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Nest Reviews

Updated August 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Working with smart people, nice environment, free food, pet friendly , great boss (in 10 reviews)

  • Very good work environment love working with the tech company (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Complete lack of work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Sometimes long hours, frequent travel for Ops teams (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Exciting place to be, with lots of talented people."

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    • Senior Management
    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 Nest full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Extremely talented, hardworking people who are passionate about the connected home space
    - All the "perks" of Google, but a very different culture than Google. And I see that as a good thing. Teams work very hard, but it's worth it to be able to accomplish amazing things in a very short period of time.
    - It's fun being at a company that is shaping the future of how people will live in their homes with great technology, and a product & brand that people love.
    - New CEO (Marwan) really cares about employees, and enables leaders to work with more ownership than previous leadership
    - Opportunities to collaborate with teams across Google.

    Cons

    - Still some operational growing pains as we scale from a startup to a large company in a very short period of time.

    Advice to Management

    It's disheartening reading some of the negative/past comments. I never felt that Nest was anywhere near a toxic place to work, even under the previous CEO Tony. Perhaps the engineering organization had a different experience that I have in the sales/marketing org. Either way, I can say the company has definitely changed a lot in just the past 6-9 months. Employees are empowered to make changes to help the business grow from a startup to a high-functioning large organization.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Place to work for people who are passionate about smart home technology"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nest full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart, talented and dedicated people
    Amazing products
    Autonomous work environment: You're given the freedom to get your work done without micromanagement
    Real enthusiasm for making a difference in the world by providing energy efficiency and safety and security to our customers.

    Cons

    The hours are long and the work is intense.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on hiring great people and creating awesome products!

  3. "Pretty good company"

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    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nest full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, full Google benefits, smart and friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Project schedules are pretty aggressive


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed Bag"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Google benefits and RSUs
    New challenging space

    Cons

    bad management
    too much politics
    need to justify $3.2 billion purchase price

    Advice to Management

    cut back on number of projects
    staff projects better


  5. "Software Engineer"

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

    I worked at Nest full-time

    Pros

    Things made a big turn around with leadership changes.

    Cons

    The former leadership was a problem.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Flash in the pan and going down fast"

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

    I worked at Nest full-time

    Pros

    High paid talent, good benefits. Free food.

    Cons

    Poor execution, lack of break through products. Seems to spinning the wheels with no significant progress.

    Advice to Management

    Alphabet should probably shut down Nest permanently. Lack of a new, break through product is an embarrassment. The Nest reputation within Silicon Valley is not good and its name does not improve the resume.


  7. Helpful (15)

    "Stay away if you value your mental health"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    401k on par with Google standards
    Shuttles to Palo Alto
    Free food
    Medical benefits

    Cons

    Rewarding of bullying behavior
    Lack of support
    Complete lack of work life balance

    Advice to Management

    A lot of people see this role as part of Google but it really isn't. The Nest culture is the diametric opposite of Google and as a result the company has serious retention issues as employees vest and flee as quickly as they can. The company's best days are behind them and I don't expect anything of consequence to emerge from the company as their announcements become weaker and weaker. Their latest innovation is differently colored rings on their thermostats? This is a clear sign they cannot innovate on a hardware or software level as they are hemorrhaging talent. If their recruiters approach you, run.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Getting better, but still lacking"

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

    I have been working at Nest full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The external-facing parts of the company are great. Great brand, marketing, products, HW design, company mission about saving energy and keeping homes safe, and a nice app experience.

    Cons

    Internally, the company is still recovering from being raised by neglectful leaders (and CEOs) who ran the teams ragged. Product development is done painfully, in functional silos with little ability to cooperate cross-functionally. Current leaders are guiding things in the right direction, but there's still a long road ahead of roadmap commitments. In the past, teams were burned out by these over commitments. It remains to be seen whether 2017 will be more of the same. There may be a rosier view of things from the business teams who aren't responsible for building the products.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the product development culture.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nest full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture, management really wants you to succeed and is sincere. great work life balance, very interesting and rewarding work.

    Cons

    I have nothing I can say that is bad about Nest. I had a great experience overall and hope that this review attracts several others to work for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Really good job in treating employees respectfully. I will always cherish my time at Nest and I wish you the best of luck in finding new workers


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Tier 1 Tech"

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    Current Employee - Tech Support Representative Austin in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Tech Support Representative Austin in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nest (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good work environment love working with the tech company

    Cons

    open 24/7 not sure how I feel about working over night


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