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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)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Don't expect more than a paycheck and don't expect to stay long."

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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

    If you are socially awkward and prefer to avoid eye contact in hallways then NexTag Inc. is the place for you. Pretty much the best perk at NexTag is that they have chips and soda in the breakroom. They have soggy catered lunches if you want free food. There is almost no dress code so you can pretty much wear whatever you want. Also, when you leave, it will make you appreciate your previous and next jobs more. They do pay fairly well. They will give raises at times but usually you will have to push for them. Ask for more money when hired, they act like they won't negotiate but they will.

    Cons

    Uncomfortable silence. Dirty looks from management for acting like a human being and actually talking. Disappearing coworkers, one day they are working the next you notice they're gone and they've been fired. Management won't even mention it, they don't even bother introducing new employees to everyone because employee retention is so bad. Employees think wearing socks with sandals is an awesome look, combined with sweatpants for that "engineer on the go" look. Management will give you no positive feedback, you will only hear from them when you do something wrong, they think you did something wrong, or they did something wrong but would prefer to blame you for it. They invite and uninvite people to company parties selectively. Management micromanages and there is no loyalty between the company and the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like human beings. Be honest, don't pretend you want input on anything and don't lead employees on that they can go somewhere in the company.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Worst Work Atmosphere Encountered So Far"

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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

    Maybe location if you live nearby. The only real perk about working at NexTag is a paycheck. The compensation was very competitive, so if you just want to make some money for six months or so, this would be okay.

    Cons

    Terrible work environment. Secretive management styles. Morbidly quiet and ugly office. Depressed workforce. No work/life balance. Employees are streaming out of that place. This is the first place that I actually saw a coworker stand up suddenly, just quit and walk out. I know of three other people who emailed in that they would not be coming into work ... ever again.

    Advice to Management

    Look around you at other modern internet companies and try to emulate their styles. Treat your employees like people. Get some decor. Implement some positive work/life balance policies.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "NexTag has an oppressive atmosphere that drives away employees despite good compensation and competent management."

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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

    If you're a software engineer, you're willing to work hard and you have good ideas that result in measurable positive revenue, the opportunity is there to get promotions and big pay raises. However, this is less true than it used to be because company growth has somewhat stagnated due to a poor economy. Management is competent and very driven by increasing margin and revenue, so the company is profitable, raises are good and jobs are secure.

    Cons

    The company has a strong culture of distrust and disrespect of the employee. Nobody gets to work from home, sick leave and vacation time come from a common pool and management monitors employee hours. Everybody is expected in the office before 10am, which is very unusual for a Silicon Valley company. Employees are made to feel guilty if they don't work long hours, which will eventually result in discipline regardless of actual output. On top of all this, anyone who's not a software engineer is undervalued, resulting in both being underpaid and overworked. Overall, a truly dreadful place to work. As a result, turnover is incredibly high, on the order of 30-40% turnover annually.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with trust and respect or else good people will keep leaving even if they get paid well.


  4. "Nextag Managers ... Wake up and change the work culture"

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

    Pros

    Salary seems to be good but beware of it. All that glitters is not gold

    Cons

    No family life. Employees switch their roles at home. Management does not know how to treat their employees. Some of the employees did not return back after 3 days of joining the company. Employees who are stuck for more than 3 years are stuck for good. They cannot fit in any other work culture. Management nit-picks on the job done by sub-ordinates. No appreciation for good work. Management does not like to move forward with time. They use the old mechanism of work. People have not yet gone to EDD to complain about their managers and the company work culture.
    People have become thick skinned. They have no emotions. Over a period of time, they have become a bunch of weirdos.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up folks. Try to respect your sub-ordinates. They work for the company and are not slaves. Try to motivate the employees with good words and appreciation for whatever they do. Management exists because of their sub-ordinates. If the sub-ordinates do not want to work for you ..... there is no role for the managers to manage anyone. This impacts the personnel life...yours as well as all others working there.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible divide and rule management - worst place ever to work"

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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

    None. Bad pay. Bad hours and a manager staring over your back as long as you are in office

    Cons

    Too much Politics.
    Management rewards itself - not employees.
    Hardly anyone in the place dares to smile or look happy.
    No retirement plan benefits
    Do not dare to voice any discontent.
    No good work ever gets rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like human beings. They are the company - not your data centers.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Worst place to work in Bay Area. Nextag has legions of angry and frustrated employees."

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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

    - Nice workmates (not lower management).
    - Clean toilets (but no facilities).
    - Nice building.
    - Good location in San Mateo.

    Cons

    - The management system is structured to the point that there is no accountability.
    - Managers never provide positive feedback.
    - Managers fail to provide rewards or recognition for positive employee performance.
    - Managers ignore selected people and discriminate against many employees.
    - Managers change their minds frequently leaving employees off-balance.
    - Many managers are not qualified for the boss job by either skills or experience.
    - Most of management do not accept constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement and do not have the courage to deal with a difficult situation despite knowing that it is the right thing to do.
    - Managers cause dissention among staff members by their actions and comments.
    - Managers fail to communicate, and don not even have, expectations, timelines or goals.
    - Managers have no strategy for improvement or team success.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should be more aware of what is going on in the company. They are losing many good hardworking employees due to incompetent lower management.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Retail Shop from India."

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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

    * You can always find a Job at Nextag at any time.
    * If you are a complete loser, who can be loyal at any cost ,you will do great here.

    Cons

    * Its a retail shop with 1950's management structure.
    * Complete lack of innovation and motivation.
    * Company's main motivation is profit margin, just like a small business.

    Advice to Management

    * Respect your employees.
    * Come to reality, to solve your problems.
    * Stop rewarding yourself and have some integrity and self-respect.

  8. Helpful (5)

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

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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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Not worth it."

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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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Just Ok"

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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.


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