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Updated Jun 24, 2014

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    Great place to work

    Coordinator (Current Employee) São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    ProsLots 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.

    ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementKeep 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOpen-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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Manager (Current Employee) São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    ProsLots 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.

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementLighten 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    ProsGood 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)

    ConsCutthroat, 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 Senior ManagementFire 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    ConsLack of trust between teams, big legacy, bureaucracy.

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    Great talent ruined by lack of proper management

    Systems Administrator (Former Employee) São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    ProsLocaweb 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.

    ConsFounders 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 Senior ManagementFirst 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.

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    There's an opportunity for improvement

    Software Developer (Current Employee)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The roof is low and hard to break

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    ProsFrom the technical point of view is a interesting company. There is a lot of room for improvement and innovation.

    ConsLack of professionalism.

    As I said in the headline, it's a familiar company and from a kind of people that are very closed to people that are not from their community. This kind of behavior favors people that are from their community and it's not necessary to better fit for the job.
    Since they try to force hierarchies to be as most as horizontal as possible, there is no much room to grow.

    There is also a informal hierarchy on which some very old employees have a lot of influence in decisions and internal political matters and do whatever it takes to protect their jobs when they felt threatened by it's own mistakes and from people that notes their mistakes. If you don't participate their trust group you will not have chance to grow there and not will even be listened. If you do not do a lot of lobbying it does not matter if you have the best ideas and know where the company have problems and what things the company need to do to solve them. It's very sad.

    It's the right place for people who love to hide problems from their bosses and protect yourselves, because there are even high employees in there that do this sort of thing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSell the company. After changing the heads of the company it will have to pass through a restructuring process and this will probably fix the worst issues. This will make this company be more professional.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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