I have been working at Bamboo Rose full-time for more than 5 years
-Its like a family. Great people at all levels of the company. We all support each other and have fun.
- Promotes from within when possible
- The company is constantly growing
-Amazing benefits package
-Must be able to stay productive while unsupervised. Some people take advantage of that.
I worked at Localytics full-time for more than a year
· Strong culture and values. A lot of company decisions are driven by desire to do good by their employees and their customers. There were multiple times when I witnessed how the company could have... done "the wrong thing" and easily get away with it, yet they chose to do "the right thing" only because it was the right thing to do. A rare level of integrity!
· Their customers are household names. For those in customer facing roles experience gained in Localytics would be much more valuable than experience at some other companies that market to mom-and-pop shops.
· Big, hairy challenges on the engineering side. Very few companies in town operate on a comparable scale. And most of those other companies are giant corps where one's impact is limited to a tiny part of the system.
· One of the reviewers mentioned this in the Cons column, but I see this as a Pro. Very picky when it comes to hiring. I was involved in hiring for the Product, Engineering, and Design departments and at least in those departments a lot of good candidates were rejected. One had to be a truly great candidate to be offered a job at Localytics. As a result the caliber of the team was unmatched. (But to be completely honest I felt that some other departments had much lower bar)
· One of the coolest offices in town. Great location in Government Center, steps from every T line.
· Not sure if this belongs in the Cons column but it's not a Pro either. The comp package is not great. The base salary is average. But there's no performance bonus, and the equity is stock options... in a late stage private company. Benefits package is also average at best.
· Total lack of transparency. Sometimes it reaches comical levels. For example, there was a VP departure where at some point said VP cleared their desk and stopped showing up at work and yet there was not a single word from the Exec team. Of course, news travel through the grapevine, often distorted and uncontrollable.
· The Exec team doesn't trust themselves and their employees to make the right decisions. As a result no decision are being made when needed. Great ideas were conceived and prototyped by the product and engineering, never got buy-in from the execs, and wound up abandoned. There is maybe a couple of people on the exec team who think strategically and develop vision but apparently they are not getting much support.
Advice to Management
I don't really have an advice to management. In my opinion the new CEO is leading the company in the right direction and should stay the course. But it's been two years and results haven't... materialized yet so perhaps some course correction should be considered.