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Pure Storage Reviews

Updated June 23, 2018
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Pros
  • "Work environment involves many interesting things and changes often" (in 16 reviews)

  • "They pay you really well and it's a great product line" (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Company is growing Extremely Quickly without the infrastructure to support" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Growing pains going from startup to larger company" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Commission Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commissions Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Commissions Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product, great people. Lots of fun and perks.

    Cons

    No 401k match yet but very attractive Espp


  2. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Product is A+, benefits are great, I enjoy working with most Puritans, not a ton of red tape, culture is good, collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Growing pains; There were some questionable hires in the past, mostly under the pressure to fill open headcount.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Poor culture, terrible management"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good snacks
    Good benefits and compensation

    Cons

    Managing culture is very far off from being fair. The entire manager level is controlled by Indians and has a strong favor on ones who present themselves with fancy speech and acting active. The factor that managers use to judge you isn’t much related to what you’ve done, but mostly on how hard you present yourselves. Engineers are nice and I have very good relationship with a lot of them. Multiple senior engineers told me to get a good impression and review from manager, one needs a long fancy speech in standup that takes at least over 2 minutes where manager usually say things like “let’s limit standup to 45 seconds so it doesn’t take too long”.

    Obviously managers like those who seem to be busy and outstanding to the higher managing level, rather than those who just work. Indeed these two types don’t necessarily conflict but if you just focus on work but not dressing yourselves with fancy words, you’d be in danger soon. In other words, engineers are just steps for managers to claim higher on their career ladder.

    The worst part is, the company fire employees frequently. The strategy is they give out big package to attract good candidates, and have very poorly mentorship and ramp up process. Once you are in they want you to contribute immediately without much helpful guide to ramp up. Shortly after if you don’t meet the expectation you’ll be put in pip and there’s no out from that. I’ve been in Pure for a year and hearing people being let go monthly (just from people I know, I’m not even a social nor gossip person).

    General cons are like WFH is strongly un-encouraged, care a lot about presenting yourself in the seat, too much cross team dependency, often structure or scope change.

    Be careful when you are considering this company, make sure you don’t mind having to social a lot and work on getting everyone in the company know about you.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging, focus on building the product, not building your own career as a manager


  4. "Not a bad company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pure Storage full-time

    Pros

    Perks and benefits are good

    Cons

    Work politics is worse than other companies I’ve seen


  5. "Best job ever!?"

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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 Pure Storage full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Products that rock (Purity, FlashArray, FlashBlade, AIRI), the best people, and awesome benefits.

    Cons

    My wife and I argue over how to spend all this money.
    I gained 20 lbs from all the free food.

    Advice to Management

    Avoiding micromanagement when we can is key to maintaining employee morale.


  6. "Best Company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Lehi, UT
    Current Employee - Manager in Lehi, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pure Storage full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great advancement opportunity. Great benefits. Cool office space. Challenging work.

    Cons

    Having a hard time coming up with one. I guess it's easy to work to much.

    Advice to Management

    Keep inovating


  7. Helpful (7)

    "I regret working here - Worst Micromanaging Ever"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Lehi, UT
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Lehi, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Health Care is HDHP but they contribute the amount for max out of pocket
    - Unlimited Time Off (but this has to approved by managers so really it's quasi 3/4 weeks)
    - great computer setup/gear
    - great product
    - overtime options but really it's oncall such as working 4/8 hours more on certain days for a set amount of money
    - tons of free foods, snacks meals
    - training at the HQ in Silicon Valley (although this is ending in a lot of cases)

