nCircle

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nCircle Reviews

Updated July 17, 2014
Updated July 17, 2014
16 Reviews
3.3
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  1.  

    Nice people and good work environment

    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at nCircle full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced and evolving environment

    Cons

    There are some who are very into the company politics.

  2.  

    Sub par developers under the impression they are the greatest that have ever lived.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at nCircle full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some employees actually care about what they do and have a good attitude. The company is willing to pay high salaries for what they believe are quality people.

    Cons

    Nepotistic management style and a severe perception vs reality problem. The culture is just the worst; everyone pretending they are a genius and blaming their horrible people skills on it. They hired egotistical sociopaths who think a polymorphic data structure can ONLY be stored in data warehouses, possibly the most laughable thing I've ever heard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a back up plan for your career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    You can find better places to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at nCircle full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work from home on Friday's is pretty great. Free lunch on Thursday's. That's where it ends for the pro's.

    Cons

    If you have ever wanted to work at a company full of anti-social personalities that love to gossip about each other, don't communicate, have very bad tempers and aren't really all that skilled, this place is for you!

    A lot of very, very strange personalities at this company that are incredibly anti social. Most of management is new and have no clue what they are doing or how to manage a team. One day they'll communicate details with you, and then next month you'll barely hear from them. Then they start asking questions when work isn't getting done and wonder why. A huge lack of leadership and understanding of what it takes to actually *lead*.

    Do not expect consistent reviews and feedback unless it is negative. Do not expect a "Thanks" or "Great job!". Do not expect gratitude. Sure, they're paying you, but a simple "Keep up the good work." every now and then from people that matter says more than money does any day!

    Management is known to gossip to other employees about other employees on the team and spread rumors as well as personal details about those employees. I personally had an experience with this and had learned from management about personal conversations between them and an employee. This is usually a big no-no in companies with HR.

    They are out of touch with today's market. Company thinks 35k for a college graduate from one of the highest ranking tech schools in the nation is "great pay" and "they'd be happy to make that much".

    Skill sets vary at this company. There are very few people that really know their stuff and that you can learn from. Everyone else is stuck in 1995, but thinks that their skill set is valuable. Typically, those people have very large ego's too.

    More time is spent arguing at this place than actually getting work done. I was in meetings where over 2 hours of arguments took place and yet nothing was finalized. It was simply due to ego's and each person wanting to prove they were right.

    There are some fun and friendly people here, but those people are all very upset with this place as well, so it may not take them long to find another job. Then all you will be left with are the people that really don't know how to socialize and like to gossip about each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wise up. The market in the tech world makes it so very easy to find a job if you're skilled. There are so many people in this company that would be fired from a more professional company simply due to huge HR violations that would potentially cause law suits.

    Show some appreciation towards your employees. Recognize good work where it's warranted and don't always just look for the negative. Simple praise goes a long way to make employees feel they're important and make them happy to be there.

    Insist that the most difficult personalities in that company (and there are A LOT) have some sort of therapy or counseling on how to actually socialize without tempers and or being rude.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst IT/Support role to date...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at nCircle full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay for a support role can be OK.
    Most co-workers were nice to work with and very energetic.

    Cons

    * No training before fielding support issues for customers
    * People hoard information necessary for job performance.
    * Any initiatives taken to help in the above areas were shunned
    * Support is always running short on personnel - they do not seem concerned about turn over and in no rush to hire replacements.
    * VERY stressful environment
    * Don't expect to go home until a customer issue is resolved (even if it means working 18 hours.)
    * Sales Engineers do not complain to their/your VP in order to get more people, but love to scream at you when the group is still shorthanded.
    * Management seems to avoid angry customers
    * Management seems to avoid YOU when dealing with angry customers
    * Management is not proactive in fixing issues and is only reactive
    * Complaints fell on deaf ears (HR inclusive).
    * Problem goes all the way up to VP/CEO levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Treat your staff more humanely.
    * Welcome initiative when making the job easier/more efficient. Criticism is counter-productive.
    * Welcome initiative when trying to get new hires trained and up to speed quicker. Condemnation is counter-productive.
    * Be more aggressive in keeping staff trained and proficient.
    * Be more aggressive AND *timely* in keeping replacements hired.
    * Do not give away slots to other departments when you are understaffed.
    * Be more proactive and engage in working with hostile customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fabulous place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at nCircle

    Pros

    A terrific blend of California start-up and established company. Friendly, easy-to-work-with co-workers and management. Terrific work-life balance. Suitably challenging workplace.

    Cons

    Occasional difficulties with supporting a legacy product; cross-team communication generally excellent but company's dispersed locations sometimes makes that a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! nCircle boasts some of the most responsive, congenial management I've ever worked with, and should serve as an example to the industry of how a company should be led.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at nCircle

    Pros

    Solid management team with longevity
    Treats employees with respect and fairness
    Financially solid, in growth mode
    Non political environment
    Good location - easy to use public transportation

    Cons

    Distributed workforce sometimes makes it hard to communicate
    Smaller company so it has less room for growth opportunities within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you are always communicating to the entire team about what's going on in the company in all locations so everyone can feel involved.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    nCircle works you to death and pays lousy salaries

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Member of the Technical Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Member of the Technical Staff in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at nCircle

    Pros

    Cool technology, great location close to everything

    Cons

    Want to earn minimal pay even though you have your CCIE, CISSP, and other top level certs? Go work for nCircle - or earn 40-60K more at most other companies in the Bay Area. Is this a reflection of how you'll be treated financially after hiring? You betcha!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Has had some growing pains, but a remarkably talented group of people who have clear vision and determination

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at nCircle

    Pros

    nCircle has been through several cycles of management, and while it hasn't always been easy or painless, it has forced them to evaluate their direction more often than other companies and stay nimble. They seem to have found a balance and are executing well on the vision.

    Some pros include:
    Smart people
    Motivated workplace
    Great technology
    Culture of innovation and high achievement
    Good work/life balance
    Market leader in vulnerability management and configuration compliance management

    Cons

    I think nCircle has some of the less enjoyable parts of any workplace: occasional politics, a person who annoys you and sometimes you don't get recognized for your accomplishments. However, having worked at a number of startups, the level of politics is very low, there's more people that are interesting and engaging than annoying, and you will get recognized for 90% of your achievements, so you have to consider it relative to other technology companies. On the whole, it's a great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on innovation and growth. Keep the smart people and listen to them. Crush the competition. Don't ever let politics and petty infighting linger.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, but internal problems

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at nCircle

    Pros

    Good, smart people. Company is growing. Nice location in downtown San Francisco. Benefits are reasonable. Pay is good. Company good about letting you have time off.

    Cons

    Products are no longer competitive and have quality problems. Competitors are moving faster. Company is growing, but so slowly that it seems like it's being left behind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the hard decisions and stick to them. Get rid of underperformers faster. Be more creative in thinking about your overall strategy. Maybe be a little more encouraging.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Echo "going nowhere" - lack of leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at nCircle

    Pros

    Liberal work from home policy; laissez faire management; interesting and mostly talented people; convenient and pleasant offices; good sales team

    Cons

    Boring place for engineering talent - Maintenance mode of products, no innovation, complete lack of career growth; talent leaves rather than stick around in a frustrating holding pattern. Lack of communication between divisions; no leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show up for work; Lead the company; Promote internally to motivate people; Loose some of the bloat in upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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