BlueKai Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
15 Reviews
4.7
15 Reviews
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    Senior Software Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlueKai

    Pros

    Good work life balance,nice peers.

    Cons

    Not much to say but the management is not proper.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome Company. Love it.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at BlueKai full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * HR is very sensitive and responsive to employee needs (you go, Kate!)
    * Fast pace and exciting industry
    * Awesome leadership and great people
    * Great company culture with integrity and ethics (great thing for all the consumers!)
    * The company genuinely cares about its employees and shows it through various company-wide initiatives
    * I've never worked at a company where the morale is as high as it is here
    * Almost everything is very transparent from C-level down to the troops in the trenches
    * Plenty of opportunity for growth if you want to own up to it
    * Hard work comes with rewards; company is not shy to reward high achievers
    * Great compensation and awesome benefits

    Cons

    * Workload can be overwhelming at times
    * The complexity of the system and business logic takes sometime to onramp (but it is worth it; what BlueKai does is the future of data)
    * Product-driven culture; lack of engineering-driven culture takes getting used to. But it helps that people in Product generally know what they are doing
    * Product wants visible releases which, at times, come at the expense of software stability and test coverage; luckily this culture is changing with engineering pushbacks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing to build a great culture; Don't let Oracle's mass and lack of care for employees stop building this awesome team. Hopefully Oracle execs will take note and learn all the tricks from Omar, Sam, Alex and the rest of the execs at BlueKai and make things better for the rest of Oracle enterprise.

    Recommends
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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Strategic Services Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Strategic Services Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BlueKai full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Innovative Company, intelligent people, fun environment.

    Cons

    It's a small, fast-growing company, and has typical growing pains at time - we are consistently under-staffed, but always hiring. It's a start-up environment. Not really a con, rather something to be expected.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best Mix of Culture and Success I've Ever Encountered

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at BlueKai full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * High priority on employee development and satisfaction
    * High priority on success and customer satisfaction
    * Company promotes cooperation and collaboration across the organization
    * They understand that work/life balance results in more loyal, responsive employees
    * Fantastic diversity - the highest ratio of femaie to male engineers I've encountered. Great ethnic diversity as well.

    Cons

    These are more things to consider than cons:
    * You have to believe in the process of data collection and how it results in targeted ads.
    * The company drives to succeed. That means you have to be willing to do so as well. This is not a company to sit back on your laurels. (I don't see that as a negative.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the fantastic work, and thank you for the work you've done.

    Positive Outlook
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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Happy, great people, pleasant work environment, lots of freedom to do great things

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at BlueKai full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Solid friendly people, no smart ass-hole culture, freedom to do great things, fun environment, lots of excitement in the space, super smart CEO. Last nice thing is lots of foods in the kitchen.

    Cons

    Young company, might feel too little process but not a big deal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Crush it!

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    Positive Outlook
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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work environment, Exciting and quickly growing company, Leader in the big data space!

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

    I have been working at BlueKai full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Innovation and information-sharing are highly encouraged.
    - Awesome work-life balance.
    - A huge amount of autonomy is freely given to employees.
    - Stellar managers who trust their reports and do not micromanage.
    - Competitive salary and bonuses.
    - Fun company events (both during and after work).
    - Great blend of work and play.
    - Intelligent coworkers who are passionate about what they do and always willing to collaborate.
    - Positive and energetic office environment.
    - Opportunity for IPO.

    Cons

    Offices are spread out (NY, SF, Cupertino, Seattle, and London) so teams can be very fragmented. However this also lends to people always being on the move and working their own schedules, which adds to the great autonomy afforded to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Creme de la Creme

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlueKai full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fantastic Culture, brilliant employees on every level, Innovative products, great office locations, employee promotion, office perks such as ping pong tables, fully stocked kitchen (TO THE MAX), three amazing founders who influence this company along with each of their teams who make up the rest of the company.

    Cons

    I don't have con's to report. People seem happy to be here and enjoy their respective jobs knowing what they do makes a difference.

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  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    BlueKai is an awesome company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at BlueKai full-time

    Pros

    1. You can fully utilize your intellects and knowledge without feeling constricted
    2. It's a very creative environment, you will definitely not be bored
    3. Maintain a great work and life balance
    4. Employees are genuinely nice and treat each other with respect
    5. It's a very creative environment, you won't be bored
    6. Abundance of food and drinks (self-control is important...)
    7. A great place to learn and grow your career
    8. Bonuses paid quarterly
    9. Plenty of fun company events
    10. No micromanaging, do your job and have fun while you're at it

    Cons

    For employees live in SF, commute to Cupertino aren't pleasant, but good news is that BlueKai will be opening a SF office in Q4 of 2013.
    A lot of internal tools for the purpose of streamlining things, but they actually add more work and not easy to manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to influence without authority.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at BlueKai full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The team is super smart and awesome to work with. Very approachable group..

    Cons

    Small team.. not much cross team interaction at my level.. a new Domain for me..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are veryy good and friendly.. I superlike the management

    Recommends
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  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture, product, and people at BlueKai!

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - BD Team
    Current Employee - BD Team

    I have been working at BlueKai full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Brilliant people, strong leadership, and a ton of success. BlueKai knows where it wants to go, and the exec team has a plan to get us there.

    Cons

    Still need some work on internal tools...but that is being addressed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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