Novacoast Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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  1. Wide range of IT opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novacoast full-time

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

    Pros

    + Laid Back Atmosphere + Wide range of technology + Opportunities to travel and gain promotions

    Cons

    - Laid Back Atmosphere - Co-workers don't pull their weight - Lack of accountability - Not a clear path forward


  2. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RMS Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - RMS Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Novacoast full-time

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

    Pros

    -Fast growing company -Bright & friendly staff -Competitive wages & benefits -Multiple opportunity's for advancement -

    Cons

    -Projects are sometimes not given clear instructions or expectations -Some staff members are shown obvious favoritism to the point that they aren't given fair criticism -HR was inefficient to the point of incompetency

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to criticism and responsive when a new employee asks for help whether it be a corporate procedure or general assistance.


  3. Awesome company with great work environment and lots of opportunities to grow

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Novacoast

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

    Pros

    Novacoast is one of those companies that seems like it's run by a group of friends. The office environment is extremely laid-back and welcoming. It might seem cliche, but it really is like a family. They are growing fast so there is a lot of room for growth. I was a software developer, and they gave me a lot of independence to work without micromanagement, as well as pursue my own ideas when they aligned with the company. If you're self-motivated and are willing to help a good company become great, I recommend Novacoast.

    Cons

    This isn't a downside, but since the company is constantly growing, things can change. Whether it's policies, chains of command (which won't be too big of a deal since the company has a very flat hierarchy), etc. But if you're flexible, these changes won't be a problem.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Your transparency and welcoming nature are very appreciated and refreshing.


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  5. My experience has been amazing, I've never been around such talented engineers. They're fearless, but never reckless

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    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager

    I have been working at Novacoast full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    With a 170 employees currently, they still operate as a family

    Cons

    This is a hard one, none pop out at me as I'm writing this

    Advice to Management

    Keep the family atmosphere, you've done well with that approach


  6. Helpful (1)

    Experience was so-so

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

    I worked at Novacoast full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule work from home as needed The people there were kind

    Cons

    Lack of resources for sales reps Embarrassingly bad marketing materials No sales strategy Management and leadership team completely lacking in accountability There was an awful lot of throwing subordinates under the bus by management. That is an unfortunate part of the culture there. Management could do no wrong. Unqualified/inexperienced people in senior positions


  7. Great experience

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

    I worked at Novacoast

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I enjoyed the time working there and learned a lot. Colleagues are very nice.

    Cons

    Sometimes the time schedule is not very flexible


  8. Bad Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Campaign Sales Representative in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Campaign Sales Representative in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Novacoast

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

    Pros

    Good pay for part-time employees.

    Cons

    The company terminated our campaign because of bad management not due to our performance. Which, actually exceeded their expectations. They rewarded us with one hour of time to pack up our things and mentioned that it wasn't personal, "this kind of thing happens all the time" (Warning)

    Advice to Management

    Two weeks notice professionals.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Learn a lot of different technologies and get paid pretty well

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Santa Barbara, CA

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture; very relaxed, great co-workers, work from home, and you get to pick most of the hours. Additionally, since you're working as a consultant you get to learn a bunch of different stuff so you wont get bored. The pay is really what you make of it. Since it's a commission based model, if you're very dedicated you can make quite a bit of money. If you take the casual route like I did you still make a really comfortable salary. Despite working on my own for most of the time, if I ran into any trouble you could just find out if anyone on the team knows the technology you're working with to ask for some help, or even send out a mass email to the team. You're essentially working as a contractor without the hassle of finding clients or dealing with legal stuff. It's good experience if you're coming out of college like I did. You get a taste of what it's like to work with a smallish software company mixed with a corporate atmosphere which comes with the clients.

    Cons

    In my experience, I didn't really have much leadership; however, I thrive in those kind of environments. If you need someone guiding you a lot you might not be able to handle it. Everything I learned was essentially learned on my own(however, there are tons of experts on the team and you can always ask for help).

    Advice to Management

    The 10 days of paid time off a year isn't really paid time off with the commission model; you still need to catch up on your billing when you get back. Taking vacations is important for me and I was a little bit irked that no one ever explained that you technically don't get paid time off, it's more like a loan.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Sales Executive

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Executive
    Former Employee - Client Executive

    I worked at Novacoast full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Friendly work environment. Hard working. Often-times on the cutting edge. Training not encouraged. Allows for a lot of individuality. Company conveys image of being very family friendly. Operates as a big little company

    Cons

    Guidance often time confusing. Perks minimal. Management spread very thin.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more personal growth and training for employees.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Challenging, Dynamic Environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Developer in Santa Barbara, CA

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

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of ways to learn the ropes at Novacoast as an IT consultant. Their intern program works very well to move candidates through to full time consultants.

    Cons

    They have a particularly heavy focus on Novell software, which is a niche market these days. While that lends them to being SMEs in that realm, Novell is a dying company and technology.



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