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Tango Reviews

Updated February 16, 2015
Updated February 16, 2015
55 Reviews
3.1
55 Reviews
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43 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Product with large user base and excellent potential (in 3 reviews)

  • The benefits and perks are above par - 401k match, free meals, unlimited PTO, solid health care benefits, gym reimbursements, education, etc (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • definitely long hours and can get stressful but probably similar with most start up environments (in 11 reviews)

  • They are secretly hidden in all email lists, keep a tab on work hours and check often employees take breaks (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Tango

    Pros

    Good company for engineers. Salary is OK

    Cons

    stock option is not attractive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company with Sharp Employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tango full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great employees who are all extremely intelligent and collaborative. Huge growth potential and a number of new initiatives over the next year. Rapidly evolving environment so it is a good place for people who are adaptable, structured and can take initiative. Career opportunities and growth are endless here - employees have the ability to move to different teams all the time.

    Brand new building and great benefits.

    Cons

    Need more company events that allow for team building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a few initiatives and master them instead of doing everything at once.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very team-oriented company with a fun work environment and potential for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Tango full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great compensation, lots of room for personal growth, very fun office environment with many perks and amazing co-workers. The office is filled with passionate and incredibly hardworking people with diverse backgrounds, which makes for an enlightening and satisfying work experience.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a bit difficult, with long hours but work is satisfying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have many group company meetings, although would be more effective to have some more one-on-one meetings with management as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you have realistic expectations its great!

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

    I have been working at Tango full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of ownership of work, and ability to make an impact. Benefits are pretty good compared to other tech companies. Smart people who are good at expressing themselves and communicating upwards get recognized. Still small enough to get C-Level executive time when needed. Lots of improvements in flight and are super exciting!

    Cons

    If you don't have a fire in your belly for startup work, don't bother. Many people who get frustrated forget that it's a startup. Engineers who are entitled or aren't prepared to iterate on their work should stay away. Many people get frustrated when they don't really understand why things are done a certain way. It is not that abnormal to hear "we've always done it this way" from some of the older employees - if you know what you are doing you can usually bat away the concern.

    Those that really know what they are doing thrive, those that don't or fake it get broken.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize your rock stars more, and bulk up your QA team. We need more iteration and testing.

    Stop having engineers or artists design features. Need actual product designers or managers to do this as its apparent the former doesn't know how to build a good app.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not perfect, but overall very positive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tango full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Realistically, probably 3.7 stars +/- .2 depending on management decisions and initiatives. Anyway, pros:

    -Everyone is extremely intelligent and many people come from notable companies in the bay, meaning you can pick a lot of people's brains and learn A LOT here.
    -Tango has received a lot of attention and funding and is one of the biggest players in the mobile messaging app space. Lots of users (almost 300 million) means a lot of challenges and pressure to get things right the first time, but also means you push yourself out of your comfort zone and hone your skills. Also, it's cool knowing your work impacts so many people.
    -Great benefits. Free food (can't complain too much about free food since 3 free meals a day saves me about 600 dollars a month BUT, it's easy to get tired of some of the food choices). Gym reimbursement.
    -Flexible hours. Judging from past reviews this wasn't always the case, but the working hours aren't much different from other tech companies I've worked with.
    -Potential to cash out. Rumors of an exit in the next 1.5 years.

    Cons

    -Intelligent people doesn't always mean good product decisions. The question should not be "how do I implement this feature" but "SHOULD I implement this feature." I'd like to see more money invested in UX studies or a better product team.
    -While there are some great managers and great teams, there are also some terrible managers. Let's train managers on how to manage. Or maybe if the CEO was less stubborn and aggressive, these managers wouldn't feel so much pressure and would actually be good managers.
    -I feel unable to connect with 1/3 of the company because I don't speak Mandarin.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 11 people found this helpful  

    Need a better management team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tango full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are quite a few smart and experienced engineers here.
    Large user base, a lot of interesting problems.

    Cons

    Large portion of the management team are not qualified to be manager or director.
    They don't know how to motivate people and how to make people happy - You can see that from other reviews.
    They don't really listen to you because they don't really respect you from heart - Reasonable suggestion by multiple engineers are just got ignored and don't try to mention it again if this happened.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask yourself what you did today helped your team member. Learn how to motivate people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    software engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Tango full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It is a very energetic company. very friendly people. developing mobile platform and i feel they are winners. more than 250M users.
    great stratosphere in the office

    Cons

    demanding environment. need to be smart to get appreciate bu the team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep going

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 10 people found this helpful  

    The company needs a better CEO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tango full-time

    Pros

    Lots of great people. Good potential to really build something big.

