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Box Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
106 Reviews
4.0
106 Reviews
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Box Co-founder & CEO Aaron Levie
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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.  

    Love it here! Growing pains potentially make some things harder

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Box

    Pros

    Culture is incredible, people are incredible, no hierarchy - anyone will talk with you

    Cons

    Some people get promoted really fast, some stay in a place for years. Not sure if that's because they don't hire into the right roles, or there are under performers who just sit in place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend more time weeding out underperformers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great product, very poor upper-level management.

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Executive
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Executive

    I worked at Box full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great product. Outshines the competition. Has amazing brand recognition. Backed by tier 1 investors. Freemium to paid-for is a great model, easy to find prospective customers, a bit of a challenge to sell enterprise-wide.

    Cons

    Upper-level mgt has little to no respect for field sales. However, the biggest issue is that there are far too many reps in the geo territories. The model is basically, one to two reps make all the money, the majority struggle, and a few at the bottom starve...and either quit or are put on plan. Understandably, Box is in an extremely crowded market, so it requires an inordinately high number of reps on the street to overcome all the competitive noise, but in the end, it's the reps who struggle to make it work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worry less about your ego, and more about the people making this wheel turn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great balance between fun and impact

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Los Altos, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Los Altos, CA

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

    Pros

    --Amazingly fun people
    --Challenging work
    --Pushes you to be your best
    --Leadership cares so much about out satisfaction

    Cons

    The landscape is super competitive which can pull us in so many different directions at any given time. It's part of what's fun about working with Box - we're serving so many different needs at any given time, but it can also be overwhelming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Best decision ever.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Box

    Pros

    -Great manager
    -Close-knit team that makes me what to do my work better
    -Interesting scaling challenges

    Cons

    -The long delay to the IPO, but that wrapped up nicely :)
    -Need to learn how to better integrate remote offices

  6.  

    Could be great but not really

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Box full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Friendly people and experts coming from HQ regularly to explain technology and optimise process
    - Food, salary and benefits

    Cons

    - No strategy at all to approach European markets, counting only on potential leads to develop their footprint on the market.
    - No EU datacenter
    - Startup culture lost in Europe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people.. When something is going wrong, fix it and don't just give the sensation you will do something..
    Keep the best, change the rest..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good health benefits, but no HR departments

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Box

    Pros

    Health insurance is very good for individual coverage. Also dentals.

    Cons

    There is no HR department. There is no one to talk to objectively about issues with coworkers or anyone to go to with issues such as harassment or discrimination, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring HR would show employees commital to them about their careers and well beings.

  8.  

    Great company in an interesting phase

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

    I have been working at Box

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunity to make an impact
    - Very hard working group
    - Lots of really smart people

    Cons

    - Awkward transition stage between scrappy start up and large organization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Backend Engineer review

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Altos, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Altos, CA

    I worked at Box

    Pros

    - Open culture
    - Lots to learn
    - Good business need to drive cool projects

    Cons

    - Leadership in the backend department is notoriously bad
    - Very few reliable architects to listen to and learn from
    - Not a great place for people who enjoy learning on the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Hire managers that want to manage, not just those who can write a report
    - The only reason I wouldn't give up on Box is Aaron Levie. Aaron, make sure Schillace gets good leaders on the backend team like Nicholas Z was for the frontend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work at

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

    I have been working at Box

    Pros

    Fast growth and an extremely great place to work and learn. The teamwork and collaborative spirit is inspiring and some of the projects that are being done throughout the company are very innovative.

    Cons

    Because of the fast-paced work, it can sometimes be hard to keep up

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

    Great culture and people...

    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Culture starting at the top is top notch and hopefully no matter what happens (IPO or acquisition), this culture will be sustaining. A lot of topnotch talent in place although many on the sales side are starting to leave. Product is also VERY good but even more differentiation is needed to fight off Microsoft and Dropbox long-term. Both companies have much more market awareness and the file sync and share market is quickly becoming a commodity.

    Cons

    Product is a "nice to have" for many enterprises which is driving down pricing and general value-add. Starting to lose some top talent in the field. Way too many VPs/Mgrs. Seems like we could cut 20% of the fat and still have plenty of layers in place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep differentiating at a rapid pace to stay ahead of MS and Dropbox. Strive like hell to keep culture in place long-term

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