5 Best and 5 Worst Places to work in Technology



Not surprisingly, the search and apps giant tops the list of Best Places to Work. While some reviewers mention the difficulty of maintaining a healthy work-life balance, compensation, benefits and perks, are all top-notch and the company actively searches for the best and brightest talent to populate their halls. And, did someone say "free food"?

F5 Networks

The Seattle, Wash.-based networking technology and solutions firm has doubled in size in the last five years, but has maintained a focus on its culture, as one anonymous reviewer states. "… the company culture is one of integrity, and one that values the employee as a human, not as a cog in the machine… F5 is very consciously protecting the company culture," the employee says


Whether you love to hate the social media giant or hate to love them, there’s no question it’s good to its people, at least according to the Glassdoor reviews. From video game rooms to the (admittedly controversial) egg-freezing perk, CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg knows how to keep employees happy. Open, honest and transparent communication at all levels is also a major differentiator, according to one software engineer reviewer.


The digital media company makes the top 5 list because of its great culture and excellent benefits, according to the anonymous employee reviews. "They are a large company, but they truly care about their employees. They are very diverse in their product (offerings) so there are many opportunities for growth," says one employee.


"We work with geniuses — in every department. We create innovative products that thrill our customers and create new product categories — who else can say that?" asks one anonymous employee. The consumer electronics and software maker is frequently near the top of Best Places to Work lists because of its innovation and creative culture, as well as the generous benefits and perks, but beware the lack of work-life balance, many anonymous reviewers warn.


The software giant still gets fair marks for innovation, benefits and compensation, but as one anonymous reviewer says, corporate bloat is starting to set in and "bureaucracy is creeping in at every level." CEO Satya Nadella’s 2014 assertion that women shouldn’t ask for raises certainly didn’t help.


Big Blue garners only a 3-star rating, and employees say it’s just "OK." Even though it’s a telecommuting-friendly organization, anonymous reviewers cite the company’s limited growth and promotion opportunities and ineffective bonus and reward structure as reasons for their dissatisfaction. CEO Virginia Rometty’s approval rating’s at a lackluster 48 percent.


The legendary hardware firm rates below average for compensation and benefits, but with the ouster of former CEO Mark Hurd, employees seem hopeful that HP can move off the Worst list. Under his tenure, one anonymous reviewer says, "[The company] only cared about shareholder value … no long-term vision and no value in employees."


The networking and unified communications juggernaut does receive high marks for flexibility and work-life balance, but compensation lags and, as one anonymous reviewer says, there’s not a unified vision for the company across varying business units.

A mess of bureaucracy among middle-management and a lack of advancement opportunities are stifling innovation, according to reviewers.


The major downsides to working at the IT consulting giant are the lack of a work-life balance (though many reviewers say the company claims this as a perk), the inability for employees to specialize and develop expertise in one area, and the cutthroat, take-no-prisoners office culture. Of course, for some, these may not be bad things, but overall, reviewers aren’t satisfied.

BONUS: Comcast

The Internet and cable television provider has the distinction of earning Consumerist’s Worst Company in America title for 2014 regardless of industry, beating out competitors like Monsanto and Walmart. The proposed merger with Time-Warner Cable didn’t help. One anonymous reviewer says, "The only ‘pro’ to working at Comcast is the super-cheap cable and Internet." Uh, congratulations?

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vCloud & vCloud Air (formerly vCloud Hybrid Service)

vCloud is a cloud computing initiative from VMware which will allow customers to migrate work on demand[1] from their "internal cloud" of cooperating VMware hypervisors to a remote cloud of VMware hypervisors. The goal of the initiative is to provide the power of cloud computing with the flexibility allowed by virtualization.[2]

The initiative was announced at the 2008 VMworld conference in Las Vegas and garnered significant press attention.[3]

At the 2009 VMworld conference in San Francisco vCloud was featured in the vCloud Pavilion.[4] vCloud was also a subject at the 2010 conference.[5] The vCloud initiative has grown with many public service providers and multiple supporting applications.

vCloud architecture relies on vShield edge for its operation, routed networks in vCloud needs a VM running vShield-edge software, acting as the default gateway of that network. This virtual gateway is implemented on a free host on the system and provides its services to VMs on that host and on other hosts.

