MaxPoint Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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    Helpful (12)

    Crazy smart people who have fun, build cool technology and are rewarded

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at MaxPoint full-time

    Pros

    Sure, there are the technology start-up style perks: a fully stocked kitchen, free starbucks, relaxed atmosphere, beautiful work environment, etc. For me, though, the biggest benefit is working with so many crazy smart people. The work is incredibly challenging; we solve hard interesting problems and have broad latitude to figure out how to do it. There are no politics: if you have a good idea, you are encouraged and empowered to implement it. Also, the company grows incredibly fast. Every employee is an owner and you can see that generates camaraderie as people feel like that are working for each other. I've never worked somewhere with more teamwork than MaxPoint.

    Cons

    We work hard...you have to be able to find the right work-life balance on your own. Being a very successful start-up means you have more products to build and customers to help than time always allows. You need to be able to prioritize and walk away from your work when you need a break. People who are the most successful at MaxPoint have a good ability to compartmentalize and are conscious of setting boundaries that allow them to have balance. I've had small kids while at MaxPoint and have never had an issue. Also, success is often rewarded with substantial new responsibilities. Some people might misread this...there isn't room to hide. People who don't embrace this can have a hard time.


  2. Helpful (7)

    Pretty good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MaxPoint full-time

    Pros

    Surrounded by pretty smart, pretty cool people. The office is open and doesn't feel confined (no cubicles.) There's a fully stocked kitchen and fun things to do if, on the off chance, you run into a bit of free time. Joe's pretty cool. Employees and managers are very candid and are open to feedback. Good work is noted. You can start work any time in the morning, as long as you get your work done. Generally people enter at 9-10 and leave at 5-7. Sometimes there's an emergency that requires you to stay later or work on the weekend, but it's not terrible.

    Cons

    Some of the social stuff can be upsetting to witness. For example, lot of the people that work there (employees and managers) tend to talk negatively about people that aren't around. Some of it is in good spirit, but there's enough not-in-good-spirit talk to make you wonder if you're the target when you're not around. Some people even go out of their way to exclude others and then are overjoyed to have succeeded. These are generally the people you want to avoid anyways, as there are plenty of nice people that don't participate in these activities.

    Advice to Management

    Participating in the above cons generally makes your employees feel like they can't trust you. It also makes the workplace feel like high school or early college again, which is pretty sad. Try and maintain patience with employees that ask questions. A lot of the questions are actually necessary, as a slight misunderstanding can mess everything up.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Great digital technologies, talented team members, but complete lack of leadership

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MaxPoint full-time

    Pros

    The company's ideas and philosophies on digital advertising and technologies are innovative. The culture is perfect for young professionals to step in and learn and advance to a certain level.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is difficult to achieve. Executive level VP's and management are disconnected from the field teams, not trusting their teams decisions. Favoritism and a nepotism is rampant, especially among top management. Because it has been a privately held company there has not been much, if any HR rules or regulations. Executive level VP's are verbally abuse, cursing on conference calls at employees, making sexist remarks and playing favorites. Social activities get out of hand with inappropriate behavior taking place even among the few Executive members.

    Advice to Management

    You have a great product and an attractive company to work for. But you've got a few bad apples in your upper level executive team that are toxic and abusive. Professional leaders who are liability to your organization.


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  5. Back-Stabbers and Ladder Climbers - Dipped in Nepotism

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    Former Employee - IT Systems Administrator in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - IT Systems Administrator in Morrisville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MaxPoint full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Semi-cool environment - they are really going for the silicon valley tech company atmosphere. Cooler full of drinks and they have no problem bring in food for the employees (but they do that in hopes you will work more and take breaks)

    Cons

    If you are back-stabbers and ladder-climbers this is the place for you. The company is literally drowning in nepotism. On the outside, Maxpoint look likes a cool/hip company but looks can be deceiving. The turn-over rate is HUGE and constant. But they do not care. They (Maxpoint) dangle the carrot in front of the donkey (You) So the donkey keeps pulling away thinking one-day he will get it. -- This is especially apparent in the Account Management section.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Account Director

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    Former Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MaxPoint (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They pay well, expense report unlimited. They know their culture and if you don't fit in, they get rid of you quickly.

    Cons

    Crazy turnover - high pressure - you need thick skin and a willingness to work crazy hours and entertain all the time to succeed and "fit in"


  7. Senior Account Executive

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at MaxPoint full-time

    Pros

    MaxPoint is a great place to work. We bring amazing value to our clients and have an incredible team behind the product.

    Cons

    if you don't like fast paced work environment where things change quickly, MaxPoint may not be the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    keep striving to be a valuable partner to your customers.


