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Updated August 24, 2017
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  1. "Supercharging the mobile web, IoT, and UX"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaazing full-time

    Pros

    - Top notch engineering and exec staff
    - World-class sales, and marketing staff
    - Ground breaking tech, past, present, and future
    - For techies, great people to work with and cool stuff to learn and work with

    Cons

    - If you want to work in a company with thousands of employees and multiple campuses, this isn't it. This is an agile, startup culture. If you don't like that, this isn't for you. I do!

    Advice to Management

    We have great tech and great staff. All we have to do is continue to fire on all cylinders, maintain that sense of urgency, and execute!


  2. "Principal Technical Writer"

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    Current Employee - Principal Technical Writer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Writer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really interesting tech. Great CIO. Really nice culture. Very relaxed.

    Cons

    The market for Kaazing's infrastructure products is challenging.

  3. "Dir, Strategic Alliances"

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

    I have been working at Kaazing full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic company; compelling and disruptive software; interesting customers; really smart co-workers/colleagues

    Cons

    Working remotely can sometimes be a bit "lonely" from the action HQ


  4. "Better than ever before"

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

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

    Pros

    Enjoy working with a team of talent.

    Cons

    If you are used to big corporate culture, you may not like the frugal start up culture here.


  5. Helpful (13)

    "Horrible. On their way out."

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

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

    Pros

    - Flexible Work Hours
    - Fun Projects (outside of the box)
    - Nice equipment to use
    - Websockets has a lot of potential
    - When I started the start up culture led by founder was very vibrant and fun. - Reason I worked there
    - Pay is good, but extremely hard to actually hit #'s (if your on bonus plan)

    Cons

    Lack market position, what does Kaazing want to sell at the end of the day? Who Knows?

    *CEO is over his head. The company is struggling and he spends most days barking orders like the employees are slaves. Marching orders are often changed 1-2 days later after wasting resources on the previous tasks.
    ----Not a single person talks positively about the CEO at the company. Be Warned, He will treat you poorly.

    Zero direct sales. - Every quarter its the same deals being delayed, pushed off, or lost to simple product short comings. Most sales are pushed by partner relationships.

    Several SR leaders have left (Co Founder, CFO, 3 X Marketing Heads, & Numerous Sales VP's.) killing all office culture.

    Employees are very remote. Collaboration and general boding is very difficult.

    Horrible commuter location.

    Outlook for an exit (IPO/Buy Out) extremely bad.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch Vikram (CEO) and rebuild upon a new product that does something that is marketable.

    Kaazing Response

    Jan 3, 2017 – CEO

    The good news it is now 3 years later and Vikram is gone and we are still here. I believe we have an excellent management team and represent a very good opportunity for people who want to innovate... More


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Crash & Burn"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to be a great company. Was once full of possibility and potential. Now, the dream is over. All because of one meg·a·lo·ma·ni·ac.

    Cons

    CEO aka Chief Executive Terrorist...has single handedly destroyed Kaazing. What an unforgivable shame...

    Over the past year: Forced out a Co-Founder, terminated 4 Executives [heading up key departments including Sales, Marketing, EMEA Sales and none have been replaced], was the reason 8 employees across all departments resigned within a 3 week period earlier this Summer, and terminated 10 others in the past 3 months. A dictator never recognizes that the common denominator in all of the chaos and turmoil in a failing regime is HIM.

    Advice to Management

    In total error, the Board has backed the dark side, and with that decision has doomed the fate of Kaazing.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Everybody wants to rule the world"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Kaazing helped invent the WebSocket standard and there's an amazing ecosystem building around that standard. Among the open-source and commercial WebSocket offerings, Kaazing's "WebSocket Gateway" is a brilliant product that helps companies add WebSocket capabilities easily to their existing systems.

    The technology is brilliant, and the "Zingers" (past and present) are smart and passionate without playing "I'm smarter than you" ego games. The company has a very flat structure and a mostly-open culture where everybody is willing to help everybody else. (The general lack of politics is very refreshing.)

