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  1. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic people stuck on a dying product

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - smart, fun people - great environment - strong support of work/life balance - free cable - startup-esque environment with big company backing - truly open-door management team

    Cons

    - 5+ year old product (and therefore codebase) makes up core offering - incredibly negative consumer reviews of product make even NEW releases an uphill battle - interfacing with Comcast, when required, can be difficult - upper management team relatively inexperienced; flip strategic direction often based on incomplete information - general lack of accountability for poor performers

    Advice to Management

    - choose a strategy to execute and stick with it long enough to see results - hold employees accountable to commitments


  2. Startup inside a big company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Plaxo has a startup culture inside a big company. People like to build products quickly that get used by lots of people.

    Cons

    not a true startup, so no more promises of millions to be made when the company goes IPO or gets acquired


  3. Helpful (1)

    Small company with big company culture

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people and free lunch.

    Cons

    No career path for non-management position.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on big title.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Don't bother

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generally nice people, made some good friends

    Cons

    Can't figure out what their strategy is, management style is very process and approval heavy. Don't believe in enpowering their staff.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people you hire and don't over manage. Too much process over there.


  6. an 'ok' company to be in

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - few fun people at work - free cable/internet/phone service

    Cons

    - The entire "process" has been really messed up. They don't know what to do and how to do. Bunch of jokers are being hired and they run the process show. They also do too much of favoritism and they layoff good people once in a while. Oh btw, the new VP will be behind emp shoulder 24/7 since s/he does not have faith and this feels like being under dictator

    Advice to Management

    - ready to see massive amount of people leaving - Give space to emp's - try to be competitive with respect to salary hikes - it really sucks



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