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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Depends on your position and team

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

    I have been working at Nextag

    Pros

    - Depending on your team, great adoption of new technologies
    - Lots of new things happening, interesting projects
    - Nice office with full of snacks and monthly free lunches
    - Engineers get a Mac or a Dell laptop
    - Great PTO
    - HR really spends time on team building and employee morale boosting activities

    Cons

    - Some projects have management problems or incompetent managers
    - Compensation is not as good as it used to be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have a clearer vision as to where the company is heading. If you do, please convey it better to the employees so that they can trust that vision.

    Recommends
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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you have the patience to wait for things to improve.

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

    I have been working at Nextag

    Pros

    Management seems to be really wanting to change things around. They're trying to make the company a better place, revamp the website (UI and features).
    The company is willing to get employers what they need in terms of hardware (ergonomic keyboards, monitors, etc.), but it usually takes a long time (month or two) to get it. There seems to be an initiative to budget money for training (books, conferences, etc.).
    There are bright and very energetic people working there, but they're the minority I'd say. Most people don't seem to care enough to go beyond what's expected of them and make NexTag a better place.

    Cons

    Old technologies, old approach to project mgmt (waterfall), lots of politics, A/B testing to backup everything, lots of legacy code, monolithic application, very bad code, almost no automated testing (mostly it's all manual QA testing), long release process, employee moral always seems kind of low, certain amount of micromanagement,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency would help. Less politics. More freedom for engineers.

    Approves of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    Best kept secret in the bay area

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

    I have been working at Nextag

    Pros

    I have read somewhere that strength is the virtue that makes all other virtues possible. NexTag is the strongest company in its category by a wide margin. I don’t claim to know what made the company so successful, but I know enough to know that it is not accidental.

    - There is a lot of emphasis on measurement. So ‘what is’ trumps the notion of ‘what should be’
    - Lot of investment made on building internal tools and processes that make this company run as a well-oiled machine. This is likely one of the most efficiently run companies any where.
    - For a company of this size, it has very structured management and employee review processes. Feedback is not just feel good positive stuff, but can be helpful in professional development.
    - The company has the culture that values flexibility and ability to change direction on the flip of a dime.
    - Absolutely no wastage. No dead-end projects. No cover for incompetence.
    - Very detailed oriented and competent top management. No attrition at top levels.

    On employee matters, the management is direct and fair. All promotions happen with-in. There is absolutely no favoritism or politics. I don’t know where the criticism about long work-hours coming from. May be it was so when it was smaller. They expect honest 8 hours work day, but not too much more. Nobody works on weekends. There are lot of nice perks like well stuffed kitchen (lot of healthy stuff such as fruits and low-fat yogurts) and ergonomic Aeron chairs to all. Benefits and pay are above average.

    If you are a capable engineer, looking for a company with strong fundamentals, self motivated, patient and willing to work had to build up your reputation by showing good results; you will have a bright future at NexTag.

    But if you are technically mediocre and/or look for marketing fluff in order for you to feel good about working ... don't apply. This ought to be one of the most undersold companies internally or externally.

    Cons

    If you are a capable and experienced engineer, you may need a lot of patience before your capability and experience is fully utilized. The company is deeply and rigidly hierarchical and managers can over rule you even on technical matters. Because of their promotion with-in policy, you may be at the bottom rung for too long. That can be suffocating.

    Information does not flow as well as it should.

    Company does not support professional development activities such as attending conferences, networking, taking technical or management courses. You are expected to take care of yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are too risk averse.

    Employees do not feel appreciated or valued. Some may choose to leave for that reason.

    Business success contains the seeds of its own destruction – Andrew S. Grove.
    Honestly solicit feedback from front lines and bottom rung engineers and listen carefully to spot brewing troubles before they become too big.

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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    A serious place to work but hard work is rewarded!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Nextag

    Pros

    The company is very focused on growth. As an engineer, you are exposed to business metrics and how your work can impact those metrics. If you can take on ownership, more responsibilities are given to you and you are rewarded with good salary increases and annual stock option grants.

    If you are serious about your career and willing to work hard to be rewarded, this is a great place to be.

    Management is very flexible about time off. Many engineers take 3-4 weeks off to go back home to their own country.

    Cons

    If you just want a 9 to 5 job, this is not a good place to be. You are expected to own what you deliver and you may be on-call if there is a livesite issue with what you own.

    Having QA in India makes coordination more challenging. Sometimes, there could be a one-day turnaround cycle because of time difference. You may need to communicate with them at night from home to get the issues resolved.

    The codebase has some legacy code that is difficult to maintain and you may need to rewrite chunks of it to really make it work.

    There is not a lot of time for chit-chat and there is not a lot of time for socializing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can make it a more fun place to work by allowing more time for knowledge sharing and also for more team activities.

    Recommends
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  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    A place where you can be well rewarded for doing good work and having an impact on the business.

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

    I have been working at Nextag

    Pros

    Fast growing company with many opportunities to have a big impact on the direction of the product and bottom line. It's a very engineering-driven company, so engineers are empowered to make product decisions and innovate. It's a quantitative, results-oriented company, so you don't waste a lot of time working on somebody's pet project that won't go anywhere.

    Cons

    While the company is very successful, it is not a well recognized brand and many people have never heard of it, so it may not be as exciting as working at a company with more buzz.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More effort on PR.

    Recommends
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