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"chaotic development environment"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

I worked at FireEye full-time

Pros

The novel idea of running the sandbox in VM.

Cons

Sandbox in VM idea will catch up sooner or later with competitors if proven to be beneficial.
Minimal/no engineering documentation, for some explanations you get a drawing on a whiteboard, if you are lucky.
The first level management is clueless about coding, architectures. Good at navigating the product GUI though, some Linux administration, network skills.
No peers code reviews, just "make it work". This resulted in poor designs that needs to be maintained.
Engineering communication is minimal, reduced to the work at hand. Even this is hard, for some because of their personalities, for others because of their English.
The management thinks that is protecting their IP by preventing the engineers knowing more then what they need to do for their current work, you don't get a chance to broaden your perspective.
The development process looks more like "putting off fires", what ever fires are burning at the time.

Advice to Management

There is more than just trust the (few) engineers to manage a product, an environment where people can contribute to designs and ideas would help.

Other Employee Reviews for FireEye

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome place but a geekfest"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    True innovation at it finest. Ashar and team nailed one of the most important problems in computer science. Feels like you are taking over the world.

    Cons

    Ugh, if or God's sake, it's in Milpitas.

    Advice to Management

    Ok, some you need a haircut. But seriously, publish more imformation regarding the awful malware that really is out there. Help people understand and coach them in what to do. Here I am referring to the world at large.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Exceeding expectations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    After a rough couple of years the company has made some great new senior hires inc new EMEA VP who is a class act - driven, team oriented and proven. Impressive product set supported by the secret consulting sauce (mandiant) and top notch intel insight as core differentiators. Positive culture and without wishing to sound cheesy so far has delivered on potential to be a very compelling proposition and an enjoyable/fun place to work.

    Cons

    Distributed workforce across most of the EMEA countries you'd expect means lots of empowerment (ie you need to be a good proactive communicator).

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring good people and rebuilding the environment to allow people to succeed.

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