hi5
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www.hi5.com San Francisco, CA 1 to 5 Employees

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hi5 – San Francisco – “hi5 CEO Bill Gossman”

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40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Small but great experience

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsEasy to share ideas, great to see work online, friendly atmosphere, good people, great ceo

    ConsLimited promotions, sometimes overzealous projects

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Time I would rather forget

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsBright people to work with and evident in the ability for most to learn a new platform and development against it. Other departments staffed knowledgeable, talented people as well. Many employee gatherings either off site or on for coworkers to enjoy.

    ConsNumber one, the 'Ivory Tower' management. Viable communication and support were scarce. Constant change of plans but not updating the workers till 11th hour. Leadership seemed fragmented. Vibrant atmosphere was no longer prevalent as before.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPolitics should have no place in a small company that needs all hands on board. All employees should be held to the same standards regardless of past achievements or failures.

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    Some smart and hardworking people, but some mistakes have been made and the market is tough

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsExposure to pretty high scale operation, opportunity to work on solutions for scalability problems.

    ConsUpper and middle management does not necessary appreciates people' s effort.
    Some technology and business mistakes have been made.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't treat people like disposable material. Think twice before making big changes. Promote people based on their work, not on their ability to make friends with upper management.

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    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat Perks, fun atmosphere, capable C level management. Competitive salaries, tough problems to solve - provided you are on the right team!

    ConsCollege-like atmosphere - Manager felt like he was more interested in "hanging out" with the younger employees than being a good manager.

    People don't really work on the good stuff unless they are part of the elite ivory tower team and since a lot of the people are very smart, you'll find a ton of arrogant people there!

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think you guys spent way too much money on the perks while I was there! I'd rather have a job than dinner every night!

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    Great people, but inexperienced Senior Management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMost of the employees are young, smart, passionate and easy to get along with. People really want to make a difference.

    ConsIt seems as if the founders have never had a real job after college. May be better now that they have a real CEO, but previous management's ego exceeded ability.

    Very challenging business model. Most traffic is in countries that are have low disposable incomes and are hard to monetize. And Facebook is making rapid inroads in most markets.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on direct payment model.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Opportunity knocks for the brave.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Proshi5 is small, focused, and very efficient with resources. There are many smart people that know how to scale web sites, and there is a passion to make things work well. Plenty of passion from all involved.

    ConsThings can get clique-ish and sometimes there are poor communications. hi5 has some inexperienced leadership, but it's getting better. hi5 dominates geographies that are very hard to monetize, and their change of strategy may mean really scaling back the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep plugging away and keep rank and file better informed about what's going on.

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    Dont be taken in by the appearance. Low morale, and clueless managers.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsSan francisco location , some brand name, younger crowd. competiion to facebook

    ConsLeadership is very weak and immature. highly unprofitable company

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont screw peoples careers for the heck of it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    full of passionate, tough, hard working, and humble people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prosthe people are tough, hard nosed, and very smart. there's no pretentiousness here.

    Consthe name brand isn't that big and it's hard to connect with a non-us audience

    Advice to Senior Managementchange the aesthetic of the site and tone of hi5 to something more edgy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mixed Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosvery good atmosphere, highly skilled people

    Consclosed environment, not much communication from senior mgmt

    Advice to Senior Management-

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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