FirstRain Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
23 Reviews
4.0
23 Reviews
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FirstRain President & CEO Penny Herscher
Penny Herscher
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work, flat structure, jump on the chance to work for FirstRain

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer  in  San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at FirstRain full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work Culture- Hard work and commitment is highly appreciated
    Product- Great product which is constantly changing to become better every day
    Management- Great leaders who focus on the company and employees as well
    Peers- No politics, fair people, always ready to help, we work together to make FirstRain a success

    Cons

    Location- wish I could use public transport

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, we believe in you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fast pace, great culture.

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at FirstRain full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Dynamic company with a lot of smart people. Hard working group that also likes to hang out together. Good space to be in with visibility within the industry. Senior management has their team's best interest in mind. Catered lunches too!

    Cons

    Nothing to note at this point. The company is very dynamic, but in a positive way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good experience and the company takes care of it's employees

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    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative  in  San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at FirstRain full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great compensation plan and starting salary for their sales reps. We get great benefits and free lunches M,T,W. Great product that needs more exposure and sales/ marketing is taking care of that.

    Cons

    Its a very well backed start-up so things change quickly and you need to be able to keep up. Sales side is not for the faint of heart so this is to be expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. Growth in sales has been great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful Place! Stay Away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FirstRain full-time

    Pros

    - PayCheck
    - Some good People, but they stay invisible
    - Location

    Cons

    - Arrogant management that always tries to shift blame on others
    - Obsolete technology & Product
    - No clue how to move forward
    - Hire & fire mentality

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    Why should I care?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Regret working here, waste of time in my career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at FirstRain full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some nice people but very high turnover

    Cons

    Upper management biased
    Unprofessional work environment, decisions made based on emotions rather than facts
    Management provides different direction every other day, they have no idea what they are doing
    Good work is not appreciated, nor rewarded, but car salesman approach is
    Too much micromanaging and talking behind closed doors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing the blame game, focus on identifying the problems and you will find the light at the end of the tunnel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome CEO + great people + right market niche = FirstRain finally hitting it's stride!

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    Former Employee - Sales, Marketing & Business Development  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales, Marketing & Business Development in New York, NY

    I worked at FirstRain full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    FirstRain is a Silicon Valley based startup with established company sensibilities. The CEO, an "acquired taste" for some, is a force of nature. Penny is an extremely high energy, hard driving, hands on leader that sets high expectations for everyone on the team (including herself), but also makes sure to keep things fun. Penny and FirstRain's COO YY also put a huge emphasis and investment of time in developing the people and culture. As a result, those that succeed at FirstRain tend to be bright, focused, innovative, relentless, "can-do" team players. I can honestly say that some of the smartest (and nicest) people I have worked with in my career are at FirstRain. After years of searching for the right market niche, it appears that FirstRain has found it in the sales intelligence space, so watch out!

    Cons

    It's a startup, so if you are used to "big company" politics, resources, etc., you will have a hard time adjusting. The company is still small and gaining traction, so every deal counts -- which can make quarter end stressful for everyone, especially sales people. Lots of VC money (by a big VC, I might add) has been invested in this company, so the timeline to an acceptable exit may be longer than some may prefer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep plugging away!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing People, & Amazing Product

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at FirstRain as an intern

    Pros

    -Fast Paced Environment: very stimulating and motivating.
    -Fabulous Management: approachable, helpful, willing to teach.
    -Great sense of ownership on projects: proud of work.
    -Catered lunches Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday.
    -Environment: allows for a lot of collaboration, if need be.

    Cons

    -Location: not near the Caltrain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Incredibly rewarding and exciting opportunity!

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales Representative  in  San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales Representative in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at FirstRain full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Tremendous team-focused environment with a committed executive team who are willing to help me succeed at all times. Opportunity to use my skills to the best of my ability and yet I continue to learn more about myself and how to succeed every day.

    Cons

    Fast paced environment, not for the faint of heart!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best company I've worked for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at FirstRain

    Pros

    Great culture of transparency and teamwork. Good camaraderie. Fexible hours. Outstanding CEO: business-wise and personal-wise: took company to IPO before, positive energy, very accessible with great ethics and humane values. Real career growth opportunities given the growth of the company.

    Cons

    It's hard to find downsides of working at FirstRain. I guess FirstRain wouldn't be a fit for you if you are not ready to work hard to get results and don't have a positive attitude, people doing sloppy work or being negative are not lasting long at FirstRain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. The culture and values instilled into FirstRain are the best I've seen and make employees want to work hard to make the company successful.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    FirstRain is a great place to work with great people!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at FirstRain

    Pros

    fantastic group of people who are very respectful and motivated, relaxed & comfortable working environment, good management, awesome product

    Cons

    sometimes unpredictable hours due to coordinating with FirstRain's other offices (India & NY) but other policies make up for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does a great job at taking on different roles as it is a small company. They do a great job at paying attention to details and helping out each other. Continuing to do this will keep our successful and positive work environment work well.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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