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NationBuilder Reviews

Updated Mar 13, 2019

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NationBuilder CEO Jim Gilliam
Jim Gilliam
15 Ratings
Pros
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  • "In general there are great people(in 6 reviews)

Cons
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  • "And no, being asked to move across the country and uplift your life doesn't automatically put you on the A team(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "A place for growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NationBuilder full-time

    Pros

    Incredibly strong female leadership. The values of the company are front and center. People are responsive, on time and extremely respectful to their colleagues. NationBuilder is a place where many different people can thrive. The culture is one of authenticity and personal responsibility. It is a family of people who want to change the world for the better. Extremely good at growing people who this is their... first or second job.

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    Cons

    You need to be emotionally mature to understand, embrace and thrive within the culture. People, especially men, who are not used to receiving feedback from women struggle. If you want a job that you check in and check out, this is not for you. Culture can focus too much internally to the detriment of company growth.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused, let go of control and delegate. The team is ready to do hard things. Don't let perfect be the enemy of the good- keep shipping, keep telling the story (even if it isn't perfect), keep moving.

    NationBuilder2018-08-08
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Mission-driven company with tendency to forget the Tech aspect of a Tech company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NationBuilder full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Women in Leadership -Diversity within the company -Your human needs aren't left to the wayside because of work needs -Room for growth -Office is in a great location with lots of perks -Unlimited PTO, 401k, Can WFH often, good health insurance. -Company that has a good mission that you can easily get behind and feel that you are doing good work on the day-to-day.

    Cons

    -Culture can be a bit odd at first. Summits are an interesting experience. Can be kind of clique-y. -Promote "just say the thing" yet you can receive backlash for putting that into practice. - Has a tendency to hire a bunch of people and then lay them off. - While they try to listen to your needs as an individual outside of work you can also be judged for not overworking yourself. -Difficult for remote... employees to level up and create relationships with people outside their teams. -Put too much into the story and not enough on the actual product itself. -Must get on leadership's good side in order to stick around.

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    Advice to Management

    Don't forget that first and foremost you are a tech company. Put the product first.

    NationBuilder2019-03-13
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Like HBOs Sillicon Valley.. but the worst of it"

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    Former Employee - Organizer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NationBuilder full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free food, free housing for a bit, good product

    Cons

    Back stabbing culture and weird paranoid CEO. They uproot promising professionals, move them to LA, then fire more than half after promising them multi year contracts and vested options. The CEO let’s people go, but instead of being a man and firing them in person, he watches from afar and let’s his HRminions do the dirty work. This place has literally ruined people’s careers.

    Advice to Management

    Fire CEO and stop yes man culture. We aren’t drones

    NationBuilder2019-02-09
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Stay Away"

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

    I worked at NationBuilder full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The office is located near a few good lunch spots.

    Cons

    If you've been hired, congrats. But also, you're not done. The company hires en masse and then fires a significant number of new employees, sometimes within weeks. Of the group of new hires I started with, nearly half were fired at the end of orientation and none lasted more than six months. Employees are overworked and often humiliated by senior staff in the open for performance.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be jerks?

    NationBuilder2018-12-05
  5. Helpful (14)

    "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NationBuilder full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free snacks, remote work, competitive pay

    Cons

    Poor management, lack in funding, no job stability

    Advice to Management

    So apparently this company is a fraud. They have funding issues and your stability in the job is highly unlikely. First the hire you on a contract basis, where the fail to make payments on timely manner( your checks will always be late). Then they insult you before they feel like they need to let you go. This confuses the employee because none of the accusations make sense. Finally, they apologize by calling this... whole situation a mere mis-understanding, and letting you go. And yes i am still waiting for the last two checks and its been a month. Please don’t waste your time especially if you are being hired on a contract basis and you are coming from another state. For the company i would say- work on your management skills, and definitely don’t recruit people if you are going to outsource your jobs due to lack in funding.

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    NationBuilder2018-07-17
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Inspiring place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NationBuilder full-time

    Pros

    NationBuilder takes the company mission very seriously, and staff are very committed to pursuit of the mission and vision. Company Leadership prioritize culture, values and community which makes for a great working environment. Encouraging of ideas from all levels of the company

    Cons

    The culture is not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    As the company scales and grows, making sure to keep an eye towards the mission and vision can be tricky.

    NationBuilder2018-06-12
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Dishonest, insincere, delusional leadership company"

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

    I worked at NationBuilder full-time

    Pros

    Incredibly modern work environment with great amenities Strong mission Competitive salary, compensation and benefits Flexible

    Cons

    For a company that promotes leadership, everyone being a creator, inclusivity and freedom they sure do not practice it. The incompetence of the leadership team is unlike anything I have ever experienced. They do not at all care about their employees needs or well-being and there is no loyalty which results in a tense work environment. The staff is mostly comprised of talented, well-meaning people but they are given... the opportunity to help the company succeed. The HR team is ill-equipped and unprofessional and one of the greatest offenders of the elements that create this unwelcoming, unprofessional environment.

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    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Re-evaluate your HR team (especially its leadership). Hold yourself as accountable as you do your employees.

    NationBuilder2018-05-17
  8. Helpful (7)

    "Emotionally draining, great staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NationBuilder full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people who work there are wonderful and really care about each other. For awhile, it really felt like a family (I can't use the word community anymore). I do think they mostly have good intentions, and are trying to do something new and radical. I hear that recently they have made some steps toward making things more professional.

    Cons

    They expect you to do major emotional labor to the point of complete exhaustion. It's mandatory to spend hours with full-staff or departments talking about your feelings and venting about the people around you, including those you report to or who report to you. There is crying, cursing and it's all very, very awkward. It's frowned upon to not share deeply and honestly, but don't be too honest about things they... have decided are just "true." Leadership admits to not being very interested in making money, and invests time, energy and cash into strange projects that often don't come to anything. Leadership does not "believe" in work/life balance - and that's an actual quote. At some point you realize that no matter how many times they say everyone is family, it's really just a business and they will drop people whenever, with no reason or warning. Of course, we all should have known it's just a business, but it's difficult to remember that when every minute they are telling you otherwise.

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    Advice to Management

    Keep taking steps to become a more professional environment. If you are committed to circles, it's critical you do something about the power dynamic involved. Hire someone at C-level with business experience, who actually has the power to make decisions.

    NationBuilder2017-10-26
  9. Helpful (11)

    "DO NOT MOVE AND SIGN A LEASE FOR THIS COMPANY"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NationBuilder full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Seemingly fair comp + benefits

    Cons

    Comp and benefits mean nothing when you are fired during your training period for "not fitting in" after moving across the country and signing a lease on an apartment.

    Advice to Management

    You will go nowhere with Jim.

    NationBuilder2017-10-25
  10. Helpful (10)

    "It was a wild ride"

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

    I worked at NationBuilder full-time

    Pros

    - Fully stocked kitchen - Flexible working hours + working from home days - Unlimited vacation - Education budget and development driven organization - Great people - Room for growth for some - Great senior management team for the most part

    Cons

    - Monolithic product that is incredibly slow to change and requires a ton of engineering work to just keep it afloat, customer service personnel to make sure customers can use the product and sales people to try and get people to use it. - With a forced sense of community via circles and summits, team building and actually getting to know your coworkers fell by the wayside. - A policy of letting "everyone be a... creator" and use the platform. Which ends up means that NB is company that needs to make money so it will provide services to the worst kinds of organizations. eg Trump, Act for America, the Rebel.

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    NationBuilder2017-09-09
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