Box Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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Pros
  • The company is growing so fast there is amazing opportunity for advancement (in 6 reviews)

  • Everyone is incredibly friendly, you get free food, the benefits are super cheap (though not free), and the CEO is inspiring (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not very good compared with other similar stage companies (in 6 reviews)

  • Company hyper growth has come at the expense of culture (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Looking back, I regret my lack of appreciation for the culture, people, and values of the organization.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I worked at Box full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Very people-centric organization. Makes you want to work harder. Despite what you make.
    - Customers praise the organization for its great products.
    - People care alot about each other and what we are trying to achieve

    Cons

    - Young folks. Not that it is bad, but Box really needs to amp up their game with more seasoned experienced professionals. But it really isn't any different than any other fast growing company
    - Salary kinda sucked. I'm sure they are more competitive now, but not when I was there

    Advice to Management

    Amp up your game and hire more experienced people. Don't let the unexperienced employees interview and hire. They don't know what experience/talent is.

  2. Designer

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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 Box full-time (More than a year)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Box has been insanely flexible about working remotely--as long as you're producing good work and have a positive, proactive attitude, you'll have room to work where you're most comfortable.

    Box recently brought in a new Director of Design who is really on-point.

    Cons

    This is a thing of the past, but previously brand and product design were disconnected and it showed.

    It feels like there's a lot of turnover--maybe there is and maybe there isn't, but that's how it feels.

  3. Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Box full-time

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

    Pros

    Great product, simple to learn, demo and sell
    Company is highly innovative, smart people
    Processes are very well established and clean
    Great support- your customers are happy

    Cons

    Many young people that can be overzealous
    Too many sales people as company knows they have a window, very few make good money

    Advice to Management

    True enterprise sales people will shy away from Box given the small chances of financial upside
    Message to the young people to stay humble and hungry- a young CEO doesn't mean they are one as well

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Excellent People and Perks!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - People in Los Altos, CA
    Current Employee - People in Los Altos, CA

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

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

    Pros

    -brilliant people
    -great perks
    -fantastic opportunities to collaborate across many teams

    Cons

    -401k is not matched which is probably my main stress.

    Advice to Management

    401K matching please!

  6. Helpful (1)

    Senior Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Altos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Altos, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Many technical challenges to solve, fast moving environment, cheerful and helpful coworkers

    Cons

    Fierce competition, which is both good and bad.
    Limited offerings for professional training (classes/courses).

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep top talent more engaged (raise, better salaries/perks, spot bonuses) otherwise, they will leave.

  7. Transparent, Friendly, Fun!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Box

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

    Pros

    The people here are great to work with - incredibly bright, passionate, friendly, and easy-going.

    Cons

    Box is dealing with a lot of structural changes. On one hand it's tough to deal with such a nebulous environment, on the other hand it's really exciting to get to spearhead new projects to help over come these growing pains.

  8. Can't imagine a more exciting place to start a career - lots of opportunity for growth and ownership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Box (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    It's exciting to be a part of such incredible growth - company has almost doubled in the past two years I've been here. Has definitely maintained a "start-up" feel despite being a pretty large company. People are open and collaborative, and genuinely feel pushed to do my best due to all the intelligent people I'm surrounded with.

    Cons

    "Start-up" vibe also means we lack a lot of scalable processes, or processes at all. While I believe management cares about internal mobility, the progress there has been slower than one would like. General disorganization across orgs is also an issue.

  9. Helpful (1)

    It

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Box

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

    Pros

    CEO, COO are amazing - they are motivating and fun.

    Cons

    A culture that is full of favoritism. It makes me think of people with a chip on their shoulder...but they don't realize there are several companies looking for talent. Because of the favoritism, management has lost amazing people. It's also very mid management heavy, I actually don't know what they do but look at their computers, gchat, and maybe "coach" people all day. Too many people that like to hear their voice...

    Advice to Management

    Google what it means to have a meritocracy, promote based on skills and if the person is a team player. Don't promote who you like or would want to go drinking with. You have also become less agile.

  10. Fantastic place to find career growth and inspiring coworkers

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

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

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

    Pros

    Box employees are some of the smartest and most driven people in the Bay Area - it's a pretty amazing learning experience to be surround by so many intelligent individuals. Culture is fantastic and has really been maintained, even as the company scales rapidly. This is a great place to really and truly grow your career.

    Cons

    Compensation isn't always up to par but then again, the sheer career opportunities here outweigh monetary gain.

  11. Awesome company to learn, have fun, build your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Box full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to take ownership of projects, drive initiatives, and work on things you have interest in.

    Cons

    Often have to fight for your career progression.

    Advice to Management

    Entice employees to stay by raising salaries, bonuses, etc. You have great people that may leave otherwise!

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