E la Carte Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
8 Reviews
3.6
8 Reviews
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  1.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible Place - Sr. Management is 'evil'

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    be nice to people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Exciting and filled with talent!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Vibrant startup with dynamic culture/technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful startup!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Really cool idea. Not a good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    - Small startup is appealing
    - Cool idea that could become industry standard
    - Some really good people

    Cons

    - CEO & executive team show overall lack of respect for employees
    - Unbalanced workload
    - Low compensation (unfulfilled promises for raises/rewards)
    - Expensive sub-par benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees. Ask questions, solicit feedback, find pressure points, and actually care what they say, and do something about it.
    Same goes for customers; don't try to sell them what you think they want. Listen to what they actually want, and if we can't deliver it, be honest about it.
    Communicate openly. Be transparent like you say you are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    fun and always changing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at E la Carte

    Pros

    great people, amazing product, lots of variety and responsibility in work, growing rapidly, freedom and results-oriented culture

    Cons

    typical startup stuff, no deal breakers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Marketing

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

    I worked at E la Carte full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Smart and ambitious people, good product concept,

    Cons

    Imbalanced life - work
    limited potential to grow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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