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Updated October 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible work schedule & emphasis on Work/Life balance; anyone can have an impact on the company (in 15 reviews)

  • Great culture and the pay is great (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • There are some growing pains, but luckily culture has not been sacrificed (in 13 reviews)

  • Employees need to be careful not to let the excitement of the place interfere with their work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Go Cloud"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Box full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, energetic culture, awesome offices

    Cons

    Growing pains, legacy tech debt


  2. "Beyond Lit"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Redwood City, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Box as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - A culture where interns are actually treated like full members of the team, I was asked to do things that no one on my team had figured out yet. There was no solving a problem and packaging it into an "intern project" for an intern to implement.

    - Free hot lunch and dinner everyday, hot breakfast on Friday, micro-kitchens on every floor, kombucha, snacks, classic arcade style gaming rigs, scooters, basketball hoops, bike room, ping pong, smash, board games, educational workshops, and really cool intern-only events. Box is a very fun place to be.

    - We have two pretty large buildings and don't use both of them, so it's unusually easy to find a quiet place to whiteboard and work for a flat office plan company

    - People really care about one another, people are very willing to help you and are very open to critiques and questions about their solutions

    Cons

    - I worked on the platform as a service team, so deploying code was relatively quick and easy. The interns that worked on services outside of our platform had a lot of difficulty pushing their code

    Advice to Management

    - You guys are all incredible about taking feedback, but it seems to take a long time for many processes to really change

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Tons to do, tons to learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Box full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Box has a very energetic and charismatic CEO, but the company is very much growing up, in a good way. From an engineering perspective, we're starting to strike the right balance between GSD and making stuff last.

    Cons

    Despite the momentum towards becoming a platform oriented company, and the improved focus on infrastructure and the long term, there's still the tendency to jump on shiny product initiatives ahead of the unsexy work.


  4. "Great for fresh grads, but lack growth opportunities for experienced engineers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Box full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Good work life balance: Engineers usually come to work at 10am and leave around 6pm
    * Great benefits for employees with kids
    * People are friendly, collaborative & laid-back
    * Good pay comparing to other startups in the Valley

    Cons

    * Lack of growth opportunities: Meaty projects are rare, and they are given to selected few engineers. Not an issue for fresh grads, but for experienced engineers, if you couldn't get the project you need for growth/engagement, you'll get pretty worn out with grunt tasks when you hit your anniversary. Career dev plan process is in place to help with the issue, but its effectiveness highly depends on the team, and the relationship you have with your manager.

    * Lack of transparency on merit increase: Performance review doesn't always get reflected in merit increase. Even if you have a good review, your merit increase could be nominal.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Box full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company values your work and good compensation

    Cons

    There is no 401k match


  6. "Very good work culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Box full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun to work. Nice people who care. Very open cukture. Green field project.

    Cons

    Post-ipo so less chance of making it big. Frugal company in a few parameters. Average food.

    Advice to Management

    Grant stock bonus.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Good upside ruined..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Box full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Box has good work life balance, okay pay, and is generally a decent job for the valley.

    Cons

    No direction in product or engineering during the time I was there. Huge turnover which was shocking since the general work-life is really good. A lot of the higher ranked people are more interested in self-preservation than results. Very non-result oriented promotion rubric which leads to a lot of bad senior leadership who then invent a new rubric.

    Advice to Management

    Consider putting in some actual KPI's for teams and let go some of the old timers.

  8. "Amazing place to work!!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Box full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great work culture. Fun, open, energetic. Truly believes in work hard party harder
    - Opportunity to work with some of the best minds in the valley.
    - People are humble and ready to help you and discuss your ideas.
    - The company values diversity and truly upholds your individuality. You are encouraged to be yourself whatever that may be.
    - The company is at a juncture where you can have a lot of impact if your wanted to make your mark.
    - Aaron is one of the most energetic and fun CEO you will ever meet. He is truly involved in the day to day working of the company.

    Cons

    - You are expected to get stuff done. That sometimes may involve working long hours.
    - No 401k (yet)

    Advice to Management

    You have built an amazing work environment when intellectual individuals can truly thrive. Please continue to preserve this as the company grows.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Security Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Security Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Box full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge stuff
    Amazing co workers
    Good benefits
    Good leadership
    Free food

    Cons

    Food could be better.. but hey its free

    Advice to Management

    Keep Killing IT


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Best job I've ever had"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Lots of different technologies and interesting challenges.
    - Employee happiness and career development are major priorities for the company, and it shows. Cool office, good food, good benefits, happy people.
    - We value all types of engineers - fullstack and specialists.
    - Excellent culture of trust. You can rely on your co-workers, and they know they can rely on you.

    Cons

    - lots of interacting pieces can create interesting challenges, but can also lead to frustrating development bottlenecks sometimes