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Violin Memory Reviews

Updated July 7, 2017
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  • Sales force didn't know how to sell (in 3 reviews)

  • The worst management team I have worked with (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Violin Memory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Attack! All energy and focus to move new storage paradigm forward

    Cons

    Leadership lost touch with core capability of platform increasing difficulty in delivering winning solutions

    Advice to Management

    Do one thing better than everyone else


  2. "Violin filed for Chapter 11"

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    Former Employee - EMEA Sales Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - EMEA Sales Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Violin Memory (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There was a great team spirit and a passion amongst the employees to be successful.

    Cons

    A failing company that let down the employees.

  3. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice place to work. People were great and management was really fair. The job was interesting and the perks offered by the company although modest were sufficients

    Cons

    I hope the company had invested a little bit more on it's sales force. The company could not sell enough storage servers, as a result we always missed our quarterly targets

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the management team is to hire QA engineers in an adequate proportion to the number of software engineers. There were not to many QA engineers for a product of that scale.


  4. "Amazing products and people"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If Violin Memory comes back from bankruptcy it'll be with an improved, and again disruptive, all-flash storage solution in the pipeline (or, I guess, with a value-add partner .. or as hot IP in someone else's portfolio)

    Amazing products and enthusiastic customers
    Bright, passionate coworkers
    Everyone is a self-starter

    Cons

    All those bright, passionate, self-starting co-workers .. they haven't all been working toward the same vision of success

    Owing to an early IPO and diluted solution catalog, Violin execs have spent the company pandering to shareholders and investors

    Advice to Management

    Get the whole team working toward a common set of goals

    Ignore shortsighted investors .. it's hard to do the right thing for your customers and employees and pander to shareholders at the same time


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Downward Spiral"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Violin Memory (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Technical teams were solid and supported each other. A very solid hardware platform (Alll Flash Array). HR was very supportive when I had a family medical emergency and I was off work for two months (with pay :-) )

    Cons

    Upper management teams are short sighted - told QA not to worry about testing certain scenarios as "customers would NEVER do that", then scramble for a patch that would fix that same scenario at a major customer; but that fix would break something else.

    Advice to Management

    You floundered a great product (V6000 line) to push the 7300+ series without considering the consequences of not thoroughly testing the NEW operating system / applications (Concerto); rather you decided to use the MicroSoft "patch" system.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "sales engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    none i can think of.

    Cons

    Toxic culture no one know how to sell. Engineering is pathetic and dumb. Outsourced all of qa to svp's friend company. Its all talk and nothing useful. Greedy people no idea on how to exit the loss making business. I wonder how these execs are qualified to run the company.

    Advice to Management

    Quit your job and sell the remaining assets before its too late.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Remodeling before the sale"

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    Current Employee - History Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - History Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The fast aging technology is still good.
    There should be only up from this low state.

    Cons

    Gloomy mood. Bare bones staffing levels.

    Advice to Management

    Say something to your employees. We are completely in the dark about the future.

  8. "Sr Sales Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great teamwork and willing to help one another. Exciting work always different and plenty of challenges.

    Cons

    Company was not successful so it became difficult to be successful. Will miss working there.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your sales force more before making decisions about products and functionality.


  9. "It was good, now it's not"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The hardware is still pretty good. There are so few engineers remaining that you could get more responsibilities than elsewhere.

    Cons

    Roadmap is constantly changing and unrealistic, especially given the headcount.
    Management has proven to be completely incompetent. Basille is far enough in the past that the failure of this company is the fault of current management and board.

    Advice to Management

    Do what everyone else at the company should be doing - dust off your resumes and look for another job.


  10. "Director engineering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very good company and Exceptional team

    Cons

    Cons - this company is not meant for faint hearts.


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