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  1. "Going down the tubes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Selden, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Selden, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Bad management. Major losses at the end of Q1 and Q2. CFO just resigned. Stock price keeps going down.

    Advice to Management

    Resign


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Run for the hills...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing positive to write about this company except perhaps free bagels every morning.

    Cons

    Technology is outdated and limited in its functionality. Executive leadership is an old boys club that has absolutely no market vision and is very arrogant. Management is completely convinced they know how to save this company and will not listen to anyone. Group think dominates the executive landscape. New customers acquisitions are practically non existent for a 15 year old company. All revenue comes from existing customer base and maintenance.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to the first taker if there is one. Get out of the business you are in and take the money in the bank, go into stealth mode, and develop a completely new product line...oh wait, that would require real leadership and a visionary.


  3. "Most unprofessional company to work with"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -No experience required

    - Good place to learn basics of backup technologies

    - good for short term

    -Good for interning

    Cons

    -No future prospects unless you are managerial or higher position

    -The technologies used are not used widely so if you have 10 years experience you might have to
     start from beginning while switching the companies

    -The senior employees treat newcomers very unprofessionally and make team environment very
      uncomfortable

    -Very unstable management, Managers have no control over the team members.

    -Join if you are bored of being unemployed

    Advice to Management

    Create and HR journalist position to monitor employee harassment in the company.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "In a word, MISERBALE"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get a learn new technologies, hardware and software.

    Cons

    1. you will find that majority of the people do not want to share what they know. If you ask them a question, they will tell you to read the CDP/NSS admin guide. The CDP/NSS guide book has no detailed information on troubleshooting.

    2. You are thrown into the fire without any formal training. You can take online training with no interaction from your manager or colleagues.

    3. Most managers have to management experience on how to talk to employees and treat them like crap.

    4. There is no raises or praise for your work.

    5. You are told to come to your manager if you have questions, when you do he tells you to talk to your co-workers who tell you to read the guide, which is poorly written.

    6. You are left to figure things out on your own.

    7. There is no career path, I knew ppl that were there for 6-7 years doing the exact same job and for some of them this was/is their 1st job.

    Advice to Management

    1. Make the direct managers take management training.

    2. Setup REAL training for new employees so they understand the software which they will be supporting.

    3. Acknowledge work that is done well.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Yes there is a morale problem - it is not a smear, it is true,."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Familiarity with technology - you will learn a lot if you take the time, there is a lot of equipment to learn and coworkers are good resources. Lots of good people work for the company in lower positions.

    Cons

    Horrible management - I don't think anyone is actually trained to be a manager, and upper management does not care about the workers at all. Long hours are expected, as is working Saturdays. Some times people are called in from vacations for customer support. No appreciation for job well done but you will hear if you did wrong. Negativity is all you will hear from your manager, because he is hering the same from above.

    Advice to Management

    No matter what is said management will never learn to respect it's employees and the value they bring to Falconstor.


  7. "FalconStor is a Software Sweatshop"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits and free food which is needed as you're expected to work 18 hour days

    Cons

    Software sweatshop. absolutely no compassion or tolerance for life threatening illness.

    Advice to Management

    stop feeding your employees bagels and dinner and let them go home!


  8. "Falconstor...Not Enterprise ready. Great ideas, poor follow through"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competive pay structure for engineers in a down market. For smaller companies that have fewer requirements and would prefer to have the vendor configure everything, a portion of their software offerings would work well (VLT). Developing some interesting products. Very aggresive sales force.

    Cons

    Falsonstor needs better upper management; most have an engineering background and have little management/executive experience. Plain and simply put, management doesn't understand the enterprise customer. The company is having problems establishing and maintaining a foothold in the enterprise space...plagued with constant software problems. Most of the enterprise customers they have had over the last five years are moving to other vendors due to having suffered multiple failures or major outages resulting in data loss. There is little to no documentation available to distribute covering best-practices and deployment strategies. Documentation is only created upon request. Employees are not provided enough information and direction to have a chance to succeed

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with a little more respect. Honor is more than a word thrown out in a conversation, there is a deeper meaning. Underhanded management and sales practices never lend themselves to succeeding in the marketspace. Customers are smarter then that and should be treated as such.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Unemployment is better than working at FalconStor"

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    Current Employee - Sales Director in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Because your unemployment has run out

    Cons

    in my opihnion they do not treat peoplee with respect, they are more interested in the short term gain than the long term gain

    Advice to Management

    They should look at the big picture not the transaction, you will keep your custoemrs longer. Stop selling stuff that does not worf


  10. Helpful (5)

    "The Rise and Fall of Falc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FalconStor full-time

    Pros

    There are some really nice people to work with, but the technology is old.

    Cons

    The CEO doesn't have a clue about how to run a company......the board should get rid of him.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Awful place to work - Management is a joke. Managers only promote friends in their "click" Run Away!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at FalconStor full-time

    Pros

    I really can't think of any pro's but I guess their pay is okay when compared to similar types of companies and benefits are okay but they don't pay enough for the amount of disrespect and dishonesty that medium to higher up management gives to their employees.

    Cons

    Management is very poor and if you are not in their click of friends, they will disrespect you even if your work is near perfect. The real source of the problem is that mid-level management is very friendly with upper management on a personal level which unfortunately, gives "mid-management" the ability to treat the staff however they want with no ramifications for their actions. As one of the other reviews said "run for the hills".

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff in a more respectful manner and Promote people that deserve it for their good work instead of who is the most popular.


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