RPX Reviews

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  1. Unique company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - California in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - California in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at RPX

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

    Pros

    Market leader with little competition. Smart colleagues. Varied challenges. Nice size.

    Cons

    Need to be comfortable with less structure. Growing, but more slowly.


  2. Administration

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RPX

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

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing

    Cons

    Not a lot of structure for rolls


  3. Helpful (3)

    Lots of potential, poor execution

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at RPX full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1) Gorgeous views from the office and great location near the Embarcadero.
    2) Great work-life balance
    3) Lots of company sponsored happy hours and social events

    Cons

    After working for RPX for over a year, I have come to realize this company has many flaws and its problems begin at the top. Many of the people managers at the company are in their roles because of their close relationship with senior execs and NOT because of credentials, knowledge or experience. This is the root cause of the many problems the company faces today:

    1.) Lack of Leadership & Attrition– there are virtually no true managers at the company. Few managers know how to set goals, execute them, and get things done. Motivated people want to see their careers progress and want to learn. This cannot happen when you have managers who are in charge of teams and have no substantive knowledge or experience in the discipline they’re managing. At RPX, it is quite common to have people from business/sales/humanities backgrounds calling the shots for a highly technical team. When employees have managers they can’t learn from or respect -- they leave.

    2.) Lack of trust – When you repeatedly see people being promoted or hired simply because they are friends of senior management, it creates a deeply flawed culture. The general feeling at the company is that hard work won’t get you promoted but a few beers with the right people will. As a result, employees have no trust in management that spending the time to do great work will move them up the ladder. The disincentive to work is further reinforced because many managers are not knowledgeable in the field they are managing. If a manager can’t discern between good work or bad what incentive does an employee have to do good work? As a result, many employees at RPX spend their days “working” from home, enjoying the great view from the office, and waiting out the days until they hit the one year vest.

    3.) Low Morale – the problems listed above combined with a business few employees have a genuine interest in has lead to low morale at the company. It’s common to see the same downward spiral occur over and over again. Many employees come in motivated and excited to change things. By month 3 they start to feel that nobody cares about the work they are doing. By month 6 they start to join the others by “working” from home multiple times a week, “working” from the slopes during ski season, or “working” from a coffee shop in the afternoon when they are really interviewing for another job.

    Advice to Management

    People genuinely care to work hard and build a great company. But when you hire the wrong people to run critical departments you are not building a great company, you are creating a circus. Fixing the issues isn’t easy and will require a lot of tough decisions. Get rid of those that don’t belong. Identify those that do and develop them into leaders that can help execute the company’s vision. Over the years RPX has done a respectable job of bringing in talented individuals, but it has done a terrible job of retaining them.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Clique central; gain favor with the friends of the CEO

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at RPX full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    1. RPX strives for work-life balance. Core membership is a cash cow so the environment has a feeling of easy money, and hours are fairly light. There are quite a few company events.
    2. Good compensation.
    3. Contingent of highly intelligent, caring and interesting individuals. They don't often stay long, though!

    Cons

    RPX hires many smart, passionate, qualified people across the ranks, but the senior executives who run the various departments are childhood friends of the CEO, so the most impressive folks often get jaded pretty quickly by the lack of fair play in the workplace. The departments that have the most turnover and least impressive results are run by the core clique. Here are the most valued attributes managers assign to employees, in this order: 1. Sponsored by a friend of the CEO; 2. Can hold your own in a conversation about sports; 3. Have a good sense of humor; 4. Some intellectual competency, but never more than your boss - provided your boss is in good standing by the friends of the CEO.
    While the work has the potential to be fairly interesting don't expect your output to stand on its own merits. No one wants to know what you did, they only want to know who is backing it.

    Advice to Management

    1. 360 degree reviews; A. You will be very surprised, or B. You never wanted to know.
    2. Keep the motley crew from the keg stand days away from the management of other individuals, unless those managers are well-respected, incredible performers.
    3. Try elevating your employees, most people want to go to great lengths to earn their paychecks the honest way.
    4. Ask more questions!


