Ning Inc

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing engineering team, amazing sales and support staff, mediocre management and product direction.

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    Former Employee - Frontend Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Frontend Developer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Ning Inc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The best group of engineers I've ever had the opportunity to work with; everyone cared about their respective tasks and contributions to the overall product, often working as hard as necessary to get things done regardless of how unreasonable the deadlines were.

    Cons

    Long hours, grueling redundant work that feels largely unnecessary, impartial to career growth opportunities internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate more to tenured employees, especially the ones that have shown dedication and area expertise, be more conscious of overworking, and provide constant feedback on career paths at the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Less than organized

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    Former Employee - Community Advocate in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Community Advocate in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Ning Inc full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Small, Ability to take responsibility

    Cons

    not a lot of insight into your performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share goods and bads with team!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocre experience, bad management, no communication or visibility

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    Former Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Ning Inc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good space, location, young people, off site

    Cons

    average pay, bad management, lack of visibility into roadmap and management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn how to be a manager

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Dream job

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    Former Employee - Senior FP&A Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior FP&A Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Ning Inc full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    People, work environment, compensation, work

    Cons

    Parking was difficult and required a permit to not have to walk over a city block

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do it again, soon, then call me please

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ning was an exciting and fast paced place to work!

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Ning Inc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Extremely friendly and professional atmosphere led to creativity and collaboration in problem solving efforts in maintaining maximum website reliability and creating positive experience for our customers.

    Cons

    Was acquired by Glam Media

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hindsight is always 20/20.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fast moving company, lots of change in a good way, great people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Ning Inc

    Pros

    Small company, but not too small - great people - Everyone is approachable and the customers are very cool. Good optimistic feeling about where the company is going - and everyone seems to have a chance to share their ideas.

    Cons

    Commute from the city - but caltrain pass helps. Still some hangover from the past org before the switchover but things seem to be looking up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less meetings ;) also bring in more customers to talk to us - or the president. need to hire more engineers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great job. Great people. Great space.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Ning Inc

    Pros

    If you are motivated, passionate, and looking for a place where your great ideas won't fall on deaf ears, then Ning is the place for you. Teams are made up of bright, hard-working (but efficient), collaborative folks who leave their egos at home but bring a sense of pride and humor to their work. Did I mention the free lunches? Every day? If you're a talented, tech-savvy vegan...my goodness, APPLY NOW.

    Cons

    Sometimes the HVAC gets out of whack. Dress in layers ;)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Our UX could use some TLC. Don't be afraid to invest in tools that will breed efficiency and consistency across mobile, tablet and desktop. We owe that to our users.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A lot of ownership at a changing and growing company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Ning Inc

    Pros

    -The people are amazing - it's one of the best assembled teams to work with. Everyone brings a lot to the table and has a lot of responsibility but it's very collaborative so employees are constantly learning from each other as well.
    -Even though the company has gone through a lot of changes and growing pains, we have a very transparent and caring management team. They openly talk about what decisions are being made, why they're being made, and how they affect everyone. Plus, employees have ample opportunity to ask questions and receive honest answers about the future direction of the company.
    -We're growing, but it's still a small enough company where you aren't pigeonholed. Employees are able to have ownership and see the impact of their work - which is much harder to do at a larger company.

    Cons

    -There has been a ton of change this past year and morale was low for a good part of it. However, as we've been able to see the successes of making those changes, morale is getting better.
    -It is still hard to have the best work-life balance, but that's what any start-up (early stage or growing) offers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Continue to talk to employees and understand where they want to go with their careers and help make that growth happen at Ning.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Mixed experience at Ning

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Ning Inc

    Pros

    The team at Ning was amazing. Very consistently smart and motivated engineers that really wanted to do the right thing.
    Great advocacy and ops teams help developers concentrate on building new software and understanding what customers really want.

    Cons

    Remarkably poor management, especially around senior leadership and product. Its kind of amazing that the same team that failed so miserably at building a product people are willing to actually pay for is now at it for a second time. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Now there's a Ning logo next to insanity in the dictionary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace everyone that led product definition and designed the product development process. Let engineers run the show the way they used to and stop pretending you know things you don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Ning Inc

    Pros

    Awesome people and colleagues to work with

    Cons

    Organizational change is hurting focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organizational change.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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