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Updated April 18, 2017
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Philippe Vincent
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  • Senior management don't know how to run a startup (in 8 reviews)

  • CEO goes duck hunting while the company is laying off 2/3 of its hard workers and is about to go under (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great leaderships in Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virtual Instruments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. SVP/VP of engineering are great people, not just great leaders. I believe only great people(honest, respectful, right to the point) can be great leaders.
    2. Coworkers are all like our leaders, they are great people. Respectful and kind, not arrogant or dishonest. When you need help from them, they would love to spend extra time to help you.
    3. Because of this collaborative environment, from leaders to coworkers, the company can really innovate and use all employee's wisdom to create next new useful products for our customers.
    4. Work life balance is great too. Since there is no micro-management, such as daily stand-ups. So I could balance my life flexibly enough according to my or my family needs during certain days of the week or certain times of the day. Certain periods of overtime before a release is well understood by all the employees, since that seldom happens and daily work-life-balance won't get constantly disrupted.

    Cons

    The enterprise sector of storage products are not very hot now. The VC money or high valuation won't come to us easily. But leaderships are trying the best to position this company towards better category by innovating new products. That potentially can create higher valuation through expanding customer bases, not just the storage market.

    Advice to Management

    We are on track to create a new product that can go after broader customer bases this year. But in order to really broaden customer bases, we need to move VW appliance into cloud. It reduces new customers entry point costs which is a difficult selling point currently.


  2. "Director , Engineering"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virtual Instruments full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked at VI for 4 years before i leave but I am back after a year. I always loved this place. Yes we went through some down time but we are back , we are profitable and working on some cutting edge stuff.

    Great work Life balance. New executive management is doing a fantastic job.

    Cons

    I don't see any . May be free lunch is missing :).

    Advice to Management

    Please keep up the greta work and let's be the leaders in the IPM space


  3. "Awesome work place. Great life/work balance, talented people in the company."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virtual Instruments full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Company has a clear vision of the future and a solid plan how to make it.
    People really care about things they are doing and how that affects company products and customer experience.

    Cons

    401(k) match is not available. Company has made a couple purchases and will have to bear the integration. Although this might be a good part if you consider this time to join Virtual Instruments


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  5. "Back on Track."

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

    I have been working at Virtual Instruments (More than a year)

    Pros

    Its been a year since we had our downturn. VI is back on track and we can see that. The new management knows what exactly they are doing.

    Cons

    Nothing to mention. Would appreciate if they consider 401(k) match.

    Advice to Management

    Always Please keep an eye on spending!!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Current employee in engineering department"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Products and Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Products and Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Virtual Instruments full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Completely changed for the better since the merger with Load Dynamix
    A dynamic company with very talented people
    Executive management really cares about employees and shows it
    Very clear focus on the products that make sense for the space
    The company is spending money sensibly keeping us in a much better financially stable state
    Good benefits package and competitive salaries

    Cons

    No 401K matching yet, but there are stock options


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Back in the right direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Virtual Instruments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very talented team, everyone is easy to get along with and values your opinion. Plenty of opportunity to learn and grow. Nice compensation & benefits. And most of all, very impressive products.

    Cons

    Most of the negative reviews were true, but after the merger that is no longer the case. We now have a new CEO and leadership, you can feel the energy in the office again!

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving in the right direction, make sure we don't repeat our past mistakes.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Automation QA Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Automation QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Automation QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Virtual Instruments (More than a year)

    Pros

    Talented engineering team. Great experience with Fibre Channel Switches, Storages, Virtualization, hardware development process. Access to LAB for setup test environment and verify results

    Cons

    Slowly software development progress. Lost major Devs and Management team players.

    Advice to Management

    Accept to hires new people without confirming with the team members. Slowly software development process, opposite hardware development. Add open source product.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company back in great shape due to new leadership team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Virtual Instruments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    VI is back! After major speed bump in late 2015 and a well-executed merger in April 2016, VI has an entirely new leadership team, new funding, great products that customers love, and is doing very well financially. The employees that stayed with the firm are all happy and motivated to build a great company. The new exec team knows how to create and run a profitable business.

    Cons

    Some of the freebies are gone - no more daily free lunches.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and stay focused on profitability and developing great products.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Scotts Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Scotts Valley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location - Scotts Valley. Can't think of anything else.

    Cons

    Clueless management. Too much politics for a small business

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Read the reviews"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Virtual Instruments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of really smart, capable staff...below upper management level.

    Cons

    Read the reviews. If you see one in the past year that gives anything above one star, it's totally false! If you want to work at a company that blindsides their employees, lays off or "furloughs" 2/3 of the staff in 2 weeks, seeks legal advice to find out how not to pay anyone severance (hence the "furlough") and kicks you out the door without a penny of compensation besides what you had earned, then this is the company for you. Oh, and after all that the CEO calls all those people dead weight (gee, what a highly intelligent CEO) and tells his employees to let the door hit you were the good lord split you (seriously?). If that's not enough cons for you, than go for it.

    Advice to Management

    Go away....far, far away!


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