Hightail Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
74 Reviews
3.4
74 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of flexibility to help achieve that work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • A fun company to work at b4 the ousting of Brad Garlinghouse (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Most of the upper management is clueless on what it takes to run a company (in 4 reviews)

  • Previous CEO was focussed on building products and new CEO is focussed on building his brand than building the company name and products (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Short lived

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

    I worked at Hightail full-time

    Pros

    Good office location. Good benefits.

    Cons

    No clear direction from management. HR can't keep anything confidential. Any info good or bad spreads like wildfire here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Identity Crisis

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

    I worked at Hightail full-time

    Pros

    The people they hire are good, talented, bright, fun, people to work with.

    Cons

    The culture is fake, the direction and focus of the company is constantly changing which in turns causes the good, talented bright, fun people to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be Real

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Was Good Firm, Tough Industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Campbell, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent people who worked well together. High caliber of talent. Brad Garlinghouse had instilled excellent values.

    Cons

    Although Hightail does not focus on cloud storage it has been difficult to grow in the consumer segment with Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Apple all going to war against each other using low price and high amounts of storage. Of course the lunatic business model from Box has hurt the valuations of independent firms like Hightail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find an innovative segment quickly to differentiate away from the pack.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Part time intern experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part Time Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Part Time Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Hightail as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work culture with friendly people around. CEO is proactive, reachable and conducts weekly meetups with all employee's at lunch, Free lunch and other fun activities makes is fun place to work for an intern. Campbell is gr8 location, lunch places are nearby and have plenty of parking space and even good light-rail connectivity.

    Cons

    Part time employees are not counted in for free gifts and stuff :), some parts of their office feels disjointed and sad from other parts. It is a mid-size start-up and hence some times feels that there is lack of processes like the one's is big companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Face Paced

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hightail

    Pros

    The location is great!

    Cons

    High turn over of staff, no work life balance, too much change of company direction from management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company that has jumped the shark

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Campbell, CA

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

    Pros

    Good product, and solid, scaled foundation for product and technology.

    Cons

    The company has turned over leadership in the last 18 months - and while one can always find things to criticize - its fair to say the old team had the business "dialed"where the current one seems to have come in to "make over the culture" and in the process tanked the business.

    Under the former management team, the company was growing 60%+ per year and growing, under the current team, growth has cratered to an effective flat-line, and the team is more focused on image than product, customers, or growth. Its telling that members of the former management team have gone on to be CEOs and Execs at other companies, while the current management team doesn't have a growth-oriented track record.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at what the prior team was doing to grow the business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    YSI review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Campbell, CA

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

    Pros

    - Great first class family oriented people
    - Good work life balance

    Cons

    - Lots of technology debt
    - Boring technology stack
    - lots of meetings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A company that tries very hard.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA

    I worked at Hightail

    Pros

    -Great work-life balance
    -Engineering Management are Superstars!
    -Lots of candy at the front desk

    Cons

    -Poor technology choices
    -No consequences for poor performance or choices at the Mid/Senior Management level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A company with Great Vision & Strategy. However, fails in execution. Yousendit had the lead in cloud storage/file sharing and dropped the ball because they got distracted. Eliminate those distractions and concentrate on executing the plan.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to learn how to build SaaS based system

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Campbell, CA

    I have been working at Hightail

    Pros

    friendly atmosphere, nice office location, some really smart people around. One's contribution directly influence the huge customer base they have

    Cons

    too much Management layering, too slow in rolling out new features, highly competitive market space and not able to really shine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower Engineers to make a decision, don't think too pessimistically, be agressive. The Creativity aspect beyond just file sharing is so far not there.

    No opinion of CEO

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