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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Lifespan was prematurely cut short by squabbling VCs and poor executive hires"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
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    I worked at Gridiron Systems full-time

    Pros

    Founders and Engineering leadership is top-notch. Very skilled development team. Product is transformational and revolutionary. Customers love the concept of using flash as a way to accelerate existing storage arrays -- unique approach to application performance improvement.

    Cons

    VC, VC, VC. VC influence was mostly negative leading to eventual sale. Poor board decisions on CEOs and crony exec hires led to subpar results.

    Advice to Management

    Beware of overly influential VCs next time.

    Recommendations are based on acquiring company, Violin Memory, which appears quite strong.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    None I can think of. Bad product, never bought by users. When the company got sold, former employees like me who exercised the shares never got paid

    Cons

    A lot of cons! Bad leadership team which doesn't seem to how to find the right CEO. After Bruce step down, there were a number of bad executive hires.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Get to work with smart people"

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Chance to tackle some very tough storage issues. Smart engineering team.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from senior management.
    Senior management seems clueless about closing deals.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate! Assume employees have at-least average intelligence so no B.S!
    Get sales people who are hungry and can close.