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Wind River Reviews

Updated September 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance in an amazing location (in 20 reviews)

  • There are a lot of awesome people that works on Campus in Alameda, CA (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • I'm hopeful that recent changes in upper management will improve these issues (in 9 reviews)

  • mid to senior management left over from the pure OS days have to be let go fast (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Direcor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, active in interesting segments of the market

    Cons

    Management has difficulty making strategic choices and sticking to them

    Advice to Management

    Build a stronger layer under you and delegate more


  2. "Business Development / Alliances"

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    Current Employee - Senior Alliance
    Current Employee - Senior Alliance
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wind River full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company! Long history in embedded software. Lots of different industries and markets that are interesting and challenging. Compensation is excellent and my management chain of command is great.

    Cons

    Company is driven by Intel -- as its parent company. Should be driven by the customer requirements, not Intel's. Seem distracted by "growth" opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what brought WR to the market leadership position. Explain to INTC that lots of customers in the embedded side are _very_ satisfied with "good enough". Explain to the parent company that the dev cycles in embedded are longer than enterprise.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "In Sales Organization"

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    Former Employee - In Sales Organization in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - In Sales Organization in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wind River full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Historically good technology but trying to figure out how not to become another extinct company as the world is turning toward free software at every opportunity.

    Cons

    eStaff is all over the place. Finance has too much control. Did too many multiple year deals in the past and for some reason and then can't figure out why they aren't getting new sales in the current fiscal year....duh.....
    CEO used to be someone you could talk honestly with but now just trashes everyone. Nobody can be honest with him anymore. Those who try are made to feel like idiots.

    Advice to Management

    Your people are working their butts off, stop blaming them for your errors.


  4. "Very helpful colleagues"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Downers Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Wind River full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked in Wind River's Customer Support Organization for 5+ years (before retiring). What I'll always remember about WR CSO is the way that all of us helped each other. Our customers were themselves software engineers, so in CSO it's one group of engineers helping other engineers. Within CSO we always helped each other without hesitation to resolve customer issues.

    Cons

    With our group scattered around the county, I never met some of my colleagues face-to-face.

    Advice to Management

    Have the customer support group meet together in person at least once a year.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Feast of famine"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wind River full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great people, the products are innovative and they are the market leader / maker.

    Cons

    Ruthless, uncaring sales management.. Either you come up with a "mega-deal" or you are worthless.


  6. "Great Place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Once of the nicest companies to work for. I was on contract with the HR team . Its a very professional environment where you are encouraged to come up with ideas. People are extremely polite , friendly and accomodating. I had a wonderful time working there and learnt a lot. Most of the team members are subject matter experts in their fields wether it is Recruitment/HR or Benefits administration. A great place to work.

    Cons

    Nothing that i came across. I was happy with the team and the work culture.


  7. "Excellent Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Wind River full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Open and frequent communication from management. Good work life balance and benefits

    Cons

    Planned "purges" of employees who are seen as lower performers on a quarterly basis. Alignment with Intel is weak and sometimes a distraction

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Alameda, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The PEOPLE, great location, very collaborative

    Cons

    Male dominated at executive ranks, mixed financial results

    Advice to Management

    Implement stronger processes and controls


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Great co-workers and benefits"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wind River full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, empowers employees to take action, encourages growth and learning, generous compensation and benefits. Excellent work/life balance - great vacation package and reasonable work hours. Rewards staff who work hard and are self-motivated. Colleagues are excellent - intelligent and great to work with.

    Cons

    Company feels stagnant, and North America offices/staff continue to shrink. Layoffs occur annually, and staff who leave voluntarily are usually not replaced. Staff are challenged to stay motivated in this environment. I'm hopeful that recent changes in upper management will improve these issues.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back and look at the big picture, rather than focusing on quarterly numbers. Short-term risks/changes may be required for long term success.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Very happy working at Wind River"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wind River full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The interview process was quick and relatively painless. The benefits are wonderful with the usual, plus onsite gym and cafe. Lots of social events. Dog friendly. The people are fun, interesting, professional and intelligent. Great location on the water with walking paths. I’ve been here a short time, but it appears Wind River promotes within. I hope to work for Wind River for a very long time.

    Cons

    No cons so far, but then I'm relatively new to Wind River.


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