Nextag

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Nextag Reviews in San Francisco, CA

96 Reviews
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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  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not worth it.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    stable company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Pathetic! Most of the Good Reviews about this company are most probably paid or written by management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag

    Pros

    There is job security in this company due to extremely high attrition rate. This is the only good point about this company.

    Cons

    Perhaps the worst management you will ever see. They are in complete denial or may be do not understand some simple things about what works and what does not! Incompetency redefined!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace upper engineering management. Try to lead by example rather than some pathetic and useless job title culture. Hire managers who are not defensive and insecure in front of engineers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Low stress job with good pay but old technology, mixed signals from upper management, and no culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag

    Pros

    NexTag does well and is profitable. In fact, it's an SEM goldmine. The company is growing and hiring new employees. There is solid pay, low stress, job security, and flexible deadlines. Management is not overly demanding. You won't find a “jerk boss” here. There was none of the dreaded “office politics”.

    Cons

    NexTag uses eight year old technology that will never be upgraded due to the giant mess of terrible code. The company is severely lacking in innovation of any kind. Changes happen at a glacial rate and the product looks like something built in the nineties. Engineering is hamstrung by the conservative testing and roll out of features.

    NexTag is always in alarm mode and is constantly reacting to supposed crises. Before the engineers have time to fix anything, management halts work to moves on to the next “big crisis”. Management fails to come up with any product planning and provides little useful direction. There are next to zero product managers. NexTag is extremely cheap.

    People at NexTag are either unhappy or resigned to their routine. Hardly anyone talks or even smiles. I would work for days without speaking to anyone. No one cares about what they are working on or believes in the company at all. They show up for a paycheck, eat at their desk, do their work, and go home. There is no culture. The only company event is a once a year picnic in a nearby park. There are no happy hours. You work in a maze of old, ratty cubes with old, ratty carpet, and old odd pieces of computer hardware laying around. You are not allowed to work from home under any circumstance.

    NexTag only cares about money. The employees are just tools to create that money. This is a company with no soul.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on innovation. Work on team spirit. Hire some product managers. Make the office look like a place you would want to spend any amount of time. Stop worrying about .0001% decreases in traffic and concentrate on making a useful site.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    NexTag is growing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Retail Shop from India.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag

    Pros

    * You can always find a Job at Nextag at any time.
    * If you are a complete loser, who can be loyal at any cost ,you will do great here.

    Cons

    * Its a retail shop with 1950's management structure.
    * Complete lack of innovation and motivation.
    * Company's main motivation is profit margin, just like a small business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Respect your employees.
    * Come to reality, to solve your problems.
    * Stop rewarding yourself and have some integrity and self-respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Worst place to work in Bay Area. Nextag has legions of angry and frustrated employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Nextag

    Pros

    - Nice workmates (not lower management).
    - Clean toilets (but no facilities).
    - Nice building.
    - Good location in San Mateo.

    Cons

    - The management system is structured to the point that there is no accountability.
    - Managers never provide positive feedback.
    - Managers fail to provide rewards or recognition for positive employee performance.
    - Managers ignore selected people and discriminate against many employees.
    - Managers change their minds frequently leaving employees off-balance.
    - Many managers are not qualified for the boss job by either skills or experience.
    - Most of management do not accept constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement and do not have the courage to deal with a difficult situation despite knowing that it is the right thing to do.
    - Managers cause dissention among staff members by their actions and comments.
    - Managers fail to communicate, and don not even have, expectations, timelines or goals.
    - Managers have no strategy for improvement or team success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should be more aware of what is going on in the company. They are losing many good hardworking employees due to incompetent lower management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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