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I have been working at Rocket Fuel full-time for more than 3 yearsPros
I've been at Rocket Fuel for more than two years. I've worked in big public companies throughout the SV, and Rocket Fuel is far better in many ways. It's got a great culture, and the employees are all smart. Really smart. Even the people who staff the front desk!
Our open time-off policy is fantastic.
The catered lunches and dinners definitely don't hurt. Generally very good food. Some days bomb, but oh well. Great kitchen snacks, drinks, etc.
Work/life balance is fantastic.
My 100% paid PPO insurance is fantastic.
I am lucky to have a great VP. I respect all of this company's VPs and exec staff. The depth of scientific knowledge here is mind boggling.
The culture, again, is fantastic. The founders have a set of core values for the company, and high atop that list is "niceness." People are good to each other. No back-stabbing. I have never seen that in any other tech company. It makes my work life so much less stressful.Cons
Compensation. My salary is fine (though I've made more elsewhere in the same position), but the stock option grants are kind of a joke. (Perhaps not for engineers.) I hope the compensation committee gets that figured out soon. I've talked to a few VPs about this, and they share the same complaint. We also only get one major stock grant--when we join the company. Each year after that, we get a tiny grant. That is not how other companies do it--with them, you get the same major grant each year. It's part of how they hang on to good talent (also known as "golden handcuffs").
It's a bummer to hear that your CEO just cashed out many millions in options (with presumably many millions left over), and my own options will probably never be worth anywhere near even $1M. I'm not a low level employee, and at this point I should have far more options. I definitely did with other companies, and am happy I still own that stock. I know, whine whine. But that's my con.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Please get the compensation thing figured out.RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO