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"Wonderful experience as an engineer"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Altos, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Altos, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

- Constant learning
- Leadership team is in it for the right reasons
- Very collaborative colleagues
- You're not just a coder with a pair of hands; you're a real human who contributes to culture and team development
- A strong focus on developer productivity

Cons

None really, if you're prepared to stay focused and work hard.

Advice to Management

Hire more senior engineers!

Other Employee Reviews for Box

  1. Helpful (13)

    "A rapidly scaling startup- Is this your cup of tea?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product in Los Altos, CA
    Former Employee - Product in Los Altos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Inflated salaries
    - Young culture (think new grads)
    - Good education fund/ Boxworks
    - If you are early in your career, this is a good place to get that stamp on your resumes
    - If you are early in your career, and know that your growth is going to be limited at a place that is struggling to get to IPO, and are okay with it, go for it!
    - Post IPO there will probably be a more grounded corporate identity, rather than the half startup half corporate approach at the moment
    - Scaling elegantly is hard no doubt, after all we have all heard of technical debt amongst other things

    Cons

    - BoxWorks had Malcolm Gladwell (!!!!) as a keynote speaker talking on disruptive innovation and changing a mindset..however...
    - He was welcomed onstage by a highly inappropriate Ellie Goulding track
    - Unfortunately nobody at Box seemed to have paid any attention to the crux of what he was saying- a change in mindset is what's needed, innovation powered by radical thinking
    - Not a lot of the complacent attitude that is floating around
    - Box does hire smart, but only in limiting hires to Stanford and Berkley. Unfortunately, a lot of the radical thinkers (a particular Mr. Jobs) didn't finish university
    - Inexperienced recruiters pushed me and three of my peers into the customer success team- the only team that has it together across the company
    - Junior recruiters, so they are limited in placing you at a team that makes the most of your skill set, or are unable to place you as the team you would be an asset to does not exist
    - As a consequence, there are a lot of incompetencies, and talent that is so underutilized and stifled by the constant upheaval, that they have to schedule at least 50 meetings a day to get people to acknowledge work needs to be done
    - And then chase them around to get the work done (as simple as getting the EA's to book a room, get you equipment that they are responsible for)
    - A lot of the why should I do it, its not my problem mentality
    - Customers have echoed they use Box as it's impossible to shift/move all your content elsewhere once its in there i.s. forced use for a product
    - Internal movement= impossible (it's encouraged, but do you want to wait 6-12 months?)

    Advice to Management

    Can you please fix everything, but most importantly the mindset of the company? That's the one thing that is stifling growth and a reason why people are leaving (two on my cross functional teams quit after a year)
    Need radical people, radical managers and experienced employees to make the ship float
    As someone who was initiated externally to the company, I was appalled at the level of micromanaging I had to do. It would be great to have mentors and inspirational, passionate teams, rather than the let's clear backlog and get work done mentality


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting, action packed, on the way up"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Los Altos, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Los Altos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity, great leadership, accessible senior management

    Cons

    Processes change fast, nothing stays the same for long

    Advice to Management

    More engineers, sitting on different platforms and teams... always need more engineers


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