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Gigamon Reviews

Updated August 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good management, great benefits, rock solid product, pay plan plus stock purchase program is awesome" (in 12 reviews)

  • "3 days Free lunch and 2 days free breakfast" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance is pretty bad" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Middle Management is a mixed bag" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "The best job I've ever had!!!"

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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 Gigamon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Executive management is world class and very engaged with the industry. They're also extremely approachable and transparent. The company cares about their employees and the benefits are very good. Innovation is highly important and is getting better. Growth prospects are excellent!!

    Cons

    It's good and bad. Being a large startup does challenge work/life balance, but it's worth it. Otherwise, no reason to not love this company!!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up what you're doing.


  2. Helpful (15)

    "Company struggles continue (pass on them for now)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get fed lunch and bagels for breakfast a couple of days per week
    Nice co-workers who try to do good work (depends on department)
    Working hours usually aren't too long (depends on department)

    Cons

    Be very skeptical of the recent overly enthusiastic 5-star reviews. Too many good people continue to leave, hard to back-fill and those coming in don't seem to be at the same quality-level. Very little innovation happening right now and some poor executive decisions being made on direction of technology roadmap and other parts of business. For a smaller company, too many layers of management and hard to determine what some of these managers do. Feels like we've become a legacy brand with legacy technology. A lot of feedback continues to be given to leadership, they say they listen but not seeing much actual change.

    Advice to Management

    Evergreen and senior executives: take some time to closely evaluate the state of the company, beyond the pulse surveys. Morale is not very good and now that the company is private, PIU's and retention incentives won't keep quality people around. Your failing to appreciate the long term effect this is going to have on the company. The company doesn't need more senior managers or marketing, you need some short-term quarterly incentives and a re-org is needed within engineering. A return to innovation will probably only be accomplished if some sr. execs leave the company.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Good company gone bad!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gigamon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Used to have the best culture in Silicon Valley
    - Solid product (maybe)
    - Great people to work with (if they are still there)
    - Still fed 3 days lunch and bagels 2 days
    - Reasonable health benefits

    Cons

    - Executive management is absolutely disconnected from the main workforce, not realizing it (or not caring) how bad it is
    - Morale is at an all-time low, with a high attrition rate. The company is finding it hard to backfill.
    - Too many chiefs that add very little to the bottom line
    - Too much talk about innovation. Unfortunately, it's just talk without any action behind it
    - Hiring and promotions in certain departments aren't based on merit, but rather nepotism and cronyism
    - With the company going private, there's no ESPP or RSUs. Salaries are at best at market rate but without any real upside
    - The last 12 months 4/5-star reviews are most likely an HR job, over-inflating the Glassdoor rating. If you bother to read them, you realize how superficial they are and all from anonymous employees

    Advice to Management

    Execs - get in touch with your employees (individual contributors), just like it used to be a few years back, and get the real pulse.
    - Overhaul mid to upper layers of management and get rid of bosses, leaving the leaders (if there are any left)
    - Get back to the basics that got Gigamon to over 700 employees


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Complete 180 on culture after Elliot Management purchase"

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    Former Employee - Sales Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gigamon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The corporate culture was great prior to being taken over by Elliot

    Cons

    Post acquisition the company went downhill fast, and made extremely poor hiring decisions for sales leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Spin off what was a good company.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "OK company to work for. Not great, not bad."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting problem space, lunch provided 3 times a week, collaborative coworkers

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is a bit difficult if you need to coordinate with Chennai office. Meetings almost every night.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Downhill spiral"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gigamon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent salary, some good people still around.

    Cons

    Management is an Indian boys club of ego driven and incompetent yes men. The lack of actual processes, technological competence and an overly frugal inclination to send everything offshore to India has hobbled what could have been a great product and company into a shell of itself.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all the directors and VPs and start over with diverse local hires. Offshoring development to India when you are in the middle of Silicon Valley is a sign that things are really, really bad.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Bad Management has ruined Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gigamon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Health Benefits are decent
    - Still offers a good bonus for full-time exempt employees at various grade levels
    - Privatization made a lot of money for many employees - particularly principal engineers and above levels
    - Free food 3 days a week, free bagels 2 days week, fully stocked kitchen

    Cons

    First, agree with the other recent reviewers. Do not trust the recent positive reviews in Glassdoor. They are probably written by HR and someone who is in the inner circle of senior management - In the recent internal engineering pulse survey only about 70% of employees submitted the survey and out of those submitted over 60% said they would not recommend Gigamon as a place to work.

    Engineers are completely burnt out and are not motivated anymore after the privatization of the Company. Regretted attrition is on-going in engineering and people are leaving on a weekly basis. Even the few folks in management have started to leave the company. People who are wanting to stay are the ones in the inner circle of senior engineering management who have been taken care of financially before the privatization.

