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A Great Starter

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Former Employee - Director, Online Marketing  in  Redwood City, CA
Former Employee - Director, Online Marketing in Redwood City, CA

I worked at Inflection full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Most important message - you're not going to get very much out of Inflection if you're not willing to work and push for growth and learning. Training and opportunities aren't set in stone and often times non-existent. You have to be proactive, assertive, and eager to learn. Being analytical is great, but making it actionable is key.

 Growth opportunities - a ton of growth opportunity if you're a 'go-getter'. Different roles will have different ceilings, so there is no guarantee that you will reach you life's potential at Inflection, but there's still plenty to learn and do if you seek it.
 Perks and Support - there are great perks at the company and plenty of support... IF YOU ACTIVELY SEEK IT. Everyone's busy, everyone's got a job and Inflection is no exception. You will not get the support you want or need if you aren't proactive. With that said, there are a number of smart and experienced people at the company, use it to grow yourself and the company.
 Get it done - if you want to do more and try out different things, certain teams will allow you to wear multiple hats. As long as you establish your track record of being very competent in your role, there are opportunities for you to tackle projects beyond your scope.

Cons

Growth - it's both a pro and con at Inflection. Certain roles will see no real upward movement. This isn't the same as compensation, where there is still upside even in the same role. But as with all start-ups, go for more equity early on.
Middle management - there really aren't any great middle managers. Middle managers being defined as not individual contributors nor VP/C level.
  Cross-team collaboration - it has gone from rare to nearly non-existent in the past year. There may be plans to change that, but something is fundamentally flawed when marketing should be involved in the process and could have very valuable input for product during a new site design and launch.
  Shared product vision - anyone outside of top product folks will have very little insight into what the company or products are up to. Only by getting close with PMs or having a direct contact with upper management will you have any idea of what is going on, other than high level initiatives.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please provide stronger support to employees with several years of experience versus new grads. I've been involved in managing both entry-level and experienced hires and the feedback is clear - the experienced hires need more. They need more vision, more role clarity, more growth opportunities and more management.
  Be a visionary and inspirational - don't talk high level all the time, get into the details. Answer why, inspire why the people should be excited about tomorrow, next month, next year and on.
  Finally, communicate more to teams that could be effected by your decisions. Certain teams need a longer runway to make changes and the sooner they know, the less wasted time there will be. The last thing someone wants is to be working on a project and at the 90% mark have to scrap it.

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    Great team! Always learning!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Inflection full-time

    Pros

    Inflection has the perfect culture, full of nice and smart people that I learn from. Everyday I come to the office and learn something new. As a designer you have a lot of room to grow and develop your skills. Design is definitely a critical role at inflection and you feel it every day!

    Cons

    Inflection is focused on investing in junior talent, although a higher balance between Junior and Senior, would be beneficial for the organization.

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    The salary could be more competitive.

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    Rapidly Growing Company, Lots of Potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Inflection full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    New products poised to dominate multiple high-value markets
    Strong competencies in SEM, analytics, email, business development and engineering
    New, growing areas such as sales and recruiting
    Willingness and ability to strategically acquire or build complementary business lines that actually make sense (so rare!)
    Great people
    Lots of excitement and energy
    Transparency
    A serious commitment to user privacy in a public-records company (even rarer!)
    Strong focus on health, wellness, and work-life balance
    Track record of success while still a small, rapidly growing organization
    Cofounders are extremely talented and focused
    Senior management is seasoned and happy to mentor

    Cons

    Pretty mild. For those involved in product or engineering, you should be aware that everything is built around a common, homegrown platform, so there's less flexibility and more interdependency than you might expect for products at this stage.

    There's a strong youth culture here that might seem like a red flag if this isn't your first rodeo, but in my experience it's not that big a deal. They do a great job of hiring culture fits, so you get the energy of the newly graduated without the negative behaviors and attitudes I've seen at other Silicon Valley companies.

    Finally, wellness here definitely veers towards the alternative end of the spectrum. Easy enough to avoid if that's not your thing, though.

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    Keep it up!

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