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Updated August 22, 2017
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  1. "Amazing people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, amazing CEO and good benefits

    Cons

    Not much to say here


  2. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pinger full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good work/life balance. I've read reviews of several other Bay Area tech companies and have seen that work/life balance is a common problem. Pinger is accommodating for parents of young kids and doesn't expect the engineers to be available during the weekends.
    - Interesting technical challenges such as: building new features, refactoring the code base w/ domain-driven design, and improving test coverage
    - Downtown San Jose location
    - Good health care
    - Manager provides feedback and helps with career growth (this is not common in my experience)
    - Transparency regarding quarterly revenue, total shares outstanding, etc.

    Cons

    - The relationship between management and individual contributors is not ideal. The individuals are somewhat handicapped due to limited freedom / trust. This may improve though.
    - Future of the company is not clear -- no immediate plans for an exit
    - Mixed levels of technical talent and motivation throughout engineering

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Easy to just get "comfortable""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The overall culture is laid back and flexible. Great work/life balance. Decent amount of team/company building activities. Unlimited time off is great.

    Cons

    You often feel your contributions or opinions are not appreciated or even considered. There is little to no autonomy or ownership of projects. All decisions are made at the top. Period. A lot of hard work and unanimously decided solutions are derailed by a couple at the top. If you're a "yes" man/woman, you can survive at the company. If you challenge the co-founders, your time is limited.

    Overall, there are great people at the company, but a few bad eggs really spoil the bunch.

    Advice to Management

    If you hire people for particular experience or skills, don't hinder or ignore those contributions. It makes the individual or group feel discarded or undervalued.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Software Internship at Pinger"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice pay, great people, sweet swag, Pinger fun days

    Cons

    There are no cons that I am aware of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  5. Helpful (2)

    "It started out fine..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - 10 year old "startup," plenty of people working on plenty of projects
    - management unafraid to be honest about product roadmap
    - free breakfast on Wednesdays
    - good downtown San Jose location

    Cons

    - management makes decisions based on anecdotal evidence
    - products are built with no valid data or research to justify the need
    - two departments run the entire company, everyone else is just going along for the ride
    - cross functional meetings are plain embarrassing - if I wanted to listen to old men yell about their opinions I'd visit my in-laws more often
    - some people genuinely seem to do nothing all day long, while 15 or so are constantly over-worked and busting their butts

    Advice to Management

    - get some valid processes in place to avoid chasing after flippant goals
    - get a researcher to help better define products BEFORE spending a year building them


  6. "QA Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pinger full-time

    Pros

    -Easy going environment
    -Happy hour every Friday
    -Amazing health insurance.

    Cons

    -Salaries are not comparable to the outside market.

    Advice to Management

    Take feedback from employees about their managers on a regular basis


  7. "Great place to work at!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pinger full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and benefits, challenging problems to solve, overall great company, commute is very good if coming from the north of san jose!

    Cons

    Every day you see gentrification outside on the streets when coming and leaving work. There is an offshore component but the developers are quite competent.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great inspirational work and drive to keep Pinger as a world class communications platform.

  8. "Data Warehouse Intern"

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    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pinger (Less than a year)

    Pros

    PInger's employees are so friendly and warm, and they felt like family. Everyone knows everybody, and they were very welcoming to us interns. Pinger also has great transparency when it comes to their work, and I like the honesty and integrity they promote in the workplace.

    Cons

    None at the moment; Pinger has been great.


  9. "Great Place to work!!!"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work in. Very friendly people. Family atmosphere.

    Cons

    I wish they had lunch, just kidding!!! nothing really

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  10. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pinger (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will love the environment, office, and friendliness of the people.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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