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  • Ok work-life balance for most employees (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Small company with good benefits but worst upper mgmt"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Food, snacks, holiday parties, games etc

    Cons

    Senior mgmt, Less pay, No GC sponsorship (asks to wait for 1 yr, 2 yrs, 3 yrs, still not sign of GC process start) , No freedom to express your ideas, just do what your supervisor/mngr tell.

    Advice to Management

    Dont hire people just to fire after 6-8 months


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good people, horrible bosses, worse executives. They like to build everything in house"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nextag full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, nice office. Cafe in building.
    Large scale problems, now getting into goo technology stack

    Cons

    horrible management, even worse executives
    New CEO brought in his team
    they didn't know how to run business. Running it into the ground

    Advice to Management

    get new management

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Are you kidding me?"

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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

    The coffee machine and free chips.
    Nice office and furniture.
    Monthly free lunches.
    Some smart and cool people to work with.

    Cons

    Nextag used to be a place where everyone worked hard for a common goal. Now it is very political. You must be considered a fun and happy person to get anywhere. Hard work no longer matters. Senior managers make uninformed decisions about employees without even knowing what they do. Employees are not appreciated, or the wrong ones are.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of knowledge has left the company with so many employees leaving. You should rethink about who you will force out. Senior managers should get to know their team themselves and not base it on what they hear from others.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Only work here if you are going for a high position...otherwise beware!"

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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

    The pros were free food and some amazing co-workers that I will definitely keep in touch with and I did learn some very useful technology. Everything else basically sucked and at this point there are 2-3 people leaving on a weekly basis .

    Cons

    Nextag in itself has a lot of potential as a company, but seems that it is not going on the right path. The management is absolutely rude, ridiculous and the politics are insane here. If the manager doesn’t like you… they will make your life a living hell and there will be nothing you can do about it other than look elsewhere for a job. The words “hostile work environment” and “drama” come to mind (but this was only in my department and I can’t speak for the others). Sure you can talk to HR, which I did and it made things better for a while, but in the end it seemed like a dead end job. Nextag IS trying to change and be a more friendly and fun place to work so maybe down the line things will improve.

    The manager of my department treated us like remedial children with constant check ins and micromanaging. You will not get any recognition at Nextag no matter how hard you work and a promotion will not happen for 2-3 years (unless you are in a high position then you wouldn’t care anyway). This year nobody even got a raise (the raise is usually a miniscule percentage anyway) and if you work hard and get a good review you will be honored with the TINIEST bonus I have ever seen in my life…it’s a complete joke.

    Advice to Management

    Please treat your employees like human being with kindness and respect and stop the politics going on around the office!!!


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Good People, Poor Job Stability"

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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

    There are still good people at the company (as of this review) in both the lower and upper levels of the company. If you have the opportunity to work with them, you can learn a lot from them and they make coming to work enjoyable. However, I would only recommend working here if you are looking for experience and don't need job stability.

    Cons

    There are plenty of incompetent people in the company, and if you have the misfortune of encountering them or working with them, I am truly sorry. I am not sure how these people got hired at Nextag, but sometimes I feel like we got the rejects from other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your good talent (what's left of them) and PLEASE vet your incoming candidates carefully.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Mediocre"

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

    Pros

    * good pay
    * nice people at lower levels

    Cons

    * title inflation - new employees
    * no professional development
    * no personal development

    Advice to Management

    consider hiring more engineers instead of mgmt


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Things may be changing for the better"

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, talented and nice co-workers, company sponsored lunches and events, new CEO is trying to bring positive changes to the company.

    Cons

    No option to be able to work from home, no flex-time here, lack of transparency in management communications, top-down decision making.

  8. Helpful (8)

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

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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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Catch the ball..."

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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

    The pay is above average.

    Cons

    1. No appreciation for good work but big punishment for non-related live site issues.
    2. Management wants to track everything via Bugizlla
    3. The management only knows to define rules to follow wich delays everything.
    4. The code base is a nightmare and no suggestions would be taken for improvement.

    Advice to Management

    1. Come on, at least componentalize the code line and make my IDE works faster.
    2. When blaming for live site issues to the poor engineers, why don't you try to give yourself a rating of 1: "Always don't meet expection"


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of innovation will eventually catch up with the business"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about the company is the level of competitive salary it offers vs. other pre IPO company. Overall, the pay is not astronomically compare to other publically traded companies. Another benefit of NexTag is the stability of the job. The company is doing well financially, so job security and such are fairly stable. Pay and stability, those are two main things I would consider as NexTag's greatest strength.

    Cons

    There are a lack of opportunity to grow both professionally and advance in the company. Although advancement do happen to people who have worked for a long time in the company, but it seems all advancements are by attritions when people leave the company.

    Advice to Management

    Have more clear goal of the business, be bold and innovative.


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