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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sad to see, but a great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Back End Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Back End Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, super smart, and so much opportunity for mentorship. The teams worked very well together and were incredibly well organized. Brian Engler did an excellent job leading Engineering.

    Cons

    The C-suite was dishonest. Weekly meetings were held to help keep us all informed of company status and feel bought in. Week after week we heard cheerleading and how great things were and how much government funding we were about to get. None of that funding materialized and a whole floor's worth of people were laid off. That began a mass exodus of those who survived the layoff.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency, not transparency theater


  2. "Solid Organization to Work For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    I've worked for this firm for some time now and I thoroughly enjoy it. I've found the CEO to be understanding and professional. When offering my opinion on matters, I feel as though I'm listened to and well respected. I don't regret my decision to join and look forward to growing with the firm. I'm given opportunities to take initiative which I appreciate the most.

    Cons

    Because my position isn't your typical 40 hours a week, I haven't had as much opportunity to bond with the other employees. My outside obligations require a slightly modified and more flexible schedule which I prefer.


  3. "Interesting Work, OK work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - get to work with very intelligent people on genuinely interesting, cutting edge projects
    - due to the small company size, you get to work directly with the CEO and other higher ups
    -The CEO (Bill Tan) is very intelligent and it's a nice experience being able to work with him

    Cons

    -not the best work environment (everyone is a little overworked)
    -no sense of company "culture"


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "The management does not make sense."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional, talented, and friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Management is unprofessional, unfocused, and indecisive. Management is also ill-informed about the nature of the company's work, leading to unrealistic expectations. Each employee job title does not begin to describe the inevitable responsibilities for the employee, who winds up taking on the responsibilities of many employees, and fulfilling job functions that are entirely unrelated to their field.

    There is also an overall atmosphere of mistrust between the employees and management. Management rarely listens to advice from employees (who are educated and/or experienced in their fields).

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the advice of your employees. In their field, they are experts and you know very little. Your employees have no reason to lie to you or purposely do a bad job. In the current company climate, it quickly feels futile to offer opinions and, eventually, to care at all. Especially when employees are continuously being made to feel, simultaneously, lectured about company transparency and mislead about topics such as the state of the company and its various projects.

    You would also do well to realize that your employees are already doing the impossible by meeting various deadlines and expectations, and your inability to put forth concrete, lasting decisions, accurately describe expectations, or avoid contradictions creates inefficiency and extra work, which leads employees to have little faith in company procedures


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Immediate team is fantastic but CEO has no regard for any ideas other than his own and creates a demoralizing workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bright, fun colleagues
    Accommodating and flexible paid time off
    Casual environment
    Constructive reviews and reasonable raises

    Cons

    Demoralizing work culture
    Lack of focus for company leads to effort that seems wasted with no real results to see the light of day
    Poor management (mainly top down) creates a disjointed workplace rather than teams working synergistically

    Advice to Management

    Reflect on management style and approach to work
    Accept constructive criticism and work on being better leader's in the company to bring a fresh, positive air to the company
    Embrace humility and accept that there is always room for improvement in oneself
    Be open to ideas and actually listen. It's obvious when you don't when nothing is maple tented and employees quickly stop caring to provide any further feedback or even for the company as a whole


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Employees/Awful Management: STAY FAR AWAY"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great co-workers who work hard and push forward despite the roadblocks and idiocies from upper management,

    - Fun and interesting to work on projects

    - A strong, good, and clean codebase with constantly evolving architecture

    Cons

    - Upper managements constantly changes its direction with little rhyme or reason

    - A total lack a vision for the majority of its products leading to repetition of implementing, removing, and reimplmenting features,

    - Nearly zero marketing and sales efforts.

    - Constant turnover of employes who get sick or burnt out from the contant struggel with upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop and actually listen to your employees, before no one is left. There are many extremely talented and skilled people there who are constantly shot down, undermined, or just plain insulted by upper management.


  8. "Not good"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The development team is great.

    Cons

    The management is clueless and does not know how to run a business.

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about training for the developers and take some courses on how to run a business.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Just really, really don't do it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mid- and entry-level staff, though unfortunately most are demoralized and looking elsewhere.
    Admirable benefits package.

    Cons

    Company culture is at best non-existent, at worst caustic.
    As repeated in other reviews here, projects are continually thwarted by senior management.
    Management refuses to level with employees.
    No value is given to a healthy work-life balance.

    Just ask to see the turnover numbers from the past year or few years.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are people, not machinery. Humanize the workplace better.

    It would be of tremendous advantage to everyone for the company to focus on doing a few things well, rather than a jumbled pot of numerous things poorly. Acknowledge your weaknesses and don't move on until the recurrent problems have been eliminated.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work with great potential and great co-workers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Admirable mission to try and help people communicate better in healthcare
    -The start-up environment allows a lot of room for employees to contribute ideas and start projects that interest them
    -Great co-workers, incl. many driven to help others
    -Flex hours in summer
    -A sense of humor is usually appreciated, always tolerated
    -Diverse, talented staff connected to interesting networks
    -I saw lots of improvement over the time I was there
    -A few bright apples can lift morale considerably - there are more smiles there than in past years

    Overall, if employees are motivated and at least moderately tough to deal with some of the setbacks of the start-up disorder, they can gain valuable work experience in the field (esp. if you are interested in healthcare, language, communications, technology, teamwork experience, etc.)

    Cons

    -Senior management tends to ask for unreasonable deliverables that draw out and disorganize the execution of projects
    -The stale office atmosphere doesn't help you if you're already feeling down about something
    -There is very little hand-holding, which is great if you're a self-starter and confusing if you're used to a large company with more formal training

    Advice to Management

    If more of the unreasonable executive ideas/requests were diverted with "no"s from management, junior and entry employees would be less discouraged in trying to deal with them.

    Try to better focus talent and expendable funds to projects that will legitimately move the company fwd and not frustrate employees.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Could be better, management is sloppy and lacks vision"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    good co-workers, people who are genuinely talented - not including the management.
    flex time in summer, innovative ideas

    Cons

    ideas never make it as products as management keeps shifting their vision.
    ridiculous awards come out every month that serve to demoralize employees.

    Advice to Management

    i'd say it could be a good place to work if the ceo / management looked at an overall view of how to get the product out / as opposed to just how to demoralize employees.
    stop coming out with odd awards - everyone works hard here.
    celebrate the success as a team and foster the professional growth of employees.
    try to unify the different sectors in the company and try to not have so much protocol in a startup.
    there is too much uncertainty as management rules change daily.


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