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PlaceIQ Reviews

Updated June 7, 2017
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  1. "Awesome place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    PlaceIQ does a great job of balancing data innovation and fun. I was consistently challenged and enjoyed every project as I grew through the company and will miss working there.

    Cons

    Not much here - I think you have to be ready to work in a startup environment here to succeed.


  2. "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very intelligent, diverse, hard-working group. Company does try to invest in keeping a positive, collaborative culture.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency and increasingly negative outlook on business.

  3. ""If I did my due diligence, I never would have joined this company""

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

    I worked at PlaceIQ full-time

    Pros

    The few decent things about the company are the free snacks, and drinks. The large open office space. Decent Wednesday lunches.

    Cons

    The company missed the boat on location data and analytics. Now it's become commodotized, that google and facebook have or are entering into the fray. They've had multiple rounds of layoffs, and let some really intelligent people leave or go. Companies will always have office politics, but not to the degree that runs rampant at PlaceIQ. There's definitely alot of unfounded, inflated egos at the company, even after the layoffs. They used to promote a fraternity atmosphere, where you couldn't make suggestions. Now it's become more of an every man for himself attitude. There's still that clique-ish atmosphere, to where those in the "clique" get rewarded and promoted over work based merit. It's become a bit toxic and keeping people down has become the norm.
    The technology used to be great, trying to solve complex problems, but now it seems they're trying to maintaian a product that's practically become commoditized versus trying to innovate something new. It reminds me of the microsoft office days, where microsoft was trying to keep the old office model when google came out with docs,sheets, slides. Microsoft at least saw the writing on the wall. and changed. PlaceIQ doesn't recognize that it needs to change, dramatically, to stay relevant.

    Advice to Management

    reduce the size of the company, and regroup into what made placeiq so good to work at.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "So many layoffs..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PlaceIQ full-time

    Pros

    The product was interesting for a time, but then the market caught up and location data became commoditized. Sometimes the company does interesting work and solves complicated problems. The benefits are decent.

    Cons

    There have been multiple rounds of layoffs. It seems like the company missed the boat on getting acquired and really overshot on their expectations. My sense is that they are struggling and aren't really sure how to course correct.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to bring in the management consultants...


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Going downhill"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company used to be really great. The benefits were good and the work was interesting.

    Cons

    Everything is being poorly managed. Huge layoffs 2 years in a row. If the company spent money more wisely (fewer over-the-top happy hours/client parties, snacks, etc), jobs could have been saved. The cut out a lot of employees who had invested a lot of time into the company and were extremely loyal, but stuck with newer ones who cost them less. The new benefits for 2017 are terrible. The brand new office is going to be split into half a co-working space.

    Advice to Management

    Re-consider some of your top folks. They have too much power. The CFO should not have that many departments under him, same with the SVP of Bus. Dev. The CEO is very smart, but has the wrong people whispering in his ears.


  6. "Why Wouldn't you want to work here?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at PlaceIQ full-time

    Pros

    - The work is challenging and rewarding at a technical level.
    - Reasonably progressive corporate culture.
    - Flexible scheduling requirements, can work from home occasionally as needed.
    - Employees are passionate about what they do and are eager to share their knowledge and experience.
    - Monthly happy hours.
    - great culture which is very employee friendly
    - office perks: lots of free food (snacks, cereal, drinks, bi-weekly lunches), company events
    - We have great people that work here
      * We have the smartest man working here in the company
      * We have the "Man with the most curb appeal"
      * We have the "Greatest Guy/Man" working here
      * Best Table Tennis player in all of midtown.
      * 2 of the best hackey sackers in the Northeast region

    Cons

    - Many initiatives trumpeted for some time were abandoned once complete.
    - Chasing the next new thing can leave some to be a bit cynical about what they are working on now, in those rare cases.
    - There can be times when it's hard to connect vision and products.

    Advice to Management

    fail hard fail fast, but learn from those failures.


  7. "Lots to like about working here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The technology challenges are exciting and motivating.
    There is a lot of opportunity in the organization for advancement.
    Solid financials with the focus being on growing the company and not on a quick exit.
    They take good care of the staff, providing food and snacks in the office, and a comfortable and flexible work environment.
    Most of the staff treats each other with respect.
    In a company this size, everyone's contribution matters.
    The staff really seems to genuinely enjoy being there.

    Cons

    It is hard work at times, as with any rapidly growing company there is much to do.
    Sometimes the free salads run out before everyone can get one!
    Long product cycles, especially on the enterprise side of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Continue actively working toward transparency for the staff. This is appreciated, but should not stop.
    Along with the regular communications around our road map, be more concise on the priorities. It is motivating for the staff when we know the importance of the work we are invested in.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Inexperienced leadership leading to incompetence and poor judgement."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really smart people work here. The office is beautiful. Many of the people that actually contribute are hard working and respectful.

    Cons

    Frat party atmosphere. Brilliant yet control freak CEO doesn't allow anyone to disagree with him. "Yesmen" are given more authority than they can handle due to lack of talent or experience. Much of the Sr Leadership team is arrogant and disrespectful. Very hierarchical, lots of unfounded ego.

    Advice to Management

    Hire an experienced CEO or COO and listen to him/her. Stop binge drinking. Treat your workers with respect.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Poor execution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many potentially interesting engineering problems

    Cons

    Consistently poor execution
    Lack of product vision
    Prefer sales over building a great product
    Non-existent engineering culture

    Advice to Management

    Stop being nonchalant and actively seek feedback to improve self and company by extension
    Be transparent with your employees if you expect nothing less from them


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Engaging, fun place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Driven, intelligent, diverse coworkers
    Subject matter experts willing to help
    Interesting, complex problems to solve and projects to pursue
    Supportive managers
    Amazing office space
    Great food, snacks, happy hours
    Work life balance and autonomy over your schedule

    Cons

    Engineering team is stretched thin and tends to get pulled in too many directions
    Occasionally problematic disconnect between marketing/sales and tech/engineering
    Groups within company can be somewhat siloed
    Senior management can seem scattered in terms of priorities

    Advice to Management

    Hire more engineers
    Continue (and enhance) transparency with the whole company
    Build a real roadmap and stick to it
    Enhance and lengthen new hire training
    Encourage more collaboration, communication between business and tech teams


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