    Cons

    Kaazing's people are being recruited at a fearsome rate into some very attractive startups. This causes a huge brain drain and has led to some serious difficulties when you need to work with a technology that a now-departed engineer wrote. (The corporate memory tends to be short-term.)

    There has also been a significant (and necessary) culture shift from being an engineering-driven company to a sales-driven company. The engineering group maintains its own subculture with plenty of camaraderie, but also feels the strain of being a bubble in a (now) sales-driven company. This may have contributed to the flight of several key people in the past year.

    Finally, WebSocket is no longer cutting-edge, it's mainstream. Kaazing is now competing with open source. It means you will have to look deeper at what the product does and who uses it. It means you'll have to have longer discussions to get past the "open source" question to find the right places to use it. But it also means the rewards are sweeter when you find that perfect fit.

    Advice to Management

    You say that your people are a critical asset, yet they're becoming hard to hold onto. Employee retention is about more than pay and stock options, so find someone to be a dedicated HR resource and have him or her engage with the current employees as well as prospective ones. Let your HR person be a standards-bearer for culture, compensation, and benefits. This is as much a part of growing up as the pivot to being sales-driven is.

    Recognize the contributions that *everyone* makes. Handing fat checks to the salespeople to the all-hands may motivate salespeople but downplays the team effort required. "One Kaazing" cuts both ways: supporting sales in every possible way and recognizing those supportive efforts.

    Recognize that our recent maturation has also left the executives looking more insular and secretive. Spend more time chatting with us, ringing the cash register when deals come in, and just getting the pulse of the company. Kudos to Jonas for still embracing "management by wandering around".

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Technology Visionary, Management Challenged"

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    Former Employee - IT Operations Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - IT Operations Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Kaazing employees contributed to the establishment of the Internet and HTML5 standard: WebSocket RFC-6455. Their technology vision and their engineering, sales engineering, solution engineering, and sales teams are the best I've worked with in my entire career, so you will gain valuable real-time web technology experience.

    Cons

    Most of Kaazing's mangement are first time managers: they can be unseasoned and the Peter Principle may apply. The company culture is to keep the organization as flat as possible and focus on execution without employee investment. Therefore, ambitious employees leave, retention is a serious issue, and promotion only occurs when a manager leaves, sales demands growth, or one has another offer in hand.

    Advice to Management

    If Peter Drucker's tenet "a company's primary responsibility is to serve and keep its customers" is extended to include investors and employees, then you must respond better to the market by including retention as a metric of success, performing post-mortems, and agile course correction to improve. It should not only be the Chairman of the Board who asks "what would it take to stay at Kaazing?"

    I have a mixed outlook for Kaazing. For prospective employees I would say: wonderful people, immense potential, good experience, and I bought my vested stock. Ask your hiring manager about their retention %, examples of career growth, and company sales history to get an up to date picture.


  9. "World Class Technical Talent"

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

    I have been working at Kaazing full-time

    Pros

    - Exposure to technology from browser to mobile (iOS/Android) and Gateway server (Java)
    - Market leader in fast growing product space
    - Ideal work location in downtown Mountain View CA
    - Flexible working hours
    - I learn something new everyday

    Cons

    - Need more developers to cover new platform features to meet customer demand

    Advice to Management

    Continue expanding market reach beyond early adopters


  10. "Great product, disorganized management"

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    • 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 Kaazing full-time

    Pros

    Visionary, amazing product that has yet to find its market, but when it does will be amazing. Incredibly smart, great people work here from the top on down.

    Cons

    In general management is slow and disorganized, can take months for a simple decision. Some high-level managers don't seem to have a clear idea about what is going on in the organization yet try to micromanage somewhat. Not enough middle-managers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some middle managers or just get on track with decisions and with understanding the current processes and realities of what is happening. A lot of time focused on fund-raising with no one to manage staff day to day.


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