App Annie

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App Annie Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
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  1.  

    Fun Company, Great Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at App Annie full-time

    Pros

    Great people, access to people in upper management, well organized.
    My team and manager are awesome, people are very welcoming and the office is really lively. Lots of fun activities & people from different countries as a result of the multinational company. As the company is growing really quickly, they are working to address inevitable growing pains. Solid benefits as well.

    Cons

    As with any quickly growing startup, people are coming--and going--frequently. Roles are still in the process of being defined & sometimes there are too many cooks in the kitchen. Emails and meetings are sometimes excessive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    401k is a basic necessity when it comes to benefits (lots of great benefits are available, but this should be a priority).
    Think long-term; invest in employee and product development :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Solid product & fun team with some minor growing pains

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Very strong footprint in the mobile ecosystem and solid product vision
    - Good atmosphere between employees, especially junior to mid-management level
    - Very global : you will work with offices in Beijing, Holland, UK... and a ton of people from everywhere
    - Fast paced with a lot of new projects and ideas being tested, good "80/20" mentality

    Cons

    - Should focus on the long term business success over short term / quarterly results
    - Too many cooks in the kitchen on some minor topics, employee empowerment is the key to success
    - Exec team feedback be very direct and/or give the impression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Get external coaching to help exec team to lead almost 300 people to success as it's not a 30 people start-up anymore
    - "Less is more": pressure to constantly launch can go against a clear focus on a long-term vision and iteration based on consumer feedback
    - Need to add some "mature start-up" benefits like 401k or extra week of vacation past a certain seniority

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Some things should stay a Project

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Awesome people who are fun to work with and hang out with
    Laid back office environment
    Great office location right in the heart of SF
    Awesome benefits
    Lunch 5days a week
    Close to Bart

    Cons

    Management: There are TOO MANY managers, VPs, etc. This place has more managers than they do regular employees. None of them communicate with each other which leads to a million emails, dumb meetings, and misunderstandings. None of them listen to their teams and are quick to weed out people before telling them what to correct.

    Compensation: They do not even touch the market rate of what all of these positions are at other places. If you want to come work at an actual start up where things are unstable and unorganized then by all means come here and experience that, you're bank account will be angry at you for it.

    Sales: Pay these guys more!!! It is very difficult to sell a product that some companies really don't even need/isn't very useful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your teams. They are unhappy and they are unable to voice it. Also, SLOW DOWN. You will never make it in this industry by trying to catch up to those you can't even touch yet.

    People are dropping like flies. Don't you want to know why?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 17 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 a 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Funding doesn't fix a toxic culture and incompetent leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at App Annie full-time

    Pros

    Good location in downtown SF.
    Building has a spacious roof deck.
    Great views from the windows in an open office environment.
    Comfortable chairs and wide desks.
    Paid company lunches every day.
    Ping pong table and beer in the fridge.

    Cons

    My mother taught me if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're continuing to lose your best employees while keeping the worst. This trend isn't going to stop in the near future and this isn't a case of "people coming and going" as another review suggests, but it is a reflection of poor management at the highest levels. While pay and equity at App Annie is generally lower than what you can find at comparable companies in San Francisco, people aren't leaving solely for those reasons. As frustrating as it is to work at App Annie, people almost never resign on a whim or in a fit of anger. They joined App Annie because they believed it was right for them at the time and believed they could make a meaningful contribution to bring success to the company. Then something, at some point, makes it wrong. And if you take the time to dig into their real reasons for leaving, and you really should, you will find that it's not "App Annie" they blame. It's not the location of the office, or the people they work with, or the projects they work on, or the temperature in the office. It's the management. So the next time you get a resignation, resist the strong temptation I'm certain you get to laugh it off as "someone else who doesn't get us.". Take a moment to reflect on and understand what it actually is they are resigning from. It's not the departing employee who doesn't "get it." It's not App Annie they are leaving. It's you. And until there is significant change at senior levels of leadership you will not be able to retain the best employees you will need to make App Annie successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 14 people found this helpful  

    The Good, the Bad, and the Fugly

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    • 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 a 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
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Don't let the funding fool you!

    • 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lunch 5x a week
    Great mid-level employess

    Cons

    I worked at App Annie for just over a year and in that year I watched the culture change for the worst. Management is unqualified to lead and there are more directors than there are sales people on the sales floor. The directors they do have clearly lack leadership, tact, and know-how when it comes to building a successfull team. I agree with other posts on having to many cooks in the kitchen.

