Endeca Technologies Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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  1. Outstanding team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Endeca Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Endeca was composed of smart, motivated, and achievement driven individuals at every level. There was an amazing sense of team and great leadership that pulled it all together. And the product was outstanding - best in class.

    Cons

    As with any tech company in a quickly growing market, there were ups and downs within the business. The team overcame the challenges as well as any I have been a part of.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the momentum and growth that started at Endeca. Go build more companies that win in their markets and develop new leaders.


  2. great product, great people, great company

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

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

    Pros

    *smart* people great technology good culture A great place to work. It wasn't perfect, but the company tried to do most things right. Endeca did a great job of developing young people into company leaders

    Cons

    It's now Oracle, and that, by all accounts has really changed things A lot of churn (back in the day) in the sales team and the sales strategy The company always struggled to market itself well - really more product/sales focused


  3. 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


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  5. 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


  6. Work hard, play hard environment

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    Former Employee - Customer Solutions in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Customer Solutions in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Stay focused.


  7. 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
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Endeca Technologies full-time (More than a 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 Management

    waiting for them to fund the next start-up!


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    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    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
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Make this place successful!


  11. Helpful (4)

    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
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Look at who is leading you where



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