Hightail

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Hightail Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
74 Reviews
3.4
74 Reviews
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Ranjith Kumaran
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    A once great company being stripped for scrap!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Campbell, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Great culture
    Competitive pay
    A fun company to work at b4 the ousting of Brad Garlinghouse
    Great location

    Cons

    New CEO (Ranjith) has no direction or vision. Is killing whole company. Nobody has any faith in him! He wants to get as much money for himself as possible and doesn't care about company or products!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run!!!! This went from a company with potential under Brad Garlinghouse to the quickest sinking ship in the Silicon Valley!

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

    Awesome experience

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

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

    Pros

    - Great office atmosphere, have to opportunity to utilize SF office space.
    - Frequent communications to employees about the happenings of the company from all departments
    - cool perks, including my favorite "get sh*t done" weeks
    - Great relationship with team members, work well and can be open with them about anything

    Cons

    the re brand of the company had provided some challenges but an overall needed choice for the growth of the company, definitely a move in the right direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overall Positive Experience at YouSendit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Leader in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Product Leader in Campbell, CA

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

    Pros

    YouSendit, now Hightail builds and delivers a much needed technology product suite focused on collaboration with files. They have a hard to match set of functionality that included electronic signatures and very strong Microsoft Outlook integration. While the staff has changed considerably since I was there, the team was a strong enthusiastic one.

    Cons

    Since that time, Hightail has put a new executive team in place. Focus on market expansion by extending the product line has seemed to stall. Growth has slowed and they are in a much more competitive market with entrants like Google Drive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to growth strategy and focus less on traditional brand marketing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very good company.

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

    I have been working at Hightail full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working environment is really nice,professional

    Cons

    Career advancement options are less

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

    Lots of house cleaning done, but still more to do

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

    I have been working at Hightail full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is a lot of potential in both the technology and the industry. We've got great brand recognition and a good outlook.

    Cons

    The engineering org is a top-heavy. More time and energy needs to be spent strengthening existing technologies to support current and future capacity and features, rather than tacking new features on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose technical leaders based on skill and capacity rather than how they look on paper.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Individual in a Crowded Space

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Campbell, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Management works hard to get to know every employee personally and to listen to your suggestions

    Cons

    Not a very clear career path in certain departments
    Crowded space. not always easy to differentiate yourself

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The truth about YouSendIt

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Campbell, CA

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

    Pros

    Brad Garlinghouse, on his own he is good enough reason to be at this company, he gets it, and gets it big time. We may not all agree with his changes but I am convinced he is doing them for the good of the company. This is a company that is taking the right steps forward and will get better and quickly. We are making the right moves and working here is becoming very enjoyable again. Free lunch mondays which most people like. Great transparency in the leadership, we are going to great places. Only last year I told people to not come here, now I would happily recommend anyone to come and work here.

    Cons

    Change, some of these I do not like, but I do not feel like the company is being run just to fulfill the whims of the exec staff. Many people will not like the changes, and they are free to move on in my opinion. There are some major technical issues and we are paying the heavy price for our former very poor leadership. Some of the execs are untouchable because they are Brad's guys, and make some very questionable decisions, including presenting complete works of fiction with the statement I never lie and this is the truth. As someone effected by these truths I knew for a fact that they were only true in the dreamland occupied by that particular exec.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the execs are not as good as they are believed to be, you need to step back and review their actions with a very independent eye.

    Keep an open mind about where to relocate the office to, we do not need to be right next to the caltrain station as that is mostly residential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall, it was a good experience, although once my hiring manager left, I was moved into a different role.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Campbell, CA

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

    Pros

    Good staff, interesting business plan, flexible work time.

    Cons

    Sales seems to be the decision maker as to what the company needs for IT, and no matter what the IT team recommends, if it is shiny and new, sales wants it, regardless of the potential impact to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Long range planning and sticking with a plan, instead of throwing a lot of ideas at a wall to see what sticks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Design and prototyping experiences on the web

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Campbell, CA

    I have been working at Hightail

    Pros

    Good pay, good people, open to criticisms.

    Cons

    Some time work intrudes on life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on quality, stop adding features.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Positive Energy in a smaller company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA

    I have been working at Hightail

    Pros

    This is a very positive energy place.

    Cons

    Growing pains--the company is growing so quickly that there are hiccups in day to day work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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