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Kespry CEO George Mathew
George Mathew
31 Ratings
  1. Helpful (3)

    Meaningful work. Going through mid-stage growing pains.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kespry full-time

    Pros

    - Smart, hardworking team solving hard problems - Good perks - Fast pace work environment

    Cons

    - Challenging growing pains of a mid-stage company - Market is still evolving and continues to remain hectic - Teams are still too siloed

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on solving ongoing product/market fit issues. Pay closer attention to the quality of 'middle management' hires/promotions.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Beware of what you’re pitched — this is a sinking ship!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kespry

    Pros

    The President is a solid leader and really does care about the integrity of his business units You have free lunch every day The hardware product is good and only fails 20% of the time The C E O is a positive-thinker with a solid track record Insurance and inspection unit is on to good things; the other lines of business are questionable

    Cons

    Too many egos guiding or stirring the pot that lead to a serious lack of guidance from Leadership — literally, their egos battle internally so that customer requests, initiatives are left at bay while they combat each other for roadmap first seat (woof) All of your key and long term employees have departed minus a few of those who gained “the hot seat” and received politically-controversial promotions or significant...

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    Advice to Management

    You’re churning mega, mega dollars per month. Your leadership team is unlikely to help you prevail. There is a need to revitalize a very negative culture internally. You need to help prepare others for career growth stories. Salaries should be competitive across-the-board with similar companies. Instead, you’ve paid your “teacher’s pets” well, promoted them, rewarded them, and left the rest to burn and die; hence why...

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  3. Challenging yet interesting

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Kespry full-time

      Pros

      Constantly assessing ways to make new technology like drones relevant for different industries; requires the company to be flexible to adapt to customer needs High retention rate with customers Easy collaborative environment -- people are fun to hang out with, lot of social activities for a company of its size. Not a political environment Company had to make tough org decisions on downsizing but glad they didnt...

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      Cons

      Pains of a company trying to scale. Went through a rapid hiring process but then had to downsize when some markets didnt grow as fast as expected. However, the growth and downsizing should have been managed better. Some of the news, particularly about downsizing, came as a surprise to many Uncertainty in some market segments given that drones are still an emerging technology

      Kespry Response

      February 1, 2019Kespry

      Thanks for your feedback on your experience at Kespry. Glad to hear you get value from the working environment here. Making adjustments to the organization to match the long term opportunity was an important step for us in 2018 and we are excited to be growing the company.

    • Helpful (8)

      Sinking ship

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Kespry full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Very flexible work schedules Free lunches / snacks Cool tech

      Cons

      HUGE layoff at end of November 2018 - company isn’t even close to hitting sales goals and is burning cash too fast. Needed to cut expenses to TRY and stay above water Lack of clear vision or company direction - core (small) market is approaching saturation, and no strong product or approach to penetrate other segments Very little product innovation or development - competition is blowing past Kespry - no clear roadmap...

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      Advice to Management

      If you are trying to survive and not just sell off the company, create some transparency. If the company is struggling, just laying off 30+ people kills morale and encourages your strong people to leave. Let everyone know what’s really going on so they can help to fix it. Create a realistic vision and focused direction for the company, then EXECUTE against the plan. Way too many pivots and side projects that aren’t aligned...

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      Kespry Response

      January 29, 2019Senior Director of Communications

      Thank you for your thoughts. As with any startup, we make decisions on where to invest based on what’s happening in the marketplace and identifying where Kespry can deliver a valuable, differentiated solution. We also sensibly manage our financial resources. The opportunities in ...

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    • Helpful (8)

      Still rooms to improve

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Kespry full-time

      Pros

      Nice and smart people to work with Freedom to drive initiative Good benefits Flexible schedule to WFH/PTO Parents friendly Child/Pet friendly New technologies and markets Fast paced New projects to work on People/some leadership are accessible

      Cons

      Some teams do not work with others even though they probably should Upper management/exec has a lot of problems: Diversity in the exec position is basically 0 Lack of accountability Some execs are CEO's friends? Otherwise cannot explain why they are still there--entire department they lead were fired several times, they are still there as if nothing happens & nothing is wrong No HR

      Kespry Response

      January 29, 2019Senior Director of Communications

      Thanks for your feedback. Transparency is important to everyone on the executive team. Please reach out to us directly and we promise to address your concerns, collaboratively and openly. We value our employee base tremendously and want to ensure they feel they are being communicated ...

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    • Helpful (14)

      If I knew what I was getting into...I wouldn't be here

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

        I have been working at Kespry full-time

        Pros

        -Good pay -Free lunch everyday -*some* really friendly and kind coworkers, and *some* that genuinely work really hard/help others in efforts to make Kespry successful however they can. -industry and customers are really down to earth people, and the aggregates/mining/insurance customers we serve aren't traditional "tech" customers. -some days leadership intermingles with staff at either happy hours or lunches.

        Cons

        -legacy employees are rude, bossy, and bully others, and gang up with each other to keep the company going the way they want it to. -no diversity whatsoever, and definitely no mention of company positions/efforts to hire equitably and inclusively --- let alone prioritize inclusion initiatives for existing employees. Just look at our board and leadership bios on our website...enough said. There's no company dialogue...

