Apsalar Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. Dynamic company with a great team of smart people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Apsalar

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High energy environment, excellent products, dedicated team, strong CEO, engaged investors, strong product roadmap and vision, good team rapport, great growth trajectory, people focused on exceeding customer expectations, nice office perks like available food and catered lunch Fridays.

    Cons

    No land lines are available except on speakerphones.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to stay focused on the vision and roadmap.

  2. High Growth Environment: Mobile, Global Customers, Very Challenging, Very Rewarding

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    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Apsalar full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company sits in a great industry (mobile) so well positioned for growth & success. The team is small, passionate, and very focused. No BS or politics as employees are rewarded for results. Over the past couple of years the company has adapted to a ever changing mobile landscape, but now has a permanent home in mobile analytics. Employees are surrounded by great investors and a team of senior leaders with good experience. Great culture for someone not looking for lots of hand holding or all the phony start-up frills.

    Cons

    Limited resources so people work very hard and long hours. Supporting a global customer base comes with support, language, culture, etc. challenges due to the time differences. The mobile industry is still new, not mature, and not clearly defined so expect changes.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in the business, your customers, and employees. Make bigger investments now as the market is ripe for growth. Hire more engineers, continue to spruce up the office, and continue to take risks.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Experienced management team drives success for company with unique position in mobile SaaS marketplace

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Apsalar

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Apsalar CEO is an amazing person to work for. Every morning at work he makes a point to personally say hello. This goes a long way coming from the person running the company. I am continually amazed by his ability to manage every aspect of the business from sales to marketing to operations to engineering. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work for one of his companies. The Apsalar CEO is a leader and a role model and I look forward to keeping in touch with him throughout my career.

    The management team across each department has experience, resilience, and a clear direction for where they want to take the company. The past year consisted of many high quality wins and the company will only experience more success as they continue to make their mark on the mobile industry.

    Cons

    It took a few tries for the company to find it's niche in the market, but now it's in a very strong position.

    Advice to Management

    Keep building Apsalar into one of the top mobile marketing platforms in the space. Success will keep coming.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Solid team, great market, and huge opportunity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Apsalar full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Competent, hardworking staff in all areas of the company.
    - Meritocracy; performance is recognized and rewarded.
    - Lots of opportunity to take on new responsibilities and challenges.
    - Management in touch with the market, adaptable.

    Cons

    - Conservative on perks, frills, expenses. Lean & mean operation.
    - Not the strongest culture across all teams, but steadily improving.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the pedal to the metal.

  6. Helpful (4)

    Catered lunches do not make up for verbal abuse and bad management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Apsalar full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Catered lunches on Friday
    Free bagels on Tuesdays
    Great location

    Cons

    The company should be named Pivot, as that is what it does most.

    Rampant sexist / off color commentary by upper management, often times about female employees. CEO frequently makes references to putting a private body part on employees desks as a means of proving who is correct in a disagreement.

    Upper management can be agist, referring to some former employees as dinosaurs.

    Verbal abuse often replaces constructive feedback.

    High turn-over, even amongst upper management.

    Very low pay compared to comparable jobs in the industry and area.

    Management does not care about progress and accomplishment as much as seeing people looking busy and working long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Verbal abuse is not the same thing as leadership. Inspire greatness and lead by example.

  7. Helpful (3)

    One of the worst places in the business

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Apsalar full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People don't have to work too hard because nothing ever gets done.
    Easy place for coasters

    Cons

    - Horrendous product vision: it changed once every 2-3 months
    - Uncomfortable place for a woman to work: very sexist upper management team that would frequently make inappropriate comments
    - Product didn't work: in addition to lacking product vision, they actually lacked a product at all. Most of what we sold was purely vaporware

    Advice to Management

    Hire a head of HR and try again...

  8. Helpful (5)

    Good compensation and work/life balance doesn't make up for terrible management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apsalar full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance is good and most of staff is overpaid for the work that they do. Office is conveniently located. Office management team is helpful and really wants to make it a better place to be.

    Cons

    Office is extremely political and cliquey and management can be divisive, accusatory and unprofessional. The company pivots every few months and struggles to retain top talent once they realize that the product is totally ineffective and the office is a political snake pit. Upper management makes unprofessional comments about female employees and clients to people that they assume won't be offended. Favoritism is present on some teams and chosen employees are regularly treated to better territory and exposure. Turn-over is very high. Management is not transparent about state of the business and will give misleading or altered numbers. Office culture is weak.

    Advice to Management

    Show your employees that they are valued. Some people in the company want to contribute but feel discouraged and unincluded. The reason you're having trouble recruiting is that new people can sense that everyone is unhappy.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Great vision, Poor communication

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Apsalar full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great, situated in a high growth ecosystem and located in SOMA, Free lunch on Fridays and decent health benefits.

    Cons

    Poor communication across the board but this seems to be improving. Company needs to invest in the technology, the office and the morale of the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the front line, listen to the market and differentiate the company in a very competitive market.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Good People, Workplace Needs Improving

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    Former Employee - Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Apsalar full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The product has a lot of potential at the moment. Good amount of transparency within the organization (granted, it is small).

    Cons

    There is a high rate of turnover and given the early startup stage of the company, some employees were worried about the next round of funding.

    Advice to Management

    Make the space more enjoyable to come to for teams.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Disorganized, underpaid, uncertain

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Apsalar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Apsalar is in a great industry, so the opportunity to exist in the mobile ecosystem is valuable. Good opportunity to go to industry events, and meet businesses with more palatable management teams.

    Cons

    Patronizing management, little-no transparency, and disorganization contributed to an awful experience. Creativity discouraged, your idea will not be considered if your boss disagrees. That's the end of the conversation.

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