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A9.com Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
17 Reviews
3.6
17 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better than Amazon, challenging work, great pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at A9.com full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Work is really good and challenging. Projects involving distributed systems, AWS, machine learning, ad technology, graphics (visual search team)
    - Work with Amazon infrastructure and internal tools
    - Coworkers are very knowledgeable and professional
    - Great location, right beside Caltrain in Palo Alto, so you can live anywhere in Bay Area and commute
    - Decent office space, its not open office like most tech companies, which I preferred
    - Good compensation, better than amazon

    Cons

    - Not enough perks compared to other tech companies
    - Office space is too crammed, only 2 buildings near each other in Palo Alto, sharing one office room with 3-4 people
    - Frugality of Amazon (less frugal though, you get cereal pop etc)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to have more team spirit

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst one compared with other giant Intenet companies

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    -Can work on exciting technologies, AWS, DynamoDB, EC2.
    -Be well trained to work on well-built infrastructure and cloud. Have deep understanding of distributed and Internet technologies.

    Cons

    -Worst pay compared with other public Internet companies. Little RSU in the first 3 years. Almost work for no bonus.
    -No free lunch, no snacks (though some cheap nuts, no one wants to touch), no gym, no team event (cut budget), no engineering offsite, only work, release, rollout then work, move fast
    -Worst middle level management, no vision, no technical skills, no understanding of Internet business, arrogant, doing nothing, except slave people to work.
    -Employee turn over rate is very short.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engineers are the most valuable assets in the company. Instead of wasting money on hiring a bunch of highly paid, doing nothing managers from nowhere, why not give out more to people who actually are doing the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great atmosphere

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A9.com

    Pros

    fun
    nice people
    nice place to work
    cool technology
    better paid than amazon

    Cons

    bad green card policy and so on

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good team

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at A9.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good team, deep talented engineer, a lot to learn.

    Cons

    Remote site of Amazon, hard to align roadmap.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful company to work for

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    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at A9.com as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A9.com

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work-life balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at A9.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great 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

    Cons

    With 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Intern

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at A9.com as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not as many perks as other tech companies in the area

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 10 people found this helpful  

    Good pay but everything else sucks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A9.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Everything 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 ManagementAdvice

    Dont 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Program Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Program Management in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Free snacks, coffee, pretty nice building.

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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