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So I recently got an offer at Tiktok but I’m not actually interested in joining due to their poor WLB. TC is currently 30% higher than what I make. Can I share this with my manager and ask for a counter offer? Counter offer seems pretty common at our company, but they don’t necessarily match the bump exactly, which is fine. Is there a chance that he is taken aback that I’ve been interviewing during work time and kicks me out? Don’t want to take the risk of actually accepting Tiktok…
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So I wanted to share this... Was contacted by the General Manager for a very senior (new) role at another start-up and this was the experience..... week 1 - 30 minute call. week 2 - 45 minute call. week 3 - 1 hour prepared presentation of my marcom achievements. week 5 - 1.5 hour prepared MOCK 2024 marketing plan... quite extensive week 7 - 45 minute team meet week 7 - SORRY BUT EVEN THOUGH YOU CHECK ALL THE BOXES, WE ARE GOING ANOTHER ROUTE Is this the norm? beyond painful
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- "bad management" (in 10 reviews)
- "based leadership across the executive team in response to Tony, which results in micromanagement, irrational or stalled decision" (in 6 reviews)
- "There are so many managers and so little people who actually do the job." (in 5 reviews)
- "Too much work to do" (in 3 reviews)
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- 1.0Jan 31, 2016MarketingFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsPalo Alto, CA
- Great resume builder - Nest is leading in the connected home space - Good products - Incredibly smart and passionate people working on the business (that are not senior management) - The people in middle management and execution are very collaborative
- 100% internally focused - don't think about the consumer when developing marketing plans, only worry about what the CEO and other Google leadership cares about - Fear based leadership - Meetings, meetings, meetings, meetings and many times, meetings about other meetings - Sr. Leadership are incredibly insecure and not trusting of their employees - Ego driven culture at the top, not open to collaboration or any different points of view - Company culture is severely lacking - though, they are trying to improve this - Overall the senior leadership was hired when Nest was a tiny Silicon Valley start up - the leadership they have in place now is not capable of evolving it into the highly functional, creative marketing team it needs to be. - Commute from SF to Palo Alto - they highly discourage working from the city (or even from the Google SF office) - I witnessed a member of senior leadership ask another member of senior leadership to get their team to write positive Glass Door reviews - so clearly they know that there is an issue with company morale.23
- 1.0Sep 16, 2014Software EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
- there are a lot of really smart people who want to change the broken culture and process - the space is extremely interesting, and if we can some how right this ship, we have an opportunity to shape the future of the connected home for generations - being a part of Google offers great perks in the short term and potential salvation in the long term
- the culture is tyrannical, from concept through execution, all ideas come from the top. every single detail for all 700 employees, whether it be a slight scheduling change, a minor UI change, marketing copy, or even internal communications -- all of these require approval from Tony (the CEO) - the tops down culture has transformed us into a slow moving sloth of a company that demotivates an extremely smart and (once) tenacious team. there's a huge opportunity in front of us, but we will miss it if we cannot right this ship soon with systemic changes. - every step of progress requires pitching to Tony in the form of keynote decks (yes, that's not a typo... even though Google bought us, we still use keynote to communicate literally everything). There's a running joke around the company that we're the most overqualified group of keynote deck builders in the world. If you want to go somewhere to SHIP products instead of making slides, this is not the place for you. But be warned, before you can present your ideas to Tony, be ready to do multiple dry-runs with your team before the "big show." Watch your spirits crumble as your ideas are replaced by your team's suggestions to manipulate the conversation in their favor - "Tony won't like that, change it to this" or "give Tony some choices, so he feels like it was his idea." Instead of innovation, we spend countless hours thinking of ways to get Tony to sign off on an idea. - once an idea has Tony's approval, we stick with it no matter what, because going back and changing it would require countless more hours of even more keynote decks, more dry runs with your team to prep for the Tony meeting, followed by the actual Tony meeting - which may or not go in your favor. If that doesn't sound like fun, then just stick with the old idea. It may not be great, but it's approved. Sound like innovation? If so, then sign up now... you're going to love it. - because everything relies on Tony's approval many of the more savvy vets will tell you that Tony said X even when he didn't. This can be an effective way to get less savvy newbies to abandon ideas that could threaten the status-quo. some vets realize that rocking the boat could jeopardize their power, so this is a very effective way to thwart those pesky little upstarts that actually want to change things. - we're still leveraging archaic software methodologies from last century (read: waterfall). in some cases we claim to be "doing agile" but dividing work into sprints and then doing long and arduous stand-ups does not agile make. When all ideas come from the top and teams are not empowered to change ideas during the implementation phase, so it's waterfall with lipstick.36
- 5.0Sep 27, 2014Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearPalo Alto, CA
For me, the best thing about working at Nest is the people. Super smart, motivated, and down to earth people (for the most part). We're also pretty lucky to be working at a company that operates like a start-up but has the resources/benefits of Google. It really is the best of both worlds. If you are someone who likes a fast-paced, demanding environment where you will have the opportunity to have true ownership at almost any level, then you will enjoy this environment. If you are looking for a slow-paced environment with no pressure and just want to play around all day, then Nest is probably not for you. We have incredibly talented people who are motivated by challenging problems and work extremely hard to ship great products. Don't get me wrong, we play hard too. Weekly BBQs and almost monthly beer bashes are great to socialize with colleagues outside of the office. There are also employee groups where people get together to go on bike rides, do bootcamp, kickboxing, play basketball, ultimate frisbee, and even beer drinking.
