Nominum Reviews

Updated June 13, 2015
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  1. Very nice experience

    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Nominum

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Engineers are very well respected within the company.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. I hope they figure it out

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They have some very smart people and a good product. Good salary and work environment. The core group has been there a long time (this is both pro and con).

    Cons

    About 15-20 years ago Nomium almost went broke, it missed payroll and just before they closed the doors the VC's came in to discover they have a killer product and poor sales. They turned it around and became profitable (you will hear this story many times). The engineers who were there during this time are "untouchable" - many of them are good to work with some are real pains. If they disagree with you, their boss, the CTO - they will build things they way they want and it you need to work with them you will have a very difficult time.
    Their stock is very diluted

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want to do next and excite it - your back rooms are filled with the corpses of dead projects that you tried and failed to bring to market.


  3. Blame game company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nominum

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance.
    Friendly coworkers.
    Good gym paid for by the company.

    Cons

    The middle management concentrates on finding scape goats.
    No possibility of advancement.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Okay if you do not need stimulation or care about your job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office, big glass windows and lots of light
    Great gym
    Kitchen is well stocked
    Flexible hours (depends on the department)
    Notice I have not mentioned anything about the job itself yet

    Cons

    No career advancement
    No free lunch/dinner
    Managers do not care about you
    Bad management from the top all the way to the bottom
    Gossip and drama all throughout the office


  6. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful place to work, so long as you are safe from the new pointy-haired managers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    With few exceptions coworkers are incredibly great people to work with; fun, smart, kind, helpful.
    A very relaxed atmosphere where you can be a real person AND do your job.
    Everyone has a chance to contribute.

    Cons

    Newer management has no depth. They are incapable of accurately judging employee skill and contribution, rewarding those who play politics but don't actually do work, while punishing those who do good work but don't play politics.
    Claims of career advancement not backed up; no promotion opportunities, no career advancement plans or otherwise, just more work.
    QA is incredibly understaffed and overworked, with no real plan of attracting and keeping good talent.

    Advice to Management

    The new vision for the company itself is great, but new technical management is driving talent away while trying to hire buzzword generating MBAs rather than good talent.


  7. Nominum is an intelligent, ethical company with solid products and a healthy culture.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Base products are rock-solid. Newer endeavors show promise. Engineering culture is first-rate: collaborative, respectful, and flexible, with shared goals and minimal bureaucracy.

    Cons

    Mistakes made by former CEO caused some disappointing setbacks a couple of years ago, but the company has made great strides since then and is well on the road to recovery.


  8. Great people to work with, had lots of fun.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work/Life balance was great. Was able to work from home some days out of the week to avoid commute/traffic as well as be able to run lunch time errands easier. Gained breadth of knowledge from interacting with several teams.

    Cons

    Length of commute was a factor. Previous senior management was too involved in daily operational tasks. Saw better chance of career advancement elsewhere.


  9. good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Nominum full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are very very nice

    Cons

    nothing is very very bad


  10. Interesting start up experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    culture was fun when consumer product was in the works, if you work hard, you are rewarded, people were smart and hardworking. gym is amazing.

    Cons

    the company need to innovate!


  11. a medium size company with a large corporation culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Financially stable. Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Not a great place for technology enthusiasts.



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