Nest Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nest

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Upper management is supportive and takes your career really seriously. Great perks and the insurance benfits are great. !

    Cons

    Woudl like to see some more additonal perks like health stuff, maybe after care for kids etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. The future is bright and it's in our hands.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nest full-time

    Pros

    The company has collected some of the best minds in the business to build a team capable of beyond amazing achievements. It's an honor to go to work each morning and know that I am being pushed beyond what I believe to be possible. Helping establish the foundation of the next great chapter in technology is an opportunity that is simply too amazing to pass up.

    Cons

    Attempting a massive growth spurt while still producing work at the same speeds is beyond difficult. Fortunately this is a phase and those who work through are bound to come out successful on the other side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen and engage at all levels so that the company can continue to learn and evolve for the better and our growing pains can be resolved. It's imperative to hold on to the foundation of Nest: quality, innovation and excellence.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 9 people found this helpful

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    IoT the hot segment to work now

    + Google Benefits

    Used to be a great place to work before acquisition.

    Cons

    - Poor work life balance
    - No employee care

    After Google acquisition Nest grew so fast and it brought lot of people from Apple, it diluted Nest culture and this is more of an Apple now. Problem is most of the management from Apple were not used to make decision they want Jobs to make decisons, the same continues here and they need Tony's approval for everything from deciding HipChat or Hangout for internal communication to how the UI should be.

    The most impacted team is the "Apps team", this is the front face for Nest so every small thing has to be approved by Tony, so design will be delayed and the engineer team has to cover it up working on weekends and long hours. Similarly the "IE team" is run my first time managers who have no idea to stand up for their team and they are just busy in managing their upstream. So if you are in any one of these teams who will go through some hard time.

    Because of the recent mess Nest haven't released any major product or App release since Google acquisition (which is more than an year now).

    Ask around about Nest & TGIF questions you will get more about Nest Culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for your employee and treat them with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 15 people found this helpful

    Huge potential - Massive Hubris

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nest

    Pros

    This is a very important product space where innovation can really shine and make people's homes and home lives actually better. Most of the ideas Nest has put in the product and those being considered for the future are very solid and set the bar very high

    Cons

    The driving focus of the company is to deliver products and features that are aligned with it's ambitions for market penetration and expansion but are completely misaligned with it's engineering resource development, management and the realities of what it takes to built products in these categories that users can trust

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop getting angry at the team for failing to perform weekly miracles. Telling the team to "just get it done" isn't helpful and implies that you don't have a good understanding of the challenges that exist and also don't care. Be realistic about what it takes and realize that fire drills to clean up a mess are a lot less efficient use of resources than doing it right the first time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Feels to good to finally be acknowledge for my hard work and talent :-)

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer

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

    Pros

    Very passionate, hard working group of people. Great if you you like to be productive. They acknowledge talent and those that deliver. Exciting and fun products.

    Cons

    Group is scaling fast. Growing pain might be challenging if you are not experienced in what you do. But for me, challenge is fun! I hope they are more open to telecommute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More disruptive projects.. please :-)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. The intern program is top notch.

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    Former Employee - HW Intern
    Former Employee - HW Intern

    I worked at Nest

    Pros

    Intern Program (General):
    They put a huge effort in to the intern program. If you take advantage of all the opportunities/resources available then you will form incredible relationships, get direct access to tech leaders, and probably walk away with some swag too.
    I was especially impressed with how much effort they put in to making sure each intern was interested in what they were working on.

    Hardware Team:
    The HW team treated the interns like junior level engineers. It's challenging and you're expected to work hard (~50 hrs/wk), but they are AWESOME about giving help and explanation when you ask for it. You're working alongside some of the best HW people out there, so there's a lot to be learned.

    Cons

    As an intern, nothing. When it comes to full-time you can consider if the culture is a fit for you long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline and open communication between engineering, product marketing, and program management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great company full of smart people

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    Former Intern - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Nest as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Interned over summer 2014. Lots of smart, motivated people - I would be a great place to develop your technical skills. They expect you to work hard, typically 50 hr weeks or so, but the culture is relaxed and they do a lot to foster a sense community.

    Cons

    Inefficiently run meetings - took twice as long as necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train managers on how to hold efficient meetings - in particular, that meetings should have clear agendas and be limited to them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Awesome internship

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    Former Employee - Internship
    Former Employee - Internship

    I worked at Nest

    Pros

    Great culture, really smart people, the team is really dedicated to the product, and the management is really high quality

    Cons

    Apparently there is some culture mismatch with dropbox right now

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None really

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nest

    Pros

    You see your hard work come to life.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about working for this company. Expect to work hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 12 people found this helpful

    Poor execution.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nest

    Pros

    Part of Google. Unrealized opportunity is huge. Smart developers who really know what they are doing.

    Cons

    Execs out of touch with a company. Development processes out of 90s. Engineers have no say in what gets built. Very little autonomy for developers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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