Efficient Frontier

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Efficient Frontier Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
29 Reviews
3.3
29 Reviews
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Efficient Frontier President, CEO & Director David Karnstedt
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  1.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Efficient Frontier as an intern

    Pros

    Awesome people, fun culture, great company that's making strides (acquired by Adobe)

    Cons

    Kinda dull work, really. Not exactly where you can apply superior intellectual skills, though people there are very smart.

  2.  

    Work for EF

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Account Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Efficient Frontier full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Top of the line technology
    First mover advantage
    Highly knowledgable staff and management team
    Constant product development
    An Adobe company

    Cons

    Work/life balance
    Support & Training
    Technically orientated

  3.  

    Awesome work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Test Developer)  in  Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Test Developer) in Chennai (India)

    I have been working at Efficient Frontier full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Start up culture
    Good life balance work environment
    Good Recognition

    Cons

    No major cons specifically. But spend more on employees like food facility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognitions are good but spend more on employees to satisfy them to little more extent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Learned a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Efficient Frontier

    Pros

    The field is very dynamic and constantly changing which makes it so you are constantly learning. It is a start up company.

    Cons

    Since efficient frontier is a start up, you tend to work long hours in order to make sure you can meet the needs of your clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Now that we're Adobe, will EF culture remain or drastically be squeezed out?

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Efficient Frontier

    Pros

    Leadership, as all companies are, isn't perfect. However, DK and his immediate field generals are very sound. The company, who has been around since early 2000's has not been foolish in taken on rounds and rounds of VC backing, and they are very fiscally sound in running their business (i.e. doing deals that are profitable). The algorithm/optimization platform is second to none. And the folks there are very intelligent and most of very approachable to share their knowledge with you. I have always had the flexibility of working at the office or elsewhere as situations needed.

    Cons

    Like other reviewers have mentioned, hiring new people takes a long, long time. Even though the company has been around for 10+ years, it's still stuck in a 'small company' mentality often times, and therefore, selling the company to would-be employees is difficult. We didn't do a ton of marketing. Now that we're Adobe, many questions arise; not just about 'culture' but will EF be simply absorbed into the new organization and then eventually half its business and employees be spit out?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It might be out of EF management heads, but their senior leadership of all business groups within EF should be reviewed. There are some unit leaders that seem to be underqualified and might have been given the role for reasons other then professional qualifications.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not a great place to work for most groups and roles

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Efficient Frontier

    Pros

    account management stagg is dedicated and capable
    good benefits

    Cons

    disrespectful behavior by engineering management
    quality is ignored

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Have never regretted joining Efficient Frontier

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Efficient Frontier

    Pros

    - Opportunity to work with the brightest people
    - Efficient Frontier is an industry leader and we work with the biggest clients across Search, Facebook and Display
    - Opportunity for personal growth and advancement
    - Company is focused on profitability, growth and shareholder value
    - Flexible schedules, good work/life balance
    - Free soda, coffee and snacks ;)

    Cons

    - When there are open positions it's difficult to find great candidates to fill the roles, so hiring can take a little longer than we'd like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Continue working collectively towards the vision and goals you've stated to the organization.
    - Great job on the Context Optional acquisition.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long road to nowhere

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    Former Employee - Client Services
    Former Employee - Client Services

    I worked at Efficient Frontier

    Pros

    Hard to think of many reasons why I liked my career at EF. They always let me take days of when I wanted. They also have a couple of really smart people on staff who I learned a lot from and would happily work with again.

    Cons

    There are so many reasons why I thought my short time there was a waste of time. There is so many people with high up job titles that are clueless. Some things I heard from their mouths sounded more like the set of Jersey shore. A lot of gossip and politics the higher up you go. After a few months I understood why there was such a big churn of clients. It was a culture that i feel would be good for people who just work for a pay check.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Probably not realistic to get rid of so many people on staff so at least try and stop the gossip culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    An Agency Wrapped In Technology Clothing

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Efficient Frontier

    Pros

    Relaxed Atmosphere, Friendly People, Independent Work Environment, Decent Work Hours, Flexible Vacation Time.
    It is an organization where for most staff in most areas, if you show up, do a semi ok job, enjoy a casual friendly environment you will be satisfied.

    Cons

    Little Practical Career Growth & No True Career Development, Below Average Remuneration, Understaffed in Key Areas like Product Development & Engineering, Rewards for Tenure & Experience Over Performance.
    The outside perspective of the company is of an organization at the cutting edge of the industry technology wise when in reality it is primarily an agency which has an engineering focus and a strong analytics background. So if you are looking to work at a true technology focused and innovative company, you probably should look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide whether you want to be an agency or a cutting edge technology company. Then hire, structure, reward and communicate accordingly.

    Approves of CEO

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