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Violin Memory Reviews

Updated August 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work, good pay, free lunch on Wednesday (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people, and great product (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • The company was bankrupted by the management team and went into Chapter 11 (in 3 reviews)

  • I hope the company had invested a little bit more on it's sales force (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. "No good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Violin Memory full-time

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    management was below average level

  3. "product"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Violin Memory full-time

    Pros

    violin memory was a pioneer in all flash array.

    Cons

    typical growing pain at any startups.

    Advice to Management

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  4. "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.


  5. "It was alright"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Violin Memory part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot, people were generally nice

    Cons

    Collaborative work environment within my own department but a bit gossipy. Not much communication across different departments


  6. "Hardware Engineer"

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    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.


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. "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


  10. 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.


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