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  1. Real tech, Ethical

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Efficient Frontier (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great CTO, great tech, great culture. It was a great team that was building great products. I strongly recommend hiring people from Efficient Frontier.

    Cons

    relaxed environment, no room for growth, not innovative enough. The company missed out on a lot of new waves.

  2. Disappointing Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Efficient Frontier full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    If you're willing to sacrifice quality of life and basic humanity, you will be healthily rewarded for doing so.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, no office culture, active resistance to diversity

  3. Good working experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Efficient Frontier full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Encouraged to learn and do things independently. Very sooon, I was independenly completing things like opening and closing...

    Cons

    Up selling. Under utilized by manager.

    Advice to Management

    Use your employees more.

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  5. Startup environment

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Efficient Frontier full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    -lots of flexibility in how to do your job
    -small company feel so you get to work great people across various groups

    Cons

    -lack of established processes so lots of inefficienies
    -not enough attention on career development/training

    Advice to Management

    don't let acquisition hinder the culture of innovation

  6. You'll enjoy working here and stay for a while

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Accountant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Efficient Frontier full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers are great to work with and company has good benefits

    Cons

    The pay could be a lot better and some upward feedback would be nice

    Advice to Management

    Management should listen to its employees more

  7. Efficient Frontier is a progressive, positive, collaborative place to be!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Efficient Frontier

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    How many startups do you know that offer a 401(k) match, how many do you know that acquired a company, how many do you know that have very low employee contribution costs for benefits? EF has all of this and more! We also have a CFO that supports investing in technological resources that make sense, he's not your typical CFO - so conservative that you have to beg, borrow and steal to get a new resource.

    Cons

    Offer leadership training, EF is a great gig, we can be better ... a little training goes a long way.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate people as they are the most important asset.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Good product, nice people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Efficient Frontier

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, flexible hours, lots of nice people. The technology (algorithms) behind the product is solid.

    Cons

    Managers are hit and miss. Some great ones, and some less than savory ones. Although compensation and raises are commensurate to performance, actual career advancement opportunities are on the low side. More recently, cliques have formed within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Market and sell more aggressively!

  9. Helpful (3)

    Some get rewards but most don't

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Efficient Frontier

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I wanted a chance to work at a great Search Engine Marketing company because of Efficient Frontiers good reputation. Unfortunately after a promising start after meeting so many nice people I realized that it was not that different to other Search agencies.

    Cons

    There was a large amount of politics and managers took credit for hard working staff's good work and also blamed their teams when things went wrong. Unless you were one of the small selection of favorites, the only way to get a raise or promoted was stick around for years and years and just do all the work that was given to you. So be prepared for a lot of long hours. Was a lot of staff leaving in the months before I left.

    Advice to Management

    To listen to other staff and not just the favorites and give people a reason to want to stay by giving them fair reward for work.

  10. Great company with lots of potential

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Efficient Frontier

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The vision that EF is execting on is great and very interesting. The team is great and the management team is good at listening and communicating. The technology and the work is very interesting. EF is building a solid platform that will combine search, display and social and its very exciting to work in the environment.

    Cons

    Lots of work. Can't hire fast enough. Product is very strong and the company needs to market it to more people.

    Advice to Management

    Keep executing on the big vision of combining search, display and social. Hire faster.

  11. Summer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Efficient Frontier

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Only a summer glimpse - a great place from what I saw. Employees really know their stuff, and the technology behind the product really works. And everyone is really friendly!

    Cons

    If you were stuck there with no car then the only food option would be in the cafeteria, which is good although a little expensive. Some of the work is pretty Excel intensive, so tedious at times.

    Advice to Management

    Efficient Frontier is going down a good path and is expanding rapidly. Take care of everyone and have more picnics!

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