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Hightail Reviews

Updated March 10, 2017
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Hightail CEO & Founder Ranjith Kumaran
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  • Now what remains is angry upper management to lost their pay day (in 5 reviews)

  • My boss only lasted a couple of months before he was let go (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Sales and Lead Generation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - SMB Sales in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - SMB Sales in Campbell, CA

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to expand my knowledge of digital content delivery.

    Cons

    Conflicting goals of management teams on developing revenue streams freemium on steroids made for a hard upsell to a paid subscription...at the time

    Advice to Management

    Wishing you the best!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Was Good Firm, Tough Industry"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Campbell, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent people who worked well together. High caliber of talent. Brad Garlinghouse had instilled excellent values.

    Cons

    Although Hightail does not focus on cloud storage it has been difficult to grow in the consumer segment with Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Apple all going to war against each other using low price and high amounts of storage. Of course the lunatic business model from Box has hurt the valuations of independent firms like Hightail.

    Advice to Management

    Find an innovative segment quickly to differentiate away from the pack.

  3. "Part time intern experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Part Time Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Part Time Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work culture with friendly people around. CEO is proactive, reachable and conducts weekly meetups with all employee's at lunch, Free lunch and other fun activities makes is fun place to work for an intern. Campbell is gr8 location, lunch places are nearby and have plenty of parking space and even good light-rail connectivity.

    Cons

    Part time employees are not counted in for free gifts and stuff :), some parts of their office feels disjointed and sad from other parts. It is a mid-size start-up and hence some times feels that there is lack of processes like the one's is big companies


  4. Helpful (3)

    "A company that has jumped the shark"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Marketing in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Campbell, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good product, and solid, scaled foundation for product and technology.

    Cons

    The company has turned over leadership in the last 18 months - and while one can always find things to criticize - its fair to say the old team had the business "dialed"where the current one seems to have come in to "make over the culture" and in the process tanked the business.

    Under the former management team, the company was growing 60%+ per year and growing, under the current team, growth has cratered to an effective flat-line, and the team is more focused on image than product, customers, or growth. Its telling that members of the former management team have gone on to be CEOs and Execs at other companies, while the current management team doesn't have a growth-oriented track record.

    Advice to Management

    Look at what the prior team was doing to grow the business


  5. Helpful (2)

    "YSI review"

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

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

    Pros

    - Great first class family oriented people
    - Good work life balance

    Cons

    - Lots of technology debt
    - Boring technology stack
    - lots of meetings


  6. "A company that tries very hard."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great work-life balance
    -Engineering Management are Superstars!
    -Lots of candy at the front desk

    Cons

    -Poor technology choices
    -No consequences for poor performance or choices at the Mid/Senior Management level

    Advice to Management

    A company with Great Vision & Strategy. However, fails in execution. Yousendit had the lead in cloud storage/file sharing and dropped the ball because they got distracted. Eliminate those distractions and concentrate on executing the plan.


  7. "Good place to learn how to build SaaS based system"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Campbell, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    friendly atmosphere, nice office location, some really smart people around. One's contribution directly influence the huge customer base they have

    Cons

    too much Management layering, too slow in rolling out new features, highly competitive market space and not able to really shine.

    Advice to Management

    Empower Engineers to make a decision, don't think too pessimistically, be agressive. The Creativity aspect beyond just file sharing is so far not there.

  8. "Good Place to learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hightail as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The QA team is talented and nice professionals . Good location , with food choices , parking garage and close to the freeway entrance

    Cons

    Over all i had great experience there .


  9. Helpful (1)

    "HR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn new things.

    Cons

    Too many changes in the management team.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Good while it lasted"

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

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

    Pros

    Company with good potential and passionate employees. Leader in its core business at one point but it did not stay true to its core and got disrupted.

    Cons

    Too much change and too late in the game ultimately doomed the company. The fact that the founding CEO from 10 years ago was the best option tells you all you need to know. And no this is not Apple!

    Advice to Management

    Maybe you're on the right track now and wish you all the best.


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