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14 days ago

Data Analyst

Bunchball Redwood City, CA

Sitting at the intersection of social media marketing and social gaming, gamification is transforming the way businesses engage with clients and… Dice


14 days ago

Senior Product Manager (SF Bay Area, Des Moines or Phoenix based)

Bunchball Des Moines, IA +3 locations

Bunchball is the market leader and visionary in gamification. Powering the Engaged Enterprise, Bunchball enables organizations to improve business… Dice


30+ days ago

Account Manager »

Bunchball Redwood City, CA

Sitting at the intersection of social media marketing and social gaming, gamification is transforming the way businesses engage with customers and… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Engineering

Bunchball Redwood City, CA

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30+ days ago

Client Services

Bunchball Redwood City, CA

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30+ days ago

Customer Success Engineer »

Bunchball Redwood City, CA

Sitting at the intersection of social media marketing and social gaming, gamification is transforming the way businesses engage with clients and… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Data Analyst »

Bunchball Redwood City, CA

Bunchball is seeking a Data Analyst for our Analytics team. This is an opportunity to join a… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Lead Software Engineer in Test »

Bunchball Redwood City, CA

The engineering organization lives and breathes our motto - "More Product. More Accurately. More Often." We release… Glassdoor


Bunchball Reviews

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Jim Scullion
7 Ratings
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    Great individuals; ineffective team and absentee leaders

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Great diversity and character in individuals; Engineering has cutting edge toolset selected to solve development challenges (though remains to be executed); The Des Moines office is run relatively well with great culture

    Cons

    Besides most personal relationships, I did not have a positive experience in many facets of my brief role with the organization. Some highlights that were representative of my experience at Bunchball:

    * Engineering executive(s) were not on-site; the lack of communication & oversight presented obvious challenges
    * I was rarely asked what support I needed to be effective or for expertise over my domain
    * Staff was often absent during core business hours
    * I would regularly call for meetings & conversations that went ignored
    * Team members would often have different answers to basic questions -- everything seemed haphazard
    * Terminations were used as bandaids too often; on one hand, our industry needs to do this more; on the other hand, a termination is a serious opportunity for a team to introspect and self-assess
    * The standard for quality here was the lowest for any product on which I have contributed; all things equal: the highest number of production defects over the longest time, all while there're empty desks at 4pm
    * Office conversation regularly pushed the boundary of what is (legally) appropriate; some could easily claim hostile work environment
    * Senior staff would often not prepare or coordinate before status meetings; in some cases, misleading information was provided to save face
    * Workload was unevenly distributed, creating an unsustainable burden on only a couple individuals
    * Even with a dedicated team, critical releases were postponed for entire seasons due to scope creep and poor planning
    * There was an engineering inner-circle where communication happened privately; if you were not in it, you were on an island
    * In only several months, I was one of five team members turned over: three terminations, two turned-down FT offers; I was a replacement hire as well
    * I offered my constructive feedback before leaving the organization; it was not followed-up on

    One reason I joined Bunchball was for the personal relationships. I would invite others not to make the same mistake; conversations about joining Bunchball should include frank discussion about change and firm expectations for you & those you'll interact with. I would suggest having them documented. I wish the organization the best in improving, but I think they need outside experts to drive it, substantial autonomy for new senior staff, or a solid kick in the pants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Honestly acknowledge your shortcomings & mistakes -- in doing so, you'll vet your decisions more closely and manage risk
    * Don't experiment with people; screen candidates thoroughly, commit to them, empower them, and groom their contributions; in the time you've taken to cycle through talent, you could have hired solely for culture and trained on... everything
    * Offer clear executive direction and guidance: a united team toward united goals
    * Offer career development to those employees who you may deem as stopgaps; again, you could have trained them by now
    * Consider hiring a consulting firm like ThoughtWorks
    * Hire an onsite engineering manager to fight for engineering best practices instead of against them
    * Backfill the project manager or merge it with a senior engineer role
    * Commit to automation and automated testing
    * Hire devops to own CI -- it's diluted across too many people
    * Expand the team and begin killing technical debt; explore root-cause
    * Restrict responsibilities from existing senior staff and transfer them to new, experienced talent; level the workload
    * Don't confuse transparency as weakness -- transparency is a leadership style you need to identify areas for improvement

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