Nextag

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Nextag Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
96 Reviews
2.4
96 Reviews
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Nextag CEO Jeffrey G. Katz
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free Food, Birthday Cake, Laid back office and great work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Free food (mostly healthy) and fresh fruit (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • You are not allowed to work from home under any circumstance (in 4 reviews)

  • 1 reason for the company's downfall: Jeff Katz (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Things may be changing for the better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag

    Pros

    Decent pay, talented and nice co-workers, company sponsored lunches and events, new CEO is trying to bring positive changes to the company.

    Cons

    No option to be able to work from home, no flex-time here, lack of transparency in management communications, top-down decision making.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Can't get worse ... new management will take it to new ... depths!

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Nextag

    Pros

    Decent work life balance; some great colleagues; decent pay (average or slightly below the same level elsewhere); Nice new (and expensive) building. Free coffee and cola.

    Cons

    1. Senior management is clueless (and incompetent) but acts as if it knows how to run the business.
    2. Most of the middle management is incompetent and passes blame to lower level employees.
    3. Too many VPs and directors. Proportionately more managers (Managers/Directors/VPs etc.) than workers. If you are joining at the lower level ... watch out! When honeymoon gets over ugly faces will be seen.
    4. Coterie of employees from the previous employers of the C-suite execs brought in at puffed up positions. Cronyism rules! CEO's pet projects are favored.
    5. No respect for employees.
    6. Some in HR are quite rude.
    7. Engineering culture is shifting to MBA culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dreams don't make money. So stop just dreaming! Replace the incompetent among yourselves. Cut the fluff at the top (including the very top). Respect your employees. Forget about being the top 5 employer ... try top 500!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Best place to go after a ML/Information Retrieval Phd

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Nextag

    Pros

    Interesting machine learning problems to work on, huge data, my work has immediate impact

    Cons

    nextag is not yet know to the wide audience.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    It took leaving... just to realize how bad it was

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    Former Employee - Slave to the Man in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Slave to the Man in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag

    Pros

    There are some good new people who have joined since along with the new CEO. If you live in San Mateo, you might have a short commute. Little is expected of people, and most have little authority, so if you are interested in a 9-5 where you punch the clock and are not challenged, this might be a great fit. There is free cereal, chips and coffee - just try not to use your hands...

    Cons

    See above - this is a company that gives employees little responsibility, little direction, and little accountability. Those who have been there since before 2010 have learned the worst management skills imaginable from one of the biggest a**holes in the valley. Keep 'em in the dark, and ride 'em. To top it off, the building is a total dump, the bathrooms are disgusting, and there is no good eats within walking distance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire everyone at or above manager level who has been there since before 2010.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    The reviews from pre-2010/former employees are irrelevant w.r.t the CEO change. Nextag is a very good place to work!

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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 Nextag

    Pros

    Nextag sits at a very cool junction in ecommerce, melding products, search, lots and lots of traffic and tons of data. The domain is hip, hyper-competitive and evolving into mobile, social, local and personal. After years as a hard driving start up, the company attracted a top drawer CEO (Jeff Katz, the founding CEO of Orbitz), to help it get to the next level. The company is very profitable and willing to invest in new areas to innovate and grow its footprint. The consequence for employees is that there are many interesting problems to work on and plenty of opportunities to grow a career. There are many very smart people in the company and more are joining. This really is an inflection point in the company's history.

    The best part for engineers is that with the data volumes and level of traffic the site gets, you get exposed to what it takes to build a true high capacity internet site. It's not quite Google or Amazon scale, but it is genuinely in the next class of scale. Hard problems = fun!

    Cons

    The chief con at Nextag is that it has to shake it's reputation for being an unpleasant place to work. If you read the glassdoor reviews pre-2010, they are not flattering and there are significant truths scattered among them . However, you can see how under Jeff Katz's tenure (reflected on glassdoor reviews from ~June 2010 onward), the company has taken major steps towards correcting cultural and structural issues that have dogged the company for years. The challenge for the company is that this outdated reputation inhibits some good people from working here. No one likes an undeserved or outdated reputation...

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    average pay stable company mean

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Nextag

    Pros

    stable cash flow less duty

    Cons

    average pay stable company mean manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more salary more stock nice to employee

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just Ok

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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 Nextag

    Pros

    Free food (limited choice) if that's your interest, newer management attempting to make a change and time will tell if that happens - so far only words no action.

    Cons

    Management expects people to be physically present at work, no vpn access, stuck in desktop days, poor work environment, very poor communication, no benefits worth talking about - no 401(k).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look around the bay area and see how other employers are treating employees and trust them. Make middle level management accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you have the patience to wait for things to improve.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Nextag

    Pros

    Management seems to be really wanting to change things around. They're trying to make the company a better place, revamp the website (UI and features).
    The company is willing to get employers what they need in terms of hardware (ergonomic keyboards, monitors, etc.), but it usually takes a long time (month or two) to get it. There seems to be an initiative to budget money for training (books, conferences, etc.).
    There are bright and very energetic people working there, but they're the minority I'd say. Most people don't seem to care enough to go beyond what's expected of them and make NexTag a better place.

    Cons

    Old technologies, old approach to project mgmt (waterfall), lots of politics, A/B testing to backup everything, lots of legacy code, monolithic application, very bad code, almost no automated testing (mostly it's all manual QA testing), long release process, employee moral always seems kind of low, certain amount of micromanagement,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency would help. Less politics. More freedom for engineers.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not worth it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag

    Pros

    - Some of the co-workers are nice.
    - The name NexTag carries some weight amongst the Comparison Shopping Engines when you're applying for another job, (but that's largely because of their SEO). Other than that, its not much.

    Cons

    -Managers are critical for the sake of being critical, extreme petty behavior by management is rampant.
    -No positive or constructive feed back from management.
    -You'll be constantly questioning your manager's competence... and their lack of it will show itself in many situations. It will not be comical when it happens.
    -No career development opportunities.
    -Smart and promising people are unable move up or anywhere
    -Being objective does not exist here when it comes to management.

    At the end of the day, this is a pretty awful place to be. 99% of it is heavily politicized. You'll mainly be button pusher. Its reputation is built on the engineers that made them an SEO monster the are now, but you won't see any of that, visibility is extremely dim in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Audit your management team, there are a few who are genuinely terrible (personality and competence). Conduct feedback surveys with the workers of how things are going when you assume things are bad AND good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    stable company

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag

    Pros

    good product, management watchful of bottom line, clearly defined work.

    Cons

    sees the trees instead of the forest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    could use a touch of humanity.

    No opinion of CEO

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