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  • Amazing timings and work life balance (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, poor management"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nextag full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people who work hard.

    Cons

    Company bought by firm that doesn't understand the business.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "You know it's bad when in hindsight Purnendu was a good CEO"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great snacks in the kitchen
    Cool office
    The people are genuinely nice

    Cons

    Surprised the board didn't let Katz go a year ago
    Google PLAs are killing their SEO
    The VP of your department will last around 3 months before being fired
    Trying to diversify their business but nothing has been remotely successful
    Stock option price is WAY underwater (1.1 billion evaluation in 2007)

    Advice to Management

    Sell this dying business while you still can. You have already squeezed every penny out over the past 6 years. Abandon ship!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "bait and switch"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people in the trenches
    Average pay & benefits

    Cons

    HUGE annual attrition rate (40% in some years)
    Complete lack of strategic leadership and integrity in the "leadership" team
    People chasing pennies and leaving dollars on the table, ie far too much focus on SEO than intrinsic value
    Significant change of direction every few months which means there's no real direction
    Everyone tries to imitate Katz's worst characteristics, and he surrounds himself with "yes" men, leading to "The emperor is wearing no clothes"

    Advice to Management

    Resign or move to Washington DC where your cutthroat skills and political backstabbing will at least be expected


  4. "Toxic environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nextag full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Still a fairly profitable business; uses current technologies; very numbers / statistics driven with an infrastructure that embraces experimentation and reat-ime feedback

    Cons

    Draconian management style of the senior leadership; dog-eat-dog culture that leads to fast burnout or being thrown under the proverbial bus. Lip service given to training - one senior leader was heard saying that training is unacceptable and that technologists should be hired already knowing current technologies! Revenue model is being completely overhauled as a reaction to Google's competitive practices - there's little indication that the bet will be successful in the long term.

    Advice to Management

    When you surround yourself with identical cutthroat personalities, you lose perspective and you end up with demoralized, afraid, and/or cutthroat personnel. In other words, you get what you model.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "I am Glad To be Next OUt !!!"

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

    Pros

    I like that fact they did have a monthly lunch celebration and they also have happy hours once in a while.

    Cons

    The commute is terrible. There is really no good food options in the area. This company has really high turn over. I have known more than a 30 people who left the company wiithin the first six months. I feel they have managers who do not know how to manager people. It seems like the upper manager in certain groups. do not know what is going on. I would suggest only taking a job here if you have no other offers. or if you are jobless and you just need a job. This not a career. They treat there employers really unfair. Alot of people gossip about each other and people are extremely clicks as well.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest listening to people feed backs.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "worst colleagues ever"

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

    Pros

    I thought it was the compensation, until I realized that the competition was paying double and I left.

    Cons

    The most depressed employees I have ever encountered. From the CEO and VPs to all directors and managers these are losers that cannot appreciate talent and ideas.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Dissatisfied"

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    Former Employee - Accountant Temp in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Accountant Temp in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    New work place, Gym, cafeteria, location

    Cons

    Ex Orbitz and Leapfrog employees taking Management roles
     Headstrong managers
    Although management asks for review/suggestions, they are not ready to accept them and correct their mistakes
    Boot licking is accepted

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and see what the new hired managers are doing.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "From metrics driven to politically driven"

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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

    New office
    Free food (mostly healthy) and fresh fruit
    good location
    some nice people still left
    good mid peninsula location

    Cons

    Almost everything.

    Culture of fear permeates and good people are leaving faster than new people can be hired. There was no money for raises, but plenty for a dividend. Now since so many people have left suddenly there is money for some small raises.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and smell the coffee (its free). Maybe Jeff should try the company coffee? Try hiring talent outside of Leapfrog and Orbitz. And just because someone was good at one of these companies doesn't mean that they will be good at a completely different job requiring a different skill set and education.

    Stop restructuring and then wondering why things aren't moving fast enough. Try making money instead of just spending it. You are killing the company.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Lame is the word to describe everything at Nextag!"

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

    Pros

    Other than somewhat decent work-life balance there are no pros of working for Nextag. The location is decent being right in the middle of the Peninsula.

    Cons

    Horrible management who're clueless about technology and/or the business they're supposedly going to take to the next level. Very archaic codebase which has very little chance of getting resuscitated. It needs to be killed and rewritten.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of indulging in cheer-leading and hiring your buddies try to figure out who your good engineers are and put your best efforts in retaining them. The brand has no takers in the valley so forget about attracting good talent. Hang on to the meagre resources you still have left since you managed to lay-off/drive away a lot of your best people already. Take a close look at middle management who're not only mere pencil pushers but are incapable of leading their teams. After leaving Nextag the quality of middle managers I have come across looks like 10x better/more productive.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Nextag is turning into a joke!"

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

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance compared to most other Silicon Valley companies. As others have pointed out here as well free soda, coffee, etc, which is actually not that big of a deal once you see what other companies have to offer.

    Cons

    Atrociously incompetent top executives, middle managers only interested in doing a kiss-up kick-down job even when they know they're dead wrong. Somehow, the company developed a pressing need to hire a ton of VPs/Directors in the last 1 year and even more mysteriously they did not find any top drawer talent in companies other than the ones Jeff Katz ever worked at. To accommodate this huge pool of newly acquired stuffed suits the company decided to let go of engineering staff - some of whom had toiled hard for several years. The new management is very adept at cheer-leading but hardly any good at leading anyone. Micromanagement, pressure tactics, and a culture of fear are being promoted but are making the good engineers leave. Soon the stocks of good talent will be depleted and all that will be left would be the cheer-leading squad. A Nextag IPO is suddenly looking like an impossibility any way one looks at it. A bankruptcy appears a more likely scenario.

    Advice to Management

    RESIGN and take your coterie with you. Turn over the reins to people who're actually built something with technology and not just hopped from one company to another all their lives! If you stay in charge of this ship any longer it will sink under the weight of your ignorance, incompetence, and hubris.


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