Thread regarding Wind River Systems Inc. layoffs

Wind River layoffs July 2018

125+ Are going to be let go. Way to make us use our vacation time so you wouldn't have to pay us for it.

This and several other posts are talking about layoffs that are supposed to take place sometime this week. Anybody has any more info on it? What will be hit? When exactly?

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Post ID: @OP+UbAosKa

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@exokk+UbAosKa

I agree...up to a certain point.

Her elderly husband s-xually harassed a coworker of mine - that wasn’t right.

Her antics unnecessarily exposed lots of us to unwanted drama over the years. That’s not right, either.

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Post ID: @eEmdf+UbAosKa

Well, it’s her life, and if she chooses to waste it on an old narcissist and cause issues for her daughter in the process, that’s her problem.

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Post ID: @exokk+UbAosKa

@etfvq+UbAosKa

I meant sense to her, not sunshine theatre. Talk to text issues.

Still shake my head, but these are her decisions, and her choice to live with an elderly conman.

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Post ID: @euchf+UbAosKa

@mgqo+UbAosKa

Yet two years later, she’s still with him and still in denial.

I just do my best to stay away from her. I know a few of my coworkers I’ve tried talking to sunshine theater, but it gets old. She is stuck in her own misery. I wish her well. Feel bad for her kids, though, but that’s on her. Nobody else.

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Post ID: @etfvq+UbAosKa

I heard most Hudson employees last day is sometimes between September-October. At least, that gives them time to look for another job.

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Post ID: @szkx+UbAosKa

I have no idea if she laughs at JT at work, but a few of us are having lunch at Yojimbo's right now, and we are laughing at him...ROFLMAO!

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Post ID: @nquf+UbAosKa

Glad JT, TJ or TJB's posts were removed....she really does laugh at you while she's at work....

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Post ID: @mgqo+UbAosKa

That’s what happens when they promote a junior ingenior to VP level and keep him for 20 years!

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Post ID: @kvbo+UbAosKa

Youse people are unreal. No wonder this company is failing.

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Post ID: @jgog+UbAosKa

Latest Glassdoor review:

"Great co-workers"

Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA

Doesn't Recommend

Negative Outlook

CEO

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

Pros

Working with really great co-workers

Working on interesting technology

Cons

Management lacks vision to grow company

If you're not working on VxWorks you're in a precarious position

Company shrinking for the last decade trying to become profitable

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Post ID: @icnp+UbAosKa

@UbAosKa-goua

Some are being kept around for 60-90 days. If they leave earlier, they won't get a severance package.

I've been RIF'd before. Always too a few weeks to deal with things. Updating my linked in profile wasn't high on the list for me.

Hard to say on future job prospects.

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Post ID: @gpun+UbAosKa

Amazing that all of them have their current job listed at Wind River on Linkedin. Not one has updated his/her linkeding job status. I heard most of theses folks in their 50’s will never find a job as software engineer.

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Post ID: @goua+UbAosKa

How many employees of WR in Hudson? I know all were affected but how many were there?

When did they get their notice?

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Post ID: @dntd+UbAosKa

Yes all of Hudson. IT was hit hard. Entire Help Desk in Alameda, IT in SD office and 1 in APAC. Marketing folks, I believe every group was hit.

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Post ID: @dbsb+UbAosKa

My guess it's sarcasm...

Jul 24, 2018

Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Hudson, MA

Recommends

Positive Outlook

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

Pros

Excellent place to work with awesome technology

Cons

Non that I can think of

Advice to Management Keep up the good work

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Post ID: @ayih+UbAosKa

The latest Glassdoor review has to be a joke or it's bogus! All is good in Hudson? All the WR people that moved out of Hudson (Intel) to Marlboro (WR) were just let go?

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Post ID: @aefl+UbAosKa

Sorry @UbAosKa-4wak, I was talking about WRS. Nothing wrong with this board other than the occasional troll

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Post ID: @9tku+UbAosKa

@UbAosKa-7rii

Here's another review. You'll notice morale is pretty low.

May 12, 2018

"What a mess they've made"

Former Employee - SMTS Software Engineer

Doesn't Recommend

Negative Outlook

Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Wind River full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Some members of engineering are very good, especially considering the screws that are turned by management due to bad planning and schedule guesses on their parts.

Compensation and benefits are good as long as you don't get laid off.

Cons

I agree with what I've been reading consistently about middle management. During my 10 years with Wind River, I met maybe 4 very good PMs (all gone before I eventually left). The rest, from different parts of the US, looked out for themselves. That's not necessarily a bad thing if they're being dynamic and innovative because it helps themselves by helping the program they're running. But in their cases, they were playing-it-safe-yes-men-and-women. They got in the way more than helped, and did a bad job conveying accurate status to upper management and customers, which almost always became a problem for engineers to fix and to take blame for. PMs do not necessarily have a leadership section in their job descriptions, but good ones have this talent, especially if they have aspirations to advance in their careers. Over my long period, I worked with at least 30 management people who had no leadership skills. Even above PMs, I can think of one VP and two Directors who were very inspiring leaders with vision, and the rest seemed to be phoning it in.

Once we joined Intel, we stopped taking medium and small projects that would provide both education and revenue, and kept people on the bench while waiting for the monster projects, resulting in layoffs. Get-Rich-Quick schemes rarely work for people, and they don't work for corporations either.

Advice to Management

Reduce the PM / Director workforce and get more technical leads instead. Change your philosophies by reading almost any book by or about Warren Buffet to learn how to manage and invest in Wind River to make it a solid company. At this stage with the uncertainty around it, despite the Intel investment, it doesn't seem like a viable business. Even if it is viable, I doubt most employees can tell... you should improve the message to employees and improve the environment to make it obvious, preferably by being transparent about the truth.

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Post ID: @8pwz+UbAosKa

@UbAosKa-7rii

This recent review at glassdoor.com should tell you something.

Jul 23, 2018

"Stay clear"

Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Alameda, CA

Doesn't Recommend

Negative Outlook

Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Wind River as a contractor (More than a year)

Pros

  • Friendly atmosphere

  • Ample parking

Cons

  • recently bought by private equity firm and they started slashing employees right away

  • went through 4 years of bad management from Intel to private equity firm. Out of the frying pan into the fire

  • years of hiring freeze and no budget to even get IDE licences.

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Post ID: @8ljo+UbAosKa

I am a reporter with CRN.com who covers Wind River. If anyone is available to speak on background about the layoffs, please email me at [email protected] I can also provide a phone number through email if you would rather speak that way.

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Post ID: @7rii+UbAosKa

Any work related updates? Are we done for now, or are there more cuts to come?

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Post ID: @7mss+UbAosKa

Kind of a low blow toward her. Jimmy wasn't any prize either - lots of issues...not the nice guy he tried to come off as.

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Post ID: @7ifb+UbAosKa

Always wondered why Jimmy ran away

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Post ID: @7zwq+UbAosKa

Life is too short. Just best to stay away from her & her toxic hubby. That's what I do...a good thing I don't deal with APAC sales.

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Post ID: @5akb+UbAosKa

I heard it was 200-ish worldwide. It was described as a "blood bath".

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Post ID: @2ffz+UbAosKa

Finance Department will be gone by the end of the year. Its work will be outsourced.

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