XPRIZE Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    LOVE IT HERE!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    The Majority of Us LOVE XPRIZE!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Joe Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Joe Employee in Culver City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    X MARKS THE SPOT!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hermitage, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hermitage, TN

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    all good people and company...they care

    Cons

    THERE ARE NO CONS NONE

    Advice to Management

    im impressed with all the organization


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  5. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at XPRIZE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  6. Positive reviews are fake

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Lots of potential

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at XPRIZE full-time

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  8. Helpful (7)

    XPRIZE is ready to implode

    • 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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  9. Helpful (7)

    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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  10. Helpful (6)

    It is all about the TRUST, about the TRUST, about the TRUST!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Culver City, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Honestly? New trash bins, clocks and utensils. Way to boost productivity!

    Cons

    It is true that Employee Engagement survey scores came very low. Especially a lots of comments around the TRUST- TRUST of HR department. HR betrayed the trust of employees.
    In fact it got worse after Employee Engagement survey. HR started identifying and targeting those employees who gave negative comments.
    Also, people who actively questioned the ability of senior management at All Staff meeting, were left off during Shaping our Future interviews. Yeah, that is what you get for messing with us.

    HR got themselves fat bonuses and raises in hopes that nobody finds out. Way to go to build the TRUST.Kudos!
    They do anything to stray attention away from building the trust. Here we got you new utensils in the kitchen, here are new trash bins, clocks on the walls.. oh wow.

    HR needs to be impartial. They take everything personally.HR lacks so much needed Emotional Intelligence… among other things.

    The staff constantly suffers from mishandling of sensitive subjects in all areas of business, outward disdain towards staff members, breaching of confidentiality by gossiping about sensitive staff issues.
    HR is often times antisocial and moody.

    They are creating hostile work environment. It is ineffective and counterproductive.

    I worked in pretty bad places,but this is by far worst place. I feel threatened, I feel like I am about to blow out. Somebody needs too speak up!

    Advice to Management

    Have mercy on our souls and replace the whole HR department.TRUST me, we had it enough!


  11. Helpful (8)

    Employment Engagement...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Culver City, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The general staff is great and gets along well with one another.

    Cons

    The management team, who has been told THEY ARE the problem, have now decided that they are the best people to fix the problems....but they are the problem...how does that work? We go to meetings but nothing has really changed about the way they manage. Why is this company so resistant to making key management role changes? Why ask us...get the answer...and not fix what we tell you are the issues? EXECUTIVE TEAM needs replacement. I heard that while we received 2 to 3% in bonus the crappy executive team received 20%! Wow! Really? The staff tells you how horrible you are and you are rewarded with 20% while we get pennies? You have to love the consistency of perks for us and none for you.

    Advice to Management

    None. They are slowly ruining the company.



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