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"Exciting, growing company has become large and slow."

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Current Employee - Lead User Interface Designer in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Lead User Interface Designer in San Francisco, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great location in the city, awesome people, and amazing benefits and support.

Cons

Has grown to be a very large company with increasing bureaucracy and less agile processes.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Always working on the latest, newest, exciting, fun technology whether in product development or in marketing/sales."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance and great compensation/benefits packages. Plus the company is hungry to go big with a bang and has the cash flow to support it so you get to work with the latest and greatest technology without ever worrying about having the money to fund your idea.

    Cons

    Growing too fast and loosing it's start-up culture in the process. Unless leadership pays attention fast, the culture is going to erode into a big, slow bureaucracy. Already starting to see the coolness fading where it takes too long to launch an idea. Too many approval cycles and too much politics in "selling your idea" versus just taking a risk, experimenting, and iterating.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the agility of a start-up culture. Hire smart, enthusiastic, passionate people and let them run with their ideas. Have tolerance for experimentation and fast iteration.


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    "A safe harbor for prima-donnas. Quality of software work is very low."

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    Former Employee - Lead Member of Technical Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Member of Technical Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is great. But the stock options and bonuses serve as a gilded whip to hold over employee's heads. If you put aside your better technical judgements as an engineer you'll get along fine here. If you're able to juggle being harassed by a co-worker every five minutes on IM, e-mail or phone and can still get productive work done, you may like it here.

    You'll learn about about Agile development and how it can really work - in spite of the fact that group managers ignore the great recommendations of the agile training team.

    During your first few weeks, do some careful analysis on the source code you'll be working with. There's a sense at the company's that it's somehow infallible and should not be questioned. If you disagree with that view on solid technical grounds, you'll be able to quickly determine whether or not you want to stay on. So, that transparency is a good thing.

    The software release process and software upgrade process is good. So, you'll learn a lot about that.

    Training is pretty good, but corporate policy has many self-conflicting points.

    Cons

    Don't expect to impact the software products in a meaningful way while you are there. What you see when you get hired in terms of software coding practices is what you'll be expected to follow. And, unfortunately, there's lots of room for improvement.

    If you interview here, ask specific technical questions about software best practices and you're likely to get a clever "non-answer." A lot of nice talk about what could be done, but nothing specific that translates into actual work quality. While the Salesforce agile approach has all the ingredients a successful team can rely on, the use of those practices is whimsical.

    The management puts its confidence into junior employees who don't know a thing about building quality software. The middle management is useless on projects. The senior engineers are targets that get poked at ruthlessly. The website products are passable in quality, but the other products like mobile are lame. Lots of false starts and recalled releases from what I saw/heard from those teams. The product vision for the company is unrealistic and egotistical. Management professes that it wants their applications to have an "addictive" quality, but they don't even know how to approach that problem.

    I am glad I'm not there.

    Advice to Management

    Get your ego out of the way and get rid of your middle management. Your technical managers loose their technical edge very quickly and don't know how to assess their employees work quality. The idea that the technical teams drive their own decisions is a joke. It's allowed as long as it agrees with the technically incompetent opinions of the group managers and VPs.

    Benioff many be the biggest liability of all. His management style favors ego over progress. As long as you're doing work at Salesforce that can be hyped the right way to the CEO, you're in "good graces." Forget technical competency - it's second in priority.

    Just look at their software products. The only thing they're good at producing is a sense of ADHD in the end user.

    The "learning curve for newbies" at Salesforce is actually a special code word: it's an irresponsible and repressive strategy to overwhelm even the most competent person with disorganized information that can be used against you when convenient (for someone else). It's a nice way of management saying they don't know how to organize. You'll get lots of critical information to manage that has no organization to it

    . Reaching out to other employees who can help you is impossible, despite having a great set of tools for that purpose. Pretty lame for a company that pretends it's a "social corporate enterprise."

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