Nest had a huge year with the acquisition by Google, acquisition of Dropcam, international expansion, and incredible growth of the workforce. I think the company is feeling some growing pains at this time; however, it is understandable when a company more than doubles in less than a year. Also, perhaps some teams are too demanding. Hopefully we see this level out as more people join teams and off load some of the work, but at times people on certain teams might not have the work-life balance they'd prefer.
- 4.0Jul 3, 2016Program ManagerCurrent EmployeePalo Alto, CA
Coworkers: I am continually impressed with my my coworkers. Almost everyone is accomplished and experienced in their field. People make the time to educate each other, I have never been 'shooed away' if I have a technical question to engineering. People are super friendly as well and genuinely enjoy each others company. Teamwork: I find that if you have a reasonably sounding plan and are able to communicate how that plan will resolve a problem facing the team, folks generally allow for you to try it out. In that way it feels very collaborative and open. There is a lot of emphasis on working together in teams and spending time together with your product and functional group. Senior Management: Senior Executives are very seasoned, sharp, and inspiring. I personally look up to my chief executive, as well as some of her peers. I love the direction and shape the company is headed in. Benefits & Pay: We receive all benefits of being part of Alphabet (Google) without the big company feel. It's pretty great. Flexible Work Schedules: There are periods of time where work peaks, however as a whole our schedules are very flexible. There isn't any emphasis on being 'butts in seats' from 9-5 or associated guilt from leaving early, working from home, going on vacation, etc. My work life balance is better then it has been here then in some past companies. Roughly work 45-55 hours a week. Career Development: There is a lot of emphasis in my department in providing people with great career development opportunities. I feel like my development is definitely at the forefront of my manager's mind. A lot of people are being promoted from within to more senior roles, which is great to see as an employee. Creates a positive work environment.
Perfectionists: Everyone here is an A+ player, A- work is considered a bit of a faliure. We are trying to optimize in every direction. This can lead to some functional conflict around how to prioritize points that cannot be optimized at the same time. Also, the drive to perfection can sometimes seemingly slow down development, but personally I'd rather ship excellent product a little later than a mediocre product today. From past experience, this is pretty typical in high performing teams... First Line Management: Some percentage of the first line managers is less seasoned then the senior executives, but is being continuously trained and improving. They occasionally make some 'new manager' type judgement errors. Nothing really terrible, but this can sometimes rub people the wrong way in the lower ranks.1
- 4.0Oct 17, 2014Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearPalo Alto, CA
Other reviewers have noted that Nest is not always the easiest place to work. That's true. But here's what they miss: A lot of companies claim to be at the forefront of a new industry. Most of the time, they're not. Nest is. The 'internet of things' (a term people here hate) and the connected home are going to be big. Sure, they might not really take off for another decade, but it's happening. And after the Google acquisition last year, it's pretty clear Nest is going to be a major player. Before coming to Nest, I interviewed - and was offered jobs - at other top-flight tech companies. But I couldn't shake the feeling that, in a lot of ways, those other companies had already done their most important work. Nest is just getting started. The product team is led by the people who brought you the first iPods and iPhones. The algorithm team is led by a MacArthur-certified genius. These people didn't leave their cushy jobs and come to Nest for the paycheck. They came because they wanted a chance to do something totally new; something really big. And that chance doesn't come around very often.
As others have mentioned, Tony is a micromanager, and too many decisions flow through him. Time spent making and perfecting Keynote slides could be put to better use somewhere else. With the company expanding fast after the Google acquisition, there are definitely some growing pains and confusion about who's responsible for what. And there's a bit of an always-on-call mentality - when something needs to be done, it usually needs to be done now. That said, management seems to be aware of most of these cons - and are actively working to improve on some of them. Bottom line - if you're willing to work hard, you can get get a year's worth of experience in just a few months alongside some of the smartest people in the business.10
- 5.0Aug 18, 2017ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearPalo Alto, CA
Impact, given the size any team member can have tremendous impact. We move fast and I love the challenges that each new day brings. Big enough where your actions have material impact but small enough to still be nimble. Love my experience here and I have had experience at companies from 10 to 10,000. Very collaborative environment and people who genuinely want to help
We did have some struggles post acquisition trying to find out place within Google, but Alphabet had helped make that very clear. There has been pressure on the team to launch new products which I fully get and hopefully Nest can re earn the respect from the press as we introduce new products2
- 5.0Jun 11, 2016Senior Software EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearPalo Alto, CA
You get to work with amazing people everyday who push you to improve and learn. Takes pride in building products that make a difference to the planet and a true passion to achieve excellence.
Plan projects and resources more carefully. We seem to have a very low threshold to say yes to new projects and a very high threshold to cancel and move on.5
- 5.0Nov 19, 2020Product Marketing ManagerFormer Contractor
Excellent team of talented and very collaborative people. Manager was awesome, very focused on wellbeing and growth of their team.
Sometimes difficult to align between HQ in the USA and EMEA, getting local needs on the map was difficult as is often the case with California based tech companies.
- 4.0May 4, 2016Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearPalo Alto, CA
First time in my career where I look forward to going to work when I wake up in the morning, because of the following reasons: - I get to work with incredibly smart and passionate people - I get to work on amazing products with outstanding attention to detail - I am learning something new everyday - Nice people and friendly environment
Resources are spread too thin, so there are times when workload increases2