Algolia Reviews

Updated May 15, 2020

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4.2
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Algolia CEO and Co-Founder Nicolas Dessaigne  (no image)
Nicolas Dessaigne
69 Ratings
Pros
  • "The company cares about great people(in 7 reviews)

  • "Huge focus on work/life balance which comes from the top down - working too late or on weekends is discouraged(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "some growing pains as the org is experiencing hyper growth(in 6 reviews)

  • "Nothing out of the ordinary for a hyper growth startup - some disorganisation but nothing out of the ordinary(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "the place and space you want to be in"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Revenue in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Algolia full-time

    Pros

    - strong leadership across the entire revenue org. - great product that delivers results - marketing / event support - work/life balance - competitive comp plans

    Cons

    - lots of internal meetings (this is an easy fix)

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    Algolia2020-03-06
  2. Helpful (3)

    "A confusing failure"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Partnership Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Algolia full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Incredible product - Lots of knowledge of search and discovery

    Cons

    - Awful office culture in San Francisco - Very little opportunity for movement - Weak management

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    Algolia2020-05-15
  3. Helpful (7)

    "It just keeps getting worse"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Revenue 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Algolia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    401k matching "Flexible" work schedule

    Cons

    Those in leadership positions are not there to support you and that includes HR. Internal mobility, promotions, and moves to other offices are halted at the very last minute with no clear reason(s). The recurring theme is that they dangle a carrot in front of you without clear next steps and hope you continue to "ride it out". The company does not care about retaining talent or keeping the talent they have happy and motivated. So many people have left especially in sales. For those in external facing role, we don't have enablement or resources stateside to help us. SF doesn't have support especially when P&E are ONLY located in EMEA. We have resource scarcity in the U.S.. Teams are overworked especially the customer success and solutions team. The company did NOT hire after multiple people left, just expected the teams to make due. One of the core values is trust which is lacking. I can't trust that my manager has my best interests in mind ever. Things move slowly: promotions, being paid bonuses, etc. How certain people are promoted or able to move offices when others (whom in my opinion deserve it SO MUCH MORE) makes no sense. again, lack of transparency and trust.

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    Algolia2020-01-05
  4. Helpful (14)

    "Awful and inconsiderate management"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Algolia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Very strong/tenured C- level Executives - Great benefits, like unlimited PTO + Equity - Amazing employees, some of which really know what they are doing! - Good free lunches / happy hours

    Cons

    - Middle management holds a lot of power without having much experience. - Proper documentation of bonuses/compensation plans are not able to be shared or not even fully in place - Extremely political - Extremely Non-inclusive workspace, even though they have a person dedicated to D&I - Management lies to employees often to cover their own mistakes - Selfish Management, lack of trust with employees - Promotions based on popularity, not performance - High turn over - Less than 15% of the company in the US has been there for over 1 year.

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    Algolia2019-10-07
  5. Helpful (8)

    "Killer product, high attrition."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Algolia full-time

    Pros

    Product/market: Search is a fascinating area of tech that has an amazing range of use cases, both big and small. The product is extremely powerful and fun to see in action as it is front facing. Organization/culture: High level of work life balance. Very low stress environment.

    Cons

    Market/product: Can be a niche product which makes it hard to align properly for price paid (enterprise vs developer). Organization/culture: High attrition for good reason. Minimal support and leadership for revenue teams. Low energy, and drive at times. New leadership bringing strict rule.

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    Algolia2019-07-28
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Absolutely Incredible Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Algolia full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing product, brilliant people and a great culture. Worked as a sales engineer and had the opportunity to work cross functionally with several different teams. Engineering team is brilliant and always willing to help/answer questions. Sales team has an incredibly high aptitude. Field Engineering team is out of this world, some of the smartest most humble folks out there. Thoroughly enjoyed going into work each day. Lots of room for growth, great managers and a product that customers truly enjoy using.

    Cons

    Somewhat of a gap between engineering and the solutions team. There are initiatives already in play to bridge these gaps but having the dev team be based out of Paris has its disadvantages (not that much of an issue though).

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    Algolia2019-06-17
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Committed team with huge goals"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Algolia full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The team is so passionate. Everyone is working hard to build the business with zero politics. Love the mix of French, American and other cultures. The company is growing so fast, it is creating lot's of career growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Like any company experiencing hyper growth there is a lot to do and there are always growing pains.

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    Algolia2019-05-28
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Working on cracking the scale"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Algolia full-time

    Pros

    - Passionate people - Killer product market fit - Solid perks

    Cons

    - Massive growth pains - Slow actions on problems

    Algolia2019-06-18
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good Company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Algolia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun, innovative company with a great product. Overall culture of trust. Ability to work on things you care about. Very successful and a high growth environment. It is fun to interact with the different offices around the world.

    Cons

    The company has changed as it has grown. It started off feeling like a place where employees were trusted and could coordinate on their own. Now as new middle management has come in things feel less smooth. Sometimes trouble coordinating between departments.

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    Algolia2019-06-12
  10. Helpful (8)

    "Outstanding product, people and massive upside!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Algolia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Phenomenal product - outperforms the competition! 2. Smart, passionate and really nice colleagues/friends. 3. Great work/life balance. 4. Well funded! And we're positioning ourselves for an IPO in the future. 5. Global company.

    Cons

    1. Scaling challenges you would expect in a hyper-growth startup. 2. There is a portion of disengaged, entitled employees. This is unfortunate but hopefully they move on to something that's a better fit for them longterm. 3. In need of additional executive leadership and middle management, which is well underway but we need more.

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    Algolia2019-04-07
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