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Updated April 10, 2019
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Pros
  • "Love the culture and the work/life balance" (in 41 reviews)

  • "Pivotal hires smart people who enjoy tackling big problems and who work well cross-functionally" (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • "You are a second-class citizen and they will cannibalize your deal if it means turning it into a Cloud Foundry deal (watch out" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is difficult at times as we are continually looking for ways to scale and continually improve ourselves" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Finding a company that offers satisfactory compensation, espouses great work culture, and empowers employees to do work in their area of interest is a challenge for anyone in the job market. Pivotal comes really close to meeting all three areas. I am also fortunate to have a supervisor who is interested in my career trajectory and well being.

    Cons

    Our implementation of the pairing system can be improved.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to learn; Great work-life balance; Mediocre pay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you want to pair program while working on infrastructure, this is the place. The pair programming means you learn a lot very quickly, on every front from architecture and code quality to shortcut keys in your text editor. I have grown more in my soft-skills (focus, explaining ideas clearly, giving feedback) in my 2 years here than in my time at three prior employers combined. Everyone is consistently kind and friendly.
    Pivotal invests in its people -- there are lots of opportunity for extra training and workshops, options to rotate onto other teams to learn new areas, and a culture of kind, useful feedback. Your manager and coworkers will care about you as a person and try to support you in growing towards your goals.
    Work life balance is great: when the day is over, it's easy to let go of your duties. It is not ok to work on code without a pair, so you can't work after the day is over. No one expects it or wants you to do that.

    Cons

    The salary is not great. The pay bands are narrow per-level, and there was not even a token negotiation on my offer. You will not make as much as you would at Google/Facebook/etc, but only somewhat less than large startups like Dropbox.
    All offices are open offices, and since pairing means near-constant conversation, they're even louder than other open offices.
    Pairing all day is exhausting (especially for the first few weeks or months), and as an introvert, I have little interest in seeing friends in the evening (I already did all my socializing/talking at work!).
    Vacation is non-accrued and limited to 3-4 weeks depending on your manager.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to work for!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the culture and the work/life balance. The management is really good.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any.

    Pivotal Response

    Mar 15, 2019 – Associate People Solutions Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate your input and are happy to hear you’re enjoying your experience here. If you have any further feedback to share please email... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Pivotal is a Global Diverse Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Support Technician in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Customer Support Technician in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is passionate about Customer Support

    Cons

    Morning commute can be hectic

    Advice to Management

    Keep rewarding your employees and they will be your greatest asset.

    Pivotal Response

    Mar 15, 2019 – Associate People Solutions Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate your input and are happy to hear you’re enjoying your experience here. If you have any further feedback to share please email... More


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Best Company I've Ever Worked For"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pivotal full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, great team. Kindest, smartest office I've worked in.

    Cons

    Monetary compensation is incredibly low (culture and benefits make up for this)

    Advice to Management

    None, management is fantastically respectful, intelligent and empathetic

    Pivotal Response

    Feb 14, 2019 – Associate People Solutions Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate your input and are happy to hear you’re enjoying your experience here!

    One of the key components of our compensation philosophy is... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good People"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Work life balance
    - Social, talented engineers
    - Friendly people
    - Offices around the world
    - Company emphasis on Diversity and Inclusion
    - Culture of feedback and Improvement

    Company tenet: Be Kind.

    Cons

    - Work with people every day
    - Strict development process


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Smart & Collaborative Workforce"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pivotal full-time

    Pros

    Pivotal hires smart people who enjoy tackling big problems and who work well cross-functionally. It's a great place to work if you enjoy helping establishing best practices and processes to help scale organizations.

    Cons

    Some times we over index on working cross-functionally and involve too many people in making a decision. That can slow down the decision-making process. It's better when we make tiger teams that give the broader team something to react to.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Platform Architect"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Platform Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Platform Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Guided by the same principles Pivotal treats its employees as well as its customers.
    Great culture of learning and sharing. Great work life balance.
    Surrounded by team members who are all well versed in their particular domain.

    Cons

    Diversity needs some work but it is acknowledged as is being addressed.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Best place I've ever worked"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Pivotal hires for empathy, so you basically don't run into jerks.
    - They really do prioritize the wellbeing of their employees.
    - The idea of sustainable pace is reinforced, with managers and coworkers alike reminding you not to work overtime.
    - Everyone is curious about each other's work, and regularly give micro-talks about things they've been learning about. I learn something new every day.
    - I get to work with clients and help teach them about design.
    - Offices everywhere mean travel opportunities for projects.

    Cons

    - I work in Pivotal Labs, which means that I'm working with clients who can sometimes be demanding or have difficult personality types.
    - Because so much of the job is modeling how to do things, it's a very energy intensive way to work. I come home exhausted at the end of the day (not unhappy, just not a lot of energy to do anything else).

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on burnout. You've got a great place to work and I don't plan on going anywhere soon. I want to keep from getting burnt out so I continue to feel that way!


  10. "Awesome company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best people in the business. Not a lot of companies can live and act their vision of "Be Kind!"

    Cons

    Not too many cons I can think of.

    Pivotal Response

    Mar 15, 2019 – Associate People Solutions Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate your input and are happy to hear you’re enjoying your experience here. If you have any further feedback to share please email... More