Keynote Systems

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Keynote Systems Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
43 Reviews
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  1.  

    Starting to kick in to full gear

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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 Keynote Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture developing. Everyone from execs to individual contributors are looking out for their customers. Innovation is back big time. Lots of new faces that are thrilled to be here and veterans appear reinvigorated.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better but still above average. Back office systems are mostly a mess. Lots of time spent on manual processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay engaged with customers. Update systems. Build processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Stay as long as you like...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Keynote Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has become a lot more fun and innovative after going private. Many of the veterans that have fallen into the complacent mindset of "just do enough to keep yourself afloat" have moved on, which has ushered in a new era for developers, allowing them to investigate new technologies and have more creative freedom across the board. The company definitely reflects a work hard, play harder type of environment, and has excellent work/life balance and flexibility, happy hours every friday, catered lunch every wednesday,

    Cons

    The company fosters innovation and tries its best to adopt the agile methodology, but lacks the ability to define clear requirements for development to start with. As a result, product team has a backward methodology where engineers define the requirements rather than product management. Compensation is decent, but still below the market standard. Management tends to spend more time in code than in managing their teams. The company, despite the lowered cubes and completely renovated office space, is still somewhat silo'ed but it's getting there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should reward those individual contributors that do a good job, and reprimand those that don't do theirs. Management should also actually manage active projects and prioritize the stories within sprints to ensure a solid delivery schedule. A little positive reinforcement and the occasional pep talk to let the team know how their hard work fits into the bigger picture really goes a long way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Low Integrity/Honesty of West Coast Sales Manager.

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Keynote Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of Keynote's employees are solid, smart people working hard to deliver value to customers.

    Cons

    Keynote's West Coast Sales Manager lacks integrity/honesty in dealing with customers and co-workers. This materially impacts Keynote's ability to recruit and retain west coast sales professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate employee hiring and retention by manager to ensure your Keynote managers have the quality you desire to represent Keynote.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of changes going from a public company to a private company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Keynote Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a real emphasis on collaboration between employees. People work hard but management realizes that vacations and time off are also very important.

    The San Mateo office space was remodeled so that it is a brighter and more open work environment.

    Cons

    The changes brought on by switching from a public to a privately held company has caused a fair amount of turnover. This can be unsettling when co-workers who are ofter friends leave the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that every employee has a transparent work growth plan.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working on cutting edge and exciting technologies.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Keynote Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good benefits. Good work life balance. Brand new office space in a nice area in Peninsula. As their product is about monitoring sites of eCommerce giants like Amazon, Wall-Mart and providing remote testing features for latest mobiles and tablets, you are constantly working on latest and exciting technologies. But they are good in providing flexibility like work from home. Remote working options provided. Employees can volunteer for their favorite charity and get paid for 40 hours a year. Drinks and snacks are provided free of charge. Top management provides constant update about company's prospects. Company also reimburses employees for attending seminars or taking courses to update their skill sets.

    Cons

    Need to pay more to employees. Salaries are below market. Especially since their skills are in great demand and they are working on latest technologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to keep salaries competitive. Top management provides constant updates about prospects of the company but they are more like sales pitches. Top management needs to be honest and open about anything negative.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    A turnaround that did not turn the company around, but turned it backwards...

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

    I worked at Keynote Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people/coworkers, hard-working folks. Company in a good market (mostly with their mobile offering), great new environment/facilities, good benefits.

    Cons

    New management does not take the time to listen to employees. Lots of politics and favoritism. Good performers not being recognized or promoted. Aging technology, not market leaders but distant followers. Lack of vision from a product/industry perspective. Strong employee attrition/turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop living in a bubble and being just cheerleaders for the team. Take the time to really understand the state of the products and services, and how much the company is conceding to competitors by not having the right solutions to address customer needs. Take the time to get to know your employees and work with them on professional development plans. Act as if your employees are your best assets, not just say it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outdated technologies and workplace.

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

    I worked at Keynote Systems as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great first experience in software. They would never let someone into the engineering dept without a CS degree. I only got in because it was a front end role on an internship. A lot to learn!

    Cons

    Mostly outdated technology for front end work. I'm sure they are more invested in products they want to put front and center, but there's a lot they have that's in maintenance mode and there's no product support for it. Company values have changed dramatically since Umang Gupta sold. Now, it might be good again, but they laid off too many people after the sale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice for upper management. I'm sure they have their own ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Change us a happening...and pace is picking up!

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    • Senior Management
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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 Keynote Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Much needed changes are being rolled out. Some fast...some not fast enough...mostly all good. Big focus on innovation, new technologies, and collaboration internally and directly with customers. More attention and engagement from new executive team with the rest of the company. Keynote is a fun place to work again and the positive energy is flowing!

    Cons

    Lots of change = lots of work! This is mostly felt with the management and internal business support teams. Some groups feel more understaffed than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the pace going...don't be afraid to take risks in the market and internally. Trust your teams and those who have been with the company for awhile while we pursue new directions. Keep making Keynote a fun place to work...so far, so good.

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

    What a difference 9 months makes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Keynote Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting environment, with a lot of change going on. I find myself enjoying working here much more, partly because of the caliber of people I work with and partly because of the collaborative environment.

    Cons

    There is a lot of change. Sometimes it feels like things are happening too fast, and then that some things are happening too slowly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. Heading in the right direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    This is not your father's Keynote

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Keynote Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have been at Keynote for almost 6 years. In the past 9 months this company has received an injection of energy that is transforming it into a force to be reckoned with in our industry. The company was bought by Thoma Bravo, brought private and many key executives have moved on. The result of all this change and the new focus that the new owners and executives have brought in is that this is a more exciting place to work than in all the previous years that I've been here.

    Cons

    This "new" Keynote is a place for people who want to work and be challenged. So there are days when I go home very tired only to need to be back early the next morning for another challenging day. And right now there is a lot of new management, some of whom are still learning about Keynote and others that have been promoted into positions they are still learning to handle effectively. This has led to some short term growing pains, particularly as everyone is being challenged to do things that were not asked of them previously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some tough decisions have had to be made in the past 6-9 months by management at Keynote. I know that there are some employees that feel that some of these decisions were not the best thing for the business. While I don't agree with that opinion I do understand it and I would ask management to bear in mind that some very good people (particularly those that work in remote offices) may not be feeling the excitement that many of us are experiencing in the San Mateo headquarters these days.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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