Engage3 Reviews

Updated August 5, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Engage3 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience and great work environment. Very family oriented work place.

    Cons

    Very tough industry to be in.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on one part of the business and scale.


  2. Not the Worst, But Not Good Either

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Convenient, downtown location, very close to BART and bus lines. Snacks and drinks in office. Good 'starting gig'. Some great coworkers.

    Cons

    Poorly managed. Poor concept. Badly run. Mismanaged, disorganized, and some disgruntled employees. In need of clearer direction. Overall idea for company will not succeed.


  3. growing pains

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked at Engage3 for almost 1 year. There are a lot of very smart and hard-working people there. As they compete for Series B funding, their priorities are shifting and that can be disruptive, but the challenges are interesting.

    Cons

    The legacy code base is a millstone. Rather than trying to keep all services running for the few current users, it would be much better to suspend services while gutting the existing architecture and replacing it with something not designed in the 90s.


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  5. Bad experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy interview, free snacks, good location.

    Cons

    Atmosphere of fear. Spur of the moment design changes. Supervisors more interested in looking important than helping employees succeed. Pressure to stay and work even after productivity falls due to burnout.

    Advice to Management

    Try to see your employees as humans with human needs.


  6. great company

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    Former Employee - Can't Say in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Can't Say in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great mindset easy to work with the staff

    Cons

    none that I can describe, my period at Engage was amazing

    Advice to Management

    trust your employees and yourselfs


  7. Helpful (1)

    High Growth Potential

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Engage3 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work is challenging yet satisfying, the people are friendly and supportive, and there isn't a team member at Engage3 that isn't amazing at what they do. The company is headed for the stars, and the opportunities for growth are high. The fast moving environment does take some time to adjust to, however.

    Cons

    There is no real “off button” when it comes to work, and the hours are long, especially during crunch periods when stress can run pretty high. Additionally cash comp is pretty low, although its supplemented by equity. All this comes with the start-up territory and will hopefully be solved with our next round of funding.

    Advice to Management

    You've got great people who are excellent at what they specialize in. Give them the freedom to get things done how they know best!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Opportunities abound - the timing has never been better

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Engage3 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The growth opportunities at Engage3 are unparalleled. If you're looking for a team that appreciates initiative, leadership, and dedication, take a look at this company. Engage3 can help you accelerate your career and personal development and is a great chance to work with established entrepreneurs who have succeeded and are back at it again. The industry now has its eyes on Engage3 and ShoppingScout - the timing to join our team has never been better.

    Cons

    The company has found its stride and has great traction and is therefore looking for "olympic talent." Do not join if you're looking for an easy ride or are not looking to be challenged. Do not join if you're unable to put in the extra work and time.

    Advice to Management

    It will become increasingly important to emphasize training as the company grows.


  9. Miserable Dysfunctional Hell-Hole

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    Former Employee - Employee in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in Davis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Engage3 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good location in downtown Davis.

    Cons

    This is a miserably dysfunctional company and work environment. The CEO is too greedy to raise capital the normal way, so it's constantly short of money and therefore short of resources. The technical infrastructure isn't up to the workload, so employees are constantly fighting each other. Management tolerates problematic personalities in the workplace, who make life miserable for everyone else, because they don't have the money to hire people with decent social skills. The company uses people in part-time roles to do tasks that should be full-time and on-site, so breakdowns are constant. Management pits employees against each other, and employees form these little cliques that constantly war with each other. The company's product, despite the hype about its "potential," is not taking off because it isn't that great, from the customer's point of view, and doesn't scale at feasible cost. Management gives new hires "equity" packages carefully designed to be worth zero--please read the fine print!

    Advice to Management

    Get over the delusion that treating other people like dirt is a winning strategy.

    Engage3 Response

    Jan 29, 2015 – HR Manager

    We are truly sorry you had a bad experience during your time with Engage3. While we don’t necessarily agree with your comments, we definitely respect your opinion. We welcome the opportunity to ... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    Accelerated career path in a challenging high growth environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Engage3 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Startups are fast paced. As the company grows you'll have the opportunity to become more senior in a shorter amount of time. There's exposure to different projects and technologies. Highly motivated, self-learning individuals that love problem solving, and don't require a lot of over-sight, thrive in this environment. If you rise to the challenge you're given the freedom to do things your way. Before long, you'll be mentoring new team members.

    Cons

    The project you're working on might get interrupted half-way through by a higher priority. There is a certain amount of pivoting in a startup environment. If you crave a highly structured environment, close supervision, or constant hand-holding, do yourself a favor, stay away!

    Advice to Management

    Monthly company updates are great. Its always inspiring to hear about new partnerships and initiatives. It would be nice to have these weekly or bi-monthly. Performance reviews with constructive criticism might help employees meet and exceed expectations.


  11. Helpful (2)

    High caliber team with the potential of a killer app

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Engage3 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large majority of the people in the organization are committed to the success of the company and to the success of the Shopping Scout product. Extremely motivated team with eyes on the goal! The energy of the team is infectious.

    Cons

    Little more emphasis on family time, relaxation. It's difficult to work with a high output each and every day. Time off should be time off and is a great recharge when coming back to work. Personal time is valuable. It can help to step away from the front line to reflect and think at a different pace for new ideas or solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Consider reducing vacation time or benefits to the newest employees. I feel employees need to pay their dues and earn vacation time. Less than stellar employees abuse the system and quickly take their vacation with the knowledge that they won't be there for much longer. Tighten up on some of the loose spending. It's short of frivolous but spending needs to be more careful.



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