Rocket Fuel

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11 people found this helpful  

Worst Career Move Ever

Senior Rocket Scientist (Current Employee)

Pros1. Real Time Bidding is really taking off and the firm is in an enviable position currently
2. Founders are industry veterans with a brilliant track record, but rest of the management is sub-standard and mediocre at best

Cons1. Firm is facing obvious difficulties in scaling up and things look quite bleak at the moment
2. Many of the old folks in engineering are hell bent on fostering a hostile environment with unneeded discriminatory antics and snobbish attitude
3. Zero work-life balance and sub-standard compensation and benefits
4. Not at all a fun place to work, people mostly keep to themselves, not much interaction, lack of team spirit
5. Hiring practices are more of ad-hoc in nature, with applicants being subjected to different yard-sticks. I haven't seen more fluctuating interview evaluations ever in my whole career
6. We have a CTO, who is never seen in any engineering meetings and discussions

Advice to Senior Management1. Take a serious look at the current work environment of engineering team. More than half of the engineering team is demotivated.
2. Stop low-balling your employees and make conscious efforts toward fostering a good culture. It takes considerable effort in moving from a start-up phase to a big-firm phase, not only in terms of infrastructure and human capital, but also engineering culture and values. Constant snide remarks by folks who have been here longer doesn't help either.
3. Improve the facilities available to employees in the work place. There have been instances of no water bottles on the whole floor for multiple days and sub-standard food and snacks are more of a norm.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Fun, growing company with rock solid performance

    Not An Engineer Don't Play One On TV (Current Employee) Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Rocket Fuel full-time for more than a year


    Pros: Rocket Fuel is, in the words of the CEO, "nerdy… Cons: There are some growing pains in terms of scaling, but… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    1 person found this helpful  

    Very good company trying to solve interesting technological problems

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Rocket Fuel full-time


    Pros: - Interesting engineering challenges - Some fairly fun company activities - Company is… Cons: - Compensation is fairly average - Some of the social activities feel a bit forced - There isn't… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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