G2 Web Services Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at G2 Web Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, vacation/sick policy. Small company and great ability to affect change, a lot of freedom to make and implement decisions. New CEO is aligning departments in a positive way. Great culture with a lot of perks for a smaller company.

    Cons

    Getting better but need focused direction, also need to spend more time focused on dealing with low performing staff. Need to move from a "start up" feel to more discipline, paying some tech debt, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused and bring in key technology talent needed for positive growth and the ability to deliver quicker


  2. Helpful (3)

    Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at G2 Web Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    G2 Web Services offers room for growth within and across departments, and promotes from within where possible. The company provides a flexible time off policy, so we can take as much time off as we need within reason. The benefits are great, with full medical, vision and dental paid, 401k match and transportation reimbursement. G2 is a technology and data company, with a fast-paced environment and interesting, unique products. Management has an open door policy, and while the company is mid-sized, it's easy to have your voice heard. Overall, I definitely recommend working at G2 Web Services.

    Cons

    I don't love commuting to Bellevue, although the partial transportation reimbursement is nice. And the building temperature is pretty chilly. Overall, no major complaints.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Management has greatly improved over the past few years, and we have a passionate and engaged management team that is dedicated to the success of G2 and making it a great place to work.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Wonderful company with poor management.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internet Researcher in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Internet Researcher in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at G2 Web Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flex schedule for some, free snacks/drinks, bonus structure

    Cons

    Flex PTO can be abused and is, poor management, retaliation against employees

    Advice to Management

    Stop blaming the employees for a someone elses bad performance.


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  5. Fun, casual, empowered environment with smart people at all levels.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at G2 Web Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company and its leaders trust and empower their employees, rewarding creativity, innovation, loyalty and commitment. Although growing exponentially, smart thought leaders researching, strategizing and setting achievable long and short-term goals.

    Cons

    Hard to think of any cons at this point. Like all growng companies, need to be cautious about workforce planning and organizational planning.

    Advice to Management

    I encourage management to meet the challenge of communicaiton to all members of staff regarding growth plans, goals and objectives. Identify and tap in house talent to participate in respective strategic plans and initiatives.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Too many chiefs, not enough Indians

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at G2 Web Services full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Bright and dedicated employees; current employees do a good job cherrypicking former coworkers to hire. Company is pretty stable. Sales team does a great job keeping revenue coming in. Lots of interest in (re)building sustainable infrastructure the right way. Small Agile teams. Great engineering management. Pretty good work/life balance, unless you're on call.

    Cons

    So many business owners that not only do priorities change mid-project or even mid-sprint, nearly every attempt to actually work on infrastructure gets sidelined before it can be completed. Even projects to release new versions of the company's products are often interrupted to change focus and direction by the various business owners, who then seek the heads of those who didn't complete those projects. Sales team has a tendency to sell products that don't exist, even on the back of a napkin. So many projects run at once that many engineers (dev and QA) split their time on more than one, leading to lots of inefficiency, especially with the number of production problems this situation causes. No effective IT/Ops process -- the only way to get anything done is to solicit individual Ops personnel directly. Salaries often below market. Company more or less sold to a pump-and-dump VC outfit, so a lot of the motivation to innovate is gone. Great engineering managers seem to burn out and leave when they can in frustration. Location in NW Bellevue is pretty awful to commute to if you're not the general manager.

    Advice to Management

    I would say "work to hire and retain engineering management and get completely out of their way", but at this point it's probably too late. Just make sure your employees are taken care of when your holding company does turn you over.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great People - Great Learning Opportunities.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at G2 Web Services full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If you're looking at these reviews before you interview don't be scared away by the 1 stars. Here's my experience with G2 Web Services.

    Environment/Culture:
    Relaxed work environment, casual dress code, wine Fridays.
    Friendly people to work with.
    Dedicated, and talented Ops, Engineering, and Product teams.
    Fairly flat organization, no "middle management", plenty of cross team collaboration.
    Deftly practice Agile Scrum throughout the engineering organization.
    Located in Bellevue.
    Company encourages employees to use their vacation. In other words there isn't a culture of "you're not a good employee" if you take your vacation time.
    People don't have entrenched positions on things, there's an atmosphere or collaboration and getting the work done.
    Culture of creating solutions, not placing blame.
    Devs are encouraged and empowered to come up with creative solutions to customer needs.
    Clear product direction.

    Benefits/Perks:
    Free Parking (if you've ever worked in Seattle you understand why this is a pro)
    Free snacks, soda, coffee in the kitchens.
    Transportation allowance each month so you can take the bus or help pay for 520 toll or ferry passage.
    Matching 401k plan.
    Quarterly monetary awards given to those who go above and beyond.
    Job security, the company is in a great position within the industry.
    Company pays 100% of your Health Insurance Premium (employee only - spouse additional)

    Cons

    Vacation and sick time are currently drawn from the same allotment. This can sometimes encourage people to come into work when they should be resting since being sick takes away from your vacation. Other than that, I haven't any gripes or complaints.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Company Motto: Bottom Line > Employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at G2 Web Services full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Ok First Job: if you're straight out of college and just need to land something to start paying down the student loans, you will probably be happy here.
    - Ok "Quick Income": if you really need a job and don't care about benefits, culture, etc., you will probably be happy here.
    - Ok Alternative to Retail: if you don't want to work retail, then this is a good alternative, as it will require the same experience as retail and pay the same or less, but at least you get to sit in front of a computer all day.

    Cons

    - Bonus Structure: they give out bonuses every quarter to two people. They present these bonuses in front of everyone at the company meeting so you walk up to get your bonus like you're a kid receiving an award in an elementary school. The worst part is that you don't know what the criteria is for receiving these bonuses so you can work off your butt and not even get verbally acknowledged.
    - Management Style: you either have a manager that doesn't care to ever give you feedback (positive or negative) or one that overly cares and micromanages you to death. Anyone who knew how to manage I am pretty sure left the week I started.
    - Career Path: they prefer to bring in people from the outside than hire internally. When they do hire internally, you need to be your own advocate for a raise (which usually doesn't happen).
    - Benefits: no vacation or sick time, only PTO. Makes you feel like you need to come in when you're sick just so you don't lose vacation time and causes other people who are sick to come in and get you sick.
    - Culture: the only time I interact with other employees, even from other departments, is to complain about the company. Seriously, that is the only thing that most people talk about here.

    Advice to Management

    - Company Resume Fluff: stop fluffing the "company resume" for investors and hiring people just because of where they graduated from instead of looking at their experience. This demotivates good people you already have and makes them look elsewhere.
    - Be Honest: been around long enough to hear upper management promise things and forget to address them again. If you can't really follow through on a promise, just say so instead of saying things just to make people hopeful and happy.
    - Company Parties/Events: stop throwing crazy parties and events if you are complaining about a tight budget and that's why you couldn't give anyone a decent raise. 2.5% after 2 years? Really?
    - Replace the Broken Parts: just replace all the upper management with people that know how to run a company. You guys have enough money to retire already, just stand back, and hire good managers.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Run away very fast!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at G2 Web Services

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    These guys manage like they are from the stone age.

    Cons

    Their entire IT team including VP left the company, this is only a hint as to how they treat their people.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue?



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