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  1.  

    World Class Technical Talent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Kaazing full-time

    Pros

    - Exposure to technology from browser to mobile (iOS/Android) and Gateway server (Java)
    - Market leader in fast growing product space
    - Ideal work location in downtown Mountain View CA
    - Flexible working hours
    - I learn something new everyday

    Cons

    - Need more developers to cover new platform features to meet customer demand

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue expanding market reach beyond early adopters

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    Everybody wants to rule the world

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Kaazing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Kaazing helped invent the WebSocket standard and there's an amazing ecosystem building around that standard. Among the open-source and commercial WebSocket offerings, Kaazing's "WebSocket Gateway" is a brilliant product that helps companies add WebSocket capabilities easily to their existing systems.

    The technology is brilliant, and the "Zingers" (past and present) are smart and passionate without playing "I'm smarter than you" ego games. The company has a very flat structure and a mostly-open culture where everybody is willing to help everybody else. (The general lack of politics is very refreshing.)

    Cons

    Kaazing's people are being recruited at a fearsome rate into some very attractive startups. This causes a huge brain drain and has led to some serious difficulties when you need to work with a technology that a now-departed engineer wrote. (The corporate memory tends to be short-term.)

    There has also been a significant (and necessary) culture shift from being an engineering-driven company to a sales-driven company. The engineering group maintains its own subculture with plenty of camaraderie, but also feels the strain of being a bubble in a (now) sales-driven company. This may have contributed to the flight of several key people in the past year.

    Finally, WebSocket is no longer cutting-edge, it's mainstream. Kaazing is now competing with open source. It means you will have to look deeper at what the product does and who uses it. It means you'll have to have longer discussions to get past the "open source" question to find the right places to use it. But it also means the rewards are sweeter when you find that perfect fit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You say that your people are a critical asset, yet they're becoming hard to hold onto. Employee retention is about more than pay and stock options, so find someone to be a dedicated HR resource and have him or her engage with the current employees as well as prospective ones. Let your HR person be a standards-bearer for culture, compensation, and benefits. This is as much a part of growing up as the pivot to being sales-driven is.

    Recognize the contributions that *everyone* makes. Handing fat checks to the salespeople to the all-hands may motivate salespeople but downplays the team effort required. "One Kaazing" cuts both ways: supporting sales in every possible way and recognizing those supportive efforts.

    Recognize that our recent maturation has also left the executives looking more insular and secretive. Spend more time chatting with us, ringing the cash register when deals come in, and just getting the pulse of the company. Kudos to Jonas for still embracing "management by wandering around".

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    Technology Visionary, Management Challenged

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    Former Employee - IT Operations Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - IT Operations Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Kaazing employees contributed to the establishment of the Internet and HTML5 standard: WebSocket RFC-6455. Their technology vision and their engineering, sales engineering, solution engineering, and sales teams are the best I've worked with in my entire career, so you will gain valuable real-time web technology experience.

    Cons

    Most of Kaazing's mangement are first time managers: they can be unseasoned and the Peter Principle may apply. The company culture is to keep the organization as flat as possible and focus on execution without employee investment. Therefore, ambitious employees leave, retention is a serious issue, and promotion only occurs when a manager leaves, sales demands growth, or one has another offer in hand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If Peter Drucker's tenet "a company's primary responsibility is to serve and keep its customers" is extended to include investors and employees, then you must respond better to the market by including retention as a metric of success, performing post-mortems, and agile course correction to improve. It should not only be the Chairman of the Board who asks "what would it take to stay at Kaazing?"

    I have a mixed outlook for Kaazing. For prospective employees I would say: wonderful people, immense potential, good experience, and I bought my vested stock. Ask your hiring manager about their retention %, examples of career growth, and company sales history to get an up to date picture.

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  5.  

    Great product, disorganized management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kaazing full-time

    Pros

    Visionary, amazing product that has yet to find its market, but when it does will be amazing. Incredibly smart, great people work here from the top on down.

    Cons

    In general management is slow and disorganized, can take months for a simple decision. Some high-level managers don't seem to have a clear idea about what is going on in the organization yet try to micromanage somewhat. Not enough middle-managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some middle managers or just get on track with decisions and with understanding the current processes and realities of what is happening. A lot of time focused on fund-raising with no one to manage staff day to day.

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    Technology way ahead of the curve, with a first-rate friendly culture

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Kaazing full-time

    Pros

    The management has created an excellent culture, based on respect, honor and honesty. We're all grown up mature people here. As an engineer, the innovative work you can do on a forward-looking product is itself very rewarding, and you are rewarded for you hard work as well. It's a great mix of experienced folks and younger engineers who drive each other to do better every day.

    Cons

    You will have to be patient and have belief in the technology because market adoption has been "poised to grow" for a while now. Sometimes in bursts the hours will be long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to focus on aspects of the business that drive revenue even more than you are. It's very important.

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    work with a game changer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Kaazing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - very flexible work/life balance.
    - the tech is way ahead of the curve. You're creating software for the next version of Web networking.
    - focused on innovation.
    - it's an exciting place to work.
    - HQ office in Mountain View has the best view of Silicon Valley. A really pretty place to work.

    Cons

    - adoption of the latest tech advances always takes time. And you're at the mercy of a hesitant market at times. It requires patience.
    - it's a small company, so if you're looking to climb the ladder it might not be a great fit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - keep innovating, stay focused, keep having fun

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  8.  

    Part of a Web Revolution (Trending Up!)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kaazing full-time

    Pros

    Solid approach to cutting-edge technology. A trendsetter without being trendy. People who work at Kaazing are passionate about making excellent products and fostering good relationships with customers and partners. Quality, user experience, and innovation are high priorities.

    Cons

    Be prepared to be inspired -- perhaps overly so. Flexibility, agility, and focus are must-haves to work at Kaazing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to communicate both internally and externally and set clear goals.

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    A startup like no other

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Kaazing full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - A tremendous opportunity for employees and partners to be part of a true bleeding edge technology company. Amazing depth to the management team and the overall organization.

    - Corporate culture is great with an open attitude towards new ideas - no bulling or primadonna attitudes.

    Cons

    - Sometimes long hours, but that's also part of startup life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to stay focused

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  10.  

    An amazing opportunity with massive growth potential to change how we use the web and our mobile devices !

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kaazing full-time

    Pros

    Kaazing is changing the way we are going to use the web and enabling enterprises to offer scalable, secure mobile solutions to their customers. Once the industry standard was approved, Kaazing's direct and partner business has been cranking and helping the company to create huge value.

    Cons

    As with any start-up, it is a big effort and requires a level of commitment and passion that some folks are not ready to do. So for people who work here, it is a pro, for those who cannot handle it maybe it is a con to consider before applying for a job here. We are doing cool things and making fundamental changes to current web infrastructure !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to grow and scale and ensure you are ready to handle a fast growing business. Be strategic !!

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  11.  

    Excellent people and product!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Visionary Executive Team
    Excellent Senior Management
    Real Team Spirit
    Strong Product
    Great customer references
    Multiple Use Cases

    Cons

    Not well known enough yet - Marketing must spread the word more widely and more often so the prospects know such a solution exists.

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    Need more field-based employees to address near term customer requirements

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