Six Apart

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  1.  

    Fun place to work while it was growing and doing well, less so when it later had no direction.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Lots of smart people around to talk to and learn from. Standard startup perks and benefits.

    Cons

    The company is always unsure of where it is going. After pioneering blog software there is a struggle to find a niche that pays the bills and keeps the engineers happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lead meetings yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2.  

    Why CEO of a print publication should run a digital shop

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    Former Employee - Publisher, Vice President  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Publisher, Vice President in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great talent, led by David Tokheim as VP GM Media

    Cons

    CEO kept SaaS and media side separate, further exploiting resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Next time manage your money better

    Doesn't Recommend
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  3.  

    Six Apart was a great company, that attracted some of the best talent around.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    The people are amazing, and together we built tools that power the Internet today. The company believed strongly in giving back to the open source community that it relied so heavily upon in it's own products.

    Cons

    The company launched almost too many products, which led to a lack of coherency in product vision.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Spent a few months and met many pioneers in their field of social network, blogging, and marketing.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    friendly environment, great management, hands on work, room for recognition, benefits,

    Cons

    never had any problems working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great management, maybe could push interns to do more work

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Six Apart is a great place to work.

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

    Pros

    Amazingly smart, focused people. Fun atmosphere. Awesome product.

    Cons

    Occasionally long hours. Can't use wordpress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing a great job.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    No company is w/o its challenges, 6A especially. But, its people are among the best people to work with in the Bay Area.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Six Apart is one of the few innovative companies around. Few possess the will that Six Apart does to create for creations' sake, and generally for the benefit of others. The people who work there are brilliant and I have the utmost respect for all of them.

    Cons

    While one of its greatest assets is its creativity and the freedom it gives to its engineers to innovate, (something I would never want 6A to sacrifice BTW), it also suffers from "bright shinny object" syndrome. In other words, product teams, while driven, are permitted too often to pursue *major* distractions, like building entirely new products that take valuable resources away from the products that need them.

    However the most challenging aspect of working at Six Apart is a complete lack of upward mobility. It is virtually impossible for employees to reach the standard set by executives, unless you are within an exclusive set of social circles that exist among the intellectuals that drive the company.

    Finally, and the greatest irony for a company that practically invented blogging, Six Apart has extraordinarily poor communication with its users and community. Any positive examples that can be pointed to, are the result of the personal initiative taken by individuals and is not a part of corporate culture. In fact, the communication culture of Six Apart is just the opposite: overly edited and masterfully spun within an inch of its truthiness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some hard decisions and cut some products loose (not including the Media and Services devisions). Let the one or ones that matter take center stage and throw the weight of the entire company behind them.

    Reward your employees with more than popsicles on a hot day. Given them the compensation and promotions they earn and deserve.

    Invest in your community.

    Blog more.

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    Stressful, but rewarding

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    Former Employee - Site Operations Administrator  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Site Operations Administrator in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Six Apart pays reasonably well compared to similar companies, they have an excellent benefits package, and the office is conveniently located and comfortable to work in. The typical Six Apart employee is young, energetic, and extremely good at what they do. Six Apart maintains high standards for all of their employees.

    Cons

    The learning curve can be very steep for new employees. Training is informal, and internal documentation is inconsistent, incomplete, and sometimes even outdated and wrong. There is a lot of talk about improving documentation, but it is rare that anything is done. There is always a lot of work to be done, and the team is small. The job can be very stressful at times, and it can be hard to maintain a "normal" personal life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Six Apart seems understaffed to me. Shortcuts are taken because sometimes there simply is not enough time to do everything that needs to be done right.

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  9.  

    Too bad it didn't last

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great team. Great culture. Nice perks like free sodas & snacks. Allowed employees to telecommute. Some people travel together & hang-out which shows great camaraderie.

    Cons

    It didn't capture the market & went for an IPO.

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  10.  

    Smart people, products you can believe in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Stock options, the stocked kitchen, friday-afternoon drinking

    Cons

    Long hours, stressing about competition with wordpress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! I had a great time working for you.

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