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Nook Media Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
12 Reviews

3.4
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very positive

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Ability to innovate quickly and release often.

    Cons

    No restaurant yet but a lot of food is available in the kitchen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more risks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    OK but they don't have it together

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    People are nice and really good to work with. People pushing hard to be better. Good perks The workers work hard, Compensation in line with the valley.

    Cons

    Office looks and feels like a call center, no privacy or separation, cube walls all low. New location in Santa Clara. Upper management does not have it together. Worded there for a year and never saw the CEO, and in a smallish company, that is strange. Replacing headcount is hard because even for approved jobs, the President needs to make a final sign off after we find the replacement. Changes direction without involving middle management regarding resources and needs for the change. Nepotism is present at the Sr. Management levels. I don't think the president really knows what is going on at the company. He seems to only hear from other C level staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your mid management and directors to work and manage. If replacements or new staff are approved, then sourced, let HR and the hiring manager hire them. The job has been approved already. Involve staff at all levels, almost impossible to speak with some of the VP;s because they tend to blow off appointments. No visibility to C level. May have an open door policy, but you can't get an appointment to get through the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Things are improving...

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

    Pros

    New CEO, New Management restructuring and addressing lots of the past complaints and disorganization. Hiring some great new talent that will help shape a new future. Some new and exciting directions are being explored which will help make NOOK more competitive.

    Cons

    Still old thinking amongst old employees that drags down the vision.
    Needs to be more proactive in hiring the right talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep in touch with the the flow and address the disorganization quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not a bad place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Salary, free food, everyone loves books

    Cons

    Somewhat disorganized and in need of restructuring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A slacker's heaven

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

    Pros

    Light work.
    Good location and equipments
    Good pay

    Cons

    Nothing to do
    They change direction of entire projects every other week
    Company in general is going down. Losing money on sales
    A lot of people have no passion for what they do. A lot of projects have been delayed because of that.
    It's easy to do nothing and get away with it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company is done. Maximum 2 more years to bankruptcy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Meeting people with completely different competency and broken higher management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You get to work with some bright, talented people here, if you are lucky. Specialized user base and fairly large amount of data to be mined.

    Cons

    Management has no idea about company's future. Company has deep technology debt to be fixed and still creating more as it goes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on building best reading app instead of wasting time and money on devices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Middle management OK, upper management clueless

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    The company is dumping tons of money on this division so pay can be decent. They have a lot of free food, sometimes free lunches, but they stop short of guaranteeing it.

    They work on interesting worthwhile problems. They care about innovation (whether they are good at it is another matter) and they sometimes innovate.

    They aspire to practice agile methodologies.

    Cons

    Staff has tons of process-happy former Motorola people who love to add layers of management to any problem. They would lay off a good software engineer before laying off an incompetent program manager.

    They don't really get agile. For example, they estimate tasks in hours, which is one of the most basic rookie mistakes of agile.

    Although they make great products that frankly kick the a** of competing ebook readers technically, marketing can't figure out how to get their products mentioned in news stories. The news media repeatedly ignores NOOK devices while going on and on comparing technically inferior products from competitors with better marketing teams. And now, due to this bad marketing, the competitors have better sales, too... which can be demoralizing to watch as an employee.

    Their policies on technical training are very chintzy.

    Their medical/dental/other benefits suck. My impression is that their benefits package was directly lifted from their benefits packages for low-paid bookseller positions from their retail stores of the parent company Barnes & Noble.

    The workplace is very perfume-happy. If you don't like tons of perfume, stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Fire your marketing team and and the person who selected them, and replace them with someone competent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best of both worlds: reach and resources of a Fortune 500 Co. with the flexibility and environment of a start-up

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    Current Employee - Interaction Designer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Interaction Designer in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Creative freedom and almost no corporate politics as well as a non-competitive friendly environment with a positive and proactive approach make it a really nice place to work at

    Cons

    Management manages a tad too much up, and tends to forget to manage down. Communication could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more with your teams, and put them above all else. Spending most of your time making decisions with higher-ups in a vacuum does not help anyone succeed in the long-run

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    very dynamic environment, with extremely talented and passionate people

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    Current Employee - Director/Operations  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director/Operations in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    exciting and dynamic environment.
    Excellent travel policies
    salary ?

    Cons

    bad work life balance
    no so much benefit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting, high-velocity place, but struggles with balancing tasks to resources and compensation.

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

    Pros

    Good mix of embedded and web/cloud technology (talking about the west coast technology site)
    Generally get a free lunch
    Good location (although that may change)
    The engineering staff is generally fun, (when they are not beaten down)

    Cons

    Poor management and hiring practices; continuous crisis mode
    East/West split can be a challenge
    Trying to be a tech company, but not up to speed with, for example, equity compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn strategic planning and use it to balance objectives to resources (you really cannot get blood out of a turnip, pushing harder just makes turnip soup)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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