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smart people, but crappy management

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at mSpot full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Some of the employees are awesome, smart and fun. They company has done some cool stuff in the industry, though a lot of it is rather me-too and not so innovative.

Cons

Upper management is horrible. Expect no clear direction and pass aggressive behavior. Also, direction can change in a heartbeat and unrealistic expectations are just dumped in your lap and you just have to get it done.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Learn to communicate and manage people effectively. There is no way to improve if you rely on being passive aggressive instead of real honest and open feedback.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    No work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at mSpot full-time

    Pros

    Because of Samsung, the projects have excellent consumer reach. There's also free food catered twice a week.

    Cons

    Be prepared to give up your life and "perpetual crisis", Samsung's management philosophy. Very little to no value is placed on the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't expect to retain top talent with the way things are run. There are lots of other options in the bay area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    A little like working for mHell

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at mSpot full-time

    Pros

    They have hired some really good people. Sadly i am not sure they will stay but they do seem good at picking good people on a working level. Usual Silicon Valley perks are there too - great kitchen stocked with food and some really good catered food.

    Also, as they offer no stock upside, they do compensate with good salary and benefits. The HR side is really trying to boost moral.

    Cons

    So its a bit like working for North Korea. You take orders from headquarters and march to whatever orders you are given. The saddest part honestly is the local management - a cross between clueless and checked out. As an engineer I watch the products and features we are asked to implement and just have to shake my head. Absolutely retarded directives with little correlation to the what users want. Most disturbing though is the management team just rolls over. Absolutely no backbone.

    The environment is also very back stabbing and you will be thrown under the bus at the first possible opportunity. They seem to cultivate a culture of not taking responsibility for their choices. If your boss asks you to do something and its later deemed the wrong decision, he/she will throw you under the bus.

    Internal processes are absolutely insane. They spent tons of money on a consulting company to "teach" them how to be agile but ignored almost all of what it means to be agile. Seems like Agile at mSpot means "use process to avoid accountability and delivery"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First - get a clue - ripping down reviews on glass door is not the way to make things look better. If people throw egg at you, its for a reason. Stand up, take it, hear what people have to say and fix the issue. You have major moral problems. Please wake up.

    I think its great you are trying to improve by doing lunches and events - that great but it doesn't erase other more base issues. If you put someone in hell, a great lunch doesn't undo the torture you undergo the rest of the day. People want to build something meaningful and want you to enable them to make that happen.

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