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  1. Small but great experience

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at hi5 full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Limited promotions, sometimes overzealous projects

  2. Time I would rather forget

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at hi5

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Bright 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.

    Cons

    Number 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 Management

    Politics 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.

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at hi5

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Don'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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  5. UI Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at hi5

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    College-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 Management

    I 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!

  6. Great people, but inexperienced Senior Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at hi5

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    It 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 Management

    Focus on direct payment model.

  7. Opportunity knocks for the brave.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at hi5

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    hi5 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.

    Cons

    Things 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 Management

    Keep plugging away and keep rank and file better informed about what's going on.

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

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at hi5

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Leadership is very weak and immature. highly unprofitable company

    Advice to Management

    Dont screw peoples careers for the heck of it.

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at hi5

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    change the aesthetic of the site and tone of hi5 to something more edgy

  10. Mixed Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at hi5

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

    Pros

    very good atmosphere, highly skilled people

    Cons

    closed environment, not much communication from senior mgmt

    Advice to Management

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