E la Carte Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Unique product, lots of challenges

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at E la Carte full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wide range of technologies and interesting problems to work on.
    E la Carte designs their own hardware which is rare for a startup.
    Flexibility to work on different parts of the software stack.
    Plenty of freedom when designing and implementing features

    Cons

    Management could be more transparent. Information and strategy is sometimes not volunteered unless asked about directly.
    Priorities shift frequently. This is often driven by changing market conditions but can be frustrating as an engineer.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great Opportunity, Poor Leadership

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at E la Carte full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Start up with a solid opportunity and major customer

    Cons

    Inconsistent, inexperienced and erratic CEO with weak people skills
    Business model needs to be fixed

    Advice to Management

    Get a professional CEO/President


  3. Helpful (1)

    Employees-first culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at E la Carte full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The people! This company knows how to hire the best. There's a diverse group of people in a very collaborative workplace. It makes going to work something easy to get up for.

    The technical challenges! As an engineer, you are exposed to a technical stack that is unique to a custom tablet experience. You are in the driver seat to define processes and culture for development and QA in this exciting new field of embedded Android.

    Career growth! All your work is visible. Work hard and you'll have influence.

    Cons

    Bringing pets to work would be nice. Transparency in business strategy was a little lacking but they picked it up as the company grew. We have all-hands followed by happy hour regularly now.

    Also Aquafina > Alhambra.

    Advice to Management

    Raj needs ELC branded shorts.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    Literally the worst group of human beings I've ever worked with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at E la Carte full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Caltrain pass. Created lasting relationships with a small group of colleagues.

    Cons

    Incompetent management, No company culture, lack of accountability, no regard for the welfare employees.
    Departments work against each other instead of collaborating to produce results and the respective management teams surround themselves with YES men. This is an environment driven by ego so if you're looking for a company culture shrouded in negativity, then take a job here. I could not be more disappointed in the time I spent working at E la Carte.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge yourselves to be better......


  6. Helpful (5)

    Worst Company I have ever worked for! RUN!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at E la Carte

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I love most of the people I work with.

    Cons

    This was the worst company I had the pleasure of working for. Rajat should not be a CEO as he does not know how to lead. He micromanages his directors and the directors never have a thought of their own. Because of Rajat's Poor leader skills and horrible just horrible decisions the company is not heading towards a good place.

    Rajat does not care about his employees or clients at all. He wants to make it to top any which way he can but has no idea how to execute that plan, again he makes horrible decisions.

    I would not recommend working here at all

    Advice to Management

    Maybe if you had an idea of your own and actually spoke up, management can make this company a successful and pleasureful place to work for.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Terrible Place - Sr. Management is 'evil'

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at E la Carte full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting Product.
    Good Sales Team.
    Some of the co-workers were nice (but they all left in 3-6 months)

    Cons

    bad engineers (you're scraping the bottom of the barrel here).
    Sr. management is horrible. the ceo is very very rude.
    The even fired their co-founder.

    Advice to Management

    be nice to people.

    E la Carte Response

    Dec 9, 2014Sr. Director of HR & Recruiting

    We here at E la Carte have had a great employee retention rate and in the last 2 years we have not had any employee leave/quit in under 6 months as this post mentions (I work in HR). We did have ... More


  8. Helpful (2)

    A place where one can truly be a person that wears many hats

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at E la Carte full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I've worked at many places, from different start ups, to Apple, to HP, but nothing that challenges me as much as E La Carte has! I have gotten the chance to use my skills from my previous jobs and apply them in a totally new way (in addition to learning new skills in regards to time and people management). However, the best feeling above all of that is being able to see your product change a complete industry and the way it works.

    Cons

    It is a start up, so you will be required to put in extra hours. If that is not your thing, why are you even looking at a startup environment to begin with?

    Advice to Management

    I would like to say that management has done an excellent job in handling things thus far: the only thing I would like to ask of management is that as our company grows, instead of becoming a place where politics play heavy (which is typical of a lot of companies when they become larger scale companies), we should continue to concentrate on delivering an excellent product and continue to strive towards that direction and do whatever it takes to get there.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Exciting and filled with talent!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at E la Carte full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    E la Carte is experiencing tremendous growth and it's amazing to be a part of it.

    There are no duds here. Every single employee I've interacted with is sharp and energetic.

    The company is very flexible, allowing me to set my own schedule, choose my own computer, run whatever OS I want, and also bought me a bike and a GoPass for unlimited travel on Caltrain so I can avoid the hordes on 101.

    Cons

    It's a startup, so be ready for ups and downs along the way.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Vibrant startup with dynamic culture/technology

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at E la Carte full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    There's a lot of opportunity for growth at this company. I really enjoy the fact that you can pave your own career path. The technology is exciting to work with and the company has a lot of prospect.

    Cons

    More snacks at the office would be nice!

    Advice to Management

    Management really listens to their employees and their feedback. I think that's important for any company culture. I also like how the company tries to build a strong team with frequent staff outings and events.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful startup!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at E la Carte full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    ELC has the things I find most important: work and life balance, full autonomy, opportunity to learn new skill sets, supportive management, active voice in decision making process, etc.

    Some other cool perks that definitely matter:
    -daily lunch is provided
    -100% of health benefits paid
    -choose your own computer / reimbursement for device you may already have
    -bike credit / reimbursement to encourage healthy lifestyle
    -flexible schedules - option to work from home and control your work load
    -open vacation policy

    In this type of company environment, I'm much more satisfied and productive (even while working less hours) than I was at my prior employer.

    Cons

    Would like to see the company HQ in SF.



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