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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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- 2.0Jul 6, 2015Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
Nest has managed to gather some of the best talent across the board (engineers, marketers, sales, etc) that really help define the products. Most of the executive leadership are great people managers and can be excellent mentors. A lot of the managers are also very passionate about their teams and the work that they're doing. Lunch is also a highlight.
HR team is really lacking. The atmosphere has been very negative and people are across the teams are unhappy (probably the reason so many people are leaving). There are also people in leadership who probably shouldn't be there. They also write fake glassdoor reviews. A lot of the 5 star ones you see aren't accurate.28
- 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
- 5.0Mar 21, 2016Manager, OperationsCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearPalo Alto, CA
Great vision, clear mission. Clear goal with well established roadmap and clear focus Obsessed with design and quality Self driven and hardworking employees Kind and direct culture, just at the right balance for a hardware company to get things done A strong executive teams. A CEO who can and is willing to challenge his team for the best A management team who cares Great compensation and benefits
Still going through growing pain A bigger startup which comes with a lot of work
- 5.0Jan 7, 2018Software EngineerCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearPalo Alto, CA
Nest is the keystone of Alphabet's strategy of enabling a smart, connected and comfortable home. This has manifested in Nest going beyond its iconic thermostats, launching similarly iconic products in more categories, such as home security and safety, with many more on the way. The team is still relatively small for the scope. As a result, an individual can make a much higher impact compared to similarly sized peers with several challenging opportunities to work on . Yet, the work-life balance is great! The quality of engineers is great, on par with Google, evident in a constant bidirectional flow of people between Nest and Google. There are frequent team outings and fun events. There was a period of upper management turmoil in 2016. That is far in the rear view mirror now and the current leadership has streamlined the organization. Each team has a clear charter, most have experienced leaders, and work well together.
The original Nest software infrastructure platform was complicated and had a lot of technical debt. This is rapidly changing with the investing in a state of the art platform showing great results.9
- 5.0Sep 12, 2014ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearPalo Alto, CA
You really get the feeling like you are in the right place and right time in a budding industry. Employees share a sense that what they are doing really matters and there is a true sense of ownership of our products and our culture. I would have to say without a doubt the best thing about this job has been working on my team. There are times it is a bit overwhelming interfacing with so many people in such close quarters, but the up side is you always feel like you always have the pulse of what's going on. I've also found that Nest, even after the acquisition, has retained it's scrappiness and is still of a size that allows individuals to identify opportunities or issues we are facing and then take those challenges head on.
The biggest challenge here is there is so much that needs to be done. The hard weeks are when everything seems to come at you at once. Sometimes it feels like you have to block time and sneak away to get some serious heads down work down.
- 1.0Jul 16, 2016Software EngineerCurrent EmployeePalo Alto, CA
- Google benefits, Google-affiliation - The experience you have here will tear you apart so much, it pretty much prepares for all other adversity/meanness you can imagine. Three cheers to being ripped apart and having paid for God-knows-what-sins. - Having your eyes opened to just about how clique-y, malicious a culture can get. Just look at all the obviously fake reviews pushed out here by their recruiting team. Cookie-cutter, 'all is great and I am in heaven' posts here that hide the emotional and psychological trauma that top-performing employees went through before jumping ship to google, after being berated and abused like never before.
- Oh well, an experience that prepares you for the worst in life. Abusive environment that gets you psychologically strong. What's not to like? All the better if you've been a star performer all your life academically/professionally - this place will tear you down in as little as six months. Be prepared for semi-deserving "tech leads" and "managers" to show you are a not-so-valuable employee who churns out dirt. After all, that's what Steve Jobs did to the folks he worked with too, no? So isn't it great that you are getting a taste of that? Watching semi-competent fully-arrogant pre-acquisition insiders get promoted while you slog away and build products for them and still get slammed for not being good enough. And then you go to Google and recalibrate yourself, going through PTSD for a year or two before you realize you were really fine, and get a sense of what a "normal" work environment feels like.33
- 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
- 5.0Nov 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.
- 3.0Jan 8, 2015Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
It was a great working environment. The team got along fairly well and there were rarely any issues.
Sometimes, the work environment was almost too relaxed and things were not as productive as they could be.