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        Advice to Management

        -engineering should stop pointing fingers and ganging up with each other to oust anyone but their own team and take a hard look at engineering productivity and lack of team collaboration. They're all busy looking outward and blaming others when their employees are consistently not in the office or willing to work as a coherent unit with the rest of the organization. Many are difficult to work with or just plain don't...

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        Kespry Response

        January 29, 2019Senior Director of Communications

        Thank you for your thoughts and feedback. Our intent is to exceed employee expectations. We know that as a growing company there can be improvement in how we do things. That’s why we are adding HR leadership, increasing the visibility and accountability on projects throughout the ...

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      • Helpful (8)

        Sad growing pains

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

        I have been working at Kespry full-time

        Pros

        -Great, competitive pay -Interesting problem space, industry, and product -Free lunch and snacks everyday -Smart teammates that care about our customers -Dog friendly office -Good benefits -WFH flexibility -The President is such a nice guy -Exec team is social during happy hour events

        Cons

        -Lack of diversity. No female leaders/board members/directors/execs -No HR rep. It’s a bit scary that this company has been running without one for this long. -Legacy employees run the direction of this company and get the most recognition -Toxic, boys club environment -Lack of career growth or promotions -Attrition rate is high due to low morale -Teammates getting away with working from home for 2 months straight

        Advice to Management

        -Think about diversity when recruiting for all teams -Be more transparent about business health and sales numbers -Promote and celebrate your own employees. They care and deserve it. -Focus on product vision and communicate it to the entire team

      • Helpful (13)

        Ignorance, Incompetence and Ego

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

        I worked at Kespry full-time

        Pros

        For the moment, Kespry is at the right time and place for UAS. Buoyed by the collapse of some of their competitors, the available market is growing and any real competition appears to be shrinking. Recent strategic partnerships also promise a lift in marketing and visibility for the company and its products. The homegrown hardware is quite impressive and can rival most any competitor. Staffed (for the moment) by some...

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        Cons

        Kespry is a cluster of mis-management. In true start-up form, the initiatives to keep the company alive can best be summed up as, "everything, all at once." There is no single direction or strategy that anyone in management can point to and articulate a clear vision of what it means to succeed. Morale is in the toilet as more and more personnel find the exit. To suggest that the personalities are "strong" would be...

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        Advice to Management

        Wake up. The entire organization is crumbling beneath your feet. Find the rot and excise it. Don't dismiss real criticism as "differences of opinion." Stop coddling self-indulgent employees and build a culture that is open, collaborative and successful. Until that time, there is not enough lipstick for this pig.

        Kespry Response

        January 29, 2019Senior Director of Communications

        Thank you for your feedback. While we believe that our growth and customer success points to a different picture of the organization, your points regarding focus are important. The drone industry presents many opportunities to innovate, but for a growing company, it is important to ...

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      • Helpful (14)

        imploding due to egos and lack of experience

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

        I worked at Kespry full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        fast paced good solid core of employees huge potential company socials intelligent and motivated coworkers competitive salaries good benefits free lunches

        Cons

        momentum on the downturn for last 8-12 months exec egos nice ceo but lacks experience. letting exec team ruin the company little to no opportunities for advancement not promoting from within nepotism and favoritism has set in at exec level. letting go of and losing the best employees because of this. cross departmental tension and silos - poor communications between all groups but especially product/sales/customer...

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        Advice to Management

        BOD needs to understand it's the employees that built this company and got Kespry to where we are today. Too many layers of management and execs in the company lately have hindered team communication, innovation and the ability to work in an efficient and productive manner. Instead of being market leaders, we have become reactive and spend more time putting out fires. Take a serious look at your executive team before...

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        Kespry Response

        January 29, 2019Senior Director of Communications

        Thank you for putting the time in to provide this detailed feedback. We appreciate that additional communication and visibility across and within departments at Kespry is valuable. We have invested in ways to do that across the company, from individual teams up to the executive team. ...

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      • Helpful (5)

        Room for improvement.

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Kespry full-time

        Pros

        Kespry has incredible technology, hands down a unique place to work. CEO & Chairman is a pretty cool guy. I love working at companies where you have a CEO who is approachable and engaged. I'll forever have a soft spot in my heart for George. The President is also a pretty funny guy, he values people who work hard and very much so cares about the culture. I laughed a lot and built a strong network of people I...

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        Cons

        I only gave Kespry four stars because I think the core areas that need to be addressed are easy fixes; product, marketing, cs. Product leadership will blame others for the lack of innovation, and point a ton of fingers. There's an old saying when you point a finger, there's usually ten pointing back at you. Leadership favors the wrong people at times. There are two core individuals on the CS team that 80 percent...

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        Advice to Management

        I would like to remind Glassdoor readers that these reviews are one person's experience and perspective. Kespry will rise if the executive team addresses the people who kill the culture. If you don't know who they are, ask around. Also, hire someone in HR, full time. How are people supposed to complain about management issues with no one to go to?

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