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Gigamon Reviews

Updated October 19, 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 12 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. "Still a great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    $400M Start Up with a Profitable Product and Amazing Customer List. A great place for people who love working at a company that feels like a start up but has the profitability of a public traded company. Many of the same perks you see at a start up; free lunch, happy hours, team building and incredibly hard but rewarding work. Steady growth plan for 2019.

    Cons

    Still transitioning from a public to a privately held company.

    Advice to Management

    Push forward with our growth plans, continue to recruit and hire the right culture fits for Gigamon and lets continue to take market share.


  2. "Internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good internship program, cared about us

    Cons

    Big difference between full time and interns

  3. Helpful (4)

    "A sinking ship..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people used to be the best part about this place but that has changed over the past 12 months. I wouldn't say there was any pro to Gigamon right now.

    Cons

    A little over a year ago they brought in new Executive Management to run the sales/marketing teams. This was one the biggest mistakes the company has ever made and they will continue to recover from for the next few years. The attrition rate is through the roof and everyday people are leaving. Employees were forgotten and so was the culture that got Gigamon to the amazing growth we saw for 9 consecutive quarters. Gigamon used to be the best place to work. It always hired the best of the best and everyone that came onboard immediately fell into the One Gigamon culture that has been the backbone of the company since it started. Over the past 12 months it has spiraled out of control and is not the same company and does not with hold the same values that it once did. The new management made Gigamon into a ME culture and not a Gigamon culture where every Employee was always put first. It was more about the Executive Management team and how they could benefit ($$$) from Gigamon going private. This company will never be the same. Its a sinking ship and its sad to see a company with so much potential end up the way it has.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people who don't deserve to be promoted or even take on these positions. It should be earned and with a track record instead of promoting yes people. Take a look around at all the people who have left and why they have left. These are the people that helped build this great company and get it where it was before it went private. There aren't any opportunities for advancement unless you are at HQ or are friends with someone on the Executive team.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid at all costs"

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

    I worked at Gigamon full-time

    Pros

    free lunches, many nice people

    Cons

    this place is like a graveyard...so quiet you can hear a pin drop....the strategy is awful and they have no idea of what they want to be in the IT industry..Lots of politicking, and strategy is weak


  5. Helpful (16)

    "Status update hell and chaotic"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gigamon full-time

    Pros

    Free junk food in the kitchen
    Free water, juice, soda
    Free unhealthy food 3 days a week that will most likely kill you, if you eat it constantly.

    Cons

    Engineering group is ridden with terrible senior directors, upper management and product management. Constant micromanagement during every release. The senior directors do nothing productive other than tracking stupid backlog metrics and threatening most of their team members into doing various things that are useless during every release. They also keep using buzz words like agile more than a few times a day which tells everyone else that they are really clueless about real agile development. While those close to them get a free ride by working on useless projects with no deadlines, others are constantly under heavy pressure everyday. They are political and bossy like many other reviews have described on this forum sufficiently.

    Program managers and product managers are the worst of their kind. The program managers act as proxies for the senior directors and micromanage like no tomorrow. Almost the whole engineering floor hates them for the amount of mind-numbing release level processes they have created to impede development in such a small company like this. They never use their brains to think or challenge the senior directors whether some metric or process would be useful for the team before implementing them. They blindly follow the instructions from the senior directors and are neither technical nor understand new age software engineering. They keep asking for status updates everyday via email or via almost daily status update meetings and run behind team members to force them to update absurd amount of internal confluence pages that no one in the upper management reads or cares about. A lot of irrelevant metrics are created and tracked in JIRA dashboards in the name of quality and team members are castrated, called out and berated every day in an open forum to satisfy these metrics.

    Product managers are a different kind of bottom pit in Gigamon. Almost 100% of the product managers and TMEs who joined in the last two years have left the company and all that remains of the team are directors that are buddies of upper management and product managers who are always frustrated and unhappy. The PMs do not strategize or set correct priorities for the roadmap. They constantly pressurize teams to always deliver more without understanding what it takes to deliver a quality product and set unreasonable exceptions. They behave unprofessionally in meetings, constantly argue, yell and act every day like the the Michael Douglas character from the movie - Falling Down. They create poor one line requirements for most projects and do not take complete ownership of most of the projects in the roadmap through their life cycle. They never say no to any customer or field request and do not understand what it means for something to be a p1 priority and classify every request from the field as a P1 and demand immediate fixes and solutions from the team. In short, product management in this company is nothing but chaos and a complete joke.

    Advice to Management

    Elliot and team has to gut the engineering management and product management to save this sinking ship.


  6. Helpful (16)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Hoping for a turnaround...."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people, as in my co-workers, are terrific. I know the collaboration will be there in the spirit of doing the right thing for our customers and for the business. I also appreciate how open and free with information the company is at our regular company meetings. I care and I know the people I work with care about putting out a quality product and doing the right thing always.

    Cons

    Management needs to show they care about people. The executive managers (E-Team) keep asking more and more of the employees and do not provide sufficient resources for employees to produce the desired results. Managers have big scale dreams on a small scale resource budget and the employees are the ones feeling the pressure on a daily basis. Combine this with the long term vision that is hard to imagine and everyone is asking themselves am I going to live like this with this pressure and friction for ~5 years for a payout (and that's if it happens)? When these types of comments or questions are brought up at company meetings the executive team does not handle it well.

    Good people are leaving, attrition is a huge problem and this attrition puts a significant burden on existing employees to maintain the mission with ever fewer people all while finding, hiring and onboard of new people. Not unnoticed is the addition of more ETeam members so we become very top heavy and more executives with expectations and not enough resource to fulfill.

    There are fire drills all the time that deviate resources and attention away from prescribed plans and goals. This creates even more friction in the system. Fire drills should be a rare occurrence not regular weekly, bi-weekly events. The teams have fatigue.

    Advice to Management

    1. The attrition issue is past serious. The packages put in place are insufficient. Do something now while you can retain people and stop the terrific talent and institutional knowledge from walking out the door.
    2. Examine goals and right size goals to the current resources available of people or right size teams to the goal.
    3. There are too many fire drills. Big goals, coupled with fire drills are causing burnout. Do a better job evaluating what is really needed and is it worth deviation from goals.
    4. Listen to what people tell you. The E-Team response at Town Halls and Co Meetings has had a dismissive and snarky tone, really listen. Don't forget the message from the "cheese" guy.

    The CEO rating is still high even though the company rating has dropped. This is unique in that it gives the company an advantage to use. We all know the person ultimately responsible is the CEO but people here aren't there yet..... There is still an opportunity to get in front of this and this GigaMonster hopes you do.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Good company gone bad!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Complete 180 on culture after Elliot Management purchase"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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