    HR is like any other stereotypes one associates with a HR dept; HR does not want to admit that people are leaving due to the horrible management put in place few years ago and instead trying to convince remaining employees that attrition is due to personal or compensation reasons - employees think HR is funny and don't take them seriously.

    Company is also on an acquisition spree and has stopped investing in existing employees in engineering. More and more CxO level people are getting hired. The present CEO and C-Level execs have also started cruising to get to their golden parachutes.

    Senior engineering management is arrogant and only operates through an inner circle of yes men in their layers - nepotism and cronyism is rampant in the organization and many folks outside of that circle are expected to leave or get fired. Many of the complaints from the broader engineering population are simply ignored.

    Senior engineering management can be easily described in just two words - Untrustworthy and absent. They have said many things and have done nothing in reality. Not a single engineer can describe what their contributions are on the "engineering" side of things. Even worse, not a single soul can also tell what organizational problems they have solved in the last couple of years.

    Engineering organization is chaotic and toxic, mainly because of the current middle management running this organization. Teams and individuals are constantly blamed and attacked every day by this layer of management and have been so constantly for the past many years.

    The middle management running R&D are in-fact incompetent to run good software teams. They are the opposite of what a leader should be and are highly political. They lie to execs and to their employees with open face. There has not been single example of a situation in the past few years where they have motivated, supported, guided or helped their teams succeed in anyway. They have formed their own inner circles who slack off and those outside of these circles are treated like slaves during.

    Most of middle managers are autocratic leaders and love to create ridiculous processes that impede software development. From automation requirements to archaic development checklists, the releases have become so process heavy that engineers have lost focus under this heavy pressure to meet process requirements and software quality has become very bad. Engineers are asked to pay further price by getting constantly interrupted and pressurized to work long nights and weekends during every release fixing some issue or the other till the last minute.

    The senior engineering leadership here exhibit some qualities unique only to Gigamon. They do not listen to their employees - period. They act like they are listening, but they retaliate and become defensive if someone disagrees or challenges them. They continue to micromanage and pressurize people into doing things unreasonably. They are indecisive on their own yet do not trust their own team members to make the decisions. Many middle managers complain behind peoples backs and do not take accountability for anything. Instead, individuals are constantly attacked and berated privately or in meetings. Many are also very territorial with their own teams, but bull-doze the engineers outsides of their teams with no one to stop them or protect the ones getting bull-dozed.

    This is the One Gigamon in R&D i.e., every middle/exec manager is out there with one goal: to save him/herself and blame the rest on the team members.

    Majority of the engineers have been dissatisfied with this management for many years - but tolerating this due to the stock refreshers and espp benefits - but after these benefits are gone, there is no more incentive for existing employees to tolerate this environment.

    Almost everyone who has left R&D in the past 6 months has mainly left due the toxic environment and more are in the process of leaving every week. So do yourself a favor and just stay away from this company - particularly R&D group.

    Advice to Management

    Board needs get rid of bad apples in Senior/Middle Engineering Management; Enough has been said already, but no real action has been taken.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Unstable and No Focus"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clarita, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not much
    Since its small company , learning opportunity is more

    Cons

    More politics
    Things will change very frequently
    No Focus on vision
    Poor Management
    Salary is less compare to other product companies
    No employee benifits

    Advice to Management

    Please consider employee too


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to work!!"

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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 Gigamon full-time

    Pros

    Good product, lots of innovation, good culture. Catered luncheons and Orange Fridays (happy hour).

    Cons

    Personally, it's too long of a commute from the east bay. However, each team has the flexibility to work from home some days that make sense.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to employees and how they are feeling.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Officially looking...."

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    Current Employee - Operations in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gigamon saying is One Gigamon and people make fun of it.... but it does bring people together....

    We have unlimited PTO and Sick days... it gives you a work life balance, people taking vacation after vacation..... half the building was on vacation in May

    Good place if you want to take naps during the day, this is a place you can cruise at....

    If you miss a deadlines it’s not a problem... we will change the schedule and someone else will close your action out for you...

    You can take 2+ hour lunches, a lot of people do

    You can start later and end earlier....work life balance! In May.... I could get close parking as long as I came in before 10:30

    Company is open to feedback

    Cons

    Due to policy, I’m making my review “more general”

    There was a big layoffs

    Coworkers are “leaving” every week and new people are being hired. Attrition in April and May was sad to witness.

    New hires are connected with management...Favoritism is visible at Gigamon...

    Short staffed and everyone is on vacation....

    Lunch is given three times a week. There have been meat in vegetarian foods, bugs in salads...

    There are workers that don’t perform and get away with it...

    Company is open to feedback but does not make time for you to give feedback.....

    Advice to Management

    do something... I’ve already tried a lot of times to talk to you in person.


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