Pivotal - Its an average company. | Glassdoor
Pros
  • "Also there is a great work/life balance" (in 33 reviews)

  • "I've never worked with this many smart people in my career (4 different companies)" (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • "Labs pivots will come to work sick because they don't want to burn their precious "non-accrued" PTO, while their Cloud Foundry peers just stay home" (in 16 reviews)

  • "can provide better work life balance" (in 7 reviews)

Employee Review

Employee Review

Helpful (2)

"Its an average company."

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Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Pune (India)
Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Pune (India)
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Good pay.Event though not spectacular.
Mostly stable jobs.
Even in layoffs they provide sufficient severance package.
In some groups good one can find good career options.

Cons

Averse to innovation.
Company leadership is confused what they want to achieve.
Some pivotal labs culture might be stifling for engineers.

Advice to Management

Communicate with engineers. Don't be a sales driven company where the whole focus is on sales rather than innovation.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Company with constantly changing vision"

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Pune (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can only think of one - Good office with fully stocked pantry

    Cons

    - Office Culture
    - Lack of Conviction for chosen strategy. Strategy changing every 3 months primarily driven by market forces instead of trying to create value creation
    - Lots of politics
    - Mashup of different company cultures trying act like Startup and failing miserably in both
    - Secondary focus on Data all bets are on CloudFoundry

    Advice to Management

    - At times leaders look completely clueless
    - Lack of Conviction for chosen strategy. Strategy changing every 3 months primarily driven by market forces instead of trying to create value creation
    - Need to come up with proper strategy and stick to it


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Same old EMC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Great technologies: MPP database, Hadoop with SQL engine on top of it, in-memory data grid, cloud platform
    2. Interesting tasks: good customer base and challenging implementation activities
    3. Good work-life balance: most of the people are allowed to work remotely (or at least partially)

    Cons

    1. It is EMC. Except by the HQ in US and UK office it is mostly EMC offices you are working in, EMC HR people, EMC Financial dept., etc. This implies no "startup" culture, but more of the big corporate problems described below
    2. Bureaucracy. Be ready to spend >20% of your time on reporting: reporting time spent, reporting tasks solved, reporting money spent on the trip, reporting money spent with the AmEx card, etc. Lots of reports, and it is your duty to track these reports, because all of them are passing many stages of approvals and if they get stuck somewhere you might figure out that the company won't pay you money. But reporting is not only electronic, some things require paperwork and manual visits to some people in finances to get their signature and approvals
    3. Paradigm shift. Company is mostly get focused on Cloud Foundry and its implementations now, so if you are interested in MPP or Hadoop you would be disappointed: no much management focus, no marketing focus, limited engineering efforts. In this fields Pivotal is not a leading company and is not going to make efforts to become a leading one
    4. EMC sales channels. They are used to sell Pivotal products as well, so be ready to work with expensive suboptimal solutions based on EMC products (like virtualized Hadoop on shared storage), just because EMC is driving the sell process

    So, it is good to work for Pivotal if you are: working in US office engineering/QA dept or in UK, working with Cloud Foundry, not afraid of the EMC corporate stuff

    Advice to Management

    Better distinction with EMC: its better to have less offices around the world, but let them be Pivotal ones, with separate corporate culture and no dependencies on EMC
    Better focus on engineering: good products are selling themselves just because they are cool, so it would be better to reduce sales and invest in engineers
    Better focus on MPP and Hadoop solutions
    Move in open source direction

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