Spot Runner
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www.spotrunner.com Los Angeles, CA

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Updated Mar 26, 2014

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Spot Runner CEO Nick Grouf

Nick Grouf

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19% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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It was great work there

Senior Software Development Engineer (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Spot Runner

Prosvery casual; new technologies; most team members are nice

Conscompany ran out of money soon

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Spot Runner full-time for more than a year

ProsGreed is good, or maybe not..
Had many amazing employees talent, rowing in individual circles

ConsToxic culture, Incredibly arrogant and deluded executive team, HBS education gone badly array

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't know where to start

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Exciting for a time, but execs were just running a scam

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Spot Runner

ProsAmazing culture, silicon valley level challenges but in LA, great engineering team, good sense of camaderie, lots of free dinners

ConsBad work life balance, became horrible and bleak as it was realized that the execs were just getting rich and the company had little future hope

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't build a company just to sell it.. that clearly doesn't work. be more honest with the employees that are working so hard for the stock options.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good people but has some problems

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at Spot Runner

ProsGreat group of people working on an exciting project.
Nice location and office
Good salary for a Los Angeles start-up

ConsAllot of changes in the company direction
To many layers of management for such a small company
Not great benefits for their employees

Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the many layers of upper management
Improve your employee benefits
Drive the company in a single direction and strategy

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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On of the many laid off in round #3

Senior National Account Manager (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Spot Runner

ProsIt had a good story and alor of really smart people were involved. There was much excitement and plenty of resources.

ConsThey couldn't do what they said they could do. They were burning through money and trying to do something other than what they said.

Advice to Senior Managementshut down. rename, and use the good parts as something that can help local business

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Had potential

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Spot Runner

ProsAt first, it was exciting to be a part of a new project.

ConsLack of progressive structure and organization. Too many meetings and not enough execution.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company had potential, bringing on board talented workers. Unfortunately, when not managed properly, the teams will not work to their fullest. It's important egos not trump teamwork and mutual respect.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at Spot Runner

ProsSpot Runner uses latest technologies from ASP.Net world like VS Team System, TFS, WCF, Latest ASP.Net frameworks and RDBMS. The work time is more or less flexible. Competitive salaries. Bonus system.

ConsSo far no any significant downsides of working at Spot Runner. I bit slow with promotions and salary reviews, but it is explainable with this job market.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to advance in advertising, marketing and sales. Publicly promote the main product among potential customers. Need to build more clear chain of command on place.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Spot Runner

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Spot Runner

Prosnew technology, good practices for web development, software architecture and databases. competent employees, good leadership qualities in most managers. decent pay

Consbusiness model flawed and limited, new products not gaining much traction, company turmoil over lawsuit, hit hard by economy and layoffs

Advice to Senior Managementkeep employees more involved in company issues, have a better defined strategy and stick with it instead of changing it constantly

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Spot Runner tries, but possibly a bit too late in the game

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at Spot Runner

ProsThe projects are always interesting and you get to work with plenty of competent people who many times have great talents.

ConsSenior management's behavior has thrown the company into peril. With lawsuits and questionable legal dealings surrounding the company and its founders, it's tough to get a product off the ground.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease, for the love of God, settle the lawsuit with WPP as quickly as possible. It's the only way the company has any hope of emerging from a rather dark, depressing place.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Worst company I've ever worked at... and that's saying a lot.

Marketing (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Spot Runner

ProsFrankly, after the stock scandals, there are none anymore. This place is a deadpool.

ConsDeceitful management--seriously, sued four or five times.
Incompetent management--the team still in place are the window-seaters who destroyed the good projects; the good directors and managers have long since left.
Management with no knowledge of the basics in the fields in which they work. non marketers run marketing, non web people oversee web development, non designers have final say on design....

I could keep going, but why? If this hasn't turned you off to the company, good luck my friend. Welcome to hell.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhy lie? Frankly I don't understand it. How do you empty the company coffers and buy expensive toys off the sweat and toil and non-OT long hours of the little guy?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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