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VSS Monitoring Reviews

Updated February 26, 2019
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  1. "Learn a lot and grow fast !!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits of a big company but learning opportunities like a small company.

    Major improvement in process and culture. Very encouraging and non-political environment.

    Cons

    :Lots of work ahead and hence need to add more resources

    Advice to Management

    Add more consistent process to hiring and on boarding. There are lots of confusion in interview process and hiring process.


  2. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working conditions. People are great

    Cons

    Non competitive compensation and can improve

  3. "Better before the Danaher acquisition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid product line with great pricing

    Cons

    Management manages by fear and intimidation...especially after the Danaher acquisition

    Advice to Management

    Offer support to your team and not just threats.


  4. "Channel Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, backed by Danaher Corporation.

    Cons

    Product overlap and channel conflict with Danaher siblings in the Test & Measurement Group. Took 1.5 years to resolve after NetScout acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    too many VPs came and went


  5. "mid level management is like a joke"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    a few nice people there...... Netscout tried to change some product lines which make sense......

    Cons

    the mid level managers treats his/her employees like a slave and a door mat. Upper levels knew the situation but did nothing. The culture is super toxic, people blame on each other on all levels. Cliques, gossips and blaming games...... Pay is relatively low comparing to industry average.

    Advice to Management

    speechless


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Formerly, a good company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are some nice people working there - just not in management.

    Cons

    A good company at one time. Began a downhill spiral when it began to grow and they brought in management whose entire work history was spent at Cisco and who lacked the knowledge on how to manage a dynamic, fast moving company. The founder of the company left under questionable circumstances. Then most of the executive staff was laid-off. VSS was acquired twice, and I watched as all the people who had made the company successful left for greener pastures. Some quarters, the attrition rate was as high as 24%. An Indian engineering manger outsourced many of the engineering jobs to Indian contractors. And, I couldn't help but notice that, during a recent company layoff, it was the white people that were let go while Indians kept their jobs. Definitely some reverse discrimination going on there. The technology being used for s/w development is definitely behind the times. So not a good company to sharpen your technical skills.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and get rid of the Engineering management. Stop outsourcing jobs and hire people who have some emotional investment in the company. Not simply contractors who view it as another paycheck.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Blah..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Payed the bills for a bit.

    Cons

    working with people who had no business being VP's.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great at First"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VSS Monitoring (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Family atmosphere from the Director level and down. Great vision, Great Product potential. Conveniently located in the heart of Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    Leadership........ Pay, Personal time always effected. Always stressed about the next political struggle. VP turn over is crazy until Danaher came in and placed their Drones...

    Advice to Management

    Believe in your people and trust them to carry the company where it needs to go. Kizan is not always the best way.......


  9. "Good Company going through greatly needed changes"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees who were not committed and not contributing are now gone
    Improved focus and stronger future
    Merger with Netscout should be a positive given strong leadership and constant positive results. Go to Glass Door and read their reviews
    Netscout should bring an improved high technology emphasis
    Great products and technology
    Dedicated and very knowledgeable associates remain committed to making VSS best in our business

    Cons

    A lot of recent negative reviews from employees who have left but the culture seems to be more positive with the changes

    While some times it's hard, companies need to go through changes in order to progress to the next level. People struggle and say negative things but those who stay end up winners. Don't listen to the negative comments. People who leave companies leave for a reason and it's not always because the company is bad. A few leaders have left and are creating a negative buzz which is not deserved.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on making VSS a positive environment
    Remember your associates are your best asset
    Keep improving the focus and growing the business beyond a startup mentality
    Ensure people stay through the merger transition so they can see the great company VSS can be growing to the next level


  10. Helpful (1)

    "a good company in a death spiral. classic case of good company driven into the ground"

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    Former Employee - Sales Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    none at this point unless you are looking become part of a larger company after acquisition.

    Cons

    no near term or long term positive outlook. Most of the A players have left the company in droves and a lot of the remaining are looking to leave. Lots of open headcount but can't fill them with qualified people. management is simply trying not to sink the boat before the netscout acquisition. Low morale overall throughout the company

    Advice to Management

    recognize the fact that most of the people are unhappy and are looking for other jobs. Keep the ones you want with retention bonuses to stay until the acquisition or you will be processing an increasing number of exit interviews in the next few months