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Nextag CEO Jeffrey G. Katz
Jeffrey G. Katz
26 Ratings

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

  • Hello, this is the Silicon Valley (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Small company with good benefits but worst upper mgmt

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nextag full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Food, snacks, holiday parties, games etc

    Cons

    Senior mgmt, Less pay, No GC sponsorship (asks to wait for 1 yr, 2 yrs, 3 yrs, still not sign of GC process start) , No freedom to express your ideas, just do what your supervisor/mngr tell.

    Advice to Management

    Dont hire people just to fire after 6-8 months


  2. Helpful (1)

    The Titanic Of The Silicon Valley

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nextag full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free Food, Birthday Cake, Laid back office and great work/life balance.

    Cons

    As mentioned in the title of this review, Nextag may be the the Titanic Of The Silicon Valley, at the helm was Jeff Katz. Nextag is a great example of what happens to a company when you are pursuing the ideas of one person without seeking guidance from people who actually know how to run a internet company. Fortunately he is gone, well sort of....still on the board (Not a good idea). I personally saw millions and millions of dollars thrown away to pursue ideas that had little to no merit and backed by little to no experience. Fortunately the cancer has been removed and hopefully my friends at Nextag will still have a company to show up for every morning. If you are debating joining the Nextag team, be sure to ask if your position is vital. If it isn't then you will find little to no job security. There are a lot of good people still left and a lot of great people were recently let go, including myself.

    Advice to Management

    Make the most out of whats left after the iceberg Jeff Katz and others sailed Nextag into. Take care of the people you have left, incentives them greatly because we all know there is little to no confidence left and probably everyone is looking for new positions.


  3. Helpful (3)

    A sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nextag full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -The people below senior management are generally very cool/fun to work with -There's a kitchen with some free food and a monthly catered lunch -Even base-level salaries seem fair

    Cons

    -Jeff Katz is destroying the company with his self-professed infamy and political methods with which he runs the company. -There is no job security. None at all. There is a very high turnover rate, and it usually feels like you never know who will be the next to go (including yourself). -The marketing budget is embarrassing, and the management of that budget are people who are buddies of Jeff who came over from Orbitz/Leapfrog. It's really hard to be proud of how the company operates. -No room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up, stop cutting talented people for political reasons. You're killing the company, and it's harmful to all of us.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    You know it's bad when in hindsight Purnendu was a good CEO

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great snacks in the kitchen Cool office The people are genuinely nice

    Cons

    Surprised the board didn't let Katz go a year ago Google PLAs are killing their SEO The VP of your department will last around 3 months before being fired Trying to diversify their business but nothing has been remotely successful Stock option price is WAY underwater (1.1 billion evaluation in 2007)

    Advice to Management

    Sell this dying business while you still can. You have already squeezed every penny out over the past 6 years. Abandon ship!


  6. Helpful (1)

    bait and switch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nextag full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people in the trenches Average pay & benefits

    Cons

    HUGE annual attrition rate (40% in some years) Complete lack of strategic leadership and integrity in the "leadership" team People chasing pennies and leaving dollars on the table, ie far too much focus on SEO than intrinsic value Significant change of direction every few months which means there's no real direction Everyone tries to imitate Katz's worst characteristics, and he surrounds himself with "yes" men, leading to "The emperor is wearing no clothes"

    Advice to Management

    Resign or move to Washington DC where your cutthroat skills and political backstabbing will at least be expected


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good people, horrible bosses, worse executives. They like to build everything in house

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nextag full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, nice office. Cafe in building. Large scale problems, now getting into goo technology stack

    Cons

    horrible management, even worse executives New CEO brought in his team they didn't know how to run business. Running it into the ground

    Advice to Management

    get new management


  8. Helpful (1)

    An Ok company with mixed pros and cons

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nextag full-time

    Pros

    1. Good technology, a lot of opportunities to learn new stuff 2. Hard working and smart people get promoted 3. Good HR staff organizing fun events 4. Good environment for internationals 5. Co-workers are generally nice, friendly and smart 6. Excellent PTO time. Ok work-life balance for most employees.

    Cons

    1. Base salary is not very bad. But there are no other compensation. Bonus is low 2. The whole company is having hard time grow its traditional shopping business. New stategy seems to be good but it needs time to prove that. 3. Benefits other than PTO are not that great. 4. Low brand name recognition 5. Stock options are not attractive at all 6. People coming in and learving all the time. High turn-over rate


  9. Toxic environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still a fairly profitable business; uses current technologies; very numbers / statistics driven with an infrastructure that embraces experimentation and reat-ime feedback

    Cons

    Draconian management style of the senior leadership; dog-eat-dog culture that leads to fast burnout or being thrown under the proverbial bus. Lip service given to training - one senior leader was heard saying that training is unacceptable and that technologists should be hired already knowing current technologies! Revenue model is being completely overhauled as a reaction to Google's competitive practices - there's little indication that the bet will be successful in the long term.

    Advice to Management

    When you surround yourself with identical cutthroat personalities, you lose perspective and you end up with demoralized, afraid, and/or cutthroat personnel. In other words, you get what you model.


  10. Helpful (2)

    I am Glad To be Next OUt !!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I like that fact they did have a monthly lunch celebration and they also have happy hours once in a while.

    Cons

    The commute is terrible. There is really no good food options in the area. This company has really high turn over. I have known more than a 30 people who left the company wiithin the first six months. I feel they have managers who do not know how to manager people. It seems like the upper manager in certain groups. do not know what is going on. I would suggest only taking a job here if you have no other offers. or if you are jobless and you just need a job. This not a career. They treat there employers really unfair. Alot of people gossip about each other and people are extremely clicks as well.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest listening to people feed backs.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good pay. Lousy motivation. No appreciation

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, interesting directions, most of the people were nice

    Cons

    Lack of direction in IT

    Advice to Management

    Work as a team, and not focus on self-centered career goals



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