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Gigamon Reviews

Updated 20 March 2019
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Pros
  • "Collaborative environment with co-workers and management that supports communication and a good work/life balance" (in 9 reviews)

  • "environment and 3 days free lunch and some snacks in pantry" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance is pretty bad" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Sales leadership from middle management is questionable" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Just on the edge"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gigamon full-time

    Pros

    A great technology that could be huge with enormous potential

    Cons

    Just got to get over the growing pains and build a workable strategy


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good products, solid engineering, very poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay.
    Some very dedicated staff working at Gigamon but not enough of them!

    Cons

    Mercenary US management in pre-IPO era looking to maximise revenue at any cost, no regard to staff well-being and absolutely clueless about the EMEA market.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employee feedback even if it's not what you want to hear.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Was good before private equity"

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    Current Employee - Director, Product
    Current Employee - Director, Product

    I have been working at Gigamon full-time

    Pros

    Great forays into security

    Cons

    Too much networking bias and wasted time chasing cloud/AWS

    Advice to Management

    engineering needs to get its game up.


  4. "Solid Company"

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    culture, leadership, employees, compensation, atmosphere

    Cons

    work load, shifting directions, confusing directional changes

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees, think outside of Santa Clara


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Sinking Ship with holes that cannot be plugged"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free lunch 3 times a week is a great benefit!
    The office interiors are well maintained and of good quality.

    Cons

    One word to describe engineering culture - TOXIC.
    The managers (specially at the director level) are extremely political, selfish and
    short sighted. They lack leadership skills and are there primarily because
    of being good at sucking up. The good engineers are leaving as soon as they get an opportunity. The only engineers remaining are the bad ones who are talentless
    in problem solving, but are good in following their bosses in sucking up.
    It is very unlikely that this company will thrive or even survive after a few years, unless some heads roll in management.
    Nepotism is so rampant at every layer of management that
    loyalty (to the manager, not to the company) is the only trait that is rewarded.
    They are taking the Eliott guys for a ride.
    High performing engineers are insulted routinely. Managers there
    only believe in management by brute force, fear and dishonesty.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the owner - Don't believe management lies. Compensation is not the main
    problem. Bad managers are the core core problem of Gigamon Engineering.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Gigamon the truth and opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Head of My Department
    Current Employee - Head of My Department
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I’m enjoying a refreshing work culture here at Gigamon. Yes it’s busy but it’s busy with the best of intentions. Teams In my department are enthusiastic and highly customer focused. The leadership believes in their people and empowerment is a true option, if you step up to make a difference. Products are getting sophisticated and options for learning industry leading architectures, continues to present itself.

    If you understand gigamon and it’s touch points across sec-ops, net-ops and service providers then you are very relevant in today’s world.

    There is an impressive lack of politics in our organisation.

    Cons

    Some departments appear to be over subscribed and creaking. Single people wearing multiple hats.

    The orange square sign outside HQ needs cleaning up or replacing, it’s looking tired.

    Advice to Management

    It seems like there are growing pains, I’m not so sure if that’s the real issue. Maybe there’s a little bit of looking under the covers that senior leadership needs to do. Running a global organisation doesn’t mean let’s take what worked when we were smaller and replicate it. It needs a much greater awareness of what drives, motivates, retains and engages people across different cultures and regions.

    Remember you get what you measure, so if you want to know why things are as they are, start with discovering the actual metrics and pressures that people feel obliged to deliver against. And if you didn’t really intend to drive 100% against it, then alter it or remove it. (Until we’re big enough to really need the metric).

    People managers are just as important as detail driven number managers. HR could work on competency skills for the annual review process and introduce an anonymous 360 process. (Priority for people managers)

    It’s too late and ineffective to have to react to feed back in an exit interview or on glass doors.

    Our CEO really cares. I’d like to see him hold his next two levels of staff below to personal account for their staff satisfaction levels. ie bonus points withheld if your team is not happy. That’s a game changer.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to work. Excellent culture, Good people. Committed Leadership team."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director, Global Services in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Director, Global Services in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gigamon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Culture, People, Opportunities, Flexibility, Technology, Leadership team

    Cons

    Currently owned by private equity firm but this can be an advantage if leveraged to grow that seems to be the direction.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for transparent in sharing the company strategy. Stay focused, we can do it....

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Disfunction."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still a strong company
    Good but troubles products

    Cons

    CEOs strategy does not get carried out by his lieutenants.
    No work-life balance. Frequently assigned projects on Friday due by Monday.
    Low morale.
    Makes large statements that they listen to employees, but then do everything to shut down criticism.

    Advice to Management

    Please make serious changes in Engineering management. Fixing problems take more than lip service, you need to take real action. Understand that being busy does not equal being effective. Too many important things aren’t done because people are busy with stuff that doesn’t matter. Foster culture of ownership, where everybody is invested in making wonderful products, instead of just checking the box that they did their job.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "RSD"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Director
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Private Capital isn’t interfering too much
    Open door policy with management
    Investing back into the business and making acquisitions

    Cons

    Lots of new faces and turnover
    Status quo is slowing things down
    Too many “soft” launches of products and services
    TAM growth in single digits by 7% CAGR by 2023 for Network Packer Broker market which is Gigamon core product. Company will need to branch out to be successful in long term
    zombie company that never really hit it big in the industry

    Advice to Management

    No cap on commissions plz
    Don’t grow only by acquisitions, need more innovation organically focused on validated market data and industry trends (expanding on cloud capabilities and VM).


  10. Helpful (12)

    "The Worst Engineering leadership in the valley"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gigamon full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers, free meals and snacks

    Cons

    The most arrongant engineering leadership who does not have the technical skills to back it up. Work/life balance is completely messed up. There is no roadmap, hardware projects are getting cancelled. Sr directors are groomed in the same fashion as their leadership. Use of inappropriate language in meetings for intimidation is common. Very low morale across all the groups in engineering. Many good engineers have left already. Loyal people whose ideas are making money for Gigamon and these ungrateful leaders are sidelined. Highly political cronies are rewarded with titles.

    Advice to Management

    It’s so typical of you to make your yes men write 5 star reviews on Glassdoor instead of actually making Gigamon a better place. Trust is completely lost. Top down engineering eadership change is the only thing that will make a positive impact