Box Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
91 Reviews
4.1
91 Reviews
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Box Co-founder & CEO Aaron Levie
Aaron Levie
66 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    Awesome company to work for

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Los Altos, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Altos, CA

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

    Pros

    Fast moving and innovative with lots to do. Great perks with the usual free lunch, snacks and shuttle. Rapid expansion leaves plenty of room to grow your career.

    Cons

    Sometimes the pace is a little too fast combined with short term thinking. There is a big clash between the pure startup mentality people and corporate people that are being brought in which can be unproductive. While moving 'fast' decision making can be rather slow as you need way too many people in on the decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More leadership and decision making from the management team is required. The group think is nice but slowing things down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company!

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Working for a company that has leadership that is as passionate about the company as they are about the employees and product is very refreshing. Lots of added perks to the job such as, great offices, ergonomic desks, great snacks, free lunch and on-going training in different areas of your expertise, etc.

    Cons

    The challenges of a growing company are not for everyone, things change quickly and it requires you to adjust and adapt on a dime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in your current employees and management team!
    Make changes fast...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hot or Not

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    Current Employee - OBR  in  Los Altos, CA
    Current Employee - OBR in Los Altos, CA

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

    Pros

    Quickly growing organization. Great Product, Great executive level leadership

    Cons

    cultural transitional period. Treading a fine line between being an employee and being a number.

    Career development is lacking, and work effort is not recognized or rewarded

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    All that glitters is not gold

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    Former Employee - Director of Strategic Marketing  in  Los Altos, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Strategic Marketing in Los Altos, CA

    I worked at Box full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good product. Company addressing a large market opportunity. Potentially, a future platform play. Some good folks working there too (platform, recruiting, customer success). Fun, youngish, sometimes borderline silly culture.

    Cons

    Getting very fat at the top. The company has too many VP's and above, enjoying rich compensation, which weighs down on the P&L. Sales, Biz Dev, Marketing,..you name it. Levie is too inexperienced and all over the map. Levin delegates down and manages up. Others have been there too long (grandfathered in despite their incompetency) or simply are playing politics as the company grows. None of the senior exec staff took responsibility for mistakes in timing and content on the S-1, rather focus on firing under the table and trimming, which is not a good sign long-term. Many customers state that they are now using Box just as cloud storage, which is a commodity. The company may see churn increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a hard, honest look in the mirror. You should be focused on building a long-lasting great enterprise software company, not an IPO pop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 10 people found this helpful  

    Gilded Age

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Los Altos, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Los Altos, CA

    I worked at Box full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Young start up atmosphere
    - Close to IPO
    - Awesome building interior
    - Discounted Gym Membership
    - Not too terrible of a product

    Cons

    - Complete atmosphere 360! Back in Palo Alto were the good old days when we were working together and felt passionate about the company...since the move to Los Altos it was all down hill from there
    - Passive aggressive upper management. If you want to send a message to the team don't college roommate status write a note on your window by your desk.
    - Lack of any job growth or promotions
    - VERY POLITICAL especially for such a young company
    - Everyone talks about how much they want to get out of the company which brings down the work moral

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on hiring within the company and having a new VP bring in his/her good old crowd from their previous company.

    Too many dissatisfied employees. It's a shame, Box had so much potential but has a terrible reputation in the Silicon Valley

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Exciting market opportunity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Box

    Pros

    Great company - people here are smart, enthusiastic, collaborative and want to make an impact.

    Cons

    Everything going very fast here

  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great People, Great Vision

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fast growing which is really exciting. By far greatest company culture and people I've been around professionally. If you want the opportunity to work with smart innovative people, Box is the place. Leadership has a real vision for the company.

    Cons

    Fast growing, which also has a lot of downside at times. As a result everyone wears multiple hats and everyone is doing multiple jobs. Can be disorganized because of hyper-growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perks and benefits are pretty competitive. Only advice is that the product itself can try to be too accommodating to our large range of customers and often suffers because of it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture, awesome people, and a solid product

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Box

    Pros

    The culture is amazing and the people there are the best. It's like going to work with your friends. It's a very open and flat environment where everyone is motivated to do their best and make an impact.

    Cons

    Career growth and compensation don't seem to be as competitive as other cloud companies. Things are constantly changing there that it's at times difficult to keep up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a better job of being competitive in terms of retaining current proven talent.

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

    Exciting, challenging work with lots of opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I absolutely love this company.

    - They've done an amazing job hiring people who are not only incredibly talented but also a blast to work with. The culture is focused and supportive.
    - If you have the ambition, there are opportunities to match it. I've seen people make entire careers here in the span of a couple years.
    - Empowering management style. You're trusted to exercise good judgment and make your own decisions.
    - Experienced senior staff. SVP Engineering ran Google Apps for several years and is extremely sharp.

    Cons

    - The company is growing extremely fast, so occasionally people get moved into leadership positions who shouldn't have been and it takes too long to move them out.
    - While people are empowered, they aren't always held accountable. The company has some growing up to do in that sense.
    - There is a lot of technical debt which can be pretty frustrating at times (but also means that most things are getting rewritten, which can be quite fun to do).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Act more quickly with poor performers in management.
    - Hold people accountable for their work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, awesome people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Box as an intern

    Pros

    great company culture, awesome perks, got to be involved in lots of different things

    Cons

    some lack of organization, can be long hours depending on what you are working on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Box Response

    Apr 7, 2014Manager Sales Recruiting

    Thank you for your feedback! The Recruiting team loves referrals, so if you have friends or past colleagues who you think would be happy here, please send them our way.

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