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  1. "Innovative, entrepreneurial and disruptive think tank"

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    Former Employee - Deal Partner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Deal Partner in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Exigen Capital full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The most visionary, dynamic, entrepreneurial, start up/large cap and loyal management. I was given an opportunity 9 years ago to work for Exigen and have had the opportunity to learn about transformation, innovation, value of disruption and about fundamentals of various industries. A management team that rewards hard work, commitment and results. I would welcome the opportunity to work with Management in the future.

    Cons

    Some mid-level managers abused the loyalty of senior management and blamed senior management for their own inadequacy and lack of performance.

    Advice to Management

    Markets will eventually catch up to your vision and innovation.


  2. "Interesting albeit disjointed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to all things start-up. Culture of creativity. Comp decent.

    Cons

    Too much chatter; not enough focus

  3. "Creative and challenging opportunity presented to grow professionally and personally."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Exigen Capital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company provides a productive environment for people who want to be challenged and have skill sets stretched. Able to have significant impact if that is wanted, provided you are willing to focus on building the business. Great location in heart of financial district of SF.

    Cons

    Organizational structure can be confusing but that also opens up chance to affect business as not confined to your "box" or cubicle. People need to learn to work better as a team.

    Advice to Management

    Define exit strategy clearly to all employees, drive everything according to that - do not get distracted.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Severe financial distress, top management is remarkable in its ineptness, employees are treated like disposable diapers"

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    Former Employee - Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location in the heart of San Francisco.

    Cons

    Exigen, once, used to have nice offices on the 22nd floor in one of the best buildings and best locations in San Francisco's Financial District. Not anymore - there is some dinky space and there is even a shortage of printer paper. Exigen once had a great potential and great team. Unfortunately that was used to extract tons of money from "suckers", not to build a product or service-driven company.

    Due to an astoundingly clueless "leadership" of the current top brass, it has steeped in intrigue, morass, unethical labor practices, inept executions and numerous violations. A testament to the current management style are scores of employee complaints filed with California Labor Commissioner office, the byzantine culture of thriving patronage and double-dealings and, most tellingly, the deplorable state of business at Exigen. Avoid this company like a plague!

    Advice to Management

    Any advice would go to waste - people at the top are so clueless and hopeless. besides, it is too late for any advice - the "turkey is cooked"


  5. Helpful (5)

    "A company that does not care about employees. Poor executive management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Exigen Capital full-time

    Pros

    The company has some talented employees and very strong and knowledgeable engineering and product management (middle management.) Insurance Product is a good solid product. Good customer base.

    Cons

    Massive employee burnout. Employees are treated poorly. Furloughs and layoffs are common and overall morale of the company leaves a lot to be desired. Many employees suffer from stress related illnesses. Promotions and raises are not granted based on performance review, but rather based on personal relationship. Management positions are filled with incompetent people based on family and friendship connections.

    Advice to Management

    Create an employee focused environment. The sweat shop mentality will destroy the business. I believe that the entire executive management team needs to be replaced; marginal success this company has seen was not because of management, but rather in spite of their antics. Focus on team building, training, employee benefits, promoting from within, overall caring about health and happiness of the people that create company success and ultimately will make you wealthy. A general focus on human values would be a welcome change. I hope to read a positive review in a few years.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "run fast unless youre a cousin then you are employed for life"

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    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    self prescribed work, lots of wfh, no micromanagement, pay is okay but not worth the stress unvolved

    Cons

    zero management, questions of whether or not you will be paid, weird russian culture, no logic in product management, funds are improperly disbersed

    Advice to Management

    stop hiring vp's and spend the money on workers who do stuff


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Exigen Capital full-time

    Pros

    Exigen provides a great environment for those that have internal drive and previous experience. It is an extremely flexible and leaves room for you to deliver your ideas. Lots of technology and areas of expertise, so great place to broaden career.

    Cons

    Not a great place for those looking for daily guidance. There is an organizational structure, but you may have to perform work outside your box to be successful.

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Weak leadership. Poor financial outlook. Won't survive beyond 2015."

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    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Exigen Capital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not many companies like this in San Francisco. Allowed to make stuff up as you go along. Flexible work hours. No need to worry about what the boss thinks. There is none.

    Cons

    Abysmal leadership. Like a ship lost at sea. Well, more like a dinghy. The whole work day is about everyone trying to throw buckets of water out of the dinghy to keep the thing afloat. Company in constant emergency mode. Employees may be paid by DD or check indicating precarious financial situation. Analysts and most employees believe the company will not survive through 2015. Completely dependent on AAA for revenue.

    Advice to Management

    Hard to believe there is management at this company. My advice is to return to programming. Because management is not your strength. Your strengths are deeply hidden. Very deeply. Advice to the parent company: Sell PAS to AAA, cut losses and move on.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Exigen in need of leadership in order to have a future."

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice location, flexible work environment

    Cons

    Too many cliques which may be a result of the family and friends motto. No diversity. Too much Mgmt who don't know how to lead. Rid yourself of the egos, they don't belong. Be proactive w/the product and don't cater to specific needs.

    Advice to Management

    If one can't perform in their current role, don't move or promote them. Money would be better spent hiring good people and not losing those of value. Communicate, communicate, communicate!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Work is interesting and pretty flexible environment but with poor executive leadership"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Insurance product is rich in functionality and provides opportunities to actually implement successful project.

    Cons

    Insurance product is in some ways still immature. Executive leadership seems non existent and have no interest in employees except when in close circle.

    Advice to Management

    There are many highly skilled but currently unhappy employees who might be able to help increase efficiency, process and profitability. Don't let good people leave.


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