Tango Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
48 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    software engineer

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    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 an 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
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Poor pay, bad management, sweat shop office

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    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 an 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
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great people. Extremely motivating environment. Very good long-term outlook.

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

    I worked at Tango full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked in Tango for a bit less than a year (I had to leave because I've got my dream job in Google, not because I didn't like working in Tango) on H1B visa. Before joining Tango I've read some of the negative reviews on Glassdoor and was a bit hesitant about joining. I'm very glad I ignored all these reviews! My overall experience with Tango was extremely positive:
     - I've learned a lot of new things in a very wide range of topics and as a result I improved as an engineer tremendously!
     - I've met a lot of very smart and motivated people and made a lot of friends!
     - All managers that I was working with (directly or indirectly) were extremely helpful and responsive to my needs!
     - I had an opportunity to take a peek into insides of a very successful Silicon Valley startup!
     - Last but not least I should mention all the perks: great food 3 time a day, a lot of team/company events, phone/education/gym reimbursements...

    Cons

    With more than 200 employees and almost $300 millions of raised funds Tango should already be considered BigCorp for all intents and purposes, not a Startup. And most of the cons in my opinion are strongly tied with the inability to switch away from "startup mode" in which Tango continues to operate:
     - too much focus on the short-term
     - inefficient, outgrown code review practices
     - reluctance, unwillingness of mentoring new people
     - occasional mandatory work on weekends
     - a lot of flakiness in the decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to move away from the startup mode!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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 an 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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    cannot be worse

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    is there any?

    Alright, you get free but crappy food for lunch.

    Lots of parking space.

    Cons

    the company is trying to squeeze every last bit of your blood
    when it comes to your career, they don't care.

    H1B? they tried all the possible ways to delay mine, for years!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go screw yourself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Tango Response

    Oct 13, 2014Head of People

    I'm really sorry to hear you feel your experience with Tango has led you to write such a review. As the Head of HR, I'm always looking for employee feedback on how to improve the experience for our ... More

  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horrible working environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Was a leading mobile company losing market. Loads of money in the bank.

    Cons

    Horrible management. Horrible working environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Tango Response

    Oct 8, 2014Head of People

    We are sorry to hear your experience has resulted in a negative review. As the Head of HR, I am constantly looking for ways to improve our employee's experience and know the management team is ... More

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company with great potential

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart engineering team, fast-paced environment, growth opportunities, a great deal amount of cash, the management team always try hard to make the company better.

    Cons

    Young, inexperienced management team. All areas (engineering, product manager, operation, QA, HR) need improvement (mostly due to lack of experience). Working hours is too strict (informal mandatory hours: before 9:30 am). Working from home does not exist. Not family-friendly. Too much emphasize of long working hours than the actual productive output.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should offer more flexible hours (including working from home).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great leadership, enjoyable work atmosphere, exciting projects

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Tango full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyable work environment, effective leadership, many opportunities within the company, tons of perks (3 meals a day, laundry service, game rooms, etc), exciting team & projects

    Cons

    Long hours, time-off is minimal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focus on long-term company values

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 10 people found this helpful  

    Every negative review written about this company is true; the company needs a different CEO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Strong growth metrics
    Compensation and benefits are on par with many SV companies
    There are pockets of very smart and hard-working people
    Most of the people are very nice and approachable

    Cons

    Leadership says they have values of trust, but doesn't demonstrate it day-to-day.

    The CEO is a shrewd businessman, rather than a leader that can inspire.
    -He tries to squeeze every bit of productivity out of the team through mandate and process.
    -He is very selfish: only uses the word "I" in conversations, not "we"; and it shows through his actions
    -He is a micromanager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    replace the CEO

    seek for and listen to internal feedback on how to make things better (if this happened, I bet there would be less Glassdoor reviews like this)

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

    Great on paper, terrible in person

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tango full-time

    Pros

    Some of the people are decent to work with, assuming they don't quit after a few months.

    Cons

    What else to add that other reviews haven't? Awful management team led by autocratic CEO who makes egotistic, reactionary business decisions. The employee turnover here is astounding. Everyone is unhappy. Most of the employees are H1B and are stuck here. I know several have resigned the day after their visa went through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell! Everyone who is hanging on just wants to cash out before the truth comes out about this place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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