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An awesome place to work and an awesome company to work for

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

I have been working at Ask.com full-time

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

Pros

The "no-official" vacation policy where you can take as much time off as you want, casual dress, snacks in the kitchen, close to bart, upper management are easy to talk to, the company makes you feel valued as an employee

Cons

Sit behind a computer all day

Advice to Management

Can we get some caffeine-free diet soda?

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    Great opportunity to forge your own path. Some big company drawbacks.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ask.com

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ask.com supported my desire to move around a bit during my tenure. They welcomed ambition and desire to learn new parts of the business and rewarded that with new opportunities. The work/life balance is mostly good and compensation is in-line with the market. The best part of my experience with Ask were the people. It's a scrappy little company that is full of a really wide variety of people (singers, artists, bakers, you name it).

    Cons

    There is too much discussion of "culture." It's great to want to foster a strong company culture but if you have to work so hard at it (special clubs, ceo calling it out in meetings, etc.) then it often times feels too forced. Culture can be supported by a company but it often times felt like the company was trying to create it. Hopefully that has changed by now. Beyond that, there was a real divide between employees and contractors. I understand there are legal issues but when you don't invite a full team to an offsite lunch because of legal worries then you're in a sticky spot in terms of team cohesion. Making matters worse was the fact that it seemed like only certain functions were staffed with contractors (essentially all QA) which formed a bit of a divide between Engineering and QA.

    Advice to Management

    If you're still beating the culture drum (see above) then take a step back and figure out the components that lead to a company having a great culture (inspiring goals, nice workspaces, places to chill and talk with colleagues, etc.) and then sit back and see what happens.


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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Ask.com full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There are a lot of good smart creative people at Ask which makes work in general a lot easier and fun. The site still gets a lot of traffic which can make work interesting and challenging, and the current CEO Doug Leeds who led the acquisition of Lexico, now called Dictionary.com, "gets it."

    Cons

    The company is marketing driven, reflecting its owner Barry Diller's personality - he is no tech guru. So engineers are made to feel like second class citizens compared with marketing staff. Ask, which was once Ask Jeeves was bought in 2005, and is now supported mostly through the largess of Diller, who'd rather sell the company but can't because no one in their right mind wants to buy a company that competes with Google.

    Following a series of restructurings, they shut down their search engineering operation in 2010. Things seem to have stabilized. Ask is now largely an advertising portal like Yahoo but with fewer services. Like many unsuccessful startups, working there can feel like being among the "living dead."

    Advice to Management

    A different meaning to the term "googled."


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