Gogo Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Challenging environment that is geared to scale and grow into something really special.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Itasca, IL
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Itasca, IL

    I have been working at Gogo as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours
    - Competitive pay and benefits
    - Movement into some really interesting technology stacks (Cloud, Netflix OSS, Jax-RS, Websockets)
    - New business opportunities as the company continues to grow and expand it's technical impact on the airlines.
    - New office coming June of 2015

    Cons

    - Growing organization - still struggles with some bumps in the road.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow your teams, even those that are performing at a high level. It will allow you to build out a future group of great talent if you supplement your all-stars with hungry learners.

  2. Fun culture at a company that still has growing pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gogo full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun environment; flexible for working at home; exciting technology;
    an industry leader

    Cons

    Company is way too top-heavy, there is a real need to more "worker bees", yet executives are hired constantly and some people have received promotions that do not seem deserving of them. Company seems age-biased as well

    Advice to Management

    Bring on more people who will get the job done, there are way too many chiefs. Reorgs seem to happen as often as changing underwear and some of the layers just make no sense at all.

  3. Helpful (4)

    Rewarding role in a growing company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Gogo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The company is growing and I've learnt a lot of things since coming here.
    - The pay is good and benefit package is great. I like the flexibility e.g. hours, working remote and PTO etc.
    - I work in a great team and feel like its a family vs. dealing with work colleagues
    - I've had great opportunities to progress, had a promotion and had easy access to training when I've asked

    Cons

    - The environment can be fast paced which is good - but sometimes moves too fast. This can sometimes lead to confusion and communication breakdowns

    Advice to Management

    Continue with the improvements I've seen over the last few years. The company is moving in the right direction

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  5. Growing pains

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer
    Current Employee - Network Engineer

    I have been working at Gogo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company is growing tremendously, amazing technology and a dream for any full blooded geek.

    Cons

    Growing pains and lack of communication along with major ego issues getting in the way of what is really best of the company.

  6. Helpful (4)

    Inspiring organization with momentum

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gogo

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gogo is a rush- in the best sense of the word. The work is fast paced and refreshing, requires focus and tenacity, and I continue to be inspired daily by what we are accomplishing. I feel people’s ideas/opinions are respected, find there are growth opportunities for those that seek out ways to positively impact the business, and appreciate the flexibility offered.

    Cons

    Buckle your seatbelt. For those that enjoy evolution and growth, Gogo is a great place to be. But it’s not for everyone. If you don’t easily adapt or are not open to change- this wouldn’t be a place for you. Same goes for work load, with all the new ideas and possibilities, the work load can challenging but manageable.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Gogo is growing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Gogo full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is growing by leaps and bounds every year. With international expansion and new products being offered the sky is the limit for Gogo. Gogo really wants to create an excellent company culture for employees and had introduced this with added benefits, social activities and a move to downtown Chicago from the suburbs!

    Cons

    With growth comes pains. Management hasn't figured out where everyone fits so roles are not clearly defined. Growth paths aren't clear either, management is top heavy so its sometimes hard for employees to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Create a clear definition of roles for all employees and foster a clearer path for growth. within the company. Recruit from within instead of hiring outside and being so top heavy with management.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Team member

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gogo

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great flexibility and autonomy to perform.

    Cons

    Focus and direction could be better.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great. Startup like work.

    Current Employee - IT Manager Software in Itasca, IL
    Current Employee - IT Manager Software in Itasca, IL

    I have been working at Gogo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exiting area to work.
    Great team.

    Cons

    At times too much work

    Advice to Management

    Good

  10. Software Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Gogo

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A good team to work with, work and have fun

    Cons

    The human resource seems not so great.

  11. Helpful (5)

    Work life balance is not bad, lacks focus

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gogo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you have a family, you can take time off to take care of familial duties. I don't feel like I'm punching a clock or being watched. Just get your work done. We're adults.

    Cons

    There isn't a well thought out strategy. People make excuses for it, "we working a rapidly changing industry", but that's not it. I've worked at large companies in high tech with serious competitors and change. The customers are in aviation...the FAA is involved...it's not moving that fast. It feel like it's one or two people making all decisions and those two people don't cooridnate, think the same always. So see-saw, back and forth, here there. ADD.

    Advice to Management

    Focus. Delegate. Hire people from tech companies who have done some of these things before. Outside of the satcom and network items, it's not rocket science.

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