Speakeasy
3.0 of 5 22 reviews
www.speakeasy.net Seattle, WA 150 to 499 Employees

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Speakeasy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer MegaPath D. Craig Young

D. Craig Young

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42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Architect (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

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

ProsIt's a best buy company so it has some benefits from bestbuy. Started to adopt agile process and looking into new tool to manage internal tickets.

ConsIt's losing cucstomer ver rapidly. Money was very tight. Very old code base and could afford to re-architecture.

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Too many hurdles

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at Speakeasy full-time for more than a year

ProsHad some great coworkers and customers, good work environment, pay was commensurate with duties

ConsUpper management (Director level) was penny-wise, pound-foolish.

Advice to Senior ManagementGotta spend money to make money

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

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Great place to get experience fast and then move on

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at Speakeasy

ProsSpeakeasy has a lot of growth opportunity for eager talented employees who want to move up and gain experience.

ConsEmployees are forced to live in a constant fire drill environment where every task is your top priority.

Management/Product are quick to jump on the latest bandwagon that looks like it will sell, but rarely follows through with plans to successfully support/maintain them.

Advice to Senior ManagementConcentrate on the core products
Listen to your front line reps, they are your best source for information for customer wants/needs
Heavily investing in the training department is an investment in your customer's future

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Time to make a change on the Management level

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at Speakeasy

ProsExcellent co-workers, great work environment, perfect location. Made some great connections ans long lasting friends while working at Speakeasy. Very helpful in lost situations.

ConsManagement needs to be rebuilt. Focusing on what is making the company excel, would be key. Management is too focused on keeping long time(overpaid) employees happy. Rather than out with the old and in with the new.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake some changes in how you treat your employees. People will start jumping ship if, such changes are not made. Bruce is a great guy, just think his heart is in the wrong location.

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Medium size company with enterprise sized challenges.

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at Speakeasy

Prosworking with the individual contributors in all departments has been very rewarding - excellent people who invest a lot of effort into making the company a better place to work and the products sold be a better value to the customer.

The company is growing with their focus shifting from the Small and Medium Business focus to large and enterprise size clients coming on board. Future growth potential is better than average depending on continued client acquisition, also dependent on any partnerships or acquisitions which might take place.

ConsA lot of politics from the Lead level on up. Not a lot of unity or collaboration between each division or as a sum total. A notable absense of accountability from key people in the organization.

Advice to Senior ManagementEstablish a solid list of company project priorities and then stick to it a period of time. Establish a timeframe/budget for all projects (quarter/annual) which will represent the scope container and an expiry date after which the priorities will be reexamined and projects scope either revised or projects marked as completed pending the new project priorities. Focus on these primary items with an eye that they work to fulfill the general direction of the company over the foreseeable term.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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don't plan on sticking around

Advanced Services Group Agent (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at Speakeasy

Prosbasically its an easy place to get into and you can dress however you want

Consmanagement is always changing things from how you are to work to how you schedule is to how much you get paid

Advice to Senior Managementdon't piss off the people who keep the companys front line working

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Cool technology, unbearable upper management.

Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Speakeasy

ProsWorking with cool technology, and a name most people in the industry know and trust. The ISP and managed services side of the business are interesting and challenging. Also, many of the engineers are very cool people who are very well versed in technology and quite competent.

ConsCrazy disconnected upper management. Project Managers harassing for timelines and details. No clear strategy, no success conditions. Expect to work long hours on pointless projects with arbitrary deadlines that when you meet will still not be good enough. Communications between departments is horrible, and many departments are actively trying to stab each other in the back.

Some evidence to suggest their business model is failing, high-priced DSL is not fairing well against cheaper telco provided DSL, cable, or FIOS. Even companies like Clearwire are cutting into their core bushiness. Also, the company does not recognize the importance of its ISP business and generally puts things that would positively effect it on the back burner while ignoring existing problems.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart listening to the people who work for you. Provide them with a clear strategic goal. Don't

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Once cool, now just odd.

Peon (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Speakeasy

ProsIt has a legacy culture of cool. Which it doesn't live up to, but still, it's got a rep. it's in a great location and a terrific building with excellent views! you don't have to use overhead lights if you don't want to. your hair can be purple if you want purple hair. the senior management are very availabe. the company has absolutely terrific customer-focus and customer-service. they sell a quality product at a fair price in a tough market. you can lunch at the market if you want or over at the SAM. provided you show up and keep your mouth shut, they'll be pretty happy with your performance.

Conschaotic, yet oddly controlling senior management can be described at best as abrasive. sometimes you can just call them pricks. the best of these guys micromanage--the worst of them just yell and are sarcastic. that's about it. oh, the pay is really horrendous for a technology company. one can almost get twice - three times the compensation elsewhere. additionally, the laissez faire attitude above tends to create something of an atomostphere of--how to describe this--i don't give a crapness about anyone lower than middle management. it makes working there, if you're a high performer, difficult to tolerate and difficult to appreciate.

Advice to Senior Managementrealize the attitude loses you quality folks who refuse to tolerate being treated poorly. the attitude is not effective management, but i know you don't care.

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