Badgeville Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Just had a great quarter. Moved into a new office with great downtown location

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible when it comes to work; as long as the deadlines are met youre free to do as you please. They have a foosball table, ping pong table, and a giant kitchen that always has lots of food and drinks, not to mention providing lunch Monday Wednesday and Friday , caltrain rides, and a gym membership. New CEO has made sure we are all on the same page with all-hands meetings and lunch announcements. Honestly, despite the tough transition period the last few quarters I feel better now about the company and the product after talking with other departments and seeing their confidence as well. We just signed some big customers Amex, CDW and Walgreens last quarter and are going after new customers in different verticals, and promotions were handed out as well. Good to know some of the uncertainty is shedded now that we are in land and expand mode. The new office is great and easy to commute from caltrain. The previous office was in more of an isolated corporate complex, and this place definitely gives us a start-up edgy feel. I just like the fact that its easier to meet people at a coffee shop within walking distance.

    Cons

    Sometimes hours are long and a bit demanding. The environment definitely reflects the company, still trying to put some processes together. There are no cubicles or separate spaces so sometimes it might be a bit loud for someone sensitive to noise.

    Advice to Management

    theres never a problem with over-communicating and getting everybody on the same page, always always keep the employees, staff in a loop.


  2. Helpful (4)

    A salesperson's view - small consulting company now

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big potential when gamification was hot in 2013 but small (30) consulting company now. Trying to sell big deals $100K+ to F500. Long sales cycle - 12 months, only few deals/quarter close. This is consulting/integration gigs. If looking to build/sell/market software, this is not it. Have to convince enterprises not to build own solutions - very hard sale.

    Cons

    Echo Anon 8/16 comments. Most respected execs (finance, tech, marketing, sales) with strong software/mgmt backgrounds all left. CEO no software/consulting/mgmt 101. Sales & marketing disrespected/badly treated all left. High turnover, core engineers leaving. Many great opportunities out there in hot market - no reason to risk this one. Many great management teams/CEOs too!

    Advice to Management

    Become small consulting biz of 10 people.


  3. Helpful (7)

    Company seems to be at end...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Badgeville full-time

    Pros

    Mostly nice people trying hard to get sales, but gong only rang twice since January. New VP of Sales seems good and hired some of his senior guys to build new sales group. Trying to become analytics company for employees in big companies now. Changed from consumer deals to big enterprise companies like Walmart. Marketing has lots of leads and good press articles. Some really great people in professional services.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover - under third CEO long time engineers left, CFO and CTO left, VP of marketing left, all sales team left, office manager left, HR payroll person left, game designers left. CEO is hard to work with and panics a lot, just gives orders to people and doesn't listen. Doesn't care if people leave and brings in his friends to fill spots. Wants to sell gamification on Communities (Jive, Yammer, etc.) but seems not much interest. Marketing and sales always trying hard and unhappy. Engineering re-org was very bad! Suddenly 3 new directors with one person reporting to each. Didn't tell us why they did it and engineers quit. Bad pay and bad management.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company if you can or maybe sell some technology. Need to end this business.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    companies different now, some of these reviews are outdated

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    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    From what I can see, these earlier reviews are under Comee and Duggan, NOT for Shalowitz. I mean it’s true, there were days during the transition where I’d go home wondering what this place was thinking, but it was actually a HUGE relief when things settled down around here after the cutbacks. I personally would never say “stay away for now” like one review states, but I would understand where they are coming from having been in a RIF myself. I think we seem to have a solid direction to stick to, since I know what I need to do on a daily basis and customers are still here, prospects still taking my phone calls, etc. Before we used to be really ambitious but obviously from the other reviews you can see what that got. Gotta be friendly to work here, and haven't met anyone thats sourpuss at all, which beats my last company. People that are here today look like they want to stay and ride together. Perks are pretty good (provided lunch, gym membership, big kitchen)

    Cons

    Sometimes the game area is a distraction and between that and frequent meetings it’s no wonder why some people work long hours. The office can also get really quiet (probably different when we move, this space used to be a bio lab or something). Bring a jacket too, A/C doesnt ever let up.

