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Crossbeam Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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  1. "Great company."

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good product with a great name in the industry. Environment was fantastic. Flexible in the organization. Dynamic, with good relations with other vendors.

    Cons

    Just one solution, that was a limitation to grow. Support for third part vendors was so complicated. Poor channels development.

    Advice to Management

    I always had a great communication with the upper levels on the organization. However, I guess, they were limited to grow the company by the investors.


  2. "Poor Management and Misguided Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crossbeam full-time

    Pros

    Working in the city is beautiful.

    Cons

    Working with a manager who bases your performance on whether she likes or dislikes you makes it difficult to work. Throughout the duration of my employment I was directed to complete tasks that were assigned to another employee (a superior) and the manager was told by my superior that I was not completing my own tasks (because I was being assigned things he was told to handle).

    Advice to Management

    Try not to allow personal feelings to cloud judgement and follow up on task completion yourself as the manager instead of delegating this to someone who would rather play on their phone and hide in a break room.


  3. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small Team, Great access to CEO, lunches, flexibility

    Cons

    Sometimes too much flexibility, need more technical staff members

    Advice to Management

    More planning


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  5. "Great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA

    I worked at Crossbeam full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Family friendly, good, smart people, nice work culture and environment

    Cons

    too much politics at upper management level
    no transparency


  6. "The little train that couldn't"

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    Former Employee - Former Software Developer in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Former Software Developer in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The co-workers were nice, most everyone did do their best under the circumstances.

    Cons

    Too many 'chiefs' to supervise a small crew.
    Too depend on 3rd party software product to generate sales.
    Company struggled to control of its destiny.

    Advice to Management

    To the new owners: create a flatter, not fatter, organization, with less management and more engineers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Investor buyout leaves employees out in the cold;"

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    Former Employee - Manager, Services in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Manager, Services in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crossbeam full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people at Crossbeam were all very conscientious, were very good at what they did, and worked together as teams.
    There was opportunity to grow there when I first started.
    They have a very interesting, technically complex product.

    Cons

    Business model that depends on independent software vendors IP is a non-starter. Company cannot grow as currently configured, and growth opportunities disappeared for employees.
    Investor buyout has triggered severe austerity measures, including downsizing by >25%; company stock options vaporized as part of buyout.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work on challenging technical problems. Agile methodology helps move things along quite nicely. People are very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Benefits package could be a bit better. Some minor communication issues between upper management and employees.


  9. "I had a very positive experience at Crossbeam."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Crossbeam Systems has a great group of people who really want to build excellent products for use within carrier and enterprise networks.

    Cons

    Crossbeam is a small company making advancement opportunities limited.


  10. "review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    growing company with a solid competitive value proposition

    Cons

    Management style is toxic and inconsiderate

    Advice to Management

    Need to make significant changes within the go-to-market strategy.


  11. "Good, unique technology, but tough market. Great customer base."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging marquee customers/accounts that Crossbeam has earned the respect for in a competitive landscape.

    Cons

    Unpredictable market conditions can lead to inconsistent results, this is commonplace for the industry.


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