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Nextag San Mateo Reviews

Updated November 21, 2017
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Nextag CEO Jeffrey G. Katz
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  1. "Nextag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Good/Smart People to work with

    Cons

    Too political. Too much change in leadership


  2. "Learn well, but doesn't really pays off well"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Quality Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Quality Engineer in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    You'll learn most recent techniques.

    Cons

    Sometimes your hardwork doesn't pays off well.

  3. 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.


  4. 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


  5. 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!


  6. 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


  7. 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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "An Ok company with mixed pros and cons"

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

    I have been working at Nextag full-time

    Pros

    1. Good technology, a lot of opportunities to learn new stuff
    2. Hard working and smart people get promoted
    3. Good HR staff organizing fun events
    4. Good environment for internationals
    5. Co-workers are generally nice, friendly and smart
    6. Excellent PTO time. Ok work-life balance for most employees.

    Cons

    1. Base salary is not very bad. But there are no other compensation. Bonus is low
    2. The whole company is having hard time grow its traditional shopping business.
    New stategy seems to be good but it needs time to prove that.
    3. Benefits other than PTO are not that great.
    4. Low brand name recognition
    5. Stock options are not attractive at all
    6. People coming in and learving all the time. High turn-over rate


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay. Lousy motivation. No appreciation"

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

    Pros

    Good pay, interesting directions, most of the people were nice

    Cons

    Lack of direction in IT

    Advice to Management

    Work as a team, and not focus on self-centered career goals


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