Nextag
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www.nextag.com San Mateo, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Best kept secret in the bay area

Engineer (Current Employee)
San Mateo, CA

ProsI 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.

ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Gains exposure to various domains but enviornment is not healthy.

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    I have been working at Nextag


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