App Annie

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App Annie Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
17 Reviews
3.6
17 Reviews
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Content + motivated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at App Annie full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I get to work on cool stuff. Pretty awesome to be in the app space. Having been in tech for some time, mobile is the future. This company is doing quite well. In the business sense, we are doing phenomenal. Bringing well-qualified people on board.

    Good size company. Amazingly nimble for what we are trying to achieve

    Cons

    Accessibility of management team

    More training when we first start off!

    There are some members of the team who exude negativity...FIX THIS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    401k..be more comprehensive with benefits. They are pretty average. Be aware that we are being recruited by other companies!

    Be more transparent and approachable. There is a clique-like environment and this can be attributed directly to how the management team can be... It starts from the top.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 11 people found this helpful  

    Industry: Awesome | Company: AVOID

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at App Annie full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very high-growth industry. Big potential market. Great entry- and mid-level employees with tons of passion and personality. A super fun industry to be in since you can interact with almost any industry out there.

    Everyone's going mobile, so if this company plays its cards right, it's a treasure trove.

    Some people in the company either have the rank or the clout to push through necessary changes and keep things moving. Those individuals and teams are keeping the company moving. But they are rare....

    Cons

    Management is cliquey and has a tendency to throw people under the bus, which is *especially* true of one department. As another reviewer said, it's apparent senior management has little to no actual management experience.

    Poor career growth opportunities and rampant office politics have caused a recent exodus of employees who hadn't even finished a full year, and it's clear multiple departments in the organization are suffering from this equally. This is a company-wide epidemic.

    Some senior management, and the CEO, are downright toxic to work with. It's boot camp with the berating, four-letter curse words, and ALL-CAPS YELLING!!!!!!!!!! at every little issue which should tell you the level of maturity among the people steering the company. At least in boot camp this treatment gradually ends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the politics, train (or fire) the bad managers, and limit the number of chefs. Half the reason the website looks like it's from 2008 and marketing copy sounds borderline silly is because half the company needs to comment on it. Not only does this draw out what should be short and quick projects, it kills others thanks to the insane levels of approvals.

    Fix your website.

    Stop it with kneejerk changes, or at least have the courtesy to explain them. It makes everyonea the top look scatter-brained.

    Be fairer to your employees. Compensate people within 20% of normal market rates. Plus, everyone's noticed the sudden firings and leaving employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 10 people found this helpful  

    The Good, the Bad, and the Fugly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at App Annie full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work experience in mobile
    People (Excluding 80% of management) are enjoyable to work with and make it worth while
    Lots of toys (iphone, ipad, mac)
    Looks good on a resume?

    Cons

    To be candid and to put it nicely - management does not know what they are doing. Whether it's below market compensation (~15-20%), career growth, or even motivating employees to believe they can be successful...there is very little guidance and what guidance there is are very much empty words. Employees are wrongfully terminated to shield management's faults, and lofty goals are in place with no tried and true method of success.

    Management is unapproachable due to gossip and side conversations (done frequently) creating a lack of trust between departments. Be prepared for many changes, which to be fair is very normal in a hyper growth start up, however they will usually not be in your favor.

    **To readers out there, you have been warned. This is not department specific, but company wide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please realize that people do not leave jobs they leave managers. Attrition rate has exponentially grown over the year and management has too much hubris to realize there is a problem in leadership, culture, and objectives.

    Also do not let your personal relationships cloud your judgement of things happening right below your nose. It's losing your professional skepticism that has lead to many of these problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Mobile leader, Management loser

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at App Annie

    Pros

    — They were first to the mobile space and are considered a resource that grants them press and brand recognition
    — If you want to sell and be in mobile tech space, this is the place to do it
    — There are some really great entry and mid-level employees here. There are even a few director level and above employees who are smart, compassionate and contribute to the positive success of the company.
    — They are sequoia funded
    — Health insurance is decent

