Nextag Reviews

Updated January 5, 2015
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  1. I like the company culture, fun social events, great co-workers and most of all, getting to work with smart people.

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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

    great culture, fun, always somthing new to learn.

    Cons

    - growth potential is limited in various deparmtents

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Nextag is improving dramatically

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

    I have been working at Nextag

    Pros

    At Nextag, I get to work with smart people on interesting problems. The upper management has changed recently, and the company has begun to make significant changes (both technical and cultural) in a short period of time.

    Cons

    The San Mateo location is pretty (up on the hill off 92), but dining options are somewhat limited. The company is growing quickly, and quality talent is hard to find these days. It can take a while to bring in new people, even when they're really needed. Also, I could use more vacation time, but that's probably true most places.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be unafraid to change. Continue treating employees like adults. This isn't my first rodeo, and the role of corporate cheerleader doesn't come naturally to me, but I think this place could really be a rocket ship. For the first time in years, I'm actually excited about a big company.

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  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.

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  5. 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...

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  6. 3 people found this helpful

    NexTag is growing.

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    Current Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Nextag

    Pros

    If you perform, NexTag absolutely takes care of you.

    Cons

    The company tries to maintain a very low key in offices and watches expenses like a hawk. Many friends don´t know the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the company continues to grow, it may make sense to experiment having folks working on the same project sit togehter, even if they are in different functions.

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  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Challenging but Extremely Rewarding Place to Work if you Align with the Company Culture

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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

    Decisions are made based on data and objective analysis -- not based on how articulate one is or how good you are at powerpoint. Very little internal politics and a strong emphasis on intellectual integrity.

    Good track record of promoting from within --- Good performance is recognized and salaries are highly competitive. If you have initiative you will be given the chance to take on as much responsibility as you can handle.

    Strong bias towards automating mundane or repetitive tasks to help employees focus on real value-added activities.

    Exceptional financial discipline, both on the cost side and on deciding where to invest. This is mentioned as a negative by a number of other reviewers which seems absurd to me. Isn't that what good businesses are supposed to do? This is why NexTag has outperformed every other comparison shopping site by a wide margin.

    Cons

    Company is too risk averse at times and could do a better job communicating about company priorities and performance across the employee base.

    Management could do a better job giving positive reinforcement to employees for good performance outside of the regular performance appraisal cycle. This is probably due in part to the Pro I mention above regarding promoting from within. NexTag has a lot of first time managers who are learning management skills on the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more with employees about strategy as well as the reasons for company policies. In the absence of information people too often take negative perspectives on things and this could be largely eliminated with better communication. The company is evolving from a very centrally managed company to one with more delegated decision-making and this communication is even more important now.

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  8. 4 people found this helpful

    Good place to work for talented engineers

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

    I have been working at Nextag

    Pros

    Laid back, good perks like free food in the kitchen, challenging work, fun coworkers, and good salary compared to other offers I received.

    Cons

    Long hours (10 to 7PM with an hour lunch), sometimes a little bit disorganized...but that's ok considering it's a small company. Very profit centric which is good but stifles creativity a little.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explain things better to engineers when they ask. A little bit of knowledge goes a long way. Sometimes hard to know what other people in the company are doing.

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  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Depends on your position and team

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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

    - Depending on your team, great adoption of new technologies
    - Lots of new things happening, interesting projects
    - Nice office with full of snacks and monthly free lunches
    - Engineers get a Mac or a Dell laptop
    - Great PTO
    - HR really spends time on team building and employee morale boosting activities

    Cons

    - Some projects have management problems or incompetent managers
    - Compensation is not as good as it used to be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have a clearer vision as to where the company is heading. If you do, please convey it better to the employees so that they can trust that vision.

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  10. 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
  11. 4 people found this helpful

    A serious place to work but hard work is rewarded!

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

    I have been working at Nextag

    Pros

    The company is very focused on growth. As an engineer, you are exposed to business metrics and how your work can impact those metrics. If you can take on ownership, more responsibilities are given to you and you are rewarded with good salary increases and annual stock option grants.

    If you are serious about your career and willing to work hard to be rewarded, this is a great place to be.

    Management is very flexible about time off. Many engineers take 3-4 weeks off to go back home to their own country.

    Cons

    If you just want a 9 to 5 job, this is not a good place to be. You are expected to own what you deliver and you may be on-call if there is a livesite issue with what you own.

    Having QA in India makes coordination more challenging. Sometimes, there could be a one-day turnaround cycle because of time difference. You may need to communicate with them at night from home to get the issues resolved.

    The codebase has some legacy code that is difficult to maintain and you may need to rewrite chunks of it to really make it work.

    There is not a lot of time for chit-chat and there is not a lot of time for socializing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can make it a more fun place to work by allowing more time for knowledge sharing and also for more team activities.

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