Efficient Frontier

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  1.  

    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    don't let acquisition hinder the culture of innovation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate people as they are the most important asset.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Market and sell more aggressively!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Summer

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

    I worked at Efficient Frontier

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The new management has really done a good job in energizing company and expanding the vision.

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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

    Pros

    Exciting space and executing on an exciting vision
    Brought in good management and are focused on execution
    Good camaraderie in team

    Cons

    lot of work but otherwise nothing much to complain about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some more people so we can execute and grow faster

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Place to Work and Excel....There are no glass ceiling.

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    Current Employee - Manager @ EF  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager @ EF in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Efficient Frontier

    Pros

    Efficient Frontier, has a very collaborate environment where people are its biggest asset. I found employees to be very cooperative willing to work together. Its technology is the best. No one looks over your shoulder and there is enough latitude for an individual to succeed. The company has a open door policy and ideas are welcome to be shared with management and founders.

    Cons

    During good times the company should have been conservative in how they spent money on food, paper glasses, hiring. Considering that it is a start-up, employees should have been pushed hard to deliver more to succeed as a team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Hire cautiously and make it a compelling environment for your employees to push harder. Additionally, do away with lunches and sundry expenses and celebrate every new customer acquisition with the entire company.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Interesting work Good team

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

    I have been working at Efficient Frontier

    Pros

    The team works well together. Not much politicking. Focus on getting things done. Product vision is interesting.

    Cons

    Management team needs to execute faster on ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are in a great space. Execute fast and you can win the market.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    EF could be a good company, but it is not.

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    Current Employee - Account Analyst  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Account Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Efficient Frontier

    Pros

    some really bright young people here, a good learning environment if gets into it.

    Cons

    this is a small startup type company, but acts like a 100 years corporate. no recognition for contributuions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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