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Guavus San Mateo Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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San Mateo, CA

3.5
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Anukool Lakhina
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Pros
  • People treated respectfully and able to manage their own work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • big data/data science opportunities (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • What do you think about top Management (in 5 reviews)

  • A suffocating work environment only good for those who don't want to grow (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "It is getting better!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and talented engineers. The sales team is top notch and getting better.

    Cons

    Long hours and too much travel

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving the changes. Communicate more to the teams.


  2. "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guavus (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great encouraging teams, good environment,

    Cons

    Not immediate chance of growth at early stage,

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Lots of Potential, Upward Swing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As with most startups, the company has had its shares of challenges, but with the most recent executive changes and customer wins the company is squarely pointed in the right direction and has an enormous market opportunity in front of it and has significant potential to dominate.

    Cons

    Continue to improve communications and commit to more transparency as appropriate.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused, continue to make strong hires.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "New Management, New Focus, Great Potential"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work is exciting. With the recent changes in leadership, I have seen big changes in the dynamic of the business, much more clear product vision, and improved customer access.

    Cons

    People hide behind email too much. I prefer direct conversations or a quick phone call.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on a small number of great products. Focus on customer needs and avoid chasing fads.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "great products, smart people, not so good mgmt"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guavus full-time

    Pros

    The people are very smart, and the product performs really well. The customers seem to really like what they've purchased.

    Cons

    You tend to get silo'd into your own little fiefdom which makes teamwork challenging. The various products are different enough that learning one doesn't mean you know the details of another. Engineering and support is heavily focused on India, which makes for a lot of late nights to work with people.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to create better teamwork. Also, reduce the layers between the bottom and the top. Seems to be too top heavy.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great potential - destined to fail"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product and idea; Anukool was a true visionary and was great to work with.
    Some of the best and brightest in the business work at Guavus.
    Cutting edge product that could deliver amazing results
    Huge customers with unlimited sales potential and growth markets that are barely tapped.

    Cons

    A very old Startup that keeps re-inventing the product and its vision.
    Revolving door - between layoffs, firings, and people quitting.
    Infighting and politics waste too much time; needs to get back on track.
    Core business keeps getting lost; too many products.

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the company and clear out management and non-technical staff. Stop letting them fire and layoff all your "IP"; while keeping the leftover dead weight.

    Adopt a 0 tolerance policy for infighting and politics.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Learned through self-directed trial and error."

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Mateo, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the people, the build out, and the facilities made for a warm and inviting environment.

    Cons

    The politics seem to be a common theme (speaking for San Mateo location). Professional development is nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Stay away -- will fail."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The original vision was good, and the CEO has his heart in the right place. The engineering product is very good and they have some great (but wasted) talent.

    Cons

    Where to start? Sales team sucks big time. Endless sales cycles with multiple teams working for nought. Can't figure out what they want to be; a platform or a product company and it's too late now. Middle management is full of highly incompetent people; some directors don't know the basics of analytics or technology which is shocking and would be comical, but is downright tragic. Not transparent at all; at least in San Mateo office. No long term vision, work is strictly just to do the bare minimum to please whatever little number of customers that exist, and presumably to appease the investors by making quick money. No investment in people, and as such you are treated like another warm body till someone else takes your place. You get hired and put to work on pointless, mind numbing work. Options are diluted as hell, so no one is making money out of this endeavor. Compared to other valley companies, zero perks.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late now, but if there is a new endeavor, please take a long term view and please invest in people and fostering talent. Take time and hire bright people, and make them count. Don't be afraid to get rid of incompetent people, irrespective of the fact that they were one of the original few employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "It started out great but with a management change it was time for me to move on."

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture within the team was amazing. It was the first accounting team I worked on that really liked working together.

    Cons

    The growing pains were a bit too much. I think there might have been too many chiefs and not enough indians.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Falling knife...can they survive?"

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    Former Employee - Field Solutions Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Field Solutions Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Once was a high flying technology company
    - Used to be considered a leader in big data analytics
    - Was filled with good people that cared

    Cons

    - After three rounds of layoffs, the best people all founds jobs and departed
    - The company is not closing deals fast enough which calls into question the cash position and burn rate
    - Detrimental executive hires with rampant political survival behavior
    - Too many risks that will hinder survival

    Advice to Management

    Change out:
    - Executive team
    - Sales team


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