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Violin Memory Reviews

Updated January 26, 2017
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  • Sales force didn't know how to sell (in 3 reviews)

  • CFO stirs up a lot of trouble constantly changing policies without advanced warning (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Hardware Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice place to work. People were great. Had strong hardware/software team that created good products.

    Cons

    The company did not have a strong sale force. Obsoleted product models that were profitable too soon and was not ready to handle the launch of new product models to the market.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the sale force with strong technical personnel.


  2. "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.


  3. "High expectations, low realization"

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    Former Employee - Support Engineer
    Former Employee - Support Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Immediate coworkers were outstanding. Outside of that, not many.

    Cons

    Management was off the wall. Engineering support was basically nil. QA was non-existant. Sales force didn't know how to sell. Stress levels were through the roof.

    Advice to Management

    Take the high road and let your teams go now. You tried and failed. Move on.


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  5. "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


  6. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  7. 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.


  8. "Interned at Violin Memory"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked with marketing team. Great people!

    Cons

    Company is going through a turnaround -- fun for some, not fun for others.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "great technology"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Violin Memory full-time

    Pros

    Great hardware and software accelerated storage technologies. Friendly working environment. Highly knowledgeable and hardworking engineering team.

    Cons

    Need to figure out the turn around strategy pretty quick, before the money runs out.


  10. "Needs some structure and direction"

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

    I worked at Violin Memory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some flexibility in schedule and good co-workers.

    Cons

    Company not well managed so environment is chaotic and stressful.


  11. "VM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Small close company before moving to Santa Clara

    Cons

    Grew too big to soon



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