I have been working at Ingenio full-time
- A lot of room to come up with your own ideas and execute. Execs will empower you with the responsibility of improving a critical business area, and trust you to come up with the strategy and execute. - Many opportunities to shine with quick wins. The company spent over half a decade buried inside AT&T before becoming independent again. Can show positive results with relative ease - Opinions are respected regardless of title and tenure, very friendly work environment and culture - High performance is recognized. Leadership team is genuinely appreciative of your work and ideas. - Low level of organizational politics. Light bureaucracy, politicking and red tape compared with other places I've worked at. - Excellent work/life balance, well stocked kitchen, flexibility for those with long commutes.
- Since the company was founded in 1999, there are many legacy issues. Over 15 years of workarounds built on top of workarounds, making it challenging to integrate initiatives with more modern solutions. - Company strategy heavy toward 'holding the line' or maintenance/optimizing existing products instead of going on the offensive and blazing new trails. Might not be the place for somebody who enjoys building new products.
Advice to Management
- Continue leading with a heart! It's so rare to have an executive team that genuinely cares about creating a positive, cohesive work environment. - Company vision could use a bit more clarity. There has been a lot of focus on answering the question 'what do we do' but not so much around answering the question 'why do we do it.' So at the highest level, why do we all come to work and build a marketplace for advice? A unified vision will help energize and rally the team.
I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Ingenio (San Francisco, CA) in January 2014.
Organized process and seemingly decent leader that runs the team. But they required a long presentation at the 2nd interview in front of 10 people from varies of teams to participate. After the presentation, no news, feedback or contact even after proper follow ups. Very unprofessional, lack honest and IMO just an process to get fresh ideas from outsiders for free.
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