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Bsquare Reviews

Updated January 26, 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)

  • Flexible work schedule and decent benefits (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be improved a bit - when you're off work, you're off work (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Never been happier"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bsquare full-time

    Pros

    Wasn't expecting the startup atmosphere and vibe for a company that has been around for over 20 years and has been as successful as them. Huge support from management and everyone is ready to help for any cause. Very collaborative and investment in the company and its direction is apparent. DataV solution is legitimate and Fortune 500 companies are beginning to partner with Bsquare for its value. Great benefits, pay, free parking, lots of free food and drinks, events, great office space.

    Cons

    No cons, but closest would be with the large shift in their focus as of the past year they are still learning (like a startup) of what does and doesn't work with some of their current practices.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and continue to invest in the growth and future of the company!


  2. "too much focus on billable hours"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Highly technical work
    opportunities for advanced technical work

    Cons

    too much focus on billiable hours


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Strong survivor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, great benefits, great team!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bsquare full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits! The health care plan is one of the best I have seen in my entire career. The people who work at BSQAURE are phenomenal! Everyone here is excited about the company and what they offer for IoT solutions.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be improved a bit - when you're off work, you're off work. I have seen many other teammates work 14 hour days. BUT, it is not necessarily all work - there are many work functions and events that contribute to the total hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on developing sales routines for all sales teams to help cultivate the DataV product to successfully transition from a service company to a products company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good people in a rapidly changing environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Leadership Fail"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Trying to become an Enterprise Software Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Thumbs-up for Bsquare"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bsquare full-time

    Pros

    This is an exciting time for Bsquare. We are experiencing a lot of growth. Amazing team of super smart, collaborative coworkers. Free soda/coffee, fruit, catered lunches, great benefits, free parking.

    Cons

    It isn't so much a con, but the company is going through a cultural change. I personally feel this is a positive, and for the better all the around. That being said, as with any change, there will be some bumps along the way.


  10. "Great Growing Company!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Innovative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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