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Good place for data geeks

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Hitwise

Pros

It's a growing company, and the people are pretty smart. You get an amazing view of what's going on on the internet, which will allow you to spout out all kinds of interesting data tidbits at cocktail parties.

Cons

The pay was terrible and there was no way I could get what I was worth.

Advice to Management

I sort of felt like everyone who wasn't a VP was like chattel. A lot of people had great ideas on how to improve the product, but it seemed like product development was in its own ivory tower.

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    poor senior management and unfair reviews

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at Hitwise full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * free beer
    * good compensation and benefits (but yearly increase % is minuscule)
    * Incredible technology stack to play with

    Cons

    * overworked, 60 hours a week is norm for the unlucky few
    * clueless management but masters of politics, for instance, you have new managers joining from nowhere and give poor directions to teams of technical experts; and new head of product management that never try out the product herself, they have no clue about product's vision
    * limited opportunity for promotion and recognition unless you suck up to the manager and he gives you a nice review rating. It doesn't matter how talented you are and what you contributed to the team. As long as you are a smooth talker, and can kiss a few manager and director's rear end, you're in good shape.
    * despite efforts to improve execution, decision making and leadership accountability is still non-existent. Senior management does not take accountability and blame the staff for not executing fast enough

    Advice to Management

    * employees deserve honesty and predictability
    * find a business (and data) strategy and validate early before too much execution, our "Agile" product development is entering second year without public launching
    * Allow individual contributors to anonymously rate their managers, either a pass or fail grade. If the manager fails, he/she gets demoted.


  2. Awful Product- The Data is so inaccurate, businesses should not be making decisions with it!

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hitwise full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great first company- Good exposure to enterprise companies

    Cons

    Minimal Investment in the Product
    Below average Salary and Commission

    Advice to Management

    Stop selling this product- it goes against everything Experian stands for (Data Quality)


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