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  1. "Great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Financial Navigator International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of flexibility, start-up culture, go-getters all around. Very dynamic and vibrant culture.

    Cons

    Pay not up to the mark :-(


  2. "New CEO Needed"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Financial Navigator International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Are you looking to work for a company that doesn't value your opinion and rewards poor performers, then this is the company for you. A bonus is that your career will stagnate and you will get work with 25yo technology.

    Cons

    -Terrible CEO who lives in the Middle East.
    -Very low salaries.
    -High employee turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "So much unrealized potential....."

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

    Pros

    Easy-going work environment; a plus if you are happy doing the minimum with little pressure. A minus if you care about your career and want to succeed and grow the company. Supportive co-workers (common enemy is the CEO) and free snacks in the kitchen.

    Cons

    The company has unrealized potential but the CEO is his own worst enemy and is the primary reason that the company continues to stumble along. He values little input and is insistent on doing things his way. Yes, he'll call multiple meetings, ask for opinions and input, assign tasks and follow-up projects and then ultimately do what he wants anyways, which leads everyone to wonder: why bother asking for input if you're not open to anyone else's ideas? CEO's methodology and approach is ridiculously outdated, relying on business techniques and methods that worked 25 years ago. Not open to change. Not willing to take risks. Tries to convince himself and everyone else that the company is growing when in fact, it is contracting rapidly however they continue to cut costs and that helps to show a shrinking profit margin. CEO can't grow the company, only tries to maintain status quo with cut and paste fixes that require little commitment and almost always no cost. Rarely hires qualified people to handle the important tasks - hires recent graduates from SJSU for little pay, rides them into the dirt and then hires a new one. Won't spend to grow. Won't spend to retain good talent. Doesn't give raises and doles out substandard wages for the very expensive Bay Area. Relies on a few to do most of the heavy lifting, while others punch the clock and slide by. From an insiders perspective, is absolutely awful to his customers - provides many promises and rarely delivers. Customer satisfaction is low, despite the noble efforts of the customer service and implementation department to overcome the deficiencies in the product. Employee morale is low; many hate to answer the phone for fear of dealing with an unhappy client. Product is inferior, unfinished, buggy, archaic but is touted by the CEO as an industry leading software solution with world-class service and support. CEO raises cost of dated product and continues to pocket the revenue. Does not reinvest in company and is trying to sell the company but can't get asking price because he's got it priced well-beyond it's current worth. He's looking to maintain till he retires; beware, steer clear of this company if you are looking to grow your career. All of the good, former managers are gone because they could no longer work with him (Business Development and former CTO). Dying company with limited potential under current CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your own way; be honest and stop jerking around the people who work here as you ride off into the twilight of your career.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Career advancement and growth is nonexistent in Financial Navigator Inc."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Navigator International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Free lunches (at management discretion)
    -Stocked Kitchen (Whatever $300 buys from Cotsco each month)
    -Good work & life balance

    Cons

    -Poor leadership
    -Management style is reactionary and not pro-active
    -Double face management style.
    -Very little opportunity for career advancement and growth.
    -No reward system in place.
    -Salaries stagnate for years.
    -Entry level employees are asked by the CEO to do useless and meaningless work like scanning, printing, binding, emailing, and other petty work.
    -Employee high turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to someone who can grow it, manage it, and see the big picture.


  5. "Unfocused company with no growth"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Financial Navigator International full-time

    Pros

    1) Low stress environment.
    2) Kitchen is sometimes stocked.
    3) Some great co-workers.

    Cons

    1) CEO is dishonest - he is currently living in Dubai and using the company to pay for his expenses. At this point this is a lifestyle job for him.
    2) Company is not growing and is facing growing competition from sophisticated competitors. CEO is 70yo and not willing to retire or sell the company in the near future.
    3) Company culture is very political - you will lose favor quickly if in disagreement with the CEO. All management meetings revolve around his ideas which are constantly evolving.
    4) No staff development - people are in the same positions for many years. Good employees are not rewarded so they tend to leave within 1-2 years. Non-performers are rock stars as long as they are subservient to the CEO.
    5) Policy and Procedures are adjusted on the whims of the CEO.
    6) Salary compensation is poor, options are rarely given and benefits are marginal.

    Advice to Management

    Need to sell the company and get new management.


  6. "In one sentence please describe"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Financial Navigator International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and friendly.

    Cons

    The company is a bit small.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Depressing, pointless place to work."

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    Former Employee - Chief Technology Officer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Chief Technology Officer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Financial Navigator International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, little pressure to actually accomplish anything. Free lunches and a stocked kitchen.

    Cons

    Company has no leadership - its focus is constantly in flux. In the year I worked there, the "top priority" of the company changed 6 times. Each change was precipitated by some life-event of the CEO. He met someone at a dinner who represented a distantly related company, so we ran off to become a partner. His wife got a job overseas and foreign currency become priority 1. He went to a conference where they discussed tablets - "drop everything, we have to support tablets NOW". It is an awful place to work for anyone that wants their career to go anywhere. Also, I was in a management position, responsible for the salaries of my team. The pay here is at the very bottom of the scale.

    Advice to Management

    Get some focus and stay on it. Or sell the company to someone who can run it.

  8. "Impression of FNI After Five Years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    FNI is a small company that was started 25 yrs. ago but has grown tremendously in the past five years. When I first started, compensation was very low but employees had an opportunity to develop new skills that are not usually available to young employees. Due to the sales growth, salary had been normalized for employees and consequently there is higher employee satisfaction and employee turnover has deceased considerably.

    Cons

    FNI seems to be in a perpetual start mode. This means while you have a lot of autonomy to do your work, there are minimal policies and procedures for new employees.

    Advice to Management

    FNI needs a new CEO - the current CEO is somewhat remote from the day-to-day operations and appears to have already retired.