    Cons

    — Employees burn out shortly after starting
    — Executive management has a background with game development, not revenue generating b2b technology so there is a gap between skills and expectations. The results are clear: the sales team ends up responsible for a lot of work that would be handled by an Enterprise marketing or lead gen team. But this idea is not apparent to Management, because that’s not their background.
    — Bloated recruitment team can’t recruit good candidates. It’s not entirely their fault because headcount and responsibilities change as frequently as the opinions of executive management.
    — Throw-under-the-bus mentality across all of the company. They blame others, claim the never “approved” something, don’t nurture the team. They yell, scream and berate you and leave you shaking with fear.
    — Multiple approvals for anything to get done. Yet, back peddling is common still. And teams are pitted against eachother

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With management in SF and Engineering in Beijing (this is visible by the job openings) it has become apparent that executive management is inexperienced, insecure and straight up mean and evil to work with. Like mentioned by others, its toxic here. Employees who helped the company grow in the first couple of years don’t have the skills, experience or knowledge to grow the company into a revenue generating machine.

    Learn to be humble and instill the willingness to be wrong and to learn, in your management. Drop the cockiness. This isn’t positivity. This is arrogance. In technology, marketing, sales, recruiting. Everywhere. Combined with a lack of awareness, people can’t recognize the problems and thus can’t fix them. You have a problem. How severe will it get before you decide to change?

    You need to pay market rates. With better benefits.....gadgets don't equal benefits! For example: more than three weeks vacation and encourage people to take it, 401k, training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    I wouldn't refer anyone there.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Decline to Say in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Decline to Say in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at App Annie full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Initially exciting based on market potential and the fact that they're backed by Sequoia Capital. Good, smart employees make it livable.

    Cons

    People in various departments getting fired after just 6 months of employment. Publicly not concerned with a revolving door of employees. A lot of senior leadership has no management experience, it shows. If you polled the employees of this company, over 80% would say it sucks. Not because of long hours or hard work required. More because of the lack of basic understanding of how human beings get inspired, learn, engage and perform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cat's out of the bag, good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic companie with tons of promise

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at App Annie full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great team, strong management, good salary, and good benefits.

    Cons

    The roles/responsibilities are not always clearly laid out
    401k would be nice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into implementing a more formal team structure, but other than that you're doing great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    A high-achieving, fast-paced, and supportive environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at App Annie full-time

    Pros

    Everyone here is excited about the undeniable growth of the company--it pushes everyone to work harder and smarter. There are a lot of exciting projects to work on, and the teams are small enough that you can really see your own work's effect. It is at a great stage where you still know everyone in the office, but you get the perks of being with a company that has the capital to invest in its employees. The overall atmosphere of this office is focused, hard-working, yet still fun. The management team makes an active effort to be transparent. That culture of transparency is evident throughout the entire company, and there are no politics.

    Cons

    As it is a company that is growing very rapidly, there is a lot of work to be done, and some of the processes on how to achieve them are still being ironed out. Luckily, the company is aware of this and seems to be working to develop standardized processes to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the transparency--it's much appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor recruiters

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company and product. Good perk and benefits.

    Cons

    Good location, but HR needs to improve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    App Annie Response

    Aug 8, 2014Director of Global Recruiting

    Hello! Great to hear you enjoyed the company, culture, management team, products, perks and benefits of App Annie. They are in fact the best of App Annie and we have been referred to in many cases ... More

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A team that inspires

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at App Annie full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I've always been passionate about the work I do and it's rare to find individuals in my work environment who share that same passion and work ethic. At App Annie there are an amazing group of professionals who not only share that same passion in their respective roles but also value contributions and opinions of myself and my team.

    Cons

    We're growing up. There are times you look back at any youthful stage with a sense of nostalgia and miss the whims of startup life. The benefit is that we're moving forward, evolving and succeeding.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    App Annie will put a smile on your face.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Intelligence Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Market Intelligence Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at App Annie full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -App Annie Team
    -Product
    -Opportunities
    -Office
    App Annie's really found the magic combination of building a wonderful team to work on a great product.

    Cons

    There is no shower at the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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