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Hightail Reviews

Updated May 1, 2014
Updated May 1, 2014
66 Reviews

3.7
66 Reviews
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Hightail Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Brad Garlinghouse
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42 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Brad Garlinghouse is on a mission to turn the company around (in 6 reviews)


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

  • Growth has slowed and they are in a much more competitive market with entrants like Google Drive (in 2 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting / growing business domain

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

    Pros

    Compensation:
    - Excellent compensation as per bay area standards
    - Excellent benefit package not provided by most the companies in bay area

    Product
    - Solid cloud based file sharing product
    - Integration with Microsoft Outlook and Samsung Enterprise for devices
    - e signature feature and Yahoo plugin available
    - Advanced security, privacy , control features available for sensitive businesses from adeptCloud, an enterprise grade file sharing solution

    Cons

    lot to do in less time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the motivation and good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company. Great people. Great opportunity.

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

    Pros

    When I joined Hightail, I joined for the people, the role and the opportunity. I am pleased to report after almost a year into the role, I have no regrets. Hightail hosts an amazing team at all levels of the organization. It is a company full of very smart and passionate people - quite humbling.

    In addition, the management team is to notch and earnestly wants insights and feedback from the team. There is an open dialogue, regardless of level, which is very refreshing.

    Cons

    Like everyone in the space, we are trying to do a lot, and there are just not enough hours in the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great work. Focus is critical.

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

    Fast track your career - hot space, hot company

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

    Pros

    Super hot space. Work with smart, talented people who you'd have a beer with. Tons of visibility and opportunity for strong performers to fast track. Tough problems to solve. Lots of perks.

    Cons

    There's a high bar - this is a con for people who just want to rest and vest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the open communication coming. Shower the love on your best people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Time to Join Late Stage Startup

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

    Pros

    I joined about three years ago, and a little over two years ago we got a new CEO, Brad Garlinghouse. Brad has done an excellent job instilling a strong culture that rewards risk taking and passion. The other senior executives brought on board have also been outstanding. There were some disgruntled employees who were let go after Brad's arrival. It's unfortunate some unhappy vocal workers can make more noise than the happy employees (who don't tend to post reviews). I have been at 6 startups over 25 years of which two went public. It's hard to find today a quality, late stage startup like Hightail with a high probability chance for IPO or being acquired. Fun, challenging work.

    Cons

    The pace of the company is fast with often long hours. However we are at the forefront of making the freemium business model work so picking up fantastic skills and lessons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on building out a distinctive, fun culture that rewards risk taking, team collaboration, and transparency. The company is refreshingly devoid of politics. With growth let's keep it that way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company, hot space, please IPO

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

    Pros

    Work / life balance is really good
    Great bennies (gym, unlimited PTO, free food)
    Comp is good (better than the large tech companies I’ve worked at)
    Cool locations (SF / Campbell / Seattle) and culture
    Hot space
    Keen focus on execution and growth

    Cons

    Day-to-day ambiguity can cause the weak to struggle
    Brand awareness needs to improve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive ownership / accountability. Continue to empower and reward top performers, and promote from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Challenging, rewarding experience!!

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

    Pros

    Hightail is a very fun, cool place to work. The company competes in a very hot, explosive growth market and is considered a strong leader in the space. Hightail is run by a management team that genuinely cares about its employees and encourages open communication and dialogue. Since the company is on the grow, there are lots of opportunities for professional growth.

    What I love most about Hightail is the culture and its values. The company has an amazing culture that fosters interaction among various groups--if you are willing to participate. In addition to some of the best benefits in Silicon Valley, Hightail provides employees with Free Lunch Mondays, Beer Cart Fridays, Happy Hours, Ice Cream Socials, Ping Pong/Beer Pong Tournaments, Holiday Parties (amazing gifts), Softball, Charitable Involvement (yes, a Silicon Valley company with a heart), etc.

    If you love a fast-paced, team-oriented environment where you can truly make a difference, Hightail is a great place to be!

    Cons

    In my opinion, the company tends to "over communicate" its strengths and challenges to the employees. This is great for most people; not so great for others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Absolutely love this place!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Most of the team is pretty amazing. The leadership team is motivated, very transparent and communicates more regularly with employees than any other company I've worked at - both small and large. There are offices both in the south bay (Campbell) and in San Francisco. The space that Hightail is in (cloud file sharing) is red hot at the moment which is exciting and I love my boss!

    Cons

    So much to do in a day and never enough time but I like being busy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing and so glad that you're not afraid to get rid of the dead weight.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people, great culture, great company

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

    Pros

    Big enough to feel like you're really going places. Small enough to have a real impact. Lots of really smart, interesting and hard-working people with a mandate to be bold and try new things. Good work is always recognized and the HR team has a real commitment to ensuring everyone is developing personally. Plus, free food, fun perks and great parties.

    Cons

    It's a competitive industry so you're constantly on your toes. Actually that's only a con if you think that having to overcome new challenges is a bad thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Exciting Space

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

    Pros

    Hightail is one of the hottest spaces right now in tech. It is fun to be in a competitive environment. I love the people I work with. I am excited to come into work every day. Everyone is very helpful and just eager to get the job done.

    Cons

    This is a very competitive space, so you need to work very hard to make sure Hightail stays relevant. There are a ton of initiatives we need to accomplish this year, so this place is not for people that are looking to take it easy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Tons of growth and advancement opportunities for those that are IN!

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

    Pros

    I've worked here over a year now and I still love coming to work every day! Let me address the elephant in the room: turnover. Yes, it's been high lately but a lot of that is due to bonuses. We all got them, some more, some less, based upon our performance. So, a lot of people hung around to get their bonus payout, some didn't get the bonus they thought they deserved (based upon performance) so they left or were asked to leave, and others just got fab jobs that they couldn't say 'no' to. It happens.

    We are in a great location, we have an exec team who cares, they are transparent with our company status, they admit when they get it wrong. There are a ton of perks if you chose to use them. Lots of flexibility to help achieve that work/life balance.

    Cons

    It is what you make of it. Opportunity does not just present itself to those that do not try. Our company values are very clear but really only fully work if every one buys in. If you are not IN, then maybe it's time to go?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time on the floor to get a clear picture of the problems in real time vs. just relying on whitewashed feedback during manager 1-1's. Provide management training for those that may not have a lot of experience in leadership roles and ensure our values are trickling down within the individual departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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