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  1. "Adroit visionaries"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They get the market. First to market in gamification. First to market in B2B solutions.
    Sense of Humor
    Friendly staff
    Experienced Management

    Cons

    none. My first month and loving it

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Unstable work environment!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Nice benefits package
    -Gamification pioneer
    -Spacious office
    -Decent work life balance

    Cons

    -No upward mobility
    -Lack of valuable guidance from management
    -Ton of work politics
    -Lack of trust and transparency
    -Poor performance measurement methods
    -Not a collaborative environment among co-workers

    Advice to Management

    Not sure who the management is anymore but learn to bring about a collaborative, spirited team. Focus on the positive strengths of individuals rather than on gossip and complaints. There has to be more transparency company-wide and allow individuals the room to grow. It's only natural for intelligent individuals to want more challenges. Learn to treat employees respectfully and reward them with more tangible incentives.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "People are great, management and product need work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by great, motivated people on a day to day basis. You become close to the team you are working with. It is a start-up so it gives you opportunity to take on a variety of tasks. Benefits are pretty good. Not great, but good.

    Cons

    Management has a tendency to either micro-manage or be completely absent, depending on the manager and particular department. The product is constantly having problems, which leads to difficulties supporting and selling to customers. Not enough accountability with the Engineering department. It is difficult to get raises/promotions. Work/life balance can be difficult for some, depending on what you are doing. Location seems to be out of the way for most employees. Most people are commuting an hour or more each day to get to work and excessive telecommuting in some teams is frowned upon.

    Advice to Management

    Work on getting the Engineering department up to caliber. Make sure there is accountability and everyone is pulling their weight. The CEO needs to be more cognizant of the company and stop shutting himself in a room all day. Talk to employees, honestly listen to what they have to say.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Great Product Idea, Poor Leadership and Execution"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bunchball full-time

    Pros

    Some sharp dedicated people work at Bunchball

    Cons

    Leadership is out of touch with market demands for the product. Product is constantly lagging behind market needs and is extremely buggy. The customer support model is completely lacking resulting in unhappy clients and over worked employees. CEO constantly refers to how "this strategy worked at Tumbleweed" despite a massive difference in product offerings. Everything seems to come back to how great Tumbleweed was and how everything should operate like Tumbleweed, as is evidenced by constantly hiring people from that company. Company seems to be rebuilding Tumbleweed rather than building to match current market reality.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what customers and prospects are asking for, and what employees are telling you needs to be done.


  5. "It's like Surfing Ocean Beach...Challenging paddle out, Zen past the break, an Exhilarating Ride!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Corp Sales in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Corp Sales in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Extremely collaborative and cooperative culture. Technology is cutting edge defining and creating a HOT new industry.

    Cons

    Work your tail off. But it's awesome!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Director of Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bunchball full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy and the ability to make your own decisions. Leader in the gamification industry and enterprise ready product. They have a great benefits package and also offer stock options and match 401(k).

    Cons

    Not enough leads and long sales cycle. the product is perceived as a "nice to have" and not a "need to have." The way it is pitched is outdated and the amount of DM's you get on initial call is very low.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive in helping sales people succeed. Spend more money on inbound leads and relationships with channel partners. More team outings


  7. Helpful (5)

    "It's NOT fun and games"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Work Life Balance
    Majority of people are nice, fun, eager to learn and intelligent

    Cons

    Investors/Company are running out of money due to upper management failing to plan and allocate properly.
    Don't pay vendors on time (if at all), expense reports always late, contractors always paid late
    The technology is dated, dying market, nice to have, not a must have tech.
    No room for advancement or growth

    Advice to Management

    Get new investors, or close the doors. The gig is up.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Iowa office is like a separate company in a good way. They seem to have a much better culture than the California office.
    Pretty good pay/benefits

    Cons

    -Highly political
    -Product is not essential to most customers
    -People stab each other in the back
    -California office has no culture

    Advice to Management

    Care more about the people. Create an environment where people want to work together, not cover their behind and do the minimum.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Tough place to figure out - but it's best days are probably behind it..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very passionate and intelligent people - probably among the brightest Ive worked with. Gamification still has some appeal, and you will find prospects willing to have conversations. The platform, although not perfect, is a fairly comprehensive offering. For those that understand engagement and how gamification can affect it - Bunchball is a well known entity. Pay is decent as are the benefits.

    Cons

    The company is disjointed - lots of spinning plates but not sure where everything is headed. The solution is not perceived as mission critical, and difficult to build out ROI. Product requires a lot of customer skin in the game to be successful. It doesn't help that the platform has gaps and there are several dissatisfied clients. While there are some dedicated folks - there were times the company seemed like a ghost town - it tells me people aren't really committed. Its hard to build a sustainable business in this regard. There are new investors - but they are cold and impersonal..

    Advice to Management

    C-level - lighten up and interact with the worker bees more often. Figure out which industries and verticals you want to play in and revamp the user interface and integrate all components into a single platform. Expand your partnerships beyond the usual and existing ones - this will increase penetration. Get past the groupthink and align yourselves more strategically with the big boys to get to the next level....


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic engineering experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bunchball (More than a year)

    Pros

    Having held several engineering positions in relatively new companies over the last few years, I can say - without a doubt - that my experience here at BunchBall has exceeded (and redefined) my expectations of what a great engineering culture should be. There is a great amount of trust between employees and everyone is empowered to make real change.

    One of the best experiences, as compared to other places I've worked, is that I feel like my voice is always heard at the table; whether my solution or concerns ultimately win out is a group discussion, but they are always considered.

    Working with the passionate, driven, and amazing people I get to be around everyday is a second-to-none experience.

    Cons

    I have no qualms with the way the company is run. The path to "what's next" career-wise isn't always the clearest, but I also haven't asked the question directly either.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to trust your employees. Preserve the culture by any means necessary.


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