Brighterion

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Brighterion Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
16 Reviews
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16 Reviews
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Interesting product, nice staff, terribly company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Employees are friendly, smart, interesting people to work with.
    Location is pretty nice--reasonable commute from the city or East Bay, a lot of restaurants/bars nearby, not terribly far from the gym if that's your thing.
    Projects have the potential to be interesting.

    Cons

    Delegation of projects is ridiculous. Some people are totally overworked while others are forgotten--who falls into which category seems to change fairly often, even if the total number of projects going on doesn't change.
    CEO is unprofessional. Frequently insults current employees (lazy, drug addicts, crazy) and gossips about former employees (never by name, but still describes them enough that it's obvious). Likes to have an audience when he chastises people. Is especially rough on the (few) women in the office.
    Extremely high turnover--despite being told that no one leaves the company, nearly 15 people have left (most quit, some were fired) in the past year. Enough people are casually looking for employment elsewhere that there is an unofficial bet about who will leave first.
    Growth within the company is fairly nonexistent.
    If you don't have a math degree or "technical background," it will be assumed that you are incapable of learning even the most basic technical terms. That degree is more important than your proven skills.
    Pay is extremely low for the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees and treat them like humans.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Really poor work experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    I worked for Brighterion in 2012/2013 and it was really a bad experience start to finish. Most of the glowingly positive reviews posted are from the CEO and other current employees that coerces to write them.

    Cons

    Just a very sub standard work environment. It starts w/ the CEO and flows from there. He is a big micro manager and most of the people that work around him are very unhappy. A tour of the office will confirm all of this. This is a bottom 5% place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A new CEO would go a long way towards addressing most of the ill's facing this company. As it stands I doubt this company will be in business more than a year or two from now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Fantastic work, "perpetual startup" feel.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Modeling Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Modeling Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Brighterion full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -There are interesting problems to work on, and there is always room for improving the company's products and technologies.
    -All of your coworkers are extremely intelligent and motivated.
    -You get to work on some of the world's largest data sets using state of the art machine learning methods.
    -Great for those interested in a career in statistics or data science.

    Cons

    -Company growth is very slow.
    -Compensation is very below average for people in this field.
    -The company is not interested in rewarding those who remain with them, management prefers employees with little experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your more experienced employees with respect, do more to ensure that they stick with the company. All of us could benefit from having lots of experienced people around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    The management (CEO) acts like dictator presiding over his minions while playing mind games.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great camaraderie among the employees who are all against upper management

    Cons

    Pay is way below average. Everyone is miserable. There is at least one person crying a week. The women have it especially tough. You are pressured into working long hours or have your dedication to the company questioned. If you want to leave on time, you are automatically compared to other employees in public and shamed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, huge opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Brighterion full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Freedom in work, great ambiance, very nice people there

    Cons

    Salary and benefits, stock options cannot replace a decent pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate more

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    HORRIBLE COMPANY TO WORK FOR

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brighterion

    Pros

    none none none none none

    Cons

    CEO thinks anyone without a PhD is beneath him and treats his employees like slaves. The office is quiet without any eating allowed at desks and any sort of socializing is frowned upon. Most of the employees are foreign and are treated like children. The pay is far below market rate and I have no idea how he gets away with paying so little. In the interviews he tries to entice prospective employees with stock and has been saying that the company is going to be bought "very soon," yet is has not happened, and obviously will not happen any time soon because he doesn't let people do their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people some freedom. Don't be such a control freak.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Menial and drone-worthy

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    Former Employee - Junior Analytical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Junior Analytical Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Brighterion

    Pros

    I was able to pick up basic SQL skills which transferred over to my next position. Unfortunately not mu ch else.

    Cons

    Actual work pace was glacial and there were often long periods of downtime. Learning other programming languages during this downtime was discouraged. Was lowballed for compensation but as a new-grad i didn't have much choice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good if you really need a job, but doesn't pay well at all.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Brighterion

    Pros

    The employees are smart and you get a challenging experience where you should learn something. The company has a lot of potential growth. I don't have any issues with the CTO as some people have complained about him, he is very intelligent, but has high standards for work considering the very low pay.

    Cons

    The pay and benefits are terrible. I would recommend that potential employees look for a job a little longer before considering Brighterion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees better. The possibility of future stock options can not be substituted for pay. If you are trying to grow staff, you need to pay at least close to market rates. Most people on staff are at least casually looking for a job elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Time that will never come back

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Developer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Brighterion

    Pros

    You will learn how to deal with difficult bosses
    You will learn that communication and opinions are not valued everywhere
    Great coffee shop on the first floor of the building
    Great view from most of the cubicles.

    Cons

    Starting pay is one of the worst in the industry, it doesn't even come close to it. In a city as expensive as SF, brighterion starting salary will have you looking for a second job or calling mom to move back in.
    Communicating with management is virtually impossible, your opinion and suggestions will fall in deaf ears.
    weekly meetings are a joke, where one only talks about things that can be discussed through email, never once did a meeting turn to be productive.
    Do yourself a favor and run away

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the reviews on glassdoor, you will learn a lot from past employees. Your policies need to be reviewed and employees need to be treated respectfully.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome

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

    I have been working at Brighterion

    Pros

    • Employees interact freely across the company and at all levels
    • Employees are genuinely excited about Brighterion's products.

    Cons

    • Work-from-home is impossible
    • If you are someone who thrives in a well-structured, unambiguous and procedures-based environment, you might feel a bit frustrated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the Executive Management team at Brighterionn is fantastic - they even have great personalities and know how to have fun.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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