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Fast-paced start-up engineering environment using Agile methodologies to design AoE data storage solutions.

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Current Employee - QA Engineer  in  Redwood City, CA
Current Employee - QA Engineer in Redwood City, CA

Pros

The engineering group is dedicated, but also has fun. Good communication. Not a quiet place. Engineers are talking to each other, while on the other side of the room Sales are talking to customers on the phone. We hear sales being made in real-time. Very exciting! This also makes for immediate feedback as to which features need to be prioritized.

No politics here. Everyone pulling in the same direction.
There is a clear mission, and that is to go public in a big way.
Every Friday the company buys lunch and we teleconference with our Athens office to get the latest scoop from the execs, so every employee knows just how the company is progressing.

All engineering effort goes into actual product design and testing. We have very short product cycles with a good balance of schedule vs risk. No dinking around in engineering planning meetings all day and not being able to get your work done. And the Engineering VP makes sure everyone has the equipment they need.

And the technology truly is the wave of the future for Data Storage. ATA over Ethernet (AoE) communication using typical network switches gives line saturation speed with port redundancy for free. It's all about elegant SW design here starting with company founder Brantley Coile (who designed and coded Cisco's PIX firewall and NAT appliance).
We actually saw and got to say hello to Ken Thompson (who created Unix with Dennis Ritchie) when he visited Brantley. Geniuses are just walking around here, which is a great learning opportunity for me!

Cons

It's a start-up, so you get what comes with a start-up.

We work long hours, but it's fun seeing features getting implemented in days and weeks instead of months and years (like at a large company).
Also Engineering cubes are in the same room with everyone else, so some engineers wear headphones to deal with the noise.

The bay area location is mid-Peninsula near Oracle, so depending on where you live there could be commute issues. I'm in Sunnyvale so it's about 30 minutes each way if I drive. But there is a shuttle from the train station that services these office buildings, so I do that sometimes.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep doing what you are doing!
Product marketing, keep us on the right track. Engineering keep executing. And we will all keep those Sales folks landing bigger and better deals.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrific, innovative, friendly, hard-working, love your job company!!!!

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    Current Employee - Director of Marketing  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in Redwood City, CA

    Pros

    The people here are smart, friendly, easy-going, listen to new ideas, respect each other and not into the political BS that has made so many other companies a nightmare to work for. The exec team knows what they're doing and are poised to lead us to the promised land.

    Cons

    Growing fast - so you have to be comfortable working in this type of environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You push us when we need it, reward us when we deserve it, listen to us when we ask it. The best companies are the ones where the employees will follow you anywhere - so far you're on the right path.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Amazing startup atmosphere: game-changing technology, brilliant, high-energy team & universal desire to succeed!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is a reason Coraid is one of the the highest privately-funded storage startups. The technology is absolutely revolutionary and there is a killer team behind it.

    Cons

    Like any rapid growth environment, lots of hours required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring great talent & rewarding hard-work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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