Endeca Technologies

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Endeca Technologies Reviews in Cambridge, MA

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  1.  

    Great place to work, with great people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Endeca Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great technology, great market, but most importantly one of the best teams in the Boston area. It's likely that things have changed a lot since the acquisition, but it was a great place to be before Oracle.

    Cons

    Many of the normal challenges of a start-up growing up: the organization learning to specialize and organize; finding people of the same high caliber as the early employees but with relevant experience; expanding into new markets as the initial niche becomes saturated. Really these were all good problems to have.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Roller Coaster Ride with Technology Start Up

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Endeca Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Fast moving company offering employees a chance to handle a wide range of responsibilities

    Very relaxed atmosphere which appeals to young single workforce

    Good technology

    Great office location

    Cons

    Weekly changes in strategy
    Micromanagement from top executives
    Conflicting messages from founder and COO
    Fair amount of turnover in Senior Management Team

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    Work hard, play hard environment

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    Former Employee - Customer Solutions in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Customer Solutions in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Worked with very talented and smart people; great culture; worked on challenging problems; employees were encouraged to think outside the box and "be disruptive".

    Cons

    Core technology was the same, but the product positioning seemed to change every six months. Over the course of time, it seems like we would go full circle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Great Place to Work.... too bad they were acquired by Oracle!

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    Former Employee - Operations in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Operations in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Endeca Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    opportunity to expand your role, autonomy to make decisions, lots of project related work to keep you motivated, great company culture, competitive environment, results-driven environment, only A players here!

    Cons

    really, can't think of anything!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    waiting for them to fund the next start-up!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people, dead-end job

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Endeca Technologies

    Pros

    Great startup atmosphere
    People are very bright and generally work hard
    Lots of outings and team-building activities make working here fun
    Kendall Square is a pretty good location close to the city
    A cereal bar and endless supply of snacks in the pantry

    Cons

    The place is run by incompetent managers who once were competent engineers. They place no value on careers of individuals and stifle growth every way they can. I have observed a steady stream of top-notch engineering talent leave the company with the frequency of about one or two per months for as long as I have been here.
    Engineers are viewed as robots for building software and are not allowed to participate in defining the product. Instead they get army-like orders from product management who seems incompetent compared with my experiences at other companies yet displays the level of arrogance and snobbery I have never seen before.
    To make matters worse, the culture within the company, while young and dynamic in many ways, resembles a union when it comes to professional matters. Everything from project ownership and responsibilities to cubicle assignments is decided based on people's tenure in the company. Those who have been here for a few years develop a clique mentality, while new employees are often put down for trying to provide fresh technical perspective until they submit to "the way things are done at Endeca".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop running the company like a seniority-based union, enable communication between teams, hire capable product management, and try to retain what talented engineers you have left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Can be a good proving ground for those who are willing to work for it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Endeca Technologies

    Pros

    The work life balance is great. This includes the office environment which has short cubicle walls and pretty much no walls within a team pod. You will generally find mature smart young people who can communicate well. It's nice to be working in small teams and seeing all phases of software development cycle. The promise of a potential liquidity event.

    Cons

    The compensation package is not as competitive as some of the other more well-established software companies.. in certain parts of the organization the engineering teams re-org too frequently but sometimes not soon enough. The promise of a potential liquidity event.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Endeca Technologies

    Pros

    Nice place to work, friendly and smart people. Like to balance work and play, it is a fun place to work overall with a nice product and travel opportunities if wanted.

    Cons

    Lots of product direction changes and lack of choice in career path and career growth. Lofty company goals that are always around the next corner

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make this place successful!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    One in a million...and then not

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Endeca Technologies

    Pros

    Smart people
    interesting technology
    Fun environment
    Opportunity for advancement with the right work ethic
    Trying to do right by the employees and the customers

    Cons

    Sometimes really smart people shouldn't be in charge
    Changing direction feel a bit lost which impacted their success
    Grew too fast beyond ability to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at who is leading you where

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Changing technical direction monthly

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    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Endeca Technologies

    Pros

    strong talent pool at the developer level

    Cons

    Incompetent Sr. Management
    Non-Existent HR
    Rapid Technology Direction changes
    Failing sales strategy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go work for someone else. Your inexperience at simple leadership has dragged the company down for years. It's time to go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting vision, unclear path forward

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Endeca Technologies

    Pros

    Really exciting problems - very large scale data storage and analysis for latency and throughput sensitive applications. Toward the front of the curve for large scale distributed enterprise search software. Very smart people that are excited about the things they are working on. Great place to learn and/or teach engineering skills. Good social atmosphere in development.

    Cons

    Management as a whole lacks management experience. Bottom level of managers seems to be made up mostly of engineers that were forced into management for lack of better options for team leads. General lack of empowerment in development - lots of "proposals" and "reviews," with no way to make real progress on controversial topics. Architectural leadership disconnected too much from reality and delivery concerns. Communication throughout the entire organization is spotty. New business strategy seems risky, and not much has been done to convince development it is viable. Compensation not adjusted in past 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower employees and trust them to deliver. Cut down on unnecessary process. Communicate plans and direction earlier and more clearly. Stop pretending compensation isn't an issue.

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