    Cons

    - The HDHP has issues as a lot of things are exempt and then you'll find you're out of pocket for lots of costs
    - No work life balance (they want you to work yourself to death)
    - Worst Micromanagement I've ever experienced in 6+ years of IT jobs. Think random people going through your backlog and complaining you didn't reply to an email in 4 minutes instead of 5. Ignoring
    - Layoffs - yes Pure Storage has layoffs, it's done Intel style randomly all the time in small waves. It's combined with the earlier report of "micromanaging". Because even if your work performance is fine they'll always want more, demand more
    - Friends club - it's a friends club; you're either part of this or you aren't
    - Rampant alcoholism and pressure by coworkers to get non-drinkers to drink alcohol
    - HR is the worst. They will flat out ignore you. Also, HR monitors all costs for the company including risks and healthcare concerns. So they map health-care concerns and with asking to for a "leave of abscense" you'll be ignored. Then 2 weeks later HR will have a "performance review" with all the random items from micromanagement to justify getting rid of you as an employee.
    - The company fires people on the "last day of the month" so your out of pocket costs are 500+ to keep a HDHP for health care or go open market. In either case, they choose to fire on the last day of the month on purpose (no warning just randomly). And do this right before you'd get your stock that matures after X amount of time.
    - a "how dare you" mentality. People have things they do that are helpful but then if you encroach upon this, you'll be thrown under the bus.
    - Everyone does everything via Mac and OSX. If you have Windows or any concerns IT related, it's ignored. Further you'll be ignored when asking for help.
    - The worst of the NetApp (I won't help you) and EMC Management personel combined. They basically choose who they want and then managed to get the perfect mix of people that has the "rude I'm superior" attitude while also having horribly broken management which micromanages.
    - Biased management. This ties into the friends club and if you're friendly then you're in if not you're an outsider and then given unrealistic performance reviews and work.
    - From the biased management there are shifts you can work; if you're not liked then you'll be placed in a slightly off shift. Think the switch from APAC to AMER geo. The problem with case assignments is there's no limit and tehy want you 100% available so if all of APAC has 20-100 cases to go to AMER and you hop in, you'll be assigned all of this. Further it's then yours and you better not mess up on any of these and can't just "reassign" things away or get help from other people.
    - Dead end, there is no career advancement unless you're liked, a friend in this office or part of the "friends" club. If not, then it doesn't matter how well you excel at your job or other opportunities, you're hired in your position and will have no career advancement
    - questionable outlook, there's major people part of the company who leave and then left with the hyped FlashBlade but it didn't do as well as they had hoped
    - Orange; while not a bad color if you think a good idea is to look at a computer monitor with blazing orange color burning your retinas daily then this may be an issue as it's the default for everything
    - Personal insults, rude statements, ignoring coworkers, not helping others and lack of collaboration. Hiding things the company was open about to then lie about things and then lie to employees. Or randomly biased performance review and purposely ignoring employees (thing performance reviews as "calling you over" then drilling you out about "how you failed" in "every way possible" on ____ on something from months ago. All while you're not allowed to bring your computer or be able to pull anything up in said review to review what they're talking about or how to improve anything that was said or check on things they may not have had in context.
    - Horribly disfunctional work environment
    - Busy/crammed offices which never seem to have enough restrooms (expect lines)
    - For a new company; they love to restrict the CLI, commands and a lot of things you can do to very restrictive set of things that can only be done their way. This is fine in a way but when doing things that require a password prompt and the password is complext and 30 charaters long (company's) then it gets really tricky and promots carpel tunnel syndrome.
    - Vacations; while expecting no help depending your role, your work will be waiting for you when you get back
    - For a company who's goal was most likely a buyout; this didn't happen. Since they're reliant on high premiums to keep profits. If anything they lack funds to drive forward and even though they have a good product, the growth to load feature parity to match competitors with bog down the OS and slow down the perks they have. Further, competitors are eating their bottom line and able to go to lower prices than they are able to have which ultimately hurts their future outlook as they are buried in a sea of competitors now and the big companies that didn't have what they had; now have it and are able to have far more features and prices.
    - this company as a startup ultimately turned into all the worst things they claim to not be and often bash competitors for

    Advice to Management

    Gut HR or ethically review HR as they're clearly firing employees for health concerns (this happens a lot)
    Review management from top down
    End Rampant Alcoholism and workplace pressure to get people to drink even if they aren't a drinker

  8. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pure Storage full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    As an engineer, you're surrounded by smart people in a company that fosters a healthy, productive company environment.

    Cons

    Growing fast - hard to keep up with everything that's happening.


  9. "Pure Storage"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pure Storage full-time

    Pros

    Great team when it comes to getting to a release completion

    Cons

    Poor planning early on often leads to release challeges

    Advice to Management

    drive harder for growth


  10. "Former Senior Sales Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer/Technologist
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer/Technologist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, great leadership, great product, bright future, innovative/leading-edge, awesome technology.

    Cons

    Some (minority) typical fear-inspiring, hyper-competitive, ego-driven sales reps and even some sales leaders - these are the kind that mistreat their tech pro counterparts.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the people in the cons category and keep the great people. Sales results are not all that matters - they matter - but they matter even more from the kind of people you want to keep.


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