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Salesforce Senior Member of Technical Staff Reviews

Updated Apr 19, 2019

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  1. "Great place to be!"

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    Senior Member of Technical Staff in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Salesforce

    Pros

    Competitive salary + benefits. Technical interesting work and smart peers. Quite a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Work-life balance could be improved by adding onsite facilities, like exercise rooms.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with great work!

    Salesforce2014-12-19
  2. "Great company to work for, but some projects might be boring"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Halifax, NS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Salesforce full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent pay, RRSP matching, stock options, great colleagues. 4 weeks of vacation only after 2 years of employment and 5 weeks after 5 years.

    Cons

    Frequent changes of priorities, legacy work with outdated technologies. Hard to move up a career ladder, but that is caused by the seniority of the peers.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more money on trainings and allow people to choose projects that are more interesting to them.

    Salesforce2017-04-13
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Member of Technical Staff"

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    Senior Member of Technical Staff in Fredericton, NB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Salesforce

    Pros

    - Great place to work in general - V2MOM is an excellent way to align the company's goals - great benefits including paid time off to volunteer, RRSP matching, generous paid time off, etc - depending on what project you're on, you get to work with modern technologies - excellent technical team

    Cons

    - In some cases management has little interest in the careers of those below them - There doesn't seem to be much interest in hiring less experienced people (including co-ops) - Acquisitions need to be integrated in a faster manner, and don't let them think they will keep their own branding and processes for long - Because the company is so huge, you tend not to know what is going on in the rest of the... organization

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    Advice to Management

    - Take more interest in people's career paths and help them achieve their personal goals - Hire people with different levels of experience and promote from within more - Do a better job integrating acquisitions

    Salesforce2016-09-27
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Solid employer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Halifax, NS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Salesforce full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good opportunities in career development, engineers are rewarded on merit, paid volunteer time, managers tend to respect the opinions of engineering, highly competitive salary and benefits. V2MOM system sounds like kool-aid at first but it actually works in aligning the goals of the company.

    Cons

    Release cadence of Core (3 times a year) is forced on the rest of the company even if it doesn't make sense for the product you're on. Forced to dogfood our own internal project management software (GUS) which only maintained by a very small team. Open headcount is distributed blindly to projects that are stack-ranked in priority and there's not much to go around after the top 2 or 3 start hiring.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so cheap when managers ask for more headcount. Engineering needs talent to be innovative!

    Salesforce2016-07-30
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    "Rotting from Within"

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Salesforce full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company was once technologically disruptive. They are currently stable, growing and profitable. Most of the people are good. The salaries are some of the highest, and benefits extremely generous. Each employee is allow to volunteer 6 days per year with pay (though it can be hard to schedule VTO).

    Cons

    Technically, the company is lackluster, yet has drunk it's own kool-aid, believing itself to be innovative. User interface is implemented with a proprietary framework (Aura) that is universally criticized by its users as inferior to Aspect and other industry standards, but is ferociously defended by company insiders. Similarly, storage is done via a proprietary layer atop a small number of massive Oracle databases.... This means that one database outage affects a large number of customers. The Oracle centric mindset of the "old boys" has been incredibly resistant to change. Unit testing is slowly gaining acceptance, but is still by far the exception to the rule. The monolithic nature of the code base means that tests may take several days to catch regressions. Somehow, mediocrity and risk aversion have become the norm, perhaps due to the senior management blaming failures on the very staff who are doing more than the minimum possible, and are therefore "visible".

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    Advice to Management

    Take a long hard look at technology and products and ask yourself whether you are truly excellent, or good, or even average. If you said yes, you are in denial. Make the changes necessary so that coming to Salesforce doesn't mean that you are forced to let your technical skills rot. Get rid of the bureaucrats in middle management. Take a careful look at your VPs. Some of them are intimidating developers and blocking... movement within the company (leading to movement out of it). Ohana means family. Don't let it be an abusive family.

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    Salesforce2016-07-03
  6. "Great Company"

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    Senior Member Technical Staff Quality Engineering in St. Thomas, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Salesforce

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, great product. Recommend.

    Cons

    Hard to get ahead. Oh well.

    Advice to Management

    Promote faster

    Salesforce2015-09-23
  7. "Great culture and people"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Salesforce full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people and the company culture is great. Good compensation and benefits, and lots of opportunities to contribute back to society through volunteering. Management all the way from your direct superior to the CEO seems to have very good intentions, and truly care about the happiness and career growth of the employees.

    Cons

    There are archaic technologies and unnecessary processes that kill engineering productivity. There is active work going on that are improving these issues, but it's a slow and painful process.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously consider investing in a full fledged company initiative to improve engineering productivity. Just having a small team of people trying to improve the technology and processes will cause you to lose a lot of bright people to other more agile companies.

    Salesforce2015-01-22
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great Money, Boring Work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Salesforce full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great pay, good people. Successful company. Very flexible. Very open culture with great internal communications system. Not averse to conflict, but communication is respectful. Willing to spend money when its needed. Truly agile, releasing every four months. Invest heavily in test automation.

    Cons

    Line managers follow archaic software development practices. Little unit testing, test driven development and paired programming. Many mediocre developers churn out reams of untested, buggy, bloated code, adding to old, complex, monolithic code base. Very slow and buggy build and test automation system makes development incredibly slow and painful. Senior people accept the status quo. Hiring process is slow and... unreliable. Internal systems complex and fragmented.

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    Advice to Management

    Technical leaders need to drive change and improvement. Get rid of the ineffectual quality engineering team, and stop allowing code to be released with known test failures. Integrate developers and testers in a single organization. Remove managers and old timers who refuse to change. Continue to invest in modularizing, modernizing and speeding up the development environment. Break down the silos between user design,... development and quality engineering, and make team members accountable to the team, not functional managers.

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    Salesforce2013-10-05
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Salesforce full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    FTO Great Parental leave Understanding low level management

    Cons

    Lack of vision to push through large infra projects at the senior management level

    Advice to Management

    Hire better executives for your infrastructure

    Salesforce2019-04-20
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Really the best place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Hyderābād
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Salesforce full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work culture, salary, people, facilities, freebies... You name it... The company is dead serious about giving the best experience to its employees. The culture is truly different from any other place. It really is the best place to work for!

    Cons

    None that I experienced till now

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the values that make this company awesome die.

    Salesforce2019-02-19

    Salesforce Response

    March 4, 2019Deepa, Narayan, Sr Director - Employee Success, India

    Thank you for your wonderful review. We enjoy hearing about all the things you like about working here. We're proud of the culture we've built here, and we're glad to have you as part of the Ohana.

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