Nextag
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www.nextag.com San Mateo, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Mar 12, 2014
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26% Approve of the CEO

Nextag CEO Jeffrey G. Katz

Jeffrey G. Katz

(27 ratings)

28% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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A sinking ship

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Mateo, CA

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

Pros-The people below senior management are generally very cool/fun to work with
-There's a kitchen with some free food and a monthly catered lunch
-Even base-level salaries seem fair

Cons-Jeff Katz is destroying the company with his self-professed infamy and political methods with which he runs the company.
-There is no job security. None at all. There is a very high turnover rate, and it usually feels like you never know who will be the next to go (including yourself).
-The marketing budget is embarrassing, and the management of that budget are people who are buddies of Jeff who came over from Orbitz/Leapfrog. It's really hard to be proud of how the company operates.
-No room for advancement.

Advice to Senior ManagementGrow up, stop cutting talented people for political reasons. You're killing the company, and it's harmful to all of us.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good people, horrible bosses, worse executives. They like to build everything in house

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I worked at Nextag full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood people, nice office. Cafe in building.
Large scale problems, now getting into goo technology stack

Conshorrible management, even worse executives
New CEO brought in his team
they didn't know how to run business. Running it into the ground

Advice to Senior Managementget new management

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Are you kidding me?

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I have been working at Nextag

ProsThe coffee machine and free chips.
Nice office and furniture.
Monthly free lunches.
Some smart and cool people to work with.

ConsNextag used to be a place where everyone worked hard for a common goal. Now it is very political. You must be considered a fun and happy person to get anywhere. Hard work no longer matters. Senior managers make uninformed decisions about employees without even knowing what they do. Employees are not appreciated, or the wrong ones are.

Advice to Senior ManagementA lot of knowledge has left the company with so many employees leaving. You should rethink about who you will force out. Senior managers should get to know their team themselves and not base it on what they hear from others.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Only work here if you are going for a high position...otherwise beware!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I worked at Nextag

ProsThe pros were free food and some amazing co-workers that I will definitely keep in touch with and I did learn some very useful technology. Everything else basically sucked and at this point there are 2-3 people leaving on a weekly basis .

ConsNextag in itself has a lot of potential as a company, but seems that it is not going on the right path. The management is absolutely rude, ridiculous and the politics are insane here. If the manager doesn’t like you… they will make your life a living hell and there will be nothing you can do about it other than look elsewhere for a job. The words “hostile work environment” and “drama” come to mind (but this was only in my department and I can’t speak for the others). Sure you can talk to HR, which I did and it made things better for a while, but in the end it seemed like a dead end job. Nextag IS trying to change and be a more friendly and fun place to work so maybe down the line things will improve.

The manager of my department treated us like remedial children with constant check ins and micromanaging. You will not get any recognition at Nextag no matter how hard you work and a promotion will not happen for 2-3 years (unless you are in a high position then you wouldn’t care anyway). This year nobody even got a raise (the raise is usually a miniscule percentage anyway) and if you work hard and get a good review you will be honored with the TINIEST bonus I have ever seen in my life…it’s a complete joke.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease treat your employees like human being with kindness and respect and stop the politics going on around the office!!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good People, Poor Job Stability

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I have been working at Nextag

ProsThere are still good people at the company (as of this review) in both the lower and upper levels of the company. If you have the opportunity to work with them, you can learn a lot from them and they make coming to work enjoyable. However, I would only recommend working here if you are looking for experience and don't need job stability.

ConsThere are plenty of incompetent people in the company, and if you have the misfortune of encountering them or working with them, I am truly sorry. I am not sure how these people got hired at Nextag, but sometimes I feel like we got the rejects from other companies.

Advice to Senior ManagementReward your good talent (what's left of them) and PLEASE vet your incoming candidates carefully.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Mediocre

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I worked at Nextag

Pros* good pay
* nice people at lower levels

Cons* title inflation - new employees
* no professional development
* no personal development

Advice to Senior Managementconsider hiring more engineers instead of mgmt

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Things may be changing for the better

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I worked at Nextag

ProsDecent pay, talented and nice co-workers, company sponsored lunches and events, new CEO is trying to bring positive changes to the company.

ConsNo option to be able to work from home, no flex-time here, lack of transparency in management communications, top-down decision making.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Low stress job with good pay but old technology, mixed signals from upper management, and no culture.

Engineer (Former Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I worked at Nextag

ProsNexTag does well and is profitable. In fact, it's an SEM goldmine. The company is growing and hiring new employees. There is solid pay, low stress, job security, and flexible deadlines. Management is not overly demanding. You won't find a “jerk boss” here. There was none of the dreaded “office politics”.

ConsNexTag uses eight year old technology that will never be upgraded due to the giant mess of terrible code. The company is severely lacking in innovation of any kind. Changes happen at a glacial rate and the product looks like something built in the nineties. Engineering is hamstrung by the conservative testing and roll out of features.

NexTag is always in alarm mode and is constantly reacting to supposed crises. Before the engineers have time to fix anything, management halts work to moves on to the next “big crisis”. Management fails to come up with any product planning and provides little useful direction. There are next to zero product managers. NexTag is extremely cheap.

People at NexTag are either unhappy or resigned to their routine. Hardly anyone talks or even smiles. I would work for days without speaking to anyone. No one cares about what they are working on or believes in the company at all. They show up for a paycheck, eat at their desk, do their work, and go home. There is no culture. The only company event is a once a year picnic in a nearby park. There are no happy hours. You work in a maze of old, ratty cubes with old, ratty carpet, and old odd pieces of computer hardware laying around. You are not allowed to work from home under any circumstance.

NexTag only cares about money. The employees are just tools to create that money. This is a company with no soul.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork on innovation. Work on team spirit. Hire some product managers. Make the office look like a place you would want to spend any amount of time. Stop worrying about .0001% decreases in traffic and concentrate on making a useful site.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Catch the ball...

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I worked at Nextag

ProsThe pay is above average.

Cons1. No appreciation for good work but big punishment for non-related live site issues.
2. Management wants to track everything via Bugizlla
3. The management only knows to define rules to follow wich delays everything.
4. The code base is a nightmare and no suggestions would be taken for improvement.

Advice to Senior Management1. Come on, at least componentalize the code line and make my IDE works faster.
2. When blaming for live site issues to the poor engineers, why don't you try to give yourself a rating of 1: "Always don't meet expection"

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Lack of innovation will eventually catch up with the business

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I have been working at Nextag

ProsThe best thing about the company is the level of competitive salary it offers vs. other pre IPO company. Overall, the pay is not astronomically compare to other publically traded companies. Another benefit of NexTag is the stability of the job. The company is doing well financially, so job security and such are fairly stable. Pay and stability, those are two main things I would consider as NexTag's greatest strength.

ConsThere are a lack of opportunity to grow both professionally and advance in the company. Although advancement do happen to people who have worked for a long time in the company, but it seems all advancements are by attritions when people leave the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave more clear goal of the business, be bold and innovative.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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