Locaweb

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Locaweb Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great environment to work

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Coordinator in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Locaweb full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    have been building lots of cool places, the works fit with the payment.

    Cons

    Few opportunities to grow up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good company Bad managers

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at Locaweb full-time

    Pros

    Technology, Flexible time, Good office, Location and Benefits

    Cons

    Manager are not prepared for drive the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Challenging, yet frustrating due to owners limitations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Locaweb

    Pros

    Open environment, energetic staff, innovative prone. Well regarded brand in Brazilian market

    Cons

    Owners took too long to quit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You know who are the bad apples, get rid of them as soon as possible, even if they are top management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Coordinator in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at Locaweb full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of challenges and opportunities of developing your career. The climate is great and people respect and help each other. Great benefits and really focused on investing in people and giving opportunities.

    Cons

    It started as a family company, so sometimes there aren´t polices. Everything works really good, and there is a huge effort on making the rules clear, but sometimes it takes long time to solve a problem because it's still based on people and not on process (who is the owner of the process, not the process itself)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing the good work! People feel satisfied and like to work here. There are great benefits comparing to Brazilian companies. We need to improve making our policies clear to all employees, that´s all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Very good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Locaweb

    Pros

    Open-mind management, freedom to speak, amazing developers.

    A great place to learn and develop your self, technically and personally.

    Good benefits like a restaurant and cafeteria in the company

    Cons

    Conflict between different areas, many historic problems not solved yet. Legacy code vary bad.

    Recommends
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic opportunities clouded by conflict of interests and public shaming by directors.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources and technology to work on, interesting problems, market leadership and relaxed environment. Freedom to pitch product ideas and interact with interesting vendors. A host of different people from product to market to technology that really make a difference if you understand that the company is understaffed in senior positions. No fear to try new techniques or processes. A very interesting group of founders and smart people to talk in the cafeteria/lunch time. Humble and simple people that are really over qualified for the job.

    Cons

    Very confrontational environment driven from the high management. Lack of trust between teams and people, gossip that comes from above and long hours justifying/discussing what was previously accorded. "No backlog decision s sacred". Zero celebration on successes. Did I mentioned it's very confrontational ? To the point of shaming execs and his teams. And I mean force the humiliation down to the team (emails, meetings with shaming/calling subordinates to confirm managers and directors information, etc). Not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up. It's hard to find smart people in Brazil and the company has plenty. Lighten up, remember that director's and management discussion and issues should not get to everyone. Be political in the good sense and work hard to create trust between teams. Forget the hurtful past. Money is not everything in terms of compensation. Also easy on the public shaming and humiliation stuff. It's a tech company - technology is bound to be unpredictable but it can be fun and rewarding (check the past revenue and market growth). Focus on reducing technical debt so products can really have an impact on the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work, management let it crumble

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Locaweb full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay.

    Smart people.

    Interesting, innovative technologies and subject matter.

    The largest company of its kind in Brazil.

    Opportunities for growth for professionals at the beginning of the career.

    Good work-life balance (unless you're on a team lead by one of the "bad apples" - see cons)

    Cons

    Cutthroat, caustic politics. Even with a small, light senior management structure, conflicts and finger pointing were constant.

    Very shallow structure severely limits growth opportunities. Personal relationships with owners much stronger than professional competence as professional mobility resources.

    Workplace bullying amply tolerated and even encouraged by similar behavior by senior management. Public put-downs and moral harassment by owners rampant.

    Previously light-hearted, pleasant work environment destroyed by bad apples, bipolar management and workplace bullies.

    Forced, artificial company culture discussions and useless, forgettable professional development courses. The culture communicated is not the culture enforced.

    Indecisive, insecure, amateurish management caused constant change of direction and little to no long term strategic planning and execution. This seems to have been changed recently with the distancing of the partners and placement of professionals in their place.

    Company growth severely degraded in recent years. Direction is wavering and the future is uncertain.

    Domestic-locked company, international expansion has been tried half-heartedly and abandoned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the bullies. No amount of technical prowess can justify certain types of behavior.

    Make strategies clear, professionalize planning and prioritization. Empower leaders by giving them P&L responsibility.

    Force transparency and discourage political agendas.

    Encourage employees to get superior education. Let off the friends-of-the-owners BS courses.

    Hire a top-tier management consultancy to get a fresh, outside view of the paths to growth and to the future and untie the growth knot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lots of learning, big scale and lack of trust between teams.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at Locaweb

    Pros

    Biggest hosting provider in Latin America, new technologies and great people.

    Cons

    Lack of trust between teams, big legacy, bureaucracy.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great talent ruined by lack of proper management

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Locaweb

    Pros

    Locaweb wants to feel like Google so when it comes to food, free beverages, video games and other amenities it has got it all. People are young and talented and have energy that you usually don't see in medium/large companies. Lots of people that love what they do (they offer decent pay so that might explain it). Foreign investments mean cash is not a problem.

    Cons

    Founders have promoted technical-oriented people to management and they lack the skills. The company also ignores bullies and let egos run high. Founders like to let people fight over ideas and the best one wins. Reality is whoever speaks louder or has an alpha-male attitude dictitates what happens. There is too much guess work as performance is not measured. Very informal environment that doesn't not account for wasted resources, failed projects, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First of all, get ride of the bullies that were brought in because they were perceived as rock stars. Then start to properly manage projects and resources and track how things are progressing. There is nothing worse for an over achiever than to see its efforts be wasted and/or ignored.

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    There's an opportunity for improvement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer

    I have been working at Locaweb

    Pros

    Very interesting work to be done. There are great challenges ahead.

    Cons

    Very difficult to move forward when direction keeps changing. Looks like the people who started the company were good at starting the company but may not be good at scaling the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define direction and stick with it for at least a few months. Don't change direction every week.

    Doesn't Recommend

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