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Come out ahead and have fun doing it

  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

Pros

You will learn more doing direct hands on work here faster than you would with any masters program or other company.

The company is growing so fast if you stick around for 1+ years, you will get exposure to the fell of companies of different sizes as they are growing so fast. This can help in discovering at what company sizes you are most comfortable.

The people you will work are bar none the most intelligent people you will get exposure to in a workplace, except maybe NASA.

Cons

You will work, hard. Its a job though, what else did you expect.

Expect the company to grow, evolve, and change. They are maturing rapidly and as that happens strategies and focus can flux.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Complex product and high turnover is a dangerous combination

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

    Pros

    People are bright and excited about their work
    Great opportunity to grow and learn

    Cons

    Huge gap between senior leadership and workers (few managers)
    Pay is under market
    Really tough to get a raise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recent movement seems to be without firm footing in reality. Rather than focusing on goals for the future that may or may not be possible, focus on the things that can be fixed here and now. Ex. Profitable growth at the expense of keeping people that know what they're doing can't last forever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Transparency is undeniably opaque

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

    Pros

    + People working at the company are great, industrious, and dedicated with a strong desire to learn and achieve
    + Began incorporating a volunteer committee
    + Small events (cheesecake and dip-offs)
    + Weekly lunches and kitchens with free snacks and sodas
    + Incorporated "The Oz Principles" and Insights training
    + Company is trending "up and to the right" and has strong economic future
    + Offers tuition reimbursement program
    + Bonuses are now tied to company, team, and personal objectives

    Cons

    - Ignored degenerating culture until it seriously began affecting work and profit stream
    - Cut benefits (healthcare, life insurance)
    - Cut fringe benefits (company events and outings
    - Evacuation of all senior management with company prior to being purchased by venture capital company
    - Horrible pay justified by providing supposedly an engaging place to work
    - Long hours (50-60+) completing work that too often goes thankless
    - Meaningless promotions with nothing other than a title change
    - Many titles used by the company are not industry standards which hinders being able to move to another corporation
    - Adopted the practice of being a learning company where there is no thought given to people wanting to stay with the company long-term
    - There are no clear promotion tracks for most jobs
    - Senior management appears to have no interest in employee satisfaction unless it affects the bottom dollar
    - With the company making the most profits it has in its history, the money does not get reinvested in its employees
    - Positions are created for specific individuals and are not offered throughout the company for other people to apply
    - While attempting to incorporate a culture of encouraging experimentation and failure is not punished, it clearly is not valued and is discouraged at year-end review
    - Raises are rarely ever more than 2% of base at best, and with its salaries considerably less than market, raises don't even cover COLA (cost of living allowances)
    - Over 50% of experienced team members have left in the past year due to issues with new leadership, lack of opportunities and advancement, and being severely overworked
    - Lying to customers regarding functionality of the software knowingly, which caused a disastrous ripple through the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually listen to your employees. When you are presented with an issue, regardless of how small it may be, address it. When you speak of transparency, practice it. Do not lie, cheat, and deceive your workforce into believing there is actually benevolence in your messaging. I do not want to see this company fail in its objectives but consistently bringing in new people, using them as rentals for a year before they become aware of how the company works, and leave incensed is not a legacy to make an employee proud of its workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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