  8. Helpful (5)

    All around great place to be if you're in sales!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Incredible culture with truly unlimited earning potential. MaxPoint sets fair but challenging goals and pays out no matter how crazy the bonus amounts may seem. Employees at MaxPoint are given a lot of patience to develop and are judged as much by effort and attitude as they are by their immediate results. It's a fun place to work in an industry that is actually growing exponentially year over year.

    Cons

    Rules and structure are not very prevalent at MaxPoint. There's a lot of decisions being made based on business needs. If you're the type that needs a lot of structure, MaxPoint is not for you. This company is relatively small and especially in sales it's a small family. If you don;t like that dynamic you're probably not going to like it here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Invest in the backend as much as you can. We have a great product in a space that has a tremendous amount of demand. All we need to do is keep performing and keeping our clients happy. We've created a great culture, as we grow we want to make sure that we continue to foster that.


  9. Helpful (27)

    Interesting work, great team -- needs a wake-up call

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MaxPoint full-time

    Pros

    Top-notch, intelligent, creative, fun colleagues. Everyone is present and motivated to make progress quickly and efficiently. "That's not my job" mentality doesn't exist here. Work on cutting edge technology in a new and exciting space. Can be a great place to work, but they are not looking for people to stay long-term.

    Cons

    Maxpoint believes in hiring management externally, and value fresh perspectives over loyalty and hard work. Top level execs are extremely emotional, and unpredictable. Smart, maybe even brilliant but flawed in management style. They believe in isolating "teaching moments", and instilling fear into employees. You never know what will set them off or how they will discredit your work previously praised. Creating friction is another tactic frequently used. In this scenario team leads are pitted against each other in order to inspire a competitive environment. This doesn't produce the best out of your workforce. It makes people on edge and so unhappy they have to convince themselves to get out of their car to walk into the building everyday. Most employees including execs are holding on for the huge payout their stock will produce. If you're joining now you won't get enough stock to make it worth your time. Have a family or plans to start one? Look elsewhere. Long hours with not much flexibility. Company makes many empty promises they have no intention of keeping. Don't count on anything they say until you see it in your bank.

    Advice to Management

    Employee morale matters-- you have a great team appreciate them or lose them. Honor the agreements you make to employees.


  10. Helpful (10)

    Great for young professionals with strong work ethic, high ambitions

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Invaluable experience, great benefits (100% paid health insurance premiums), awesome co-workers, start-up environment, upbeat culture, Executives have great vision

    Cons

    Work-life balance, VP-level leadership is inconsistent leading to a lack of autonomy and often times they seem totally disengaged from the challenges at hand

    Advice to Management

    It's a luxury to have such ambitious employees, but careful to not overwork your most loyal.


  11. Helpful (21)

    Stale Career Growth - Dripping with Nepotism - Clouded in Secrecy

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at MaxPoint full-time

    Pros

    Free soda, coffee, and snacks. Christmas gifts and fun holiday party. Friendly coworkers, fast-paced, open office space, startup culture.

    Cons

    Career Growth: leadership has 100% tunnel vision on clients and campaigns, and neglects to provide any career development for their hardworking, loyal employees who got the company to where it is today. They show no interest in encouraging employees to grow beyond their current state or pursue other internal opportunities. You either have to be close friends with your manager or fight tooth and nail to "create" a position and wade through a jungle of office politics if you expect to be promoted. The process will take 3 months and you'll take on additional projects and a heavier workload in the meantime to "prove" your worthy of a promotion (even though you've been busting your butt for the past [insert number of years]). Expect minimal career growth and a heavy workload, especially in account management. Leadership Quality: title inflation is common with some of the managers here. They are too young and inexperienced to hold the responsibilities they do and dictate other people's careers. It's sort of like being in high school and the sophomore below you is the vice principal. Stop giving inflated titles to people who don't deserve it or don't have the experience to back it up. This leads to poor leadership quality and puts more strain and stress on the employees who end up taking on the additional burden. Employees have become resentful of their managers and the leadership team who turn a blind eye on what's really going on. Management seems to overlook their valuable employees and show no regard for loyalty. Preferential Treatment: Favoritism and nepotism run rampant at MaxPoint. You must be close to the "inner circle" to make any sort of gains at this company. If you're good friends with the right people here, you're in luck! However, this isn't the case for most of the employees, and they're afraid to approach their managers for fear of punishment and condemnation. The account management leadership team is notorious for this type of behavior - they work their AM's to the max, which has led to low morale and some disgruntled workers on the verge of quitting. Management has been notified of these cases of unhappy employees, but keeps with the status quo and nothing changes. Communication is poor here and no one knows what's going on until something happens after the fact. The attitude here is to keep everything a secret and asking questions to the "inner" managers will result in condescending remarks.

    Advice to Management

    Pay competitive salaries, invest in career development, show loyalty to valuable employees, diversify leadership team.



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