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Nextag Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Ok work-life balance for most employees (in 10 reviews)

  • Some of the employees are good people (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management is biased & clueless (in 6 reviews)

  • Legacy system, you only learn their system so you gain no transferable skills (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Best place to go after a ML/Information Retrieval Phd"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting machine learning problems to work on, huge data, my work has immediate impact

    Cons

    nextag is not yet know to the wide audience.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "The reviews from pre-2010/former employees are irrelevant w.r.t the CEO change. Nextag is a very good place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nextag sits at a very cool junction in ecommerce, melding products, search, lots and lots of traffic and tons of data. The domain is hip, hyper-competitive and evolving into mobile, social, local and personal. After years as a hard driving start up, the company attracted a top drawer CEO (Jeff Katz, the founding CEO of Orbitz), to help it get to the next level. The company is very profitable and willing to invest in new areas to innovate and grow its footprint. The consequence for employees is that there are many interesting problems to work on and plenty of opportunities to grow a career. There are many very smart people in the company and more are joining. This really is an inflection point in the company's history.

    The best part for engineers is that with the data volumes and level of traffic the site gets, you get exposed to what it takes to build a true high capacity internet site. It's not quite Google or Amazon scale, but it is genuinely in the next class of scale. Hard problems = fun!

    Cons

    The chief con at Nextag is that it has to shake it's reputation for being an unpleasant place to work. If you read the glassdoor reviews pre-2010, they are not flattering and there are significant truths scattered among them . However, you can see how under Jeff Katz's tenure (reflected on glassdoor reviews from ~June 2010 onward), the company has taken major steps towards correcting cultural and structural issues that have dogged the company for years. The challenge for the company is that this outdated reputation inhibits some good people from working here. No one likes an undeserved or outdated reputation...


  3. "average pay stable company mean"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    stable cash flow less duty

    Cons

    average pay stable company mean manager

    Advice to Management

    more salary more stock nice to employee


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work if you have the patience to wait for things to improve."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Mateo, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management seems to be really wanting to change things around. They're trying to make the company a better place, revamp the website (UI and features).
    The company is willing to get employers what they need in terms of hardware (ergonomic keyboards, monitors, etc.), but it usually takes a long time (month or two) to get it. There seems to be an initiative to budget money for training (books, conferences, etc.).
    There are bright and very energetic people working there, but they're the minority I'd say. Most people don't seem to care enough to go beyond what's expected of them and make NexTag a better place.

    Cons

    Old technologies, old approach to project mgmt (waterfall), lots of politics, A/B testing to backup everything, lots of legacy code, monolithic application, very bad code, almost no automated testing (mostly it's all manual QA testing), long release process, employee moral always seems kind of low, certain amount of micromanagement,

    Advice to Management

    More transparency would help. Less politics. More freedom for engineers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Just Ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food (limited choice) if that's your interest, newer management attempting to make a change and time will tell if that happens - so far only words no action.

    Cons

    Management expects people to be physically present at work, no vpn access, stuck in desktop days, poor work environment, very poor communication, no benefits worth talking about - no 401(k).

    Advice to Management

    Look around the bay area and see how other employers are treating employees and trust them. Make middle level management accountable.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Not worth it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Some of the co-workers are nice.
    - The name NexTag carries some weight amongst the Comparison Shopping Engines when you're applying for another job, (but that's largely because of their SEO). Other than that, its not much.

    Cons

    -Managers are critical for the sake of being critical, extreme petty behavior by management is rampant.
    -No positive or constructive feed back from management.
    -You'll be constantly questioning your manager's competence... and their lack of it will show itself in many situations. It will not be comical when it happens.
    -No career development opportunities.
    -Smart and promising people are unable move up or anywhere
    -Being objective does not exist here when it comes to management.

    At the end of the day, this is a pretty awful place to be. 99% of it is heavily politicized. You'll mainly be button pusher. Its reputation is built on the engineers that made them an SEO monster the are now, but you won't see any of that, visibility is extremely dim in this company.

    Advice to Management

    Audit your management team, there are a few who are genuinely terrible (personality and competence). Conduct feedback surveys with the workers of how things are going when you assume things are bad AND good.


  8. "stable company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Mateo, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good product, management watchful of bottom line, clearly defined work.

    Cons

    sees the trees instead of the forest.

    Advice to Management

    could use a touch of humanity.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Pathetic! Most of the Good Reviews about this company are most probably paid or written by management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is job security in this company due to extremely high attrition rate. This is the only good point about this company.

    Cons

    Perhaps the worst management you will ever see. They are in complete denial or may be do not understand some simple things about what works and what does not! Incompetency redefined!

    Advice to Management

    Replace upper engineering management. Try to lead by example rather than some pathetic and useless job title culture. Hire managers who are not defensive and insecure in front of engineers.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Low stress job with good pay but old technology, mixed signals from upper management, and no culture."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    NexTag does well and is profitable. In fact, it's an SEM goldmine. The company is growing and hiring new employees. There is solid pay, low stress, job security, and flexible deadlines. Management is not overly demanding. You won't find a “jerk boss” here. There was none of the dreaded “office politics”.

    Cons

    NexTag uses eight year old technology that will never be upgraded due to the giant mess of terrible code. The company is severely lacking in innovation of any kind. Changes happen at a glacial rate and the product looks like something built in the nineties. Engineering is hamstrung by the conservative testing and roll out of features.

    NexTag is always in alarm mode and is constantly reacting to supposed crises. Before the engineers have time to fix anything, management halts work to moves on to the next “big crisis”. Management fails to come up with any product planning and provides little useful direction. There are next to zero product managers. NexTag is extremely cheap.

    People at NexTag are either unhappy or resigned to their routine. Hardly anyone talks or even smiles. I would work for days without speaking to anyone. No one cares about what they are working on or believes in the company at all. They show up for a paycheck, eat at their desk, do their work, and go home. There is no culture. The only company event is a once a year picnic in a nearby park. There are no happy hours. You work in a maze of old, ratty cubes with old, ratty carpet, and old odd pieces of computer hardware laying around. You are not allowed to work from home under any circumstance.

    NexTag only cares about money. The employees are just tools to create that money. This is a company with no soul.

    Advice to Management

    Work on innovation. Work on team spirit. Hire some product managers. Make the office look like a place you would want to spend any amount of time. Stop worrying about .0001% decreases in traffic and concentrate on making a useful site.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "NexTag is growing."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you perform, NexTag absolutely takes care of you.

    Cons

    The company tries to maintain a very low key in offices and watches expenses like a hawk. Many friends don´t know the company.

    Advice to Management

    As the company continues to grow, it may make sense to experiment having folks working on the same project sit togehter, even if they are in different functions.


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