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"A Hungarian start-up beating Powerpoint."

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Former Employee - Developer in Budapest (Hungary)
Former Employee - Developer in Budapest (Hungary)
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

No administration - set your working hours, vacations, and project schedules by yourself. Nobody touches your schedule except your teammates - there's no way how many days or hours you worked because they never check that.

Working from home freely.

Great development culture. All developers are very qualified, passionate, and eager to challenge to new problems.

Super agile - the company maintains only one branch. No comments in codes.

State of art of automated testing. There's no QA by hands. All tests are automated even acceptance test.

Free fellowship - all employees can go SF office for three months whenever they want.

Very strong at technology - development team uses HaXe, Pig Script, and something that you have never tried before.

Super prospective - personally thinking, the company will do IPO or be acquired by Google. They got $16 million investment from Accel Partners which is the top in the U.S.

Bupapest.

Cons

It might feels changing too frequently - company keeps changing.
Developers must work in Budapest HQ.
Budapest.

Other Employee Reviews for Prezi

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Internship Developer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Developer in Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Intern - Developer in Budapest (Hungary)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Prezi as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Start-up
    Excellent, smart people
    Less administrative - No restriction in work-hours, holidays, and working from home
    Great culture, and office circumstance.
    Challenging.
    International - employees come from 17 countries
    Cool, prospective product.
    Hacking culture
    Budapest

    Cons

    Low salary compare to in the U.S.
    Challenging
    Start-up
    Less administrative
    Budapest


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    "The Great Illusion - Promising Company Values on Paper vs. Blatantly Contradicting Implementation in Reality"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Great & approachable founders
    * Great product
    * Outstanding onboarding/indoctrination process in the Budapest headquarters.
    * Many promises about an advanced, unique culture (for an example: managers = coaches without authority)
    * Promising company values
    * Nice Budapest office
    * Free breakfast and lunch
    * Diversity

    Cons

    * One of the company's values is to "stand up" and they even encourage you to say "no" to subpar or questionable projects, however if you actually stand up and dare to say "no", or even if you are trying to share constructive improvements you might get negative reviews from left and right, and your PM will even report you at your manager, and suddenly turns out he is not your coach and he actually has full authority over you, and you might find yourself out of the premise soon. This further discourages remaining employees to say "no" to anything, even if it's a constructive, helpful comment or improvement or idea, which leads to miserable hypocrisy, degenerated quality and processes, and to taboos everyone knows but no one talks about simply out of fear.

    * Self-appointed, insecure, first time managers are experimenting on their teams as guinea pigs to feed their egos and to solely advance their own carriers - they are throwing anyone under the truck who they feel even as the smallest obstacle in their way to get their next promotion. Obedience and compliance valued over talents or skills. Paternalistic, condescending attitude & favoritism. Reports which are flowing up are often silently re-edited by the managers and silently going through on a "cosmetic fix" to remove inconvenient details and data.

    * The most obedient, subservient and blindly order following employees are the only ones who can and will stay in the system for the long term - people who have better options, not locked-in with H1B, have some self-respect and/or still able to think critically are either left or they are cut off. Many of the brightest, experienced, respected people and early employees already jumped ship. The rate of fluctuation is rapidly increasing. The San Francisco office is mostly filled up with H1B employees who has absolutely no power to leave, not alone to say "no".

    * Even the simplest projects and trivial tasks needs to get dozens of signatures, approvals, authorizations; the scheduling itself can take weeks, usually it can be started in months (if ever), and if it's ever finished it's a miracle. If you do any improvements in the system without fifteen approvals, or even if you start an initiative, you are calling out your PM, who will threaten you to get you fired if you ever dare to work on something which he didn't personally assigned to you. The level of dysfunction in the organization reveals itself when you realize that even urgent fixes or improvements on infrastructure and/or tooling has to be done secretly, outside of official working hours, otherwise you are calling out your PM, often even your teammates against yourself if you attempt to do anything which is not on your superiors' agenda - no matter how urgent or important is the fix/improvement.

    * In a presentation the company is advertising itself with the "we are hiring adults" slogan - it might be true indeed, but unfortunately in reality once these adults are onboard they are suddenly treated as helpless children who cannot be trusted, cannot make their own decisions, and has to be constantly supervised and micromanaged.

