Nextag

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Nextag Reviews in San Francisco, CA

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Pros
  • Free Food, Birthday Cake, Laid back office and great work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Free food (mostly healthy) and fresh fruit (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • You are not allowed to work from home under any circumstance (in 4 reviews)

  • 1 reason for the company's downfall: Jeff Katz (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Titanic Of The Silicon Valley

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Free Food, Birthday Cake, Laid back office and great work/life balance.

    Cons

    As mentioned in the title of this review, Nextag may be the the Titanic Of The Silicon Valley, at the helm was Jeff Katz. Nextag is a great example of what happens to a company when you are pursuing the ideas of one person without seeking guidance from people who actually know how to run a internet company. Fortunately he is gone, well sort of....still on the board (Not a good idea). I personally saw millions and millions of dollars thrown away to pursue ideas that had little to no merit and backed by little to no experience.

    Fortunately the cancer has been removed and hopefully my friends at Nextag will still have a company to show up for every morning.

    If you are debating joining the Nextag team, be sure to ask if your position is vital. If it isn't then you will find little to no job security. There are a lot of good people still left and a lot of great people were recently let go, including myself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the most out of whats left after the iceberg Jeff Katz and others sailed Nextag into. Take care of the people you have left, incentives them greatly because we all know there is little to no confidence left and probably everyone is looking for new positions.

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

    Case study in disastrous leadership and greed

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, nice office. Really smart and creative engineers who were great to work with. An awesome HR team. Head of sales and his team were awesome too. Fun events. Flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    More than a con - the #1 reason for the company's downfall: Jeff Katz. An arrogant, nasty 'know it all' who wasted time and money and a great team by chasing (then killing) his pet projects that everyone knew were doomed to fail. Insane waste of money and people's time. Insisted on driving direct traffic to the site but failed miserably. Decides only he knows what customers are looking for but in reality he has no idea. So direct traffic never grew a single bit. Millions of dollars later.

    Con #2 - Aloof CTO. Katz spent all his time with this crony from his Orbitz days, who barely even spoke to the tech teams. Followed Katz around like a puppy dog, doing anything Katz demanded, no matter how ridiculous it was.

    Con #3 - Providence private equity firm. They put $300M in debt on the company so they could pay themselves back. Meanwhile laying off talented team members left and right and killing the company's future.

    Have now turned the company over to the banks, are almost broke. They've laid off most of the US team, shipped jobs to India and put junior managers in senior roles they can't do. They're an old dreary Nextag all over again. A stupid, wasted mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO & CTO finally got fired, but too late to turn the company around. Great talent has left or leaving soon. Sell this thing soon or you may have to pay someone to take it off your hands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    You know it's bad when in hindsight Purnendu was a good CEO

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Great snacks in the kitchen
    Cool office
    The people are genuinely nice

    Cons

    Surprised the board didn't let Katz go a year ago
    Google PLAs are killing their SEO
    The VP of your department will last around 3 months before being fired
    Trying to diversify their business but nothing has been remotely successful
    Stock option price is WAY underwater (1.1 billion evaluation in 2007)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell this dying business while you still can. You have already squeezed every penny out over the past 6 years. Abandon ship!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    bait and switch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people in the trenches
    Average pay & benefits

    Cons

    HUGE annual attrition rate (40% in some years)
    Complete lack of strategic leadership and integrity in the "leadership" team
    People chasing pennies and leaving dollars on the table, ie far too much focus on SEO than intrinsic value
    Significant change of direction every few months which means there's no real direction
    Everyone tries to imitate Katz's worst characteristics, and he surrounds himself with "yes" men, leading to "The emperor is wearing no clothes"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign or move to Washington DC where your cutthroat skills and political backstabbing will at least be expected

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Toxic environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Still a fairly profitable business; uses current technologies; very numbers / statistics driven with an infrastructure that embraces experimentation and reat-ime feedback

    Cons

    Draconian management style of the senior leadership; dog-eat-dog culture that leads to fast burnout or being thrown under the proverbial bus. Lip service given to training - one senior leader was heard saying that training is unacceptable and that technologists should be hired already knowing current technologies! Revenue model is being completely overhauled as a reaction to Google's competitive practices - there's little indication that the bet will be successful in the long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you surround yourself with identical cutthroat personalities, you lose perspective and you end up with demoralized, afraid, and/or cutthroat personnel. In other words, you get what you model.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    I am Glad To be Next OUt !!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag

    Pros

    I like that fact they did have a monthly lunch celebration and they also have happy hours once in a while.

    Cons

    The commute is terrible. There is really no good food options in the area. This company has really high turn over. I have known more than a 30 people who left the company wiithin the first six months. I feel they have managers who do not know how to manager people. It seems like the upper manager in certain groups. do not know what is going on. I would suggest only taking a job here if you have no other offers. or if you are jobless and you just need a job. This not a career. They treat there employers really unfair. Alot of people gossip about each other and people are extremely clicks as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest listening to people feed backs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    worst colleagues ever

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag

    Pros

    I thought it was the compensation, until I realized that the competition was paying double and I left.

    Cons

    The most depressed employees I have ever encountered. From the CEO and VPs to all directors and managers these are losers that cannot appreciate talent and ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Dissatisfied

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    Former Employee - Accountant Temp in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Accountant Temp in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag

    Pros

    New work place, Gym, cafeteria, location

    Cons

    Ex Orbitz and Leapfrog employees taking Management roles
     Headstrong managers
    Although management asks for review/suggestions, they are not ready to accept them and correct their mistakes
    Boot licking is accepted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes and see what the new hired managers are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    From metrics driven to politically driven

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Nextag

    Pros

    New office
    Free food (mostly healthy) and fresh fruit
    good location
    some nice people still left
    good mid peninsula location

    Cons

    Almost everything.

    Culture of fear permeates and good people are leaving faster than new people can be hired. There was no money for raises, but plenty for a dividend. Now since so many people have left suddenly there is money for some small raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and smell the coffee (its free). Maybe Jeff should try the company coffee? Try hiring talent outside of Leapfrog and Orbitz. And just because someone was good at one of these companies doesn't mean that they will be good at a completely different job requiring a different skill set and education.

    Stop restructuring and then wondering why things aren't moving fast enough. Try making money instead of just spending it. You are killing the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Lame is the word to describe everything at Nextag!

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag

    Pros

    Other than somewhat decent work-life balance there are no pros of working for Nextag. The location is decent being right in the middle of the Peninsula.

    Cons

    Horrible management who're clueless about technology and/or the business they're supposedly going to take to the next level. Very archaic codebase which has very little chance of getting resuscitated. It needs to be killed and rewritten.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of indulging in cheer-leading and hiring your buddies try to figure out who your good engineers are and put your best efforts in retaining them. The brand has no takers in the valley so forget about attracting good talent. Hang on to the meagre resources you still have left since you managed to lay-off/drive away a lot of your best people already. Take a close look at middle management who're not only mere pencil pushers but are incapable of leading their teams. After leaving Nextag the quality of middle managers I have come across looks like 10x better/more productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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