per request of the CEO, the marketing team is non-existent, and the sales team can't sell Vmoso to save their lives.

    The business practices are terrible. Out of desperation for revenue, we forced existing customers of our other products to purchase Vmoso against their will and despite them having no desire or need to use it. BroadVision is no longer profitable and is almost out of money. There will be no additional funding and the money we have left is enough to pay salaries and keep the lights on for only a few more months.

    The Leadership - The egos and attitudes of the leaders at BroadVision is just one aspect of what has buried this company into the ground. The narrow-minded thinking and the repression of good ideas from new talent is toxic. It is their way or now way at all, and the leadership has no problem internally humiliating any outside of the box thinking.

    The Culture - It is non-existent. There are no team building activities, no social events, no happy hours, no lunches, and drinks and snacks are only for purchase. You are expected to eat lunch alone at your desk while you work and regardless of the hours you work in a day, the last person in the office "wins."

    It's ironic that we are trying to sell a knowledge management and collaboration software while there is very little internal collaboration and the thought of managing our internal knowledge is a joke.

    For the love of God, do not work at BroadVision!

    Advice to Management

    If there is any hope in turning this company around the leadership and CEO need to be replaced. Otherwise, behead the decrepit dinosaur of a company you are operating and put it out of its misery.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Possibly the Worst Company in Technology"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only pro I could see in my lengthy time at BroadVision is you don't have to work long hours. The CEO works from 230-630.

    Cons

    Products no one wants.
    CEO might have an award from Business Week from 1997, but he may be the biggest moron in Silicon Valley.
    Products dont work
    Meglomaniac CEO
    Board that is the CEO's handpicked lackeys. They have no clue that the products don't work and that they are too complicated and that the market doesn't want them.
    CEO expects people to be available 24/7.
    CEO threatens people and then says its just tough love.

    It is a 100% guarantee that your career will die working here.

    There is 99.9% guarantee that this company will not succeed.

    Advice to Management

    CEO needs to be removed immediately.

    There isn't enough money to develop a product that the market will want. Time to take care of loyal employees and close up.

    Make sure you haven't committed any SEC violations.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Interesting product idea, extremely poor management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at BroadVision full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Their new product Vmoso has an attractive message (unified communication and collaboration), and a lot of potential. Hours are pretty flexible (in line with Silicon Valley standards).

    Cons

    Development is under the iron-fisted control of the CEO., who's en extreme micromanager. The development strategy seems to be: we'll do what the CEO decides when he wakes up in the morning. There's very little creative freedom.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust the advice of people with a lot more experience than you in the areas where you don't know much.


  5. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Not a lot customers, this is it

    Advice to Management

    Try to do something more smart


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great Location, No Direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BroadVision full-time

    Pros

    Great location. The Pacific Shores Center is an amazing space...too bad it will all belong to Google soon. Friendly people...even if they have given up hope on the company.

    Cons

    Little to no chance of long term success. Outdated understanding of the market from management. While the CEO is a nice man, he does not act like a CEO. He seems more interested in how people perceive him than actual success. What CEO discourages feedback?!?! He's created an environment where no one feels comfortable sharing ideas. They simply build whatever the CEO thinks is a good idea that day, total chaos. The result is a completely unusable app that no one would ever purchase in a market that is already saturated. If the Product and Engineering team had the freedom to build something functional several years ago without executive interference, they might have something now. However, at this point, even if by the grace of God they were able to release a functional app, it's too late. They're spinning their wheels, unsuccessfully trying to create something that many others have already done.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people you hire to do what you hired them for. If the Executive team doesn't trust the decisions of the department heads, then replace them with someone that you do trust. Don't hire someone only to stand in the way of their success. Reevaluate what you have that is of value and pivot into a position that makes sense in the current market.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "BroadVision's best days are in the rear view mirror"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BroadVision full-time

    Pros

    Nice office, good HR team
    Gosh, I can't think of others but you need a minimum of words for the review

    Cons

    I joined thinking I could help turn around the company, but with the senior management team (including CEO) in place, that was not possible. They need a 'normal' health product development organization - listening to customers, surveying the market, having unique differentiators.

    Advice to Management

    Take the hard step and replace yourselves. Once you set a product strategy, stick with it long enough to see if it works. Don't change every week.

  8. "An average company"

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    Current Employee - IOS Developer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - IOS Developer in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BroadVision (Less than a year)

    Pros

    easy life, easy going people

    Cons

    too relax, low perspective, not high salary


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A company that strives for innovations"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Innovation and open to new ideas
    - Development teams are good at adopting new technologies
    - Nice working location, Pacific shores Center, right next to the bay, gym, swimming pool, indoor volley ball court
    - Friendly Human Resource staff and employees

    Cons

    An Engineering driven company. Products features tend to go way ahead than what the market needs. Product features tend to be more complex than necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Hire strong sales and marketing teams. Listen to customers and understand what they need.
    Keep the innovations in the mobile areas.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Incompetence at every level"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits package, great work location for walking and biking, and flexible work schedule. Free gym and strategic location for commuting.

    Cons

    New product does not work. No clients and prospects do not want to use or pay for new product. No domestic sales team because everybody has left. Constant pivots on product marketing strategy and apathetic, disengaged engineering team. No one wants to stay at this company and the future is bleak at best.


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