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30+ days ago

Technical Project Manager

Equilar Redwood City, CA

As a Technical Project Manager for Equilars data products team, you will be central to the advancement of Equilars product vision. On a daily basis… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Product Manager

Equilar Redwood City, CA

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30+ days ago

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Equilar Redwood City, CA

Equilar is seeking an experienced Senior Product Marketing Manager to help us to launch our next generation of executive and event networking… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Principal Software Engineer

Equilar Redwood City, CA

• Lead a team to design, develop and document projects and software components using industry standard best practices • Implement and extend… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Account Executive

Equilar Redwood City, CA

At Equilar, we aim to provide the worlds executives and board members with greater access to meaningful data, tools, and connections. We believe that… Glassdoor


3 days ago

Senior QA/Software Test Engineer

Equilar Redwood City, CA

Equilar is building out our test automation practices (both back end and front end) and were looking for an experienced Software Development Test… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Associate Account Executive

Equilar Redwood City, CA

include: • Build product and industry expertise and always keep your knowledge current • Build Equilars market presence by calling… Glassdoor


10 days ago

Account Manager

Equilar Redwood City, CA

include: • Superior client service. Actively train and resolve issues to help advisors of directors and executives at top US companies gain… Glassdoor


19 days ago

Research Analyst Internship

Equilar Redwood City, CA

The Research Analyst Internship provides a thorough introduction to the world of SEC filings, executive compensation, and corporate governance… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

IT Systems Administrator

Equilar Redwood City, CA

• Set up new computers • Provide helpdesk support to desktop users • Hardware maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair • Software… Glassdoor


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    Blind Leading the Blind

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    I joined the Research team as my first job out of college and moved around several different departments during my time at Equilar. My negative view of the company stems from dealing with incompetent and arrogant senior management but I do believer there are some positive aspects to Equilar for a new college grad (not an experienced professional). For me the pros really boil down to 2 points:

    1.) Great people outside of senior management
    Equilar has mastered the science of recruiting really smart UC grads to work for their Research department. This was especially true during the recession years when the job market was tough for college grads and people were looking for any sort of experience with the title "Analyst" in it. Since the company is relatively small everyone knows each other and it's easy to make friends. For a lot of the entry-level people it's the closest thing to being back in college and Equilar has been good about throwing fun events (team buildings, picnics, softball league, holiday parties) to give employees more opportunities to bond.

    2.) Mobility within the company.
    Equilar is constantly bleeding out disgruntled employees and doesn't want to pay market wages to hire talent from the outside. This creates opportunities for internal promotions where people can move around different departments and acquire new skills. Although it's not always the ideal learning environment since the experienced employees don't really know what they are doing either (hence blind leading the blind), it does create some interesting opportunities that a recent college grad might not have had at other companies. For me personally this has been the most important aspect of working at Equilar, as the skills I acquired while working with engineering are what got me my ultimate dream job at a real company.

    The bottom line is if you recently graduated college and having a hard time finding a job then you might want to consider Equilar. Be smart about your time with the company and take advantage of opportunities to move out of Research and learn something new. Once you have enough experience hop on the first train out of Insanityville and go work for a real company that you wouldn't be ashamed to tell you friends about.

    Cons

    Senior Management:
    CEO - I will give some credit to the CEO for building a lean and profitable company that pays him millions of dollars every year. I will also give him some credit for being completely immune to how 99% of his employees feel about him. Otherwise he is delusional and completely clueless about technology, products and leadership. He is constantly trying to start "techie" projects that no one at the company has the skills to execute and have nothing to do with the core competency of the company (Equilar is not a technology company, it hires Research Analysts to manually mine data). Technology and product are not a in the DNA of the company because the CEO hates what the Silicon Valley represents while also desperately trying to fit into it. He only hires managers that will drink the Kool-Aid that he serves them, which creates an atrocious culture for employees that report to those managers.

    VPs- All the VPs are just hanging on to the company because the CEO sold them on a dream that the company will be someday magically sold for a lot of money that will make everyone rich. Therefore they are going along with everything that he wants while adding 0 value to the actual growth of the company.

    Time Cards - This is one thing I hated most about Equilar. This is NOT a timecard where at the end of the week you can just add up all the hours you worked and submit it. This is a REAL-TIME time card. This is "if you came 5 minutes late to work then you better stay an extra 5 minutes to make up the time" time card. This creates unnecessary inequality between those who have to use the time card and those who don't. It also destroys intrinsic motivation in employees by making their work transactional.

    Management inexperience - This ties into blind leading the blind. Since the company doesn't pay market wages it can't afford to hire good talent with the right experience. Engineers who don't know how to code, marketing people who create outdated informercial-like campaigns, engineering manager who doesn't understand anything and another manager who got fired for sexual harassment after being warned multiple times.

    Research - The backbone of the company and is really the only reason why it's successful. These guys get treated like dirt for doing all the hard work while all the credit goes to the people mentioned above. Safe to say this is not a company based on meritocracy.

    Rumors - There are no secrets at the company. As much as management tries to hide what's really going on, everyone know and talks about everything that happens. Everyone knows why someone quit or got fired. And while it is entertaining, it becomes very emotionally draining as you realize that your work for a bunch of idiots.

    Pay - it's low.

    Snacks - There used to be free delicious Costco trail mix in the main area and candy in every meeting room. However management sensed that people are enjoying those kinds of perks, so they replaced the trail mix with a paid vending machine and the good candy with generic hotel mints. That's progressive management!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop going to useless meetings all day long and actually get involved in fixing the company's operations and products.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO