Schakra Reviews

Updated February 13, 2015
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  1. A company that takes good care of its employees

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

    I have been working at Schakra full-time

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

    Pros

    Technically knowledgeable folks in management, who are hands-on with the projects and mentors the employees at different levels and across various roles. Good benefit package.

    Cons

    Limited technical exposure to just the Microsoft stack for the most part, which limits the opportunities to delve into multiple things though it helps that the company works with a lot of Microsoft groups.


  2. Dull and secrative management with no outlook for the company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Schakra full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good like comprehensive health coverage, 401K match, etc. Satisfactory challenging environment for people who are less experienced.

    Cons

    Secrative management although they claim to be transparent, inexperienced HR, inexperienced CTO, no vision, no long term projects, and lots more to say.

    Advice to Management

    Be open and honest. Consider getting long term vision.


  3. Helpful (1)

    good benefits, poor leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Schakra full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    good benefits, good projects at times

    Cons

    poor leadership, low salary, no long term vision

    Advice to Management

    don't be greedy


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  5. SDE interview

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schakra full-time

    Pros

    Good technology to work on.

    Cons

    Product is not a success.


  6. Treading water

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schakra

    Pros

    Reasonably friendly place, good if you have been there a long time.

    Cons

    Their business is extremely dependent on Microsoft.


  7. A company that values total quality of life of the employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Schakra

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Schakra values total quality of life of its employees. All the benefits offered at Schakra speak this loud and clear. The core intention of the benefits is to enable employees become financially indepdent to support them and their families without any fear of losing a job - e.g. excellent medical plans, long term savings in terms of 401K, whole life insurance, convenience at home with paid internet and phone, heath and wellness benefits for the entire family, child education programs and many more! No one can ask for more caring from an employer!

    All the people who work at the company are very smart. It is a very competitive enviornment (healthy competition) and exciting to spend your typical day in. There is not one day where the job is not challenging.

    Cons

    Can't think of any really ... Well, the heater should be switched on during weekends... whenever I drop in for an hour or two, it gets very cold!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be transparent with employees and increase the level of communication.


  8. Helpful (2)

    An okay experience - but limited

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Schakra

    Pros

    It's a small company, so you can choose what you want to work on (to some degree)
    It has its fingers in many pies, and considering Microsoft is across the street, there is tremendous opportunity to learn new stuff.

    Cons

    It's a small company, so there's more pressure and have to work longer hours.
    Since it's growing, management hasn't been able to keep up lately.

    Advice to Management

    Schakra has made a really good start. But as the company grows, the management needs to keep up with increased expectations. When better people opt to work for schakra, they'll expect to be treated that way: both in terms of pay as well as work environment.
    Secondly, management needs to understand that there's life outside of work. Granted that Schakra is a small company, but most employees seem tired most of the time.


  9. A good place for a developer to work on work on a variety of projects

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer

    I have been working at Schakra

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The management shows an interest in promoting a healthy life for its employees with some interesting and unique benefits. From a learning standpoint there are opportunities to work on several different projects over time, making use of new technologies. In less than 1 year I have worked on open source projects as well as Microsoft projects. The atmosphere is engineering and quality focused, and politics does not play a big role.

    Cons

    Since most of the work is based on contracts, you are somewhat at the mercy of other companies whims regarding what work is available.

    Advice to Management

    Having more frequent communication about what the various teams are doing would make people feel more like they are part of the whole company and not just working on a contract.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Not a pleasant experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II

    I have been working at Schakra

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A small friendly work atmosphere. Lot of young and potential talent. A mixed crowd of developers who are the foot soldiers and the managers who walk away with the big chunk of the pie.

    Cons

    Secretive leadership team. Makes false promises and willingly deceive employees. Heavy workload with average pay.

    Advice to Management

    Please share the wealth.



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