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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Malvern, AR
    Former Employee - Researcher in Malvern, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Worked from home on my own schedule. Just had to complete so many hours of research per week

    Cons

    There were no issues or negative parts of working here. I would say just to offer more hours to contractors for more work.

    Advice to Management

    none

    Magnet Systems Response

    Apr 15, 2016 – VP Human Resoures

    Thank you for the positive response, however, there may be some confusion. We've never had remote, contractor/researcher positions.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Magnet Systems"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Magnet Systems full-time

    Pros

    Work autonomy. Employees were hardworking and professional.

    Cons

    Upper management does not have good relationships with their employees. Approach towards performance and downsizing was sneaky and shady.

    Advice to Management

    Be real. Be honest.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Company leaders are disingenuous!"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Passionate and aggressive leaders. Sharp and optimistic.

    Cons

    Leaders are disingenuous, and cannot be trusted.

    Advice to Management

    Honesty is the best policy. It will serve you well in ANY company you will run.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "awesome people"

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    Former Employee - Supermonkey in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Supermonkey in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    the engineers, and even the non-eng staff were super-smart, killer skills, way cool to hang with, lots of people to learn from.

    Cons

    constantly shifting focus - kinda like being in a technology bouncy house.

    Advice to Management

    i think the focus has narrowed - at the time i was there, we were trying to do too much, and then not finishing any of it.

    Magnet Systems Response

    Jul 7, 2016 – VP Human Resoures

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We appreciate the feedback and our employees who have helped build a wonderful culture.
    Our vision and focus has always been the same. We... More


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Magnet Systems"

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    Former Employee - Senior Architect in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Architect in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Magnet systems was working on innovative and interesting technology. The people that I worked with there were motivated and intelligent.

    Cons

    At the time I worked at magnet systems there was a lack of go to market focus for the technology being developed.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on bringing technology to market that solves a particular problem

    Magnet Systems Response

    Jul 7, 2016 – VP Human Resoures

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We appreciate the feedback and our employees who have helped build a wonderful culture.
    Our focus is on bringing a technology to market that... More


  6. "Thrill of a start up"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Magnet Systems full-time

    Pros

    The reviews here are a mixed bag, and probably confusing to someone just reading through them.

    There were a few of disgruntled former employees, you can see that they felt compelled to post on Glassdoor to point fingers (and name call) to everyone but themselves. Were there silos, office politics, power struggles? Maybe, but my gut is those folks are the ones who wrote the negative comments and have moved on.

    The real story, is the great employees are here; these are the “good” people, the folks who want to share in the company’s success. There is a lot of energy, collaboration, and teams having fun.

    Magnet is a start-up in every sense. Yes, cool location, food, fun activities, great pay, great benefits, work-life balance (which is rare for a start up). Then there’s the risk---- it’s a start up-- of course there is risk, and then there is reward. It’s defiantly not for everyone, but having been in several start ups, it’s the thrill and energy that’s exciting. Of course it helps to have a high power CEO, and top investors.

    The teams are very talented; the people are very friendly. The mobile technology is very impressive; and that would be why only the impressive products will be released. The employees take pride in what they want the world to see.

    The management team are very approachable and want to hear feedback and ideas. To be honest in an all- hands meeting no one ever asks questions, so the CEO takes employees to lunch to hear their feedback.

    Cons

    Palo Alto traffic and parking.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t pay attention to the naysayers, keep building a strong team and recognizing the talented people you have. Keep listening and keep the open communication.

    Magnet Systems Response

    Aug 5, 2015 – VP Human Resoures

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We appreciate the feedback and our employees who have helped build a wonderful culture.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Hard Work Pays Off"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    CEO really cares about his product, management is supportive and knowledgeable, great location in downtown Palo Alto, snacks and drinks provided in kitchen, catering for lunch every other week, social events, amazing benefits, etc. Employees are extremely talented-work working individuals that are easy to work with.

    Cons

    In need of updated office space.

    Magnet Systems Response

    Jun 16, 2015 – VP Human Resoures

    Thank you for taking the time to share your perspective on Magnet; we have built something really exciting and it is the collective focus and our culture that will drive our success.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Things are looking up"

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

    I have been working at Magnet Systems full-time

    Pros

    Exciting projects and lots of talented people to work with. CEO takes the time to listen to employees. Lots of hard work is required but there is so much opportunity to learn new things and grow with the company.

    Cons

    While things are improving, it's not quite there yet.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the improvements

    Magnet Systems Response

    Jun 16, 2015 – VP Human Resoures

    Thank you for taking the time to share your perspective on Magnet; we have built something really exciting and it is the collective focus and our culture that will drive our success.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Matter of time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Magnet Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is nothing positive to share at all.

    Cons

    Please read and reread the post from April 14th. The person who wrote that review has described the company accurately!

    Advice to Management

    They dont listen,otherwise my advise to them would be fire yourself


  10. Helpful (23)

    "This company just keeps bleeding good people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Plenty of good food in Palo Alto? Free parking? Cannot think of anything else really. It was a stressful time working here, so much that I have forgotten all the pros.

    Cons

    I can't write a better review than the guy who has already posted a review titled "Death throes of a startup". He/she has essentially captured what this company is like.

    CEO doesn't know where to spend his millions. He really doesn't know what to build. He keeps hiring new people and keeps firing old, good employees, putting the blame of his own failure on the people he fires. He has no vision and the company keeps changing direction every so often. The CEO expects the employees to give him something that he could take to the market and build another multi-billion dollar business (as is evident from the responses to other bad reviews by Magnet HR), without giving them proper direction. Overall, smart people, but zero team work.. people look for opportunity to stab each other in the back. That culture is exercised and promoted from the top.

    Do yourself a justice, there are so many better places to work in the valley. I wish I could give 0 stars for senior management, culture & values, but Glassdoor won't let me.

    Advice to Management

    I really don't have much to advice for the management and giving one will not have an effect anyways. I do have an advice for whoever is left behind after series of layoffs/people quitting.. be empathetic to people being let go constantly... the question is not whether the same will happen to you, the question is when.

    Magnet Systems Response

    Apr 20, 2015 – VP Human Resoures

    The startup life may not suit everyone. Magnet is certainly not the most stressful startup out there. But startups do require employees to accept responsibility and accountability for their work... More


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