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  1. "Good atmospere, no room to grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cellfire as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance occasional team building events

    Cons

    below market compensation, lack of management


  2. "Great environment. Good people."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours when needed. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Not many. Salaries could be better regulated.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Had fun during my time"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very close team and supportive work envt. Loved the Xmas lunch!!!

    Cons

    No free lunch on daily basis


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  5. "Good startup"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mobile Architect in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Mobile Architect in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    people like the startup idea and willing to get thing done.

    Cons

    it's still not getting big as other competitor (one even IPO-ed).

    Advice to Management

    what's the exit strategy?


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A Company That's Struggled To Define Their Place"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cellfire full-time

    Pros

    * Great people, friendly work environment
    * Interesting business

    Cons

    * Management unable to manage internal expectations and fail to deliver on promises
    * Company is stagnant - can't move company in positive direction because they are pinned down by too many external constituents
    * Many interns and contract employees
    * Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring lemmings and start investing in people that can be thought leaders


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fun environment, friendly employees but hectic."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Lots of free snacks (sodas, chips, canned soup, etc), employees are all quite friendly, work environment was laid back, employees were recognized for their work.

    Cons

    Had to work with many last minute changes, technical issues occurred often, salaries were low.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Last choice to look for an employment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Prefer Do Not Disclose in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Prefer Do Not Disclose in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Multitasking job character creates possibility for self-development and expansion of professional horizons in other areas with other employers

    Cons

    In general - dead end from any point of view. Absence of career perspectives, dissatisfaction in style and approach of management. Fully agree with the previous review - company at the final stage of its life cycle.

    Advice to Management

    Hire respected and knowledgeable CTO. It is a shame to see how certain VPs drive business downhill.


  9. "Startup in stagnation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It's still a small company, so there's very little bureacratic overhead, other than what's imposed by external customers. Engineering management is very laissez-faire. The usual free snacks/beverages are available.

    Cons

    Engineering management is very laissez-faire. All of the original startup-minded people are gone, which leaves a core of risk-averse folks with narrow fields of expertise. The existing environment grew very "organically" and continues to do so. This results in a remarkable amount of needless complexity and, therefore, instability. Snacks are unreliably restocked, making the late-night death marches that much tougher.

    Advice to Management

    Get behind a major code and operational environment refactoring. This will require hiring some top-notch talent and empowering them to make changes, and it may mean letting go of the staff who is merely adequate. The change would need to be technical and cultural: success requires a rebirth as a startup with startup people.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Please Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots to learn as small company

    Cons

    Heard this used to be a great place to work a few years ago. Now quite the opposite. The work environment is chaotic. The senior leader of engineering at the San Jose office is completely distracted with a “special connection” with one of his team. They travel together everywhere, spend several hours in the office in closed room “discussions”. The worst of it is that the lady in question does almost no real work but walks the halls as if she owns the place. Is it even worth mentioning that both these folks are married (to others) and have kids. This is an open secret, but with HR far away on the east coast, guess anything goes. Hard to believe this is happening so flagrantly in this day and age! Avoid this place if you have any self respect or want to do any real work!

    Advice to Management

    Please be aware


  11. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Friendly working environment, and the team works like a family. Any proposal or suggestion can be reviewed / discussed immediately. There is enough space to try new stuff

    Cons

    1. Need better sales
    2. Need more motivation to employees