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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Love.Love.Love Greenplum"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Agile, nimble like a start-up - but with the large corporate backing/benefits of EMC. Ability to remain mostly independent and drive our own business. New office space is stylish and like a start up we have lots of free food and drinks - including lunch 3 days a week and 2 nights where pizza is delivered and breakfast bagels, doughnuts on Friday.

    Cons

    Not all employees are located in the newly remodeled space. Additional remodels are in the works, but the company is still split into about 5 different office suites. Teams not a cohesive as they would be if all were co-located.


  2. "Run the other direction!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Greenplum Architect in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Greenplum Architect in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hmmm. The technology perhaps. even though many months behind the leaders ...

    Cons

    Middle to upper management have their head stuck up there so deep, they can't see what's going on in the field. White people up there are treating the rest like slaves ...

    Advice to Management

    Respect the customer! Move away from "Off-shore" style people and project management!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Easily the worst experience of my career"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Architect in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Technical Architect in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nothing much comes to mind

    Cons

    company merely cannot produce quality software. Trying to compete in all new technologies - big data, fast data, cloud, applications, appliances etc etc with no focus on core offering.

    clueless management , driving good talent out of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Pay close attention to what is happening in the field, i.e listen to customers. Grow the core, do not erode brand value of your flagship product. Look to add diversity to field workforce.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Dictator atmosphere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very intelligent, hard working employees

    Cons

    Upper management seems confused. They are chasing a market that has already been addressed by superior competitors. The founder focuses on his own "vision" and how that vision can help other companies that he is already invested in. His affiliations are obvious. He runs the company without knowledge on how a company works. He has marketing knowledge and vision, but zero business acumen. Employee morale is very low. Belief in the vision by employees is very low. Everybody has one foot out the door. My peers do not look beyond a six month timeframe. Reasons they like there job are "flexibility" and "close to home". Not based on the company vision or technology. No excitement there.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up for what you believe will make this company succeed. It is embarrassing that these men are puppets and not making their own decisions. They simply get frustrated and follow the fold. Silicon valley companies work as teams to focus on a vision. Pivotal/Greenplum does not. There is enormous talent in the ranks. There are great ideas. But it is an us versus them atmosphere. The original founder and top management should move on and let experienced leaders with integrity and business acumen take over.


  6. "Terrible Senior Management - disconnected, vindictive and all white male."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Greenplum full-time

    Pros

    Regular working level people are nice. San Mateo location is nice. Free food is nice. Work is interesting.

    Cons

    Senior management is all White Male. Senior management has no idea of the skill sets of their staff and what is needed to be successful. Senior management appears to adopt the latest management fads ( eliminating cubes for large tables and noisy open work areas) rather than sensible decision making. Absolutely no interest in the skills and interests of the average employee - they are in it for themselves. Employees are replaceable work units.

    Recently cut lose from EMC, Greenplum is now known as Pivotal and is using this as an opportunity to settle scores with EMC and EMC originated staff through reorganization and downsizing even if it ends up costing them valuable resources and hurts their ability to deliver projects.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up, get some pragmatic senior managers who actually pay attention to the skills and value of the employees. Stop following the latest fads


  7. "ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Greenplum full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch on Wednesday. Senior management can sell any idea to EMC.
    Had a great distributed SQL idea.

    Cons

    Short sided. Lots of turnover. Putting a little effort into everything instead of trying to be good at a few thing. About 3 years behind other companies doing Hadoop, the cloud, etc.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Can Maritz make a change? Toxic place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Support in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Nice first floor
    - Wednesday hot lunches and pizza 2x a week
    - Middle and lower management very competent and tallented
    - Good work/home balance

    Cons

    - Toxic culture at all levels from administrative to upper management
          * They compete with each other instead of working together
          * Too busy fighting for control instead of working together
          * Good old boys club mentality
                - Upper management are mainly white males
                - Minorities don't really gain a whole lot of respect here
                - Legacy employees treat the new ones differently - they are not old GP and never will fit in
    - Seemingly sales and marketing focused with limited attention to engineering
          * Engineering had 1 administrative assistant for 2 years to cover 5 suites and over 100 people
          * Small cubes with limited privacy
          * upgraded look and feel to sales/marketing area but not engineering - note the pictures are
              not where the bulk of the organization was!

    Advice to Management

    Let Paul do what he does best and get out of his way. It would have served EMC to have removed the upper management level when they acquired GP. Maybe Paul will see past the smoke and mirrors and do what EMC should have done in the beginning.


  9. "Ruined after acquisition. Incompetent and corrupt local management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology is interesting and relevant.

    Cons

    Politics, slimy people, hateful environment, below-par salaries

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying and cheating.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Employees aren't getting respect from Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Opportunity to work on cutting edge products
    - Growing and exciting space to be in
    - Sort of startup feel, with backing from big company

    Cons

    - Lack of transparency and plenty of bureaucracy
    - Lack of a culture, people are competitive with each other instead of colloborative
    - People are constantly caught up in fighting for control, when they fail to see how to get to the end result
    - Upper management are mainly white males, needs more women and minorities in management
    - Minorities don't really gain a whole lot of respect here

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes, and manage the company from the bottom up instead of top down.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Toxic Workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - decent salary
    - great technical potential
    - lots of work to do (mostly firefighting though)
    - very flexible work rules and schedules

    Cons

    - executive leadership is either clueless or maliciously incompetent
    - the product simply doesn't work very well
    - the corporate culture is toxic filled with politics, cronyism, nepotism, and demoralized workers

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Take the money from the merger and let EMC do something useful with the division. Go torture someone else. Take all of the pre-merger management with you.


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