Telmate
2.7 of 5 10 reviews
www.telmate.com Ontario, OR 150 to 499 Employees

Telmate Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014

Be The First To
Add Photos

All Employees Current Employees Only

2.7 10 reviews

                             

50% Approve of the CEO

(no image)

Richard Torgersrud

(6 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
10 Employee Reviews
in
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Fun, low stress environment with lots to learn.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsI love the fact that the office is pretty much empty by five and that walking around you'll see a lot of smiles and conversations of people planning, teaching and learning. The views are beautiful as is the office space. Semi annual raises are a big perk. Encouraged and sponsored continued learning as well as support for evolving technologies is appreciated and not taken for granted. Salaries are great. Four catered meals a week plus massages and beer are nice. Very low drama and lots of laughter.

    ConsVacation time sucks, so does our dental insurance. Like, it's pretty much non existent.
    We change priorities suddenly and without warning so you can't really stay personally invested in any project. Referral fees are way below market rate. Hr doesn't exist. Every six months it seems like there's some big reorg. No stock options or bonuses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet better dental insurance and give us more vacation when we've been there a while.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Great place to work at with general growing pains to accommodate fast growth.

    Technology (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsPeople here are enjoyable to work with in an open environment - smart, innovative, hardworking, friendly.
    Very unique market and several technology solutions (both hardware and software - web and mobile) around this particular market ends up being very challenging but exciting.
    Dedicated to Scrum including company sprint demos to show the teams' work
    Remodeled office with great meeting room views.
    Reviews and adjustments every 6 months.
    Catered breakfast/dinners certain days / separate kitchen eating or rec area
    Massage sessions twice a month.
    Company team building events.
    Hosted Meetups on upcoming technologies.
    Brown Bag technical lunch sessions.
    Opportunities for IT related professional training/conference attendance.

    ConsGeneral growing pains to accommodate fast company growth - adjustments to new people and potential new teams as more people come on board - adjusting to dynamics of new teams/new people takes time.
    Private company, no stock options.
    Although innovative technologies are great - it's sometimes the Wild West when introducing new technologies, more standardization or leadership needed to avoid any potential technical debt.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore communication on the vision of the company, increase level of transparency.
    Consider raising the referral bonus or add additional incentives - already have referred many to this company
    Identify or bring in technical leadership in order to ensure accountability.
    Improve the level of benefits - particularly dental.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Avoid Working here if you have innovative technical ideas.

    Technical (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Pros10min from BART
    Some food served, snacks, drinks, all Mac environment

    ConsLook at other reviews, like Godfather-like management, and Dysfunctional environment.
    Several key technical positions are unchallenged, even if they should be re-evaluated.
    Agile not implemented right, because disagreements and personality problems are not worked out.
    High turn-over for new employees because they are looking for the right personality fit, not technical expertise.
    It seems removing employees is done without proof and trust is placed in lying co-workers.
    Which leads me to stating employees who suck-up to management, even in Agile self-organized teams, are considered better than technically producing members.
    Watch out for total intolerance to views expressed that differ from existing teammates, or they want you terminated.
    Complaining to management seems to work here, pretty well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImplement Agile properly, and don't let existing employees think they can rule the team. All members should be equal, and personality differences should be worked out among team members, not management.

    Don't be so quick to judge personality problems, because a team needs to grow organically and work out issues, including team building, and therapy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
  • We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    A rare find in Silicon Valley!

    (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Pros- A chance to part of building innovative technologies that completely change a marketplace while having a real, measurable positive impact on human lives.
    - A entrepreneurial team and environment that is fast paced and results driven
    - Strong pay levels with great office perks like free lunches every thursday, free breakfast every friday, free snacks, free drinks, massage, and more.
    - AWESOME office location with killer views
    - Smart, fun, creative team
    - Third largest in the market but quickly grabbing market share - growth company
    - Fascinating market where you can directly see the impact from our product
    - Huge growth potential
    - Strong financial position
    - Great mission and values
    - Semi-annual reviews so salary stays competitive

    Cons- High expectations on employee performance
    - Fast-pace environment that can change quickly to stay ahead of the market
    - Growth path comes with the growth of the company
    - Privately held so no stock options

    Advice to Senior Management- More frequent communication updates of the business plan to staff
    - Consider strengthening some benefits
    - Add performance incentives

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Disapproves of CEO

    2 people found this helpful  

    Avoid this place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat view
    Massage on Tuesdays
    Lunch on Thursdays
    Breakfast on Friday

    ConsSub-Market Pay
    When the execs get stressed, the yell at everyone
    No room for advancement
    3 people basically are in charge, no chance for input

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to manage people. You have a great group of people there, and yet you talk down to them and yell when you are stressed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Disapproves of CEO

    3 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat product and business model

    ConsChaos, dysfunction, poor/no communication, competing silos, no shared vision, abusive senior management, back stabbing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some help. You have some great people there. They need guidance and a reason to work more cohesively.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Disapproves of CEO

    5 people found this helpful  

    Avoid working for Telmate

    Accounting (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsSome nice people work there

    ConsIf you have seen the movie "The Godfather" you will understand how things get run

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           

    1 person found this helpful  

    a very cool company where the work done has a [real] social benefit

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWe do THE most interesting, fast-paced, Ruby on Rails development, we build giant data clusters, refine touch screen UIs, tweak MP3 recording quality, train voice-to-text agents, all in the same day.

    It's a mature start up - what more could you ask for? The CEO has a clear vision and loves to hang out with us

    ConsNever a boring day around here

    Advice to Senior ManagementAt the rate we have been growing... time for a bigger place soon!!!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           

     

    Happy Camper!

    Administration (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsSmall company of 45 employees. Good place to learn a lot and make an impact
    Company has "beer" afternoons, lunches and breakfast catered in several times a week
    Raises every six months. Yep... every six months ... Got to love this one! :-)

    ConsStill establashing internal processes
    Only allows 1 day as a work-at-home day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverall a good company to work for, so no real complaints here!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           

    5 people found this helpful  

    Led by a small band of wanna-be Larry Ellisons here ;)

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsTechnology stack is organically derived from engineers that work for the company.

    ConsOutside the box thinking is basically forbidden. There are a few designated thinkers in the organization whose wisdom is to go unchallenged.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot a healthy environment for getting the most benefit out of your employees. Performance metrics are great but you're missing the opportunities to work smarter. Encourage and nurture your people as they are your greatest asset.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
RSS Feed Embed

Worked for Telmate? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.

Glassdoor is your free inside look at Telmate reviews and ratings — including employee satisfaction and approval rating for Telmate CEO Richard Torgersrud. All 10 reviews posted anonymously by Telmate employees.