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Nook Media Reviews

Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
21 Reviews
3.2
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company to work with

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nook Media

    Pros

    Good team, friendly people around and people with very good skillset

    Cons

    Currently not expanding, less job opportunities

    Recommends
  2.  

    Get your stuff in order

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nook Media

    Pros

    Was very fun and creative,

    Cons

    Had no direction. Poor management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Start-up within an traditional company

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    Current Employee - Product in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product in New York, NY

    I have been working at Nook Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting - rapidly evolving - market segment

    Cons

    Highly political ... some managers want to own you ... poor and constantly-changing direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarify strategy then stay-the-course long enough to know if it'll work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good gig while it lasted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Nook Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Highly dedicated and intelligent colleagues who did their best to meet the deliverables even though upper management changed focus multiple times. All engineers were cross-functional across different platforms. Work hours were not excessively long and most engineers had enough slack from leads and managers.

    Cons

    No direction or focus on what the company wanted to focus on. Didn't know whether tablets or client apps were the bread and butter of the company. The Windows 8 client was supposed to be the important project to the detriment of Android and iOS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest to the team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Nook Media

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nook Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Not professional or caring management, disorganized.

    Cons

    fun to work at, great product.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    overview

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nook Media full-time

    Pros

    amazing people
    work-life balance
    culture
    friendly people
    supportive
    great experience

    Cons

    training
    promotions
    no training
    Not much to say

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    To work here you have to open to lots of change in company and product direction.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product
    Current Employee - Product

    I have been working at Nook Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic people, working in the digital content space is gratifying, great work-life balance, excellent pay, great for people who thrive off impacting a very disorganized product development process, free lunches

    Cons

    Not easy to get to work on Caltrain, lots of people leaving, poor product direction and vision, lots of disorganization, lack of communication from leadership, company's future unclear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While you all are figuring out what to do with the company, still try to provide a great place to work by investing in delivering GREAT products not just making small changes to existing products. We have been doing that for years now. And hire better middle management - truly strong leaders that can get us through this difficult time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ups and downs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nook Media (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good group of engineers and relatively peaceful.
    Lot of satisfying work if one wants to find it.
    Lunches and good location

    Cons

    Senior management needs to focus on fixing internal problems.
    Lot of mid level managers / directors who are not technical who worry only about visibility. Good engineers are sidelined.
    Lot of friends and family have been hired resulting in lot of good people moving out

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inept Leadership

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Nook Media full-time

    Pros

    Great technology and a chance to learn.

    Cons

    Executive leadership changes so frequently that nobody has any idea what's going on. The rate of attrition is higher than the hiring rate because most people are fed up with the way things are run. My advice, stay far, far away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are driving away all of your talent and giving no reason at all for new talent to come on board besides salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK but they don't have it together

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Nook Media full-time (more than a year)

    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

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