NationBuilder - It was a wild ride | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (10)

    "It was a wild ride"

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

    I worked at NationBuilder full-time

    Pros

    - Fully stocked kitchen - Flexible working hours + working from home days - Unlimited vacation - Education budget and development driven organization - Great people - Room for growth for some - Great senior management team for the most part

    Cons

    - Monolithic product that is incredibly slow to change and requires a ton of engineering work to just keep it afloat, customer service personnel to make sure customers can use the product and sales people to try and get people to use it. - With a forced sense of community via circles and summits, team building and actually getting to know your coworkers fell by the wayside. - A policy of letting "everyone be a... creator" and use the platform. Which ends up means that NB is company that needs to make money so it will provide services to the worst kinds of organizations. eg Trump, Act for America, the Rebel.

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    NationBuilder2017-09-09

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "A place for growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NationBuilder full-time

    Pros

    Incredibly strong female leadership. The values of the company are front and center. People are responsive, on time and extremely respectful to their colleagues. NationBuilder is a place where many different people can thrive. The culture is one of authenticity and personal responsibility. It is a family of people who want to change the world for the better. Extremely good at growing people who this is their... first or second job.

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    Cons

    You need to be emotionally mature to understand, embrace and thrive within the culture. People, especially men, who are not used to receiving feedback from women struggle. If you want a job that you check in and check out, this is not for you. Culture can focus too much internally to the detriment of company growth.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused, let go of control and delegate. The team is ready to do hard things. Don't let perfect be the enemy of the good- keep shipping, keep telling the story (even if it isn't perfect), keep moving.

    NationBuilder2018-08-08
  2. "Stay away!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NationBuilder full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is a mass of people that are believe they are doing the right thing. Pay isn't all that bad either for market rate work. If you're willing to stick around, there is enough attrition at all levels that you can quickly be promoted into a job you are not qualified for with no training to support you.

    Cons

    This is a straight up cult. Full stop. From the book "The Internet is my Religion" pushed on every employee from day one to the criminally negligent emotional engagement forced on all employees veiled in what are called "Circles", this company goes out of its way to indoctrinate you or out you as soon as possible if discovered a threat to the culture. Expect to be gaslit by management at every turn. "First team"... is a strong ethos there, and it's toxic.

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    Advice to Management

    Focus on actual business, not trying to make everyone feel good. At the end of the day, the mission is to run a website. Not to change the world. You're not gonna do it, stop trying with hyperbole. Fix core issues, stop iterating on various skins to the website. No amount of paint is going to fix what are very painful and clear usability issues. You helped elect horrible leaders worldwide in the name of progress.... Do some real soul searching to understand that you are not bringing value to the world.

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    NationBuilder2019-11-06

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