XPRIZE Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    To anyone thinking of working here...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at XPRIZE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Here are the facts: we are a small organization. If you can't roll with the punches and aren't open to thinking that a part of this organization is your own to build and grow, then you won't get it. Be excited by a challenge, be excited by opportunity and growth. Understand that no-one is going to give you a step by step check the box job here. You have to know how to work as a member of a team, and as with any team, you have to know how to manage around people who are roadblocks. If you are not so completely entitled and jaded that you think you deserve a successful career served to you on a silver platter, you will enjoy working at XPRIZE. We get to work on amazing projects, the benefits are very good, we are given a lot of time off, we have flex work, and we work with some pretty amazing people. If you are expecting senior managers to listen to tirades about how incompetent YOU think certain people are, its time to get over yourself. Either commit to making meaningful change and doing what you were hired to do, or stop complaining.

    Cons

    Some people don't understand their role in the organization, and it causes a lot of unnecessary friction. Decide what you want to get out of your career here, and make it happen for yourself. Do you need HR? For some things, yes. But they are not your replacement for a manager, so stop blaming them for your inability to have a meaningful and effective discourse with your own manager. If your manager isn't cutting it, then put your big boy pants on and ask yourself this question: Is there any chance this will change, and if it doesn't, can I hang in there? If your answer is no - do yourself a favor and leave. Don't expect HR to sweep in on a white horse and fire your roadblock - that is not their job. I have personally never experienced any trust or confidentiality issues with HR, and I am not aware of anyone else who can legitimately make that claim. A smart applicant will ask about turnover in the position they are applying for - and then weigh that risk, or ask additional questions until they get comfortable with the environment they are thinking about joining. Its a personal decision - its just a shame there are a few people who seem to think that they get to speak for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Start responding to reviews on Glassdoor - better to have your own response out there for potential employees to ask questions about than nothing.


  2. Helpful (3)

    LOVE IT HERE!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XPRIZE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Unbelievable mission. Super smart colleagues Great work environment. Constantly striving to be a better place to work

    Cons

    We are a culture in change. Change as we all know isn't always easy. There are speed bumps along the way but collectively we ar moving in the right direction

    Advice to Management

    stay the course and continue to listen and be challenged by your Team.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Here We Go Again...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at XPRIZE full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    New Flex Work Program. If you get a job as an executive you'll make lots of money with minimal input.#20%.

    Cons

    XPRIZE gets it wrong again...and again. So in the latest installment of bungling managment..Today, they fire senior marketing under the guise of 'by choice'. We've seen this before and so we arent fooled at all. That announcement was embarrassing and dare I say cringe worthy - hard to watch. Unfortunately, the aim was off and they missed senior prizes. They won't take steps to truly start to make some real changes that staff want to see. Human Resources why is it that staff made it loud and clear we don't trust you but yet you remain? Think that's not favoritism? I'm disgusted at how bad this place is run. So much dirt swept under carpet. Also, what is going on with new management, can someone tell me what he does please besides update us in All Staff's?! Employee Engagement....yes but everytime you engage us, you're still lying to us and we're sick of it!! #TruthRespectIntegrity

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to dismiss senior staff, you forgot some key people and if you really care about us, give us an HR dept. We can believe in.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    The Majority of Us LOVE XPRIZE!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Joe Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Joe Employee in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XPRIZE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great location and office space. Flex work schedule with telecommuting options. Awesome benefits. Generous salary. Team Council. Peer-to-peer bonus program. Stocked kitchen. Great mission - we really are trying to change the world, oh...and it's working.

    Cons

    The small - very small - number of negative and disgruntled employees. They are SMALL but LOUD. They have been provided multiple avenues of communication (both in person and anonymous), but they seem more comfortable posting on a review site. If they really want to see change, they would be more professional and address it head on, rather than choose a cowardly path. And sadly, they what they say isn't even accurate. If they are going to come here and trash this amazing company, at least be honest. Oh wait. That wouldn't work - because there wouldn't be anything negative to say. If they are so unhappy, really, they should leave. Be part of the solution, or get off the train. The rest of us are excited to move forward, upward, and onward.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership team is to be commended for constantly placing themselves in the line of fire. As one said in an all staff, "We are building the airplane and flying it at the same time," well...that is TRUE. And it comes with growing pains and is sometimes a slow process. A lot of us are in it for the long haul, and we are very patient. Somebody said in another post that "no change" has happened. Not true and a blatant lie. Since they first announced the survey, we have been give a flex time policy, a telecommuting policy, a peer-to-peer bonus program, and more. Perhaps they are so busy gossiping and complaining, and conspiring, that they did not notice.


