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Updated December 28, 2017
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Factual Founder & CEO Gil Elbaz
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Unbeatable startup culture with great prospects"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Century City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Century City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting challenging work, clear career path with guidance, great company culture and environment, great location and perks, above industry compensation, friendly and nice coworkers and management, unlimited PTO, strong team morale and company growth, brilliant and personable CEO. I couldn't have asked for more.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of right now.

    Advice to Management

    As the company grows, please be sure to preserve company culture.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "awful company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    it's a job at least

    Cons

    terrible working environment, unfriendly people, bad managerial structure,
    lack of knowledge

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Truly special"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Factual full-time

    Pros

    Talented people, interesting work and technology, brilliant CEO

    Cons

    Located in LA (sprawl, traffic, weak tech scene, etc.)


  4. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Awesome team, unbeatable culture, great office

    Cons

    lack of robust training, can feel chaotic


  5. Helpful (15)

    "Average place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers, relaxing culture, and unlimited vacation. Great place for fresh grad software engineers. As a software engineer, you will learn lots of cutting edge technologies.

    Gil is a great, personable CEO.

    Cons

    The projects typically revolves around adtech industry.

    The recent company value they publish was rather hypercritical. I think they publish that to make senior management feel good, but a lot of people don't believe in these values.

    Engineers are being unfairly compensated, especially Data Engineers. Firstly, most of the Data Engineers are in fact data analyst, and receive an engineering title, and therefore expecting to be better compensated. Most of the engineers receive a market, or below market salary, and negligible share of company's liquidity, and salary adjustment does not happen often.

    Data Engineers aren't being well respected, in particular, fairly compensated. Salary adjustment after joining the company is rather minimal.

    There's very little professional training opportunity for Data Engineer. It is unlikely for a data engineer to acquire essential engineering skill after a year or two of tenureship in the company, unless one is being proactive at acquiring software skills.

    Non-engineering teams also aren't well respected, professionally, at the company.

    Bottom line: Software engineer shouldn't expect a market value compensation package, and stock option means non to minimal value. Don't come to factual as data engineer, they aren't well respected and compensated, and it is unlikely you will learn important big data technology here at factual.

    Factual Response

    Sep 2, 2016 – Founder & CEO

    Wow, I'm really disheartened to hear some of what you're saying.

    I want to talk about respect first. One of my favorite things about Factual is the wonderful and amazing team we've built here... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best & most unique companies in tech"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Factual full-time

    Pros

    Factual's leadership is one of the most modest and ego-less groups I've ever worked for. They proactively enlist feedback from its field sales team.

    Cons

    There's not a robust training program. Information is scattered amongst many people, documents and portals. Company is slow to make decisions and doesn't put enough value on marketing and branding.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build the transparent, open environment people like so much but add some structure and organization to how groups work together.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Marketing"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Factual full-time

    Pros

    Factual has a nice company culture with many of the perks you would expect from ex-Googlers: flexible vacation policy, in-office yoga, occasional catered meals, etc.

    Cons

    Factual does not offer very competitive salaries and there is not much opportunity to grow at the company.

    Advice to Management

    The senior management needs to be more present and focus on the long-term strategy of the company vs. PR.

    Factual Response

    Sep 2, 2016 – Founder & CEO

    Thank you for your feedback. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed our culture and our perks; we do our best to create a company where people are excited to come to work everyday.

    Regarding... More

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Great company; kind people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Factual full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - The company is growing fast
    - The company is doing interesting things
    - There is a lot of room to take ownership of projects
    - The people are wonderful (employees are nice to each other, generous with their time and knowledge, and tend to treat each other with respect)

    Cons

    - Growing pains
    - Not the right environment if you need a lot of structure/guidance

    Advice to Management

    Make sure employees have clear career goals and paths


  9. Helpful (17)

    "Culture is great, Respect and Compensation are not"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Factual full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, interest groups and clubs for employees, monthly outings for the whole company, and great co-workers.

    Cons

    Everything else. Management has a tendency to talk down to you and after the honeymoon period ended, I realized that being spoken down to is routine for some employees here. Managers play favorites and have heavy biases. If you are not one of the lucky workers under their wings, you'll be given little respect and a horrible compensation package.

    As I mentioned in the title, the salaries posted here are NOT accurate. Compensation is severely below market rate and managers' biases factor into what someone is paid. Even as an engineer, I realized that I was basically cheap labor. The company can and will hire people as cheap labor and hold you to different standards to justify paying you less. It's a hard lesson I learned working here and is the reason I left for a better company in the LA area.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate biases and hear employee concerns. Also respect employees and avoid being condescending to them.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Wonderful company to work for!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Factual full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Great work/life balance.
    -Employees are wonderful! Very kind and respectful of others.
    -There is always room to grow into new positions.
    -Always excited to come into work.

    Cons

    -Not a company that provides a lot of guidance.
    -Need more women in senior management!

    Advice to Management

    Need more women in senior management.


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