    * A highly bastardized, "cargo cult" version of the overhyped and controversial 'scrum' stand up meeting every morning where adult working professionals are standing in a circle and reporting to their manager like as if they would be teenagers in high school again and they would need to report to the all knowing teacher before the class starts. Then it's the teacher, who is often fashionably late, who decides who will work on what tasks, assigning tasks based on who is his current favorite - usually the most obedient subordinate - instead of letting the team decide so the most qualified person could work on a given task. Estimation poker meetings are a joke where every estimation is treated as commitments. People are judged individually based on their weekly performance instead as a team which makes them play against each other instead of cooperating & completing the project itself.

    * First time, unaccountable PMs are throwing out extreme low-quality, depressing, very low value ideas and they force it down on the throat of their pre-selected "yes men" teams, producing tremendous loss for the company without ever taking any responsibility for it. People who would raise concerns or starting their own initiatives are often threatened or assigned to the lowest ranking, mind-numbing, pointless projects, regardless of their skills, years of experience or areas of specialization, essentially making them use only 1% of their skills and expertise on an endless monotone repetitive cycle. Everything is about pseudo-scientifically made up irrelevant points, which might looks as meaningful numbers on the paper, but the reality is that no matter how much points the team achieves, and how fast they are working, the underlying actual product of the process is still meaningless, subpar, pointless projects on absolutely irrelevant money and time burning uninspiring bad ideas dictated by an untouchable, authoritarian and obviously insecure PM who can simply just get away with it and occasionally shift the blame downwards if necessary.

    * Little or no control over what to do next. Creative thinking, ideas, new solutions are discouraged, everything has to flow from the top to the bottom. Every problem allowed to be solved only in one way, within extreme rigid set of rules, which makes you feel like a mere tool, a disposable cog in the machine.

    * Prezi is presenting itself as a cool startup, but don't get fooled: it's an enterprise company where any change is risk, anything new is discouraged, even the smallest decisions turning into endless political debates, and everything moves in an extreme slow pace like as if you would try to get through in a muddy swamp.

    * The best teams are in Budapest - the San Francisco office is mostly only sales + marketing which doubles as a showroom and an open plan employee-zoo to walk around potential VCs, instead of an independent office where actual product development is in place. Contrary to the Budapest office, the San Francisco office is an awful hybrid of an outdated 80s style remodeled cubicle farm and a cargo cult style miserable open plan office; no privacy, dozens of incredible long meetings, micromanaging, constant interruptions during the day which guarantees that it's almost impossible to get anything done in the highly fragmented remaining small time segments. Employees are often rather staying at home whenever they are allowed to actually get something finally done.

    * There were early attempts to create a truly unique, advanced organization, but those attempts are entirely faded out, and the current culture is not different from any basic authoritarian, hierarchical, industrial organization from the 80s. The culture could make Prezi to truly stand out from the industry, but unfortunately the good initiatives aren't in place anymore, and the company doesn't have any cultural advantages over any other companies in a 100 mile radius anymore. What remains is the absolutely basic, mediocre management style with inherent degeneration and corruption. The culture of hope is replaced by the culture of fear.

    * Most innovations and experimental creative projects (for an example: Nutshell) are being done by independent outside contractors which is a way to silently admitting that if something really needs to get done in a reasonable timeframe, that simply somehow cannot be done inside the somewhat dysfunctional organization, as it's moving at a pace of an old dinosaur on his last walk.

    Advice to Management

    Creating an echo chamber by creating a team only of the most subservient "yes" men will degenerate not only you, but the whole organization as a whole. If your HR was able to convince smart, skilled, talented adult professionals to work for Prezi, trust them to let them do their best for the organization instead of exploiting and even often humiliating them to achieve & secure your own personal carrier goals.

    Telling employees that "I want you to sit down and suck with this thing all by yourself alone until you learn it" is not a professional way to motivate nor to inspire people, neither telling them on a paternalistic 1:1 meeting as a manager that "You know I'm 10 levels above you, I'm like 10 times better than you are". Contrary to the expectations this attitude actually reveals more about the actual mental limitations of the manager than convincing any employees about his self-proclaimed superiority.

    Setting up and expecting nearly impossible goals to justify your decision, measuring individual performance with entirely made up estimation "points" and then ignoring the results when an employee works hard in three shifts and miraculously exceeding the requirements, then find a laughable excuse to execute your already pre-planned agenda anyway, regardless of the results is not among the most honest management practices either.

    The results of the Stanford Prison Experiment supposed to be warning, not a guide to follow.

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