    Advice to Management

    too early to tell, only been a few months. But we definitely need to see some hustle on interviewing and recruiting more new hires on the accounts side to follow up and work on closing.


  6. Emerging Company with Great Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Badgeville full-time

    Pros

    Having worked at several start-ups in my career, it is very refreshing to bee part of a company with a clear vision for growth. Over the past 6 months there have been many changes that are now starting to show strong returns towards both company and revenue growth. The management team routinely encourages feedback from all lines of business and ensures that the company is run with complete transparency... Badgville offers a great work culture and ensures that employees are rewarded for their hard work. Our core product is built to drive behavior through "Gamifacation"... And we ensure that our culture reflects the premise that work should be FUN!

    Cons

    This is still a emerging space and there are always growing pains when you are the definitive leader in new market.

    Advice to Management

    Continued focus on corporate growth and overall culture. Love the 3 Days a week lunch program!


  7. A dysfunctional toxic environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Badgeville full-time

    Pros

    Most of the employees are good people. Very easy to work with. Great camaraderie to be found there.

    Cons

    Increasingly out of touch "leadership", who don't ask for or care about input from employees actually on the front line doing the work. This has been compounded the last few months with the new CEO. There have been seemingly random direction changes out of desperation simply for the sake of making changes. The "restructuring" was basically an excuse for the new CEO to bring in people from his former company. The motto seems to be "this strategy worked at my last company, so of course it'll work here" despite being completely different products. You can't go more than 5 minutes during one of his long self-aggrandizing pontifications without him mentioning how they did things at Cast Iron. Unless you worked with him at that pseudo-legendary company, you might as well be invisible. It's hard not to seem invisible when he spends every meeting where he's not speaking acting disinterested in the corner texting on his cellphone. This has led to an environment where what once was a fun prototypical startup has turned into a dysfunctional toxic environment where the execs are too busy trying to save their own jobs by throwing anyone and everyone under the bus and the good people are miserable, unhappy, and scared.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction and stick with it. Stop believing you have the answers to everything. Instead, try listening and paying attention to the people working for you.


  8. Wise to Stay Away For Now

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great people, decent technology, and a growth market.

    Cons

    The new CEO is in over his head. He says one thing, and does another. Morale is low. He let go of top performers to bring in his own guys and publicly called the people he let go, "under performers". Now everyone is worried. He did this twice to put a positive spin on his reorg and positioned it as a move towards growth. The reality is, he has slowed things down. His nickname at Cast Iron was, "The System". At Power Reviews, they called him, "The Terminator". His seems proud of both of both names.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat people as commodities. You're a better company that that!! There needs to be some checks and balances at the top.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Badgeville full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated team, lots of excitement, fast-growth market

    Cons

    Pay is average, location not ideal for SF residents

    Advice to Management

    Open a city office


  10. Great product, poor leadership

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great CEO; strong professional services, marketing, and customer service teams; an atmosphere of hard work, some of the usual start-up perks (free food, etc).

    Cons

    For a relatively small company (60+ people) the departments are very silo'd and have animosity toward one another. This company doesn't have the culture of cooperation you expect from a startup.

    Advice to Management

    Cooperate more amongst yourselves and the individual contributors will be able to do better work.


  11. Best of the best

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    A meritocracy. If you work hard and add value, it's absolutely recognized. Pretty darn fun. It's intense but folks have a good sense of humor and perspective. We do amazing team building events: white water rafting and rally car racing. It's a true learning organization. We encourage personal and professional development. We still have catered lunches 3 days a week. Stocked fridge and kitchen. Our quarterly team T-shirts are sick.

    Cons

    You really need to be committed or you won't enjoy yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Lease an extremely large building next time we move.



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