Keynote Systems

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Keynote Systems Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
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  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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Keynote Systems full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    Stay as long as you like...

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    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
  7.  

    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 a 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working on cutting edge and exciting technologies.

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    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
  10. 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outdated technologies and workplace.

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

    I worked at Keynote Systems as an intern (less than a 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

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