Endeca Technologies

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Endeca Technologies Reviews

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
35 Reviews

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Endeca Technologies CEO Lawrence J. Ellison
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  1.  

    Delivery Manager

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    Former Employee - Delivery Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Delivery Manager in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Top-notch PM and Engineering team. Great overall work environment. Cutting edge product

    Cons

    Acquired by Oracle killed morale. Work/Life balance was valued but depending on the project you would be expected to work on vacations and outside biz hrs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Given the acquisition by Oracle and subsequent departure of most Endeca executives, there isnt a lot to say here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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

    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

    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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    A great experience working with the best in the business intelligence and search space

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great technology and vision.
    Fun work environment

    Cons

    Purchase by Oracle in 2011 might affect the independent culture
    Some politics

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Terrible, immature management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Margarita machines, the electricity came on

    Cons

    People, culture, management, compensation and vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try going to college.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great run

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Passionate, dedicated team
    Smart people at all levels
    Through many ups and downs, folks kept pushing along, trying to change the information access world

    Cons

    Too much turn-over with senior management made consistent strategy and execution difficult
    Reticence to share too much information about strategy and change with employees created fear and doubt where it wasn't needed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go start more great companies!

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Work hard, play hard environment

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

    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
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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

    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
  10. 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

    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
  11. 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

    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

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