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Birst CEO Jay Larson
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  • "They have been implementing a lot of changes which have not only effected the lead dev team but also the outside sales team(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Sales Development Representative

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    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Birst full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    -This is a great place to advance your career in software sales. If you are looking to be part of a world class team and company this is a place to be. - World class training and support so that a future leader in the space has the proper tool to learn and grow

    Cons

    -There are none that i can think of

    Advice to Management

    -Keep up the good work. This is a team that is going very far and will be a force to be reckoned with very soon.

  2. Helpful (7)

    Sucked

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Danville, CA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Birst full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Nothing of substance. They had good snacks I guess. The bathrooms were clean. My peers were nice people for the most part. A few jerks here and there.

    Cons

    Most everything else. The office was cramped, the founders were cheap, and the product was filled with bugs. It was like living in a NYC slum.

    Advice to Management

    Thank god you got bought by someone, even if it was a fire sale.

  3. Helpful (7)

    Mom Always Said "If you don't have anything nice to say..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Birst full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Not much good to say about it. Most of the people who worked there were solid and dependable. Sales leadership was awful and the founders seemed in over their heads.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Product wasn't ready for the enterprise yet CEO/found constantly tried to push it. Company would have been better off focusing on an OEM business model. Bigger deals. Lower cost of customer acquisition. Smaller sales team needed. Stickier product.

    Advice to Management

    Now that the company has been firesold to Infor for half of what the VC's invested, a lot of people who worked there feel pretty burned. I haven't heard from any of the former employees that would ever work for the two founders again. So what's the point of giving them any advice? They wouldn't listen anyways.

  4. Great Team, Good Luck Birst

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Birst for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Best Marketing Team ever. Accomplished a lot on a small budget. All employees opinions valued.

    Cons

    Not enough budget given to Marketing

    Advice to Management

    Good luck with Infor.

  5. Recently Acquired, Additional Opportunities on the Horizon

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance Central Location Diverse culture Work from home optional Excellent team & accommodating management Excellent freedom & growth opportunities Free snacks, occasional lunches (3-6x per month), opt-in dinners (6x per month)

    Cons

    With the acquisition, many good people transitioned elsewhere Somewhat spaghetti codebase (growing pains)

    Advice to Management

    Don't put off the 1:1 meetings despite a busy schedule, it's always beneficial to do them.

  6. Helpful (16)

    Ok place to start

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -learned a lot -paid well -flexible vacation policy -became close with some of my team members

    Cons

    My team: -extreme micro management -terrible hours- most SDRs work 12 hour days and some brag about working weekends -poor culture: cold, aggressive -extremely difficult to hit quota. They were dishonest about this during the interview process -very poor promotion path. It is almost impossible to get promoted from an SDR to an AE. AEs here are in their 30s-50s, much more tenured, and hired from outside of the company...

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    Advice to Management

    See above

  7. Helpful (16)

    Difficult Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Sales Development Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - high caliber talent when I first joined - decent pay - flexible PTO

    Cons

    - 1:3 manager to SDR ratio - stressful work environment - 10% hit quota - extreme micromanagement - working 12 hour days, it's so stressful, you feel like you're working inside and outside of work to get to 80% of quota

    Advice to Management

    You hired great people to the SDR org, but didn't apply those same standards to management promotions internally.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Senior Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Birst full-time

    Pros

    Decent Company with decent benefits

    Cons

    No retirement benefits plans such as 401K

    Advice to Management

    Management should hear to its employees and take their feedback.

  9. Helpful (21)

    Terrible management all around

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Birst full-time

    Pros

    The pay was good for the industry.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. I've never seen anything like this. Everyone on my team was depressed and looking for other jobs. The managers would make us cry with mean and rude comments. I would get anxious before every one-on-one. Additionally the C-suite is impersonal and not transparent. Even within my team there were all these secret meetings I wasn't a part of. Most stressful time in my life was working at Birst.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with the respect they deserve.

  10. Helpful (16)

    Management Needs Serious Work

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    Former Employee - SDR 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Birst full-time

    Pros

    1) Great SDR Team 2) If you like being led by an intense coach on a sports team, this is the place for you (so many sports references)

    Cons

    1) Terrible work environment - get used to being yelled at like you are always 5 TDs behind. 2) Lots of meetings, not much development. 3) Unrealistic quota goals - you feel like the ax is going to fall on you all the time. 4) Ridiculous work hours - you are given credit for working nights, weekends 5) ZERO growth path - see other posts, it's 100% true.

    Advice to Management

    - Assuming that tons of meetings + long hours = "crushing" quota is insanely simplistic. Everyone needs to be developed differently and treated that way - Stop treating your employees like players that can be yelled into submission, and start treating them like human beings (and seriously, tone it down with the sports references).

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