  6. Helpful (2)

    a great place to work

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

    I have been working at RPX full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Smart, success oriented people
    Intense focus on clients and what is meaningful to them
    Willingness to share time, knowledge and resources to get the deal done
    Good money
    Great location
    Family friendly

    Cons

    A few overly critical, negative types get too much air time
    More happy hours

    Advice to Management

    Ask for more feedback from regular staff
    Walk the halls more often
    Cut the dead weight faster


  7. Helpful (1)

    Best education you can get on IP transactions

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

    I have been working at RPX full-time

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

    Pros

    Any individual can have impact
    Direct, easy access to executives
    Experienced team, mature company
    Numerous "rock star" IP professionals to apprentice with and learn from.
    Respected platform in a tight-knit industry.
    Business model is amazingly aligned with customer goals compared to most IP services.
    Business very transactional.

    Cons

    "IP as an asset class." If you don't know what that means, you may not relate to people here.
    If you don't like or understand patents you won't like it here.
    Some of the team merely "vesting in peace."
    Can be perceived as "clique-y" but remember, when Luke asked, "What's in there?" Yoda said "Only what you take with you."
    Business very transactional.

    Advice to Management

    Mingle more. Create opportunities to hear ground truth. Seek the perspective of the front lines. See through the sycophants.


  8. Helpful (2)

    OK job, but a lot of room for improvement

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at RPX full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Smart/ well qualified individual contributors
    - Average compensation, but they are in a industry very difficult to get comparable
    - Very nice location (very expensive location)
    - Reasonable benefits
    - Excellent IT group!

    Cons

    - Minimal/Zero Growth potential, you need to accept "it is what it is"
    - Highly "political" and "click" environment. If you are not part of the "circle of trust" don't bother to bring good ideas
    - Poor communication across all levels
    - Poor transparency (HR, Salary, Decisions, Hiring, firing, etc.)
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  9. Unfocused vision. Ultra political.

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

    I have been working at RPX full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office space and location and generally nice people.

    Cons

    No brand recognition. No focus. Very few good managers. Myopic and focused only on the short-term. No growth in equity over the past 2-3 years. Morale is at an all time low. Ultra political. No marketing leadership.

 Over the past year or two, the company has lost its President, CTO, Head of HR, Head of Acquisitions, Head of Structured Acquisitions, Head of Data Services, Head of Data Science and Analytics, and twice the Head of Product Management (2 smart guys who rightfully refused to deal with the politics). Needless to say, the leadership void is tremendous.

    Advice to Management

    Go private. Cut the fat. Stop pecking at your smartphones during meetings. Stop asking people to make slides that tell clients why they should throw even more cash your way and instead do things that are in their best interest. We want to help our clients but you're not letting us!


  10. Helpful (2)

    Politics interfere with productivity

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting business. Interesting mix of people.

    Cons

    What are the challenges of working here?

    Realizing that it's a company run by salesman for other salesman so there's no incentive to do anything right - they just want something shiny that holds up for the two hours it'll be in front of a client - then they'll move on

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say. Problems with the RPX culture originate at the top.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Lack of vision, poor management, dishonest marketing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some really smart people working here and everyone is generally friendly. If you work hard and stay longer than two-three years, you will work your way up the food chain.

    Cons

    Too focused on the bottom line with an emphasis on boosting short-term numbers, dishonest marketing to clients and prospective clients, lacks a long-term business model, management has mixed priorities and does not value its people, no communication between teams, too much tele-commuting, too much talk and not much action, the culture is very depressed and turnover is high, IT team is stretched too thin and high turnover has back-logged progress

    Advice to Management

    Hire a COO and CTO, clients should be your number one focus, focus on and communicate a business plan to the organization, words are just words without execution



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