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Best kept secret in the bay area

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Current Employee - Engineer  in  San Mateo, CA
Current Employee - Engineer in San Mateo, CA

Pros

I have read somewhere that strength is the virtue that makes all other virtues possible. NexTag is the strongest company in its category by a wide margin. I don’t claim to know what made the company so successful, but I know enough to know that it is not accidental.

- There is a lot of emphasis on measurement. So ‘what is’ trumps the notion of ‘what should be’
- Lot of investment made on building internal tools and processes that make this company run as a well-oiled machine. This is likely one of the most efficiently run companies any where.
- For a company of this size, it has very structured management and employee review processes. Feedback is not just feel good positive stuff, but can be helpful in professional development.
- The company has the culture that values flexibility and ability to change direction on the flip of a dime.
- Absolutely no wastage. No dead-end projects. No cover for incompetence.
- Very detailed oriented and competent top management. No attrition at top levels.

On employee matters, the management is direct and fair. All promotions happen with-in. There is absolutely no favoritism or politics. I don’t know where the criticism about long work-hours coming from. May be it was so when it was smaller. They expect honest 8 hours work day, but not too much more. Nobody works on weekends. There are lot of nice perks like well stuffed kitchen (lot of healthy stuff such as fruits and low-fat yogurts) and ergonomic Aeron chairs to all. Benefits and pay are above average.

If you are a capable engineer, looking for a company with strong fundamentals, self motivated, patient and willing to work had to build up your reputation by showing good results; you will have a bright future at NexTag.

But if you are technically mediocre and/or look for marketing fluff in order for you to feel good about working ... don't apply. This ought to be one of the most undersold companies internally or externally.

Cons

If you are a capable and experienced engineer, you may need a lot of patience before your capability and experience is fully utilized. The company is deeply and rigidly hierarchical and managers can over rule you even on technical matters. Because of their promotion with-in policy, you may be at the bottom rung for too long. That can be suffocating.

Information does not flow as well as it should.

Company does not support professional development activities such as attending conferences, networking, taking technical or management courses. You are expected to take care of yourself.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You are too risk averse.

Employees do not feel appreciated or valued. Some may choose to leave for that reason.

Business success contains the seeds of its own destruction – Andrew S. Grove.
Honestly solicit feedback from front lines and bottom rung engineers and listen carefully to spot brewing troubles before they become too big.

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Catch the ball...

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    Pros

    The pay is above average.

    Cons

    1. No appreciation for good work but big punishment for non-related live site issues.
    2. Management wants to track everything via Bugizlla
    3. The management only knows to define rules to follow wich delays everything.
    4. The code base is a nightmare and no suggestions would be taken for improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Come on, at least componentalize the code line and make my IDE works faster.
    2. When blaming for live site issues to the poor engineers, why don't you try to give yourself a rating of 1: "Always don't meet expection"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Nextag Managers ... Wake up and change the work culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance  in  San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in San Mateo, CA

    Pros

    Salary seems to be good but beware of it. All that glitters is not gold

    Cons

    No family life. Employees switch their roles at home. Management does not know how to treat their employees. Some of the employees did not return back after 3 days of joining the company. Employees who are stuck for more than 3 years are stuck for good. They cannot fit in any other work culture. Management nit-picks on the job done by sub-ordinates. No appreciation for good work. Management does not like to move forward with time. They use the old mechanism of work. People have not yet gone to EDD to complain about their managers and the company work culture.
    People have become thick skinned. They have no emotions. Over a period of time, they have become a bunch of weirdos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up folks. Try to respect your sub-ordinates. They work for the company and are not slaves. Try to motivate the employees with good words and appreciation for whatever they do. Management exists because of their sub-ordinates. If the sub-ordinates do not want to work for you ..... there is no role for the managers to manage anyone. This impacts the personnel life...yours as well as all others working there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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