vCloud Air (formerly vCloud Hybrid Service)

vCloud Air [6]is VMware’s IaaS service, launched in May 2014 as vCloud Hybrid Service [7] vCloud Air provides hybrid cloud — a public IaaS that functions as an extension of existing data centers running VMware vSphere, with common management and networking. It is currently offered in the following locations: Northern California, Nevada, Texas, Northern Virginia, UK and Japan West. VMware has also announced future availability in Australia and Germany. [8]

If business rules require that some business critical or sensitive systems remain on self-owned infrastructure the user can simply move less sensitive systems to the public cloud and free up resources on the user’s own infrastructure.

vCloud Hybrid Service was rebranded to vCloud Air on August 21, 2014.[9] With the rebrand of the service, they also announced an On Demand program [10] that allows users to pay only for what each user needs to use for resources.


Google Cloud Services Will Soon Be Available on VMware Cloud – eWeek

The partnership could help boost the fortunes of both companies in the lucrative and growing market for enterprise cloud services.

Enterprises using VMware’s vCloud Air hosted service will soon have access to four Google cloud services as well under their existing service contracts and using their existing network interconnects. The two companies on Jan. 29 revealed a partnership under which Google will make its BigQuery analytics, Google Cloud Storage, Google Cloud Datastore and Google Cloud DNS services available via VMware’s public cloud platform.The partnership will give enterprises a way to take advantage of the scalability and price/performance benefits of Google’s public cloud while leveraging VMware’s traditional strengths in the data center virtualization space, officials from the two companies said Jan. 29.Google’s cloud platform services will become available on vCloud Air sometime later this year, and the two companies are exploring the idea of introducing other Google cloud services on it as well.

“Our collaboration will provide customers with a unique hybrid solution that combines the power and efficiencies of VMware and the hyperscale of Google Cloud Platform,” said Murali Sitaram, managing director of Google Global Partner Strategy & Alliances, in a statement accompanying the announcement.

Enterprises will gain the benefit of both vCloud Air and Google’s cloud technologies in a single hybrid platform that will be fully compatible with their existing vSphere-based infrastructure, added Bill Fathers, executive vice president of VMware’s cloud services business unit.The partnership could help boost the fortunes of both companies in the lucrative and growing market for enterprise cloud services. Google, which is a heavyweight on the consumer side, has struggled to convince businesses about the enterprise-readiness of its cloud services. If anything, CIO confidence in the company’s enterprise cloud services actually declined over the past year compared with offerings from other service providers.For VMware, the challenge has been about providing foundational cloud services such as a truly scalable storage service and a “pay as you go” service model, said Gartner analyst Kyle Hilgendorf in an analysis of Thursday’s announcement. As a result, interest in VMware’s vCloud Air platform has been confined largely to existing VMware customers looking to migrate virtualized environments to the cloud.

“In my opinion, this is a perfect marriage for these two providers right now,” Hilgendorf said. Both companies will benefit from each other’s capabilities, he said. For Google, the partnership with VMware gives it some of the enterprise cred that it desperately needs. While Google has excelled at delivering computing, storage, network and security capabilities in the cloud, the company has lacked the support, services, management and DevOps capabilities that enterprises want from their technology partners. “Google’s problem is and has been relevance and trust among enterprise buyers,” Hilgendorf said.For VMware, the partnership will dramatically boost its ability to give enterprise customers the object storage, cloud data analytics and low-latency DNS service that other major cloud players offer, he added.But there are some big caveats. It’s too soon to say whether this arrangement will do enough to assuage concerns about Google’s readiness to handle enterprise workloads, Hilgendorf said. In fact, VMware could find itself in the uncomfortable position of fending off questions from its customers about Google’s reliability, the Gartner analyst said.The two companies will also need to figure out a way to divvy up liability and service-level guarantee issues. “Cloud legalities are already messy, but they could be even more confusing with a single agreement but multiple providers in the value chain,” Hilgendorf noted.For Google, the agreement with VMware is the latest in a string of recent moves to boost its appeal among enterprises. Earlier this month for instance, Google announced beta availability of a service that will let enterprises running in Google’s cloud environment keep an eye on the performance of Google Apps, Compute Engine and Cloud SQL.More recently, the company began beta testing a new Google Container Registry that will let enterprise software developers host, share and manage private Docker images on Google’s cloud platform.