    Sometimes you have to cut the head of the snake and bring in someone that has scaled a SaaS company before, Sequoia should look to do so. They also pay below market rate and have a difficult time figuring out quotas for reps as well as generating sales-qualified-leads from marketing. App Annie's main product is download and revenue estimates and that's just about the only product they have going for them at the moment.

    New products are half baked and not worth wasting your time or money on. CEO views all competitor products as crap. My suggestion is to look to alternative products from other companies because they're probably better than App Annie's new product offerings.

    Glad to finally get out!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek help!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 10 people found this helpful  

    Beyond bad management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    App Annie dominates their market, and has groundbreaking products and technology. Their product team is phenomenal, and carry out a strong vision for the company. There are many bright and talented people working at this company who I consider long-term friends and allies.

    Cons

    My boss told our team on a routine basis that he could do everyone's job better than them, and "it was up to us to "F" it up." Meaning, don't make a mistake, or else I will fire you. It is clear to everyone that upper management is completely incompetent when it comes to leading a team. It is the reason a lot of people - good people - are leaving without even having another job lined up. But, what can you expect from a company that waits until they are at 250 people before hiring their first HR person? The company fully embraces the "boys club" mentality. With not one female in upper management, it has been a playground for unexperienced managers to run amok and use fear tactics to get their employees to just go along with things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to make up for a lack of company culture with happy hours, free lunches, bottle service at clubs, etc. Address sexist comments and condescending attitudes - they create more damage and occur a lot more often than you think. Keeping on managers who are incompetent of running a team creates great distrust amongst employees / departments. Stop fostering such a hostile, dramatic environment and start providing employees with fair market comparison salaries, benefits, reviews, promotions, training and holidays.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Reviews re: mgmt are true..needs improvement.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at App Annie

    Pros

    The industry. Smart hard working employees. There are so colleagues who are really good at what they do, carry a positive attitude (depsite the recent low morale) and keep the business running.

    Cons

    Good employees are not indispensable--does management realize this? We are losing good ones!

    There are some teams that are much stronger than others. The discrepancy is very high between the top performing teams and the lowest performing teams.

    Employee morale is low...it's a culmination of feeling the life squeezed out of them from long hours, lack of support from management, clique-like atmosphere. It is not outright cut throat amongst employees but there are some managers that breed contempt!

    Why aren't there clear career trajectories? There is so much shuffling around on teams from this head now owning this department. It's as if those at the top continue to shuffle the organization around so that they minimize their own responsibilities. At least that's how it looks like from the outside--an increase in transparency could work wonders here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do not be biased by your personal relationships with your colleagues. Realize that there are some in upper management that lack the management skills to foster a healthy and motivated work environment. There is one team member in upper management that makes many of my colleagues uncomfortable. The head of this "team" is not professional in his approach to my female colleagues. This attitude of throwing those who report to you to save your own butt is SO TOXIC.

     If we have recently hired a new head of HR, please help to fix these immediate issues.

    Listen to your employees, we are voicing our opinions here. There's a reason we are working for this company. We believe in the mission but much of it is being polluted and clouded by a toxic work environment and unsupportive management teams.

    Take a cue from the major leaguers of tech. If we aspire to be one of them one day then start acting that way. Treat your employees with respect.

    If smart people voice their unhappiness here, don't let them go. If they're smart, they're unhappy for a reason.. listen to them, try to fix it, and help find a place within the organization for these smart employees to be happy. Management 101--this will increase loyalty and productivity of the employee.

    Start paying market rates. I took the position for the shares and the promise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Perks, Bad Experience

    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    A nice office in the heart of down town San Francisco, catered lunches daily. Occasional company sponsored activities and happy hours. They even reimburse you for certain amenities.

    Cons

    Management is incompetent. There is no sense of a unified mission, or effective communication. One gets the impression that they're trying to build a plane in mid flight. What this means for the majority of the employees is expect your projects to be canceled mid effort, post postponed, or rushed out the door not ready and full of jarring bugs. This isn't a place where you can do good work. Some employee's are also let go almost randomly or with very little warning .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your ducks in a row. Talk to each other. Eliminate those that are doing more harm than good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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