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Nextag CEO Jeffrey G. Katz
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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
  • 1 reason for the company's downfall: Jeff Katz (in 5 reviews)

  • Hello, this is the Silicon Valley (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    An Ok company with mixed pros and cons

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

    I have been working at Nextag full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Good technology, a lot of opportunities to learn new stuff
    2. Hard working and smart people get promoted
    3. Good HR staff organizing fun events
    4. Good environment for internationals
    5. Co-workers are generally nice, friendly and smart
    6. Excellent PTO time. Ok work-life balance for most employees.

    Cons

    1. Base salary is not very bad. But there are no other compensation. Bonus is low
    2. The whole company is having hard time grow its traditional shopping business.
    New stategy seems to be good but it needs time to prove that.
    3. Benefits other than PTO are not that great.
    4. Low brand name recognition
    5. Stock options are not attractive at all
    6. People coming in and learving all the time. High turn-over rate


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good pay. Lousy motivation. No appreciation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, interesting directions, most of the people were nice

    Cons

    Lack of direction in IT

    Advice to Management

    Work as a team, and not focus on self-centered career goals


  3. Helpful (5)

    Was a good experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Analyst in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Content Analyst in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Looking back at 2,5 years I spent at Nextag, I'm reflecting on my experience there, and what the company has given to me personally. For a newbie in the American labor market, it was a great company to work for. I learned the basics of corporate structure, modern technologies, and principles working within the team and across the teams. I had a pretty fair (at least, comparable) compensation for the work I did, and benefits were really good. I also found out that Nextag was a good name to put on my resume :)

    Cons

    What I didn't like, though, was the total absence of career opportunities. Irregardless how good you are and how hard you try, it isn't possible to move on within the company. There was no such concept as 'career ladder', I guess... The only way for me to grow was to leave, and that's what I did.
    The other thing that pushed me toward leaving was a luck of flexibility regarding working hours. Taking PTO hours for a dentist appointment - it was pretty ridiculous...

    Advice to Management

    Start all 1:1s with your directs with a simple question: "Are you happy?"


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  5. Helpful (12)

    A robust ship is sinking

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

    I have been working at Nextag

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    New management has definitely loosened the wallet to ensure benefits and work-place environment is condusive; We are also investing heavily in marketing and look-feel to improve future brand recognition.

    Cons

    Top layer management is gone -- all new managers are cronies and think that they are gods looking to fix a well-run ship. In this process we have hired tons of VPs/GMs etc, but not nearly enough mid-tier and worker-bees.
    Work is even more tougher and demanding as now there are more managers who don't even know how the ship works and are demanding us to work even harder.

    Advice to Management

    Respect, retain, and reward current worker-bees as you rebuild/rehire top-management.


  6. stable company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good product, management watchful of bottom line, clearly defined work.

    Cons

    sees the trees instead of the forest.

    Advice to Management

    could use a touch of humanity.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Good people in a scary place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation, friends, bonuses, great health insurance for a technology company.

    When I was at NexTag they were doing really well because of the booming mortgage industry. Bonuses were generous and the best performers were rewarded greatly. In Engineering there are good and bad managers. I think most of the good ones left by now since the partial stock exit event. My manager was great but there were bad ones that really abused their underlings. One of these horrible managers got fired for forcibly borrowing money from his employees. The health insurance was also pretty awesome if you have a family. Believe it or not I had friends there and we talked and went out to lunch, but the office itself is very very quiet.

    Cons

    long hours, outsourced Indians, the CEO

    I didn't work very long hours, but there were just too many workaholics at that company. The CEO is a prime example. Additionally, there was too much micromanagement from the CEO and not from my manager. He would actually go into an engineering group and tell them to build something by next week. It was bizarro world. Everyone also changed cubes a lot because people are leaving all the freaking time.

    Advice to Management

    Leave the employees alone and trust them, and maybe they'd not leave so much. Money isn't the only thing that makes people happy.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Pays well, long hours, work can be boring

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

    I have been working at Nextag

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary, managers are receptive to employee ideas and is very engineering driven, management is very relaxed and flexible about when employees take time off, i havent seen anyone get denied pto because of a crunch.

    Cons

    There are very long hours for lots of engineers, most people come in late in the morning and leave late at night or have to coordinate with groups in India.

    Advice to Management

    Management is currently doing a good job in trying to improve the workplace.



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