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Become.com Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
27 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great work environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Become.com part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very chill environment with a lot of opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    There are some days that are very slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It was a good place for engineers

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Become.com full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good and friendly engineering team, opportunity to learn e-commerce related technologies, particularly search.

    Good benefits, perks and office location near downtown Sunnyvale.

    Cons

    Downsizing due to market conditions effectively ended the good engineering environment.. Management is not able to cope effectively with fast changes in the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not going to work without taking some risks. Innovate more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good perks, low pay, incompetent management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    + Good people and generally friendly atmosphere
    + Free food and drinks available in the kitchen
    + Flexible hours, relaxed dress code
    + Free beer at team meetings, picnics, parties, and other perks

    Cons

    - Low salaries compared to comparable positions at other companies
    - Incompetent upper management that doesn't listen to employee feedback
    - Broken business model and uninspiring work

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    QA Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Become.com full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice people; excellent technical professionals

    Cons

    Non-professional management with a poor strategic vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management needs to be changed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was fun

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Become.com full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They had a great team of engineers

    Cons

    with recent downsizing most of the team is gone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to take some more risks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A Good first job to have

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - SEO Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Intern - SEO Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Become.com as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, nice office, snacks

    Cons

    Management does not communicate well.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    if you need a job, this one will do

    Current Employee - SEO Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - SEO Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Become.com full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    catered lunch, good crew of people to be stuck with (under old management)

    Cons

    new management, same inefficiencies --strong business roadmap to follow, and most likely no catered lunch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Exciting place to work, in middle of positive transition, future looks bright!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering/Operations in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering/Operations in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Become.com full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very smart team of co-workers.
    Friendly people - no "jerks" - even senior management is very accessible and is genuinely interested in hearin my ideas.
    Great food/snacks in the lunch room
    Relaxed high-tech environment, casual clothes, ability to work from home one day/week, flexible schedule allows me to avoid rush-hour traffic
    Focused on results, NOT politics. This is refreshing and I can't say enough about what a breath of fresh air it is compared to my previous company.
    In a very promising sector of the economy - online commerce
    Pay is solid - not extravagant and not low, about right
    Lots of opportunities to try new things
    Good international exposure - since this company has offices in Europe and Asia. I get to work with a global team sometimes.
    Good transparency from CEO and senior mgt with monthly all-hands updates that provide lots of detail
    Good benefits: great health plan, paid gym membership/wellness reimbursement, subsidized lunch, etc.
    My manager is smart, competent and actually cares about me, which is very valuable.
    Evaluating some really interesting growth opportunities, so I believe I can be part of one of those teams.

    Cons

    Still relying too much on last year's CSE business model. But new management team is aware and clearly in the middle of a positive transition.
    Wearing multiple hats can be a challenge
    Mgt allows some people to get away with not working very hard - there's an uneven distribution of hard work, with some people/groups working really hard, and others seeming to coast (and play too much foosball for my taste)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for keeping us in the loop about new projects. I really feel like I know what's going on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great team of people - respect work/life balance - very focused on customer success

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Management in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Account Management in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Become.com full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Company leadership really cares about our merchant customers' success - which is both refreshing and makes my job easier and more fun. Much better than my previous company.
    Good perks - fun parties each season, yummy free snacks in the kitchen
    Supportive technology team always has time to answer my questions
    We actually make money (unlike many other startups)
    Good benefits
    Executives explain thins in an easy to understand way. I have access to the CEO, CFO and really anyone I want to talk with.
    Supportive and flexible atmosphere - I'm trusted to get my work done without being micro managed
    Getting more access to other employees in Europe and Japan, which is interesting for me as that's the first time I've worked with employees in other countries.
    Overall very happy with team and situation

    Cons

    I wish I got more vacation - fairly standard amount
    Not growing as fast as some other hi-tech companies here in Silicon Valley
    Office location not ideal - I need to drive to get lunch
    I sometimes wish we had a larger team to create more opportunities to socialize (good people, just wish there were MORE of them)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more work internationally. We have really smart people in other countries.
    Celebrate accomplishments more!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    A fun, friendly and exciting environment that's constantly trying to make improvements

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Become.com full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The work atmosphere is incredible. One of the few places I've worked where I'm excited to be at everyday. Everyone is friendly and it's a great learning experience. The new leadership team is very hands on and shows interest in taking Become to the next step.

    Cons

    It can be easy to get distracted and sometimes you can feel overwhelmed with some of many projects and tasks going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to look for new avenues to improve Become.com's core business. Don't be afraid to try something new and different.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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