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Box Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
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Box Co-founder & CEO Aaron Levie
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74 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company in an interesting phase

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    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Backend Engineer review

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    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
  3.  

    Great company to work at

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    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
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  5. 2 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

  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Look forward to work everyday

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

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

    Pros

    You know that feeling on Sunday evening when you dread coming into work on Monday? Well, you'll never get that at Box. I literally enjoy coming into work every single day and I sometimes have to remind myself to get home in the evenings.

    A candidate recently asked me why I like working at Box so much. It's definitely the culture and the people that keep me energized. Think of it as being in a very engaging and accepting social environment where you also get a ton of great work done.

    Cons

    As a company on the cutting edge of SaaS, we serve a ton of high demanding customers who expect the best from their software vendors. This requirement for excellence can produce many high pressure situations and it takes a little bit of experience to understand how to serve these customers well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Levie is a visionary and pushes all teams to deliver their best. Continue hiring A players who think big and never settle for B players just to fill roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent culture, good comp and nice people

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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

    Pros

    The best place I worked so far. Fast growing, full of passion, and you can learn tons from here. The entire atmosphere are awesome, people around are energetic, colleague are smart, funny and very nice! Everyone are easy to communication and ask for help. Compensation is great, close to IPO, I believe if you work hard you can get what you pay for.

    Cons

    Don't find really one so far, office feel a little crowd now, need move to a spacious place. Codebase is a little mess, have some tech debate need solve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    Incredible culture, nice people

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Really great people to work with. Incredible lower level management and amazing Exec staff with great vision, guidance, accessibility. Generally way more mobility than almost any other tech company. Tired of sales, try operations. Tired of CS, try product. Moving is hard but DOABLE

    Cons

    A million VPs. Everyone's a VP. And it goes to their head. While lower management and exec staff is great, department heads lack true knowledge of the details and it shows in their delivery and calling out people as scapegoats when they have no idea what is going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many VPs... turning into iBanking title structure. While lower level management is great, as well as exec, department leaders lack knowledge of day to day projects and are in a weird high-level vs. detail middle ground.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Skip Box

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Box full-time

    Pros

    Box has great CEO full of energy

    Cons

    Box has only great CEO full of energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Both good and bad.

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Mostly good people, can do attitude. great technology.
    Many of the perks you would expect from the best Silicon Valley companies.

    Cons

    No EMEA data center makes it very hard to compete outside US.
    Way too many quota carrying people for the amount of accounts with potential at this time.
    Not everyone in management has the necessary qualifications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire people into territories where there is no current demand or interest in the product.
    Markets mature at different stages, this should not come as a surprise for a Tech company.
    If management has made miscalculations about territories, then you should man up and make the necessary changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Experience & Energy

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Many people with great experience to share, many people with high energy to get things done! There's a sense of mission and devotion to quality. Office culture and policies constantly being reviewed to make things better.

    Cons

    So many things to do, you have to learn to keep focus. Open Office setup takes some getting used to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Stay the Course".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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