Efficient Frontier

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Efficient Frontier Reviews

Updated June 26, 2014
Updated June 26, 2014
29 Reviews
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  1.  

    Startup environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Efficient Frontier full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -lots of flexibility in how to do your job
    -small company feel so you get to work great people across various groups

    Cons

    -lack of established processes so lots of inefficienies
    -not enough attention on career development/training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't let acquisition hinder the culture of innovation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good product, nice people

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Efficient Frontier

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, flexible hours, lots of nice people. The technology (algorithms) behind the product is solid.

    Cons

    Managers are hit and miss. Some great ones, and some less than savory ones. Although compensation and raises are commensurate to performance, actual career advancement opportunities are on the low side. More recently, cliques have formed within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Market and sell more aggressively!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Summer

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Efficient Frontier

    Pros

    Only a summer glimpse - a great place from what I saw. Employees really know their stuff, and the technology behind the product really works. And everyone is really friendly!

    Cons

    If you were stuck there with no car then the only food option would be in the cafeteria, which is good although a little expensive. Some of the work is pretty Excel intensive, so tedious at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Efficient Frontier is going down a good path and is expanding rapidly. Take care of everyone and have more picnics!

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  5.  

    Interesting work Good team

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Efficient Frontier

    Pros

    The team works well together. Not much politicking. Focus on getting things done. Product vision is interesting.

    Cons

    Management team needs to execute faster on ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are in a great space. Execute fast and you can win the market.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work...

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Efficient Frontier

    Pros

    open, free to talk, intelligent coworkers, passionate, industry leading technology

    Cons

    growth, small teams, remote office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate culture improved while I worked at Efficient Frontier. One of the main things is that EF needs to understand when to say goodbye to employees, or is it just going to be a rough patch for a little and to buckle down for some tough times.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was good experience in Fiberlink. Worked on cutting edge technologies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Efficient Frontier full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technologies
    Perks
    Refreshment activities
    Adobe Acquisition
    Automation for QA
    Freedom in work. What you think to develop can be developed

    Cons

    Heavy work load
    IBM Acquisition
    Not on par with that of startups for QA.
    Less importance to QA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give little more importance to QA as QA is doing automation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Efficient Frontier as an intern

    Pros

    Awesome people, fun culture, great company that's making strides (acquired by Adobe)

    Cons

    Kinda dull work, really. Not exactly where you can apply superior intellectual skills, though people there are very smart.

  9.  

    Awesome work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Test Developer) in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Test Developer) in Chennai (India)

    I have been working at Efficient Frontier full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Start up culture
    Good life balance work environment
    Good Recognition

    Cons

    No major cons specifically. But spend more on employees like food facility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognitions are good but spend more on employees to satisfy them to little more extent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Learned a lot

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Efficient Frontier

    Pros

    The field is very dynamic and constantly changing which makes it so you are constantly learning. It is a start up company.

    Cons

    Since efficient frontier is a start up, you tend to work long hours in order to make sure you can meet the needs of your clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Now that we're Adobe, will EF culture remain or drastically be squeezed out?

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Efficient Frontier

    Pros

    Leadership, as all companies are, isn't perfect. However, DK and his immediate field generals are very sound. The company, who has been around since early 2000's has not been foolish in taken on rounds and rounds of VC backing, and they are very fiscally sound in running their business (i.e. doing deals that are profitable). The algorithm/optimization platform is second to none. And the folks there are very intelligent and most of very approachable to share their knowledge with you. I have always had the flexibility of working at the office or elsewhere as situations needed.

    Cons

    Like other reviewers have mentioned, hiring new people takes a long, long time. Even though the company has been around for 10+ years, it's still stuck in a 'small company' mentality often times, and therefore, selling the company to would-be employees is difficult. We didn't do a ton of marketing. Now that we're Adobe, many questions arise; not just about 'culture' but will EF be simply absorbed into the new organization and then eventually half its business and employees be spit out?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It might be out of EF management heads, but their senior leadership of all business groups within EF should be reviewed. There are some unit leaders that seem to be underqualified and might have been given the role for reasons other then professional qualifications.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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