Keynote Systems Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. Great Team

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Keynote Systems full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great team to work for, always pushing each other to learn more and to keep motivated. Management is easily approachable. Also, company paid lunch Wednesday's, breakfast every other Friday's, and snacks.

    Cons

    The company is constantly changing, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The change can sometimes be overwhelming.


  2. Company unsure about its future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Mostly good people to work with; flexible; ability to work from home

    Cons

    No clue where the company is headed; not really obvious paths for advancement


  3. Great People

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great company with very hard working talented people. Great CEO - Jennifer.

    Cons

    Poor management leadership in several departments. No investment in employee development.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and listen to your customers.


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  5. Keynote returns to leadership

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Keynote Systems

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

    Pros

    Keynote is a great company with 20 years of history and a vibrant visionary CEO in Jennifer Tejada. In the last 18 months the company has reinvented itself, and has launched a new product and category focused on helping customers make sense of performance data. While it has not been easy, I have learned more in the last 18 months then I did in the last 5 years. Leaders care about customers and people, and there are plenty of interesting products and technologies to work on.

    Cons

    Keynote is private equity owned so there is a focus on earnings and costs are tightly managed. The company is being merged with Dynatrace so more change is coming.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. The transparency and customer focus is refreshing. Consider increasing salaries.


  6. Helpful (1)

    This is not your Father's (or Mother's) Keynote!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Keynote Systems

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

    Pros

    Keynote under new management in 2013 and has infused new energy and excitement into the company.

    Cons

    All the big changes can get overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    The company is headed in the right direction, but do not overlook the details when changing the bigger picture.


  7. An exciting place to work where any employee can make an impact.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Keynote Systems full-time

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

    Pros

    The business is moving in the right direction and building momentum. Everyone's voice is heard and ideas from all employees are welcome. If you want to work at a place where you can make a difference, this is the place. The new management team has created an energetic, collaborative environment and created an exciting vision for the future of the company and its value proposition for its customers.

    Cons

    There are so many areas that can be improved that the list can seem endless. Although it is a profitable company, it can be difficult to recruit in the Bay Area when competing against venture-backed companies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going in the path you are on. Continue to engage the wider employee population in company initiatives and you will continue to build the excitement that has been growing in the past year.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Take-private in August 2013 has been good for financial #'s, but not great for employee morale or trust.

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff
    Current Employee - Senior Staff

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

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

    Pros

    Smart leadership Investors with deep pockets who are buying up the competition Well placed in a hot industry Vibe within company moving from "old-school banker vibe" to "hip tech company"

    Cons

    Numbers more important than people Acquisitions + integrations = uncertainty Bonus structures unrealistic Leadership always seems to have something up their sleeve

    Advice to Management

    Consider that your employees do not know what is talked about behind those closed doors and want to know. A growing business that promises to be great for those lucky enough to to survive all of the integrations isn't motivating.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Look out competitors ...you better start hustling..that's Keynote breathing down your neck! Our sales training rocked!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Keynote Systems

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

    Pros

    The company leadership is engaged, smart, hard-working and has a real vision. Teams are working together in ways they never used to. The energy is building bigtime. One great team...one huge opportunity! Innovation is back and Keynote is headed in the right direction.

    Cons

    There are always thing that need to improve and some processes that are critical path need to be simplified and optimized. We could use more technical field and customer facing resources to take advantage of the opportunity that's within sight.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing! All the malcontents and dead wood are gone, existing folks are getting new opportunities, and new team members are bringing great market perspective.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Stay as long as you like...

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    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Starting to kick in to full gear

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    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    Stay engaged with customers. Update systems. Build processes.



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