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    Awesome people, flexible environment, and startup experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Boku full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company has been doing an excellent job on improving the employees satisfaction and preserving the startup experience. When I first joined the company, I would say that Boku is a mediocre (not really satisfying) company. But, they have improved a lot. Here are the things they have done for the past 2 years:
    - engineer can choose either mac retina display or Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook. (they used to give old Dell XPS laptop)
    - they provide lunch once a week
    - aside from the regular events/celebrations (halloween, Christmas party, etc), they introduce new fun events (whole company hack week, the amazing race, engineering offsite)
    - salary increase
    - etc

    Other pros:
    - The principal engineers and the culture are opened to new technologies. You can experiment with new stuff and if you can prove that it brings value, you can use it. Ex: Twitter Bootstrap, AngularJs, Spring MVC, etc.
    - Although we do scrum every day, managers are not micro-managing.
    - After 2 weeks of development, we have 1 week of QA. Engineers are required to participate in testing. This can be a negative for some. However, after 3 days of testing, you have 1 or 2 days where (if you speak up and schedule permitted) you can work on things that you want to work on (but this has to be Boku products/application). Or, you can ask some time to learn new technology.
    - You are expected to own the product

    Cons

    - Benefits can be better (401 matching, full insurance)
    - As an engineer, you are required to participate in 1 week on-call rotation (3 times a year)
    - Given the nature of startup, sometimes you need to work on features/products with non-fix specs.
    - Communication between engineer and product manager can be better (they are working on it)

    Recommends
  2.  

    Great and exciting working environment, but you need to speak up

    • 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 Boku full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Boku gives you all the freedom that you want and need. You get a lot of responsibilities from day one and management is pretty hands-off, but that served me well as it gives me the flexibility to prioritize my own work to get things done. Basic perks include: standing desks, health insurance, wine club, beer club, free lunch every week, free drinks and snacks, coffee carts, tons of fun activities like scavenger hunt, happy hours, table tennis tournaments and birthday cakes (just to name a few).

    Cons

    You need to speak up to get a voice (and a raise). Communication between senior Management and org could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more actively involved
    continue to support investment into culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Toxic culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boku full-time

    Pros

    Pretty good health insurance, very nice office, beer and wine clubs, free snacks, sodas, most of the standard tech startup perks.

    Cons

    No real opportunity for advancement, lack of transparency with upper management. They expect engineers to be in the office early, not really take a lunch break and to stay late. Salaries tend to below market and they're pretty stingy with options. The office politics are nasty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on retaining top talent with more than just lip-service.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    awful management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Boku full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free snacks and good health insurance

    Cons

    Very low payment and very stressful environment. Management is extremely greedy and
     do not have a lot of experience regarding several issues. There is no room for advance and they do not take any good advices from good employees with experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should really take care of the people that work hard and pay enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Great Place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Boku full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    For a company that has been around for 4+ years, it amazes me at how extremely non political this place is. Very collaborative open environment, employee development is encouraged, you are definitely given the opportunity to grow.
    Smart talented people, some that really believe in the business and the power of impact/change.
    Engineering culture is geared to solve problems the right way, emphasis is on quality.

    Cons

    Not sure of the business vision of the company, management needs to work on it more. This is not a typical 'explosive' valley startup anymore...if you are looking to work at a startup that gets featured in techcrunch all the time..this isnt it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    The best company I've ever worked for

    • 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 Boku full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great, great, great colleagues: very smart, dedicated, friendly, and fun
    When the company makes mistakes, it recognizes them and works to fix them
    Company is deeply loyal to the employees
    Excellent office location in SOMA, San Francisco

    Cons

    Not a "hyper-growth" company (ala Facebook, Square, Dropbox); instead, more measured (but steady) growth
    What we do is *hard*: there are tough challenges to work through, both technical and business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communicating; spend a lot of time with employees at all levels. Use MBWA: "management by walking around"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A GREEDY Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boku

    Pros

    Free snacks
    Fun, Relaxing, Do Whatever
    Big Monitors
    Beer and wine clubs

    Cons

    Executive management team is very poor
    Missing a good product/service strategy
    Mission is to grow revenue and sell company so the executives make lots of money
    Not much of a culture to speak of
    Careless about the customer
    Just work, don't even mention about career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The executive management team needs to care about the company and its employees for a change. They should actually come in and stay for a full-day in the office. If they are bored, they should open their office door and talk to the employees to learn what is happening. That would be a good start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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