Certona Reviews

Updated Jan 26, 2021

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Certona Co-Founder & CEO Meyar Sheik
Meyar Sheik
30 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Excellent Technology At the Time

    Feb 7, 2018 - Senior Sales Executive in Old Town San Diego, CA
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    Pros

    They were definitely leading the pact at that time in regards to a technology running on a neural network, providing clients with the ability to provide customized shopping experiences.

    Cons

    Having all of your Sales Reps under a Golden Handcuff Policy is a horrible way to try and retain good salespeople. Also, please don't have them selling "vapor ware" to their clients.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Was a great company

    Jan 8, 2021 - Engineering 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great company, friendly people etc.

    Cons

    Merger - resulted in loss of great employees that helped build the company.

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  3. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Developer

    Apr 15, 2020 - Developer in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great place to learn and grow

    Cons

    Tough business in recommended products

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Overall Good

    Apr 1, 2019 - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Laid back environment. Schedules are flexible.

    Cons

    Disorganized. They need a clear process

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  5. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Keep looking

    Apr 11, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Working with some great people. They know what they are doing.

    Cons

    Reverse discrimination. Kept out of meetings and discussions because I only speak English. Management was some of the worst I have worked with. Now being acquired and a lot of good talented people being let go just to save money.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  6. 3.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great people, weird management, bad business process

    Jan 9, 2019 - Account Executive in San Diego, CA
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    Pros

    People and corporate culture are very nice and friendly.

    Cons

    Company is trying to transition from startup-like operations to a mature business process in a competitive environment. Management however still lives in the good old days and expects sales people to perform the way they did when the industry was at its infancy.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  7. 3.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Former Certona Employee

    Nov 8, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great CEO, great product, nice central office location

    Cons

    Company holds on to managers who bring down employee moral which makes employees want to keep job hunting. Micro managing environment

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    3 people found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Stay clear if you value culture, fair pay, benefits, and work/life balance

    Sep 17, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The people you work with on a day-to-day are usually great people to interact with.

    Cons

    - Pay is lower than market average. - NEPITISM. So much of it. I find it extremely difficult to work for a company that prides itself on hiring family members to fill roles regardless of if they're actually qualified for it. - Benefits are garbage. You pretty much only get a choice of HMO unless you want to pay 2.5x the amount for PPO. Combine the complexities of having HMO (endless referral appointments and clearances) with bare minimum PTO and your plans for work/life balance (aka vacation) are now out the window. Dental and vision coverage are also way better than medical coverage offered. - They claim to offer freebies like a snack closet except 1) people hoard snacks when it's filled, and 2) apparently management complains about how much money is being spent on snacks which can sometimes lead to lighter snack replenishment days. - Work events. The company holds monthly events to encourage socialization of coworkers except these are planned with a school lunch budget, but these events come off as placating. It feels more like a box that management can check off to say they did something rather than actually doing stuff employees want to do.

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    10 people found this review helpful
  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Certona Rocks!

    May 18, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great place to work, they are leaders!

    Cons

    Benefits are not the best

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  10. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great Technology -- lack of proper management and focus

    Apr 14, 2018 - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Snack cupboard gets filled on thursday Good technology when it is working. Honest and fair subset of employees who help each other without question.

    Cons

    Pay scale is far below average for comparable positions. With no org chart or defined responsibilities between groups, the technical side of the company is chaotic at best. Annual reviews are always months late, only delivered orally and not available in written form. Toxic work environment where favored employees are allowed to demean and belittle others in email and at meetings repeatedly. Being the victim of these unrelenting and management ignored attacks is my primary reason for leaving. Overall poor work environment leads to tremendous turnover and low morale.

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    9 people found this review helpful
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