Spot Runner

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Spot Runner Reviews

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  1.  

    It was great work there

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Spot Runner

    Pros

    very casual; new technologies; most team members are nice

    Cons

    company ran out of money soon

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A Case Study

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spot Runner full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't know where to start

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Spot Runner

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Bad 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people but has some problems

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Spot Runner

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the many layers of upper management
    Improve your employee benefits
    Drive the company in a single direction and strategy

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    On of the many laid off in round #3

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    Former Employee - Senior National Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior National Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Spot Runner

    Pros

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

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    shut down. rename, and use the good parts as something that can help local business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Had potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Spot Runner

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Spot Runner

    Pros

    Spot 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.

    Cons

    So 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 ManagementAdvice

    Need 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Spot Runner

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Spot Runner

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Spot Runner

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Senior 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please, 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Spot Runner

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Deceitful 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 ManagementAdvice

    Why 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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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