  6. Helpful (3)

    X MARKS THE SPOT!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hermitage, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hermitage, TN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XPRIZE (Less than a year)

    Pros

    all good people and company...they care

    Cons

    THERE ARE NO CONS NONE

    Advice to Management

    im impressed with all the organization


  7. Helpful (3)

    Great people, fast growing company undergoing a lot of positive (even if sometimes difficult) change

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dedicated staff that is smart, fun, conscientious, and hard-working. Leadership team that is activated and focused on making XPRIZE a great place to work. Benefits, salary.

    Cons

    There are those within the organization who, understandably, feel like change cannot happen fast enough. Growing from a small organization focused on a cause, to one that is also concerned with how to support staff, be well-managed, organized, and put in place the systems and processes to support the rapidly growing staff, has been a difficult process for some.

    Advice to Management

    Continue reaching out to all staff, frequently, honestly, openly. You cannot over communicate! The more the better. Build personal relationships with staff.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Positive reviews are fake

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at XPRIZE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pros are that company sponsors are high profile . Google. Government agencies... They should be embarrassed to be associated with X Prize.

    Cons

    Horrible management and extremely poor employee reviews. Awful place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep playing the game and hide the fact that you are robbing people blind. Enjoy your porn, money and perks.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Lots of potential

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at XPRIZE full-time

    Pros

    *Management focused on team building. Company President very approachable and wants to hear from employees. *Compelling company mission. Nice 401K, Health Benefits and vacation/sick day package.

    Cons

    Very departmentalized. There is a perceived hierarchy in which team members believe, because they are in a certain department, they are above all other team members and they are the only ones doing work matters. Some prize ideas being developed are not innovative! some already being tested in market place. Stagnancy, need more training and promotion from within.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the Team Building. Recognize the assets you have and train and utilize them! Be present and prepared. While I understand the need for meetings sometimes less is more.


  10. Helpful (10)

    XPRIZE is ready to implode

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at XPRIZE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    So many people that believe in this company and what we really are trying to accomplish. Every employee has the potential to change the world, and we ARE READY.

    Cons

    Its not just a handful of disgruntled employees that are unhappy, it is actually the majority (did you not see the results of the employee survey?) There is no trust, no fundamental changes after 6 months after the dismal employee engagement survey and no action from the board after all this time. So much money spent on consultants to change this company around, endless employee meetings that go nowhere, and NOTHING HAS CHANGED. We have no management. CEO - never in the office, doesn't run the company. President - May show up when finished with all personal issues he is dealing with. COO - Head not in the game and no strength in his ability to enforce what is right. The rest, powerless to make a difference and resigned. XPRIZE needs help now, any change can't come fast enough. In the meantime, the majority of the employees that want to make a difference in this world struggle daily to stay or go. The positive posts recently are just an example of the manipulation that exists in this company, there is no trust, no positive changes, we need action to turn this company around. The employees are screaming for it, and the donors and sponsors deserve it.

    Advice to Management

    Do something now! You have had 6 months to digest and fix what is wrong with this company. Fundamentally, nothing has changed, and you are still where you are when we took this survey, please do something, the employees have been begging for change, and don't wait until your sponsors and donors start begging too.


  11. Helpful (9)

    Don

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at XPRIZE (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work and subject matter no matter what department you're in.

    Cons

    They came across so great in the interview a couple of years ago. Positive, friendly, passionate. But the culture here is absolute poison. It's a blame culture where people get ahead by pointing the finger at others. There are many talented and great people at this company, unfortunately they are outnumbered by those who promote a hostile work environment. The communication style here is rude, aggressive and completely unprofessional. In addition they've been having a ton of all staff meetings, employee surveys and etc. but no changes are coming out of them. They go through a similar process every few years or so and continuously drop the ball instead of making improvements. Also hope you weren't looking for a future or career path, promotions and raises are far and few between and will likely be given to people playing politics instead of top performers.

    Advice to Management

    Completely re-vamp upper management in both extensive training and also dropping and replacing dead weight and negative individuals. Provide training to mid-level managers as well. Start really implementing all the changes talked about from the various teamwork meetings and all staffs. The culture here is broken and it needs to be addressed WAY faster than you're currently moving. People have almost lost all hope, and you're losing tons of employees due to this. I'm sick of seeing good people leave after being treated awfully.



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