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Updated May 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Point Inside full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Point Inside has the best work/life balance out of all of the companies I've worked for.
    They understand that you have a family/life outside of work and they value that, this is one of the best things about working here.
    I've been working here as a software engineer for just under 6 months and have learnt so much already. There is flexibility in technologies you want to use, as well as projects you want to work on. And there is always really interesting features that are waiting to be built.
    Management in my experience has been good, they are transparent in company's progress, whether it is ups or downs.

    Cons

    Seems to have high turn-over rate, people you really liked to work with tends to move on to bigger companies after 1 + years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Disappointing"

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

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

    Pros

    A very nice office with a beautiful view of Mt. Rainier. Free snacks and soda. Flexible working hours, unless you are on-call. A wide open floor plan.

    Cons

    Company direction changed ever quarter. What once was a critical priority, may not be spoken of or followed through on without explanation. The company's revenue stream is limited to a handful of high dollar partners making the damage from a lost contract devastating. middle management turnover and org changes are too common. managers quit and teams are passed around to VPs. I've seen companies "pivot", but never this poorly...

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing a quality product and stop chasing the next noun-as-a-service, flavor of the week, buzzword. If you would have focused on Analytics, Stability, and ease of use from early on, the product in production would be something worth buying. Unfortunately, I think the ship has sailed and left you at the docks at this point.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Wanted it to be great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team leads truly cared about the well being of their direct reports
    Talented Engineers

    Cons

    Senior management micro-managed at the expense of providing a consistent company direction

    Advice to Management

    Hire the best, and then let them do their jobs.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "good starting place"

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    Current Employee - Data Content Technician in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Data Content Technician in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    interesting product, great benefits, lots of hackathons

    Cons

    Bad communication from the top down, no career growth


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Initial Impressions - A Dream Environment"

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    Current Employee - Business Intelligence in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Business Intelligence in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Caveat - I have been with PI for just one week thus far.

    Open space structure - no separation between leadership and workers - actually no feel of "class" differences at all. Family oriented environment. Having FUN means something - enjoying the workplace means something - getting input across the floor means something. Life Work balance means something. Acknowledging each other for contributions means something. Solving impediments TOGETHER versus calling out failures of groups or individuals means something. Valuing and asking feedback from everyone involved - strongly pursued and appreciated within the office (even the newest person - day 1 on the job). Brilliant passionate people focused on the customer and the path to be better and better - SOLID on setting company values and roadmaps and following them. Weekly meeting across all departments set aside specifically to just "sync" on current efforts and to help each other. Genuine interest across everyone to help each other.

    Cons

    MS Office is still 2013 (lol).

    Advice to Management

    None...yet.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Data Content Technician"

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

    I worked at Point Inside full-time

    Pros

    Young employees (22-27 year olds), PTO, free snacks, using Adobe Creative Suite

    Cons

    A very micro-managed environment: you are responsible for a production number every week measured in maps made + a % of efficiency that corresponds with your name. When I was there this literally translates to a color-coded weekly chart with everyone's name and numbers on it where green=good and red=bad. If you can hit your numbers weekly its fine, but the pressure to hit higher numbers never fades, and tweaks are constantly made to the process to increase them. Mandatory overtime is not uncommon here. No linear career path for employees on the Content Team.

    There is a fairly high turnover rate for this position as people get burned out. A lucky few have been promoted to other departments but it's not uncommon for management to hire from outside of a team or the company unceremoniously.

    Advice to Management

    Your Content Employees are not just numbers, and they have good contributions to offer when they are given some breathing room from the relentless weekly production. HR should be a last resort, not the de-facto tool for dealing with Content Employees every time a Supervisor neglects to address their teams' needs.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "They keep improving!"

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

    Pros

    Point Inside has some pretty awesome company events, my favorite so far was having hydroplane viewing booth at Seafair. The environment is casual and comfortable. The office has great views and is conveniently located if you do not drive to work. Parking fees in downtown Bellevue can seriously burn the average person's wallet.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to move up within the company from the data content team. It is hard to define transferable skills learned in this position.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it seems"

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

    Pros

    Good friends, good friends, good friends, good friends

    Cons

    if you're lower than an engineer don't expect anything. Without the data techs PI wouldn't be where it is today.

    Advice to Management

    Choose ones for management who deserve it. Don't give management to the one who barks the loudest.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good concept, not the best under the hood"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Much more transparency than in the past; management is finally starting to keep employees in the loop of things, whether by email or company meetings. Managers are doing monthly check ins with all staff members.

    Morale is on the rise as well, following a slump in the company for the last six months. Some teams are a bit higher in morale than others.

    Steady work and pay, with the occasional activity thrown in. Benefits are fair. Company sponsored parties and events on rare occasions.

    Immediate managers seen very passionate about their teams, and helping them to develop skills where they want to.

    Cons

    As mentioned above, morale had been low in the past six months. Sudden high turnover rate among staff recently. Most don't seem to get more than a goodbye before being tossed out.

    Some departments are worse. Engineering seems happier overall, where as content mappers always seem so down. I feel really bad for them. Most have thoughts of moving up in the company, but in my time here, it has been shown that management doesn't care much for promotions into new areas. Rather, they would just hire a new person for a job instead of allow established employees a chance. Again, this is a company wide problem.

    Less competitive salaries than a lot of companies in the area, despite management constantly talking about how well the company is doing financially.

    Immediate managers are hindered by upper management when trying to help their team. Some sort of disconnect between the two, and it can be felt in every department.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe push harder and with more honest effort to raise morale in the company. It has all the tools to keep doing what it does well, and become bigger and better, but not when they lose people to firing/quitting.

    Promote from within! I believe this will also help with morale. Knowing you can move up (and sometimes different departments) can be a huge boost to morale. Give people a chance to impress you.

    More interaction with management. From the engineers to the mappers, more time interacting on a personal level might just show that you care about employees as individuals. It also gives you a chance to evaluate potential in employees you didn't know was there.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Smart people solving hard problems"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management has done a great job of picking a specific strategy, communicating it well, and sticking with it. We have platform that could be sold to lots of different types of businesses, but we have focused on a specific industry (retail) and a specific market segment. This is not always easy for a start up and shows the maturity of the management team and the CEO in particular.

    Secondly, as an engineer it's rare to find a company with as many interesting technical challenges as we have. From big data analytics to the mobile platform and in between everyone has interesting problems to solve and are using modern cloud hosted tools and tech to solve them. I've learned how to use Hadoop, Hive, Pig, Node.js, and more since I've been here.

    Cons

    Parking in downtown Bellevue is expensive. The office is next to the transit center so bus it if you can. The company does have a parking subsidy that helps. There are a lot of Seahawks fans here (just going to put that in this section w/o further comment).


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