Appcelerator – San Jose, CA
• Develop tests using new or existing automation infrastructure • Evaluate product… Appcelerator
I worked at Appcelerator full-time (More than a year)
If you are a mobile developer and want to be on the bleeding edge of technology, this place is for you. The highest value skill in the company is coding. Everything else takes a back seat, including making money. Lot's of capability to work remote, which helps work/life balance. They have the best stocked kitchen in the valley! Pretty open culture, and people are generally very collaborative.
There is no product strategy or product management, and the engineering team runs the company. This company acts like a 5 person startup getting version .01 products out the door. Everything between code freeze and releasing to the customers is nonexistent. You can imagine what follows. ZERO marketing to understand what the market needs, and a plan to get there. Founders are brilliant technologists, but the company is run like an amateur merry-go-round of business models, and the subsequent employee turnover is astronomical. I should have done more research.... the past employee comments are spot on.
Advice to Management
Hire experienced management that can build a business based on a great technology. Monetizing an entire ecosystem of freeware isn't a technology challenge, it is a business challenge. Time to bring in grown up's to run the company.