I worked at MaxPoint as an intern (Less than a year)
Some long tedious meetings
Needs more learning opportunities
I worked at MaxPoint full-time (More than a year)
The pay and benefits are nice and the technology at your disposal is great.
Everyone claims that they love working there but people keep leaving, so that kept raising eyebrows and I decided to get out before the ship sinks. Also it would be nice if the cafe was stocked with more healthy snack options.
Advice to Management
Put more effort into retaining talent. The surge in job applications has seemed to make management complacent in that regard, but this is not sustainable.
Good benefits. Free snacks I guess?
I worked in a technical role at MaxPoint and was excited about the idea of helping solve new and interesting problems in an area I didn't really know anything about. What I found, however, was that instead of receiving any kind of structured mentorship in growing my career, I was repeatedly given tasks that (a) didn't correspond to skills I was interested in building and (b) didn't provide a very good bridge between skills I already had and areas I wanted to grow in. MaxPoint has a lot of problems to work on, but most that you'll likely be given have to do with putting out a fire or giving someone a quick-and-dirty answer to a half-baked question. In short, not necessarily fulfilling work. If you can convince yourself that it's worth it to continue the work in order to tell people you work at a sexy ad-tech company (which, really, it isn't) then you'll be fine. On the other hand, if you're over the age of 25 and want to build a career, look elsewhere.
The people I worked with on a daily basis were about 50/50 as far as being collegial and professional. You'll meet plenty of people at the company who are smart, but whose arrogance far outpaces their intellect. I was constantly astounded at how big some people's egos were when they worked at an unknown kinda-sorta-not-really-a-startup anymore in Morrisville, NC.
Outside my group, people were far less tolerable. The company encourages what they deem a "scrappy" outlook and demeanor at work. "Work hard/play hard" I guess, but really this comes across as immature and encouraging childish behavior that often manifests itself in needless competition, favoritism, and one-uppery. I get it. It's fashionable to be a "cool" company in a trendy industry that keeps things loose and informal. But when that attitude allows people create an uncomfortable work environment unchecked by managers or peers, maybe it's time to re-evaluate. Considering 4 or 5 people in my group have left since I left, I don't think I'm the only one who has felt this way.
The culture is fast-paced and somewhat combative, again probably owing to the "work hard/play hard" attitude mentioned above. But there are other issues that are a little shadier. For instance, 3 months into working at the company, I received an email from someone in HR that asked (in not so many words) to write a favorable Glassdoor review for the company. Other things come to mind, such as colleagues in my group loudly and publicly bashing interview candidates before they had even left the building. What's worse is that management in my group either turned a blind eye to this or actually participated in the gossip. This seems like something that someone in HR should probably have addressed, but then if you're soliciting your employees to write favorable Glassdoor reviews, you're probably not going to address obnoxious unprofessional behavior anywhere in the company.
Finally, when I was at MaxPoint, there seemed to be a complete lack of direction from anywhere in management. It's a smaller company, just getting over being a startup, so surely there are going to be growing pains. It's certainly not an environment for everyone, and that's something I found out about myself in working there. But, managers are so busy trying to appease the CEO whose mind constantly changes that there is no telling what you'll be working on from week to week. And if you think you'll have a say in what you're working on, you're probably sorrily mistaken. I remember being in a new-hire orientation a few months after I'd been hired on. At one point, the CEO gave a talk about the company, giving a little bit of history and trying to excite everyone about working there. After an incoherent rant, Joe took some questions and was asked a completely standard question - "where do you see MaxPoint in 5 years?" Joe paused, looked around the room and said something to the effect of: "I don't know. I don't like to plan too much. I just like to see where things go." What's astonishing about this response is not so much that Joe didn't have a 5-year vision or that he had some uncertainty about the company's direction. What's astonishing is that he didn't have a ready answer to such a routine, boring, predictable question. As the CEO of the company, you can have uncertainties about the company's direction - but you have to have an ANSWER for people who ask such an obvious question.
This is the guy that's steering the ship at MaxPoint. This is the guy everyone is trying blindly to make happy. No one is checking him. No one is questioning him. No one is asking if his ideas are good ideas. And, if you're at MaxPoint, he's the guy you work for. Sound like a place you want to be?
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I worked at MaxPoint full-time (More than 3 years)
I had the ability to significantly affect several major company initiatives. I got to learn about a LOT of different areas of the company and try my hand in several departments.
Home life balance was difficult.
I worked at MaxPoint full-time
Healthcare is covered 100% and the cafe is always stocked.
Leadership is non-existent. Promotions are based on favoritism. Gossip and politics are promoted.
Advice to Management
Do a thorough evaluation of the employees that you are promoting. Get rid of the dead weight and find people that are experienced enough to be in their position.
I worked at MaxPoint as an intern
-great work environment with young, fun people
-company really invests in their employees even as an intern I got to enjoy lunches during meetings etc.
-learn a lot
-pay is great for an intern
-love the company culture
For an intern, I wish I had more responsibility. The tasks were pretty mind-numbing and I was either really busy or had absolutely nothing to do.
Advice to Management
Invest more into training for your interns. Most interns want to learn and be as helpful as possible.
Wonderful place to work. Culture is amazing. Everyone is given equal respect.
I can't think of any thing negative to say. The company is young and is still evolving so there are some things that need worked on but nothing major.
Advice to Management
Keep up the great work!
Great place to work. Fun and collaborative culture. Free snacks (healthy and not so healthy options).
It seemed like everyone was working 50-60/hours a week.
I have been working at MaxPoint full-time (Less than a year)
New Technology, Dynamic Environment, Learning, Flexible. I enjoy working at MaxPoint primarily because of the work culture this place has. Smart people and smart technology and on top of that, its adaptive to the market environment.
The company is growing too fast so managing training material is a bit challenging however its constantly being improved and updated. So no major cons!
Love working with my team who are creative and inventive. Upper management is extremely accessible and concerned with the welfare of their employees.
Feel bad for some other departments who work their tails off. We need to improve our internal tools but apparently there are initiatives to do that.
Advice to Management
Push to improve the technology and load times as much as you can. For a tech company this needs to be priority number 1.
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