Nook Media

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Middle management OK, upper management clueless

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Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Nook Media full-time (more than an year)

Pros

The company is dumping tons of money on this division so pay can be decent. They have a lot of free food, sometimes free lunches, but they stop short of guaranteeing it.

They work on interesting worthwhile problems. They care about innovation (whether they are good at it is another matter) and they sometimes innovate.

They aspire to practice agile methodologies.

Cons

Staff has tons of process-happy former Motorola people who love to add layers of management to any problem. They would lay off a good software engineer before laying off an incompetent program manager.

They don't really get agile. For example, they estimate tasks in hours, which is one of the most basic rookie mistakes of agile.

Although they make great products that frankly kick the a** of competing ebook readers technically, marketing can't figure out how to get their products mentioned in news stories. The news media repeatedly ignores NOOK devices while going on and on comparing technically inferior products from competitors with better marketing teams. And now, due to this bad marketing, the competitors have better sales, too... which can be demoralizing to watch as an employee.

Their policies on technical training are very chintzy.

Their medical/dental/other benefits suck. My impression is that their benefits package was directly lifted from their benefits packages for low-paid bookseller positions from their retail stores of the parent company Barnes & Noble.

The workplace is very perfume-happy. If you don't like tons of perfume, stay away.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

* Fire your marketing team and and the person who selected them, and replace them with someone competent.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best of both worlds: reach and resources of a Fortune 500 Co. with the flexibility and environment of a start-up

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    Current Employee - Interaction Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Interaction Designer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Nook Media full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Creative freedom and almost no corporate politics as well as a non-competitive friendly environment with a positive and proactive approach make it a really nice place to work at

    Cons

    Management manages a tad too much up, and tends to forget to manage down. Communication could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more with your teams, and put them above all else. Spending most of your time making decisions with higher-ups in a vacuum does not help anyone succeed in the long-run

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    very dynamic environment, with extremely talented and passionate people

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    Current Employee - Director/Operations in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director/Operations in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Nook Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    exciting and dynamic environment.
    Excellent travel policies
    salary ?

    Cons

    bad work life balance
    no so much benefit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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