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Nextag Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Apr 8, 2014
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2.3 54 reviews

26% Approve of the CEO

Nextag CEO Jeffrey G. Katz

Jeffrey G. Katz

(27 ratings)

28% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    8 people found this helpful  

    Nextag is turning into a joke!

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsDecent work-life balance compared to most other Silicon Valley companies. As others have pointed out here as well free soda, coffee, etc, which is actually not that big of a deal once you see what other companies have to offer.

    ConsAtrociously incompetent top executives, middle managers only interested in doing a kiss-up kick-down job even when they know they're dead wrong. Somehow, the company developed a pressing need to hire a ton of VPs/Directors in the last 1 year and even more mysteriously they did not find any top drawer talent in companies other than the ones Jeff Katz ever worked at. To accommodate this huge pool of newly acquired stuffed suits the company decided to let go of engineering staff - some of whom had toiled hard for several years. The new management is very adept at cheer-leading but hardly any good at leading anyone. Micromanagement, pressure tactics, and a culture of fear are being promoted but are making the good engineers leave. Soon the stocks of good talent will be depleted and all that will be left would be the cheer-leading squad. A Nextag IPO is suddenly looking like an impossibility any way one looks at it. A bankruptcy appears a more likely scenario.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRESIGN and take your coterie with you. Turn over the reins to people who're actually built something with technology and not just hopped from one company to another all their lives! If you stay in charge of this ship any longer it will sink under the weight of your ignorance, incompetence, and hubris.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Good People, Poor Job Stability

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsThere are still good people at the company (as of this review) in both the lower and upper levels of the company. If you have the opportunity to work with them, you can learn a lot from them and they make coming to work enjoyable. However, I would only recommend working here if you are looking for experience and don't need job stability.

    ConsThere are plenty of incompetent people in the company, and if you have the misfortune of encountering them or working with them, I am truly sorry. I am not sure how these people got hired at Nextag, but sometimes I feel like we got the rejects from other companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward your good talent (what's left of them) and PLEASE vet your incoming candidates carefully.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    8 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Mateo, CA

    Pros* good pay
    * nice people at lower levels

    Cons* title inflation - new employees
    * no professional development
    * no personal development

    Advice to Senior Managementconsider hiring more engineers instead of mgmt

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    12 people found this helpful  

    A robust ship is sinking

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsNew management has definitely loosened the wallet to ensure benefits and work-place environment is condusive; We are also investing heavily in marketing and look-feel to improve future brand recognition.

    ConsTop layer management is gone -- all new managers are cronies and think that they are gods looking to fix a well-run ship. In this process we have hired tons of VPs/GMs etc, but not nearly enough mid-tier and worker-bees.
    Work is even more tougher and demanding as now there are more managers who don't even know how the ship works and are demanding us to work even harder.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect, retain, and reward current worker-bees as you rebuild/rehire top-management.

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Things may be changing for the better

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Mateo, CA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    9 people found this helpful  

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

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsDecent 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.

    Cons1. 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 Senior ManagementDreams 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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Best place to go after a ML/Information Retrieval Phd

    Senior Research Engineer (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

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

    Consnextag is not yet know to the wide audience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    8 people found this helpful  

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

    Slave to the Man (Former Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsThere 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...

    ConsSee 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 Senior ManagementFire everyone at or above manager level who has been there since before 2010.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsNextag 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!

    ConsThe 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...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    average pay stable company mean

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

    Prosstable cash flow less duty

    Consaverage pay stable company mean manager

    Advice to Senior Managementmore salary more stock nice to employee

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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