Hightail
3.4 of 5 63 reviews
www.hightail.com Campbell, CA 150 to 499 Employees

Hightail Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.4 63 reviews

                             

74% Approve of the CEO

Hightail Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Brad Garlinghouse

Brad Garlinghouse

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59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Challenging, rewarding experience!!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hightail full-time for more than a year

ProsHightail 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!

ConsIn 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.

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

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Great people, great culture, great company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hightail full-time for more than a year

ProsBig 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.

ConsIt'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.

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

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Good Time to Join Late Stage Startup

Senior Director Business Development (Current Employee)
Campbell, CA

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

ProsI 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.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementKeep 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.

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

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Great company, hot space, please IPO

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hightail full-time

ProsWork / 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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementDrive ownership / accountability. Continue to empower and reward top performers, and promote from within

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

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Great company. Great people. Great opportunity.

Senior Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
Campbell, CA

I have been working at Hightail full-time for less than a year

ProsWhen 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementGreat work. Focus is critical.

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

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Absolutely love this place!

Marketing (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Hightail full-time for less than a year

ProsMost 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!

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

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

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

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Exciting Space

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hightail full-time

ProsHightail 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.

ConsThis 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.

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Fast track your career - hot space, hot company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hightail full-time for more than a year

ProsSuper 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the open communication coming. Shower the love on your best people.

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

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

Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hightail full-time for more than a year

ProsI'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.

ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementSpend 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.

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

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Really enjoyed working here. Overall positive experience.

Senior Product Designer (Former Employee)
Campbell, CA

I worked at Hightail full-time for less than a year

ProsGood leadership team and management

ConsNo clear product direction or vision

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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