A9.com
3.4 of 5 13 reviews
www.a9.com Palo Alto, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Apr 6, 2014

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Brian Pinkerton

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75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Wonderful company to work for

Software Development Intern (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I worked at A9.com as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat coworkers and management. Very flexible, good starting salary. Great opportunity to grow as a person.

ConsYou have to work quite hard in this company, it's hard to maintain a great work life balance.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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My experience was good with my peers and immediate manager. Upper Mgmt (Finance) seemed very unfriendly.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at A9.com

ProsSmall group and exposure two diverse skill sets and opportunity to attain quicker access to company from a operations perspective.

ConsDont see much room for growth or moving up in the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great work-life balance

Technical Program Manager (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I worked at A9.com full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat location near Palo Alto Caltrain station makes it easy to commute to
Located right next to best part of University Ave = great restaurants, cafes, shops
You get to work on search and ads for Amazon, important part of the business
Ability to work from home a fair bit, at least in my case and some of my team members, which is great if you have kids or live far away
Good, stable place to work

ConsWith the Bay Area economy heating up, it's been hard to recruit talent
Not the same buzz, excitement and scale as Amazon in Seattle
At the time I was there, we were following waterfall planning (at least on my team) which is a little outdated for a web product

Advice to Senior ManagementThere was a culture of too many reviews, reports, and some micromanagement even. Try to empower people at lower levels.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Software Development Engineer (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I worked at A9.com as an intern for less than a year

ProsGood work life balance. Given interesting projects that actually mattered. Free snacks and Friday soccer. Great pay.

ConsNot as many perks as other tech companies in the area

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good pay but everything else sucks

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at A9.com full-time for more than a year

ProsI worked in the Visual Search team in A9 for two years before joining another company about 6 months ago. So I can only comment about the visual search team. A9 offers a good compensation package which is at par with all the other good Bay Area companies.

ConsEverything else except pay pretty much sucks here. Regarding the facilities, they have just two buildings rented in Palo Alto and no campus what so ever. The buildings are over crowded and even the coffee and snacks suck. They provide no gym facilities either. Regarding the team, Visual search team was formed from a start up which Amazon acquired some time back. Couple of guys from the original start up control everything. These two guys are very arrogant, dominating and take up all the good projects. A9 recently hired a lot of super smart engineers with Ph.D., but they are forced to do crappy development work by these guys and eventually move out to better places.

Advice to Senior ManagementDont let couple of guys control everything even though they wrote some code six years back. If you dont give enough freedom to your staff, there is no point hiring smart people.

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

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Actions speak louder than words......and this old saying is so true for this company

Program Management (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I worked at A9.com full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFree snacks, coffee, pretty nice building.

ConsManagement is very "young" and lacks experience. Very political. Overall atmosphere is a very negative one. Very hard to recruit and retain top talent because of negative opinion of company.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should look to external sources for ways to grow their experience and seriously consider the feedback of it's employees and executives (as opposed to saying that it considers the feedback but not actually taking action on it)

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A9.com is a great place to work in the Bay Area.

Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at A9.com

ProsWork is challenging, compensation is better than many other offers, lots of smart engineers, lots of search technology here

ConsSDE's have to do carry a pager. Not much face time with manager each week.

Advice to Senior ManagementN/A.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Small company with large backer

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at A9.com

Proslarge interesting datasets, nice location, very competent engineers, flexible working hours, solid Amazon infrastructure, small company culture

Conslimited space for career growth
most of the product decisions are made in Seattle, feels a bit like technology outsourcing center

Advice to Senior Managementgive greater ability to A9 to start and run independent projects to leverage small company advantages. More collaboration with research community outside A9/Amazon

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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great place to work

Software Development Engineer II (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at A9.com

Prosgood mix of short term (weeks) and long terms (months/year) projects.
surrounded by smart people
Friday sports
startup spirit and yet (Amazon's) deep pockets and one-of-a-kind infrastructure

Conslunch can be expensive (downtown Palo Alto)

Advice to Senior Managementbetter project planning

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Its decent place to be.

Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at A9.com

Pros1. Things are not very hectic.
2. Reasonably smart people around you.
3. Small company feel
4. Library in men's restroom

Cons1. Things move really really slowly
2. Depending on which team you are on, you may have to deal with some politics
3. Most of the management is not tech savvy.

Advice to Senior Management1. Give 20 percent time to engineers
2. Emphasize quality rather than quantity
3. It might be nice idea to have more of a flat hierarchy.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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