    Cons

    It's such a pity that great people are overruled by poor management, led by the tyrant CEO. The CEO constantly spreads out negative energy throughout the entire organization by micromanaging, public scrutiny even humiliation, last minute changes, short-term focus, and promoting long hours and weekend work. No respect for individuals. No appreciation for work.
    The company doesn't have strong vision or mission. Only strategy seems to be making numbers seemingly attractive and hoping to sell to Alibaba some day. Focus is always very short-term. Projects are rushed out or cancelled. Conflicting priorities at all times.
    On top of that, the company has mis-aligned execs. It has more VPs than people who actually get things done. Directions come from all over the place. But guess what, it doesn't matter if they are aligned, the CEO will change it after all anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the Board really want Tango to succeed, need to replace its CEO. We need someone that can lead by inspiration, vision, and appreciation, who would focus on long-term and lead people with clear strategy towards it's goal, whom people would follow instead of afraid of, who leads instead of bullies, who doesn't cause most of the attrition over the past few years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 12 people found this helpful  

    Shady business with no mission. Pointless.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Tango full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    * relatively stable financial situation (does not mean good!) bc of gigantic rounds of investments
    * impact on real customers - some people do use this app

    Cons

    It is so unpleasant to work over there. Everything is like an uphill struggle. Most of OK reviews are fake.

    * Management. It is the worst ever. Shuffling priorities, pushing random features, no respect for personal time, personal opinion(!) and family. CEO micromanages. He has no idea about modern and trendy mobile apps. He is characterless. He claims to have some vision, but he and the rest of VPs make the same mistakes release after release alienating the best users and customers. People are bored, sad, frustrated and everyone feels cheated. There is some relief in small efforts to push subsystems, sometimes challenging and interesting, but it is never continued and no real resources are invested in it (because there is no vision nor mission in this company). All of that is dressed up in beautiful words (dynamic, mobile, research).

    * Stock Options. Basically you get worthless tiny bit of the company. Every company meeting they manipulate you into thinking that it will be worth millions. HR will not share any details about investments (total # of shares, preferred ratios, your %), so from scraps of information from old employees you will get the idea that high number of options means nothing. CEO refused to sell the company couple times, in his mind it is always worth 10x of market value.
    Options are really expensive. Buying them costs you a lot of tax because of valuation, but even here competition grows much faster.

    * Money. Salaries are substandard, probably around 30%-40% under the market. They say that options and projects will reward missing bits. See above, lol. Bonuses are random and you need to be friends with execs to get nice payout. You are friends with them if you work till midnight 7 days a week.

    * Atmosphere. It is bad. All the perks come substandard (e.g. food) or with hidden agenda (like dinner moved from 6 to 7pm to keep people in). In private conversation everyone is sarcastic and doesn't know why she is still hanging around.

    * Staff. This would be good to take some legal action. Majority of staff comes from China or Israel on H1B visas. See the execs to figure what sex, nationality, language will let you decide about anything. No vacation - only unlimited PTO - thats a scam, hard to get anything without guilt trap. The elephant in the room is attrition rate. Many skilled engineers left recently the company. Team leads are like guards in a prison.

    * Product. Getting better, but without any vision and with a lot of wasted effort. Whole teams are analyzing markets and users - to draw strange conclusions. It doesn't matter bc CEO will do something else anyway. VPs are superstars that will not take your input. Team leads are noble prize winners and decide about everything on technical level.

    TLDR: Join, Be Told, Work-Work-Work, Wake Up, Say Bye. That a fast cycle, no reason to read above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a goal and execute. Driving artificial statistics is not a goal. It is fine to work hard and long hours providing there is point to it. Let go the CEO. It would be nice if you do not cheat financially your employees. Do not use management techniques from '90 or maybe XIX century.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Poor pay, bad management, sweat shop office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Tango full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Ok smart engineers, things tend to get done at a reasonable pace, lots of food and snacks

    Cons

    Very low pay, like 30-50% below market, really boring projects, awful management, requirement that you be in your sweat shop seat between 930 and 7, no exceptions, regardless of if you have work to do or not. There is no management here whatsoever, a bunch of scared micro taskers with a whip. Poor top down or horizontal communication. A china team that manages to run the US office because the US management wont stand up to them. Not a good place right now if you are a highly skilled engineer, go elsewhere, unless you need the H1 + greencard, pray they dont screw it up by hiring the worst and cheapest law firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is not a 15 person startup anymore, you need to start running this like a proper company by getting some proper management in place. Pay real salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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