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Bsquare Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • They have honored my work/life balance constraints and have been very supportive when recovering from an operation (in 5 reviews)

  • Free soda/coffee, fruit, catered lunches, great benefits, free parking (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is not valued here, but then again, you are ultimately responsible for your own balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Strong survivor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bsquare has weathered many downturns and is still standing. They have honored my work/life balance constraints and have been very supportive when recovering from an operation. They provided a friendly, collegial and relaxed atmosphere, and could be described as a "small-f 'family oriented' company". Pay was good and seemed competitive with the rest of the industry.

    Cons

    While excelling at surviving, they've never really thrived. It does not seem to be a learning organization, so old mistakes are repeated years later. Also, nobody is notified when someone is let go, which is not only creepy but makes it more difficult for others to pick up their work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "At First Good, then Okay"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bsquare full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everything looked great when I started over a year ago working for DataV side of the business, then the truth came (read below for more on that). The pros are pretty outstanding: free snacks 2/3 times a week, free lunches occasionally, base pay and commission plans, morale, teamwork, culture, and optional standing desks. You also get a work laptop, free parking in the garage or free orca card, gym, downtown location, and open door policy.

    Cons

    Here comes the truth: DataV is not the type of product they sell it to be. Of course the product works but they sell it as a "SaaS" product with "Apps" that claim to be out of the box; but in reality, the product has to be customized to each customer making the sales cycle enormously long. This means that bonuses are far and few between - so reaching the claimed OTE is an outrageously ridiculous notion. Other cons include:
    - No career growth. Employees are eager to grow but the roles are stagnant and management won't promote.
    - Management runs things quietly behind people's back so you really don't know what's going on.
    - Work life balance. Get all your work done and some extra work or you'll be fired.
    - Taking over a week PTO is unheard of.
    - PTO plan itself is low.
    - Number of customers. They claim to have hundreds of customers but a few customers have bought DataV software. The other customers are from a different department that resells Microsoft licenses (nothing to do with DataV).
    - Required office time. No work from home option. This is a direct requirement from the CEO, Jerry Chase, who likes to have bodies in the office. Good luck with the Seattle and Bellevue traffic!
    - Low walled cubicles. Everybody sees everything.
    - Favoritism. If your manager likes you, great! You can get away with pretty much anything! If they don't, good luck keeping your job for another quarter...

    Advice to Management

    Jerry is a great leader and mentor, keep him. Bring the company into the 21st century since you're selling a 21st century product. Treat every department with respect and recognition.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good people in a rapidly changing environment"

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    Former Employee - Products in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Products in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There was a lot of challenging work to deliver and new skills to learn. This is exciting for those who are able to withstand a lot of organizational and product churn as the company repositions itself.

    Cons

    Very easy to burn out in this environment. Work-life balance is not valued here, but then again, you are ultimately responsible for your own balance.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Leadership Fail"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, fair (average) compensation and benefits, generally excellent coworkers (both attitude and capability), varied and interesting projects.

    Cons

    Poor executive leadership; high turnover and loss of thought leaders; failure to recognize the service-oriented nature of new business initiatives; anemic sales pipeline as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CEO. Company potential can be realized under better leadership.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Trying to become an Enterprise Software Company"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Developer II in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've worked with some tremendous people, who've since been laid off.

    Work life balance is good. Most of the engineers are on the older side so you don't see any tech-bro culture.

    Excellent health care package.

    Cons

    Bsquare is trying to become a products company; it tried to get into products before and failed.

    Obviously bad decisions triggering lay-offs 6 months later.

    Current management structure only cares what yes-men think.

    Advice to Management

    Bsquare used to make it's money in two lines of business: software licenses and services. The licenses revenue is going away now that how MS sells embedded Windows is changing and Management is letting the services side wither on the vine by focusing the entire sales force on selling their DataV initiative. Their DataV product initiative might work but they're risking the entire company on becoming a products company.

    My advice: Read Aesop's fable about the dog and it's reflection.


  6. "Great Growing Company!!"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bsquare full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Bsquare for over 9 years and it was an absolutely wonderful experience. There are all sorts of personalities and styles through the company but what unites everyone is the desire to implement embedded & IoT technologies. If you're interested at all in those areas you should give Bsquare a look.

    My favorite parts of working for Bsquare:
    1. Great company culture and super intelligent workforce.
    2. Nice giveaways like free Pop/Coffee and weekly fruit supply.
    3. New technology everywhere always.
    4. Serious stability with plenty of cash in the bank to weather even the worst of storms.
    5. Exciting development in the products area with DataV.

    Cons

    I can't think of too many bad things to say about Bsquare. Like a lot of technology companies in the IoT space they're working hard on new initiatives to drive revenue and provide customers with better access to knowledge from their data. If you're not interested in an agile approach to new business areas and development this might not be the place for you.

    But if you like the stability of a medium sized company partnered with the excitement of new technology initiatives then Bsquare should be at the top of your list.

    Advice to Management

    Not too much to say here. Management should pay attention to the employees that drive the company forward and continue to invest in them. Maintain your forward looking focus and don't be afraid to invest more into new initiatives. If there's a group of folks worth investing dollars into, it's the fine people at this organization.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Innovative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bsquare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Bsquare is doing cool things in the IoT space and it is reflected in the new projects on hand. There has bee aggressive investment lately and this attitude drives morale as the newer, growing teams can actually see how they are moving the needle.

    Cons

    Downtown Bellevue's traffic is bad because the city doesn't know how to manage flow patterns. When one light turns green, the next turns red which is annoying because you would think Bellevue would appreciate technology by now.

    Advice to Management

    Identify the slackers and light a fire under them. Certain departments are run like a lazy government operation (the usual suspects like IT). If the company blocked Facebook productivity would go way up.

  8. "WinCE Pro"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of WinCE work, bringing up BSPs (Board Support Packages) and helping customers achieve their product goals. Good support from team members around the world.

    Cons

    I came in with fairly low expertise in WinCE but was billed out as a WinCE Expert. Made me feel like I had to put on airs for customers until I got my grounding in CE.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the good project management, but accept the cost involved in bringing engineers up to speed so you can bill them appropriately.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Another bad day at Bsquare."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's so hard for me to come up with pros. My co-workers, the ones that are left are great. Love the Bellevue location. Free parking.

    Cons

    There are so many cons. The management is horrific. You're treated like a pawn. No value is put on the employees. Employees disappear one day due to being terminated. People don't know when it will be their turn to disappear without a trace. Uneasy vibe in the office. Lots of hushed conversations. Working at Bsquare is like you're being hunted and it's only a matter of time until your time is up!

    Advice to Management

    Go bye-bye. You are not respected, you're dragging the company through the gutter filled with garbage, and the holier than you know what attitude is not something the employees what to see 5 days a week.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not very innovative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bsquare full-time

    Pros

    Good location, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Lack of products, poor CEO communication of vision


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