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NovaStor Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
6 Reviews
2.8
6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Work Environment with Uniquely Positive, Small Business Culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Agoura Hills, CA

    I have been working at NovaStor full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone has a voice at NovaStor and has the opportunity to present in front of the entire office in one of the weekly Friday morning breakfasts (on the company). It's an all-hands on deck company where everyone pitches in to get the job done. It is one of the most positive, encouraging work environments I have ever had the privilege of working in. Oh and they offer medical insurance for your entire family at no cost to the employees.

    Cons

    No 401K, but lucky for me I already had an IRA account set up so at least I'm still planning for my retirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ever get rid of Friday morning breakfasts. This is a unique trait of NovaStor and the presentations truly offer greater visibility and transparency for all employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Agoura Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Agoura Hills, CA

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

    Pros

    Free food on every Friday.

    Cons

    Engineering department Manager is non technical and he doesn't know what he needs. He doesn't know how to organize work and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Director of engineering head should have knowledge about technical issues, otherwise success rate will be rare.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Time was not wasted, but resentment remains.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Agoura Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Agoura Hills, CA

    I worked at NovaStor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I will say that NovaStor helped me jump-start my career in technology so I have a lot of appreciation that I was given this opportunity. No other high-end technology company would hire someone so inexperienced.

    Cons

    Favoritism is a huge problem here, both in Germany and the US. The CEO sponsors young female marketing assistants and provides luxurious international business travel opportunities to them just because. NovaStor likes to recycle old employees who have been fired in the past and bring them back as managers with an outrageous salary. When you train a behavior like this, old habits come back and business suffers. I should also mention there is zero room for advancement within the company and people who have been there for a while are bitter and you can feel it. Commission reports aren't printed so you have no idea how they calculate what you make, I know because I was burned but too late now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To German management: Advice? Stop your favoritism and show all your hard working US employees some appreciation, more than a chocolate from time to time.

    To US management: Hire a real HR person, be honest and appreciate what is in front of you. Don't look for greener grass when the greenest is right under your nose.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company lacks true leadership and focus

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NovaStor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some great, talented employees that have worked there! And some still remain loyal to this place. The products seem to improve by leaps and bounds.

    Cons

    The company's management is extremely lacking in leadership. A few egos should truly be left outside the door, or let go from the company altogether.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people you've hired. Some of them might just know what they're doing and it might help grow and strengthen your business. If you don't believe in them your business is destined to remain stagnant and ultimately fail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to work for driven individuals

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Agoura Hills, CA

    I have been working at NovaStor

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Great benefits
    Casual Atmosphere
    Open door policy with company Owners
    Flexible company thats easy to do business with

    Cons

    sometimes one might feel lost without direction - that is because management trusts you to make the right decision for the company and it is up to you to ask for direction and guidence - open door policy with management / owners as this is a management owned company...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work...

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Easy money for people with no pride in their work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Simi Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Simi Valley, CA

    I worked at NovaStor

    Pros

    NovaStor has a relaxed atmosphere, for the most part.

    Cons

    There is ZERO chance for advancement at NovaStor. There is a huge amount of favoritism. Management lacks clear direction. Rather than making realistic projections, sales goals are constantly changing based on the sales force's (lack of) success and management whims.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The B.O.D. in Europe is completely blind as to the incompetence of the leadership in the U.S.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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