Efficient Frontier

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Efficient Frontier Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2014
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3.1 28 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

Efficient Frontier President, CEO & Director David Karnstedt

David Karnstedt

(16 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Startup environment

    Business Analyst (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    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 Senior Managementdon't let acquisition hinder the culture of innovation

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good product, nice people

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

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

    ConsManagers 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 Senior ManagementMarket and sell more aggressively!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Summer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsOnly 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!

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting work Good team

    Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

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

    ConsManagement team needs to execute faster on ideas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are in a great space. Execute fast and you can win the market.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

    Consgrowth, small teams, remote office

    Advice to Senior ManagementCorporate 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    QA Engineer (Former Employee) Bangalore (India)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive little more importance to QA as QA is doing automation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

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    Awesome work environment

    Software Engineer (Test Developer) (Current Employee) Chennai (India)

    ProsStart up culture
    Good life balance work environment
    Good Recognition

    ConsNo major cons specifically. But spend more on employees like food facility

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognitions are good but spend more on employees to satisfy them to little more extent

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Learned a lot

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsSince 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLeadership, 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.

    ConsLike 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 Senior ManagementIt 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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