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RPX Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work but growth limited"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, good work life balance, great office location, stable company

    Cons

    Limited long-term upside, work ethic varies among teams, interesting but niche product / service model


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great flexibility and awesome pay. Smaller organization so a great family feel. Great benefits and opportunity to work in a niche but interesting space.

    Cons

    Business can sometimes be unpredictable due to external factors like patent reform.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "ok to work here"

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    Current Employee - Senior Database Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Database Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great team, good place in the city

    Cons

    not very advanced technologies, kind of old school, no big data


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    "Incredibly welcoming"

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    Current Employee - Patent Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Patent Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I started at RPX recently and it is amazing how friendly and welcoming everyone is. No one is shy to offer to help. It has really helped me to get into the flow of things quickly. I know there have been a number of bad reviews of RPX based on the existence of a clique, but I don't see it from where I sit, at least not in my department.

    Cons

    Have not encountered any issues yet. Being diligent about time management is critical to avoid getting into trouble with the work load.

    Advice to Management

    Continue encouraging employees with the current set of policies; they seem to be working very well from what I can see.


  6. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RPX full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Ridiculously nice view from office. Friendly coworkers. Excellent perks/benefits.

    Cons

    A couple times I had to pay a few dollars of my own money for my monthly cell phone bill because they set a limit to how much they'll reimburse.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keepin' on.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Unsupportive, lack of team work and not truthworhty"

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the people can be fun to work with. Good location and great views !

    Cons

    The management is unsupportive and highly uninvolving. You go in, do your stuff and head out. i don't trust HR and there's a very high turnaround of people. People quit all the time. Lots of politics and no one knows anyone. You're a nobody there. Company events are like a forced "thing to do", management never shows up unless there's alcohol. Administrative staff is treated like crap.

    Advice to Management

    Make your people feel like they are part of what you're building. Make them feel like they matter. Make them feel like you have their back. And change your HR management !!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unique company"

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    Current Employee - California in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - California in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Market leader with little competition. Smart colleagues. Varied challenges. Nice size.

    Cons

    Need to be comfortable with less structure. Growing, but more slowly.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Lots of potential, poor execution"

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

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

    Pros

    1) Gorgeous views from the office and great location near the Embarcadero.
    2) Great work-life balance
    3) Lots of company sponsored happy hours and social events

    Cons

    After working for RPX for over a year, I have come to realize this company has many flaws and its problems begin at the top. Many of the people managers at the company are in their roles because of their close relationship with senior execs and NOT because of credentials, knowledge or experience. This is the root cause of the many problems the company faces today:

    1.) Lack of Leadership & Attrition– there are virtually no true managers at the company. Few managers know how to set goals, execute them, and get things done. Motivated people want to see their careers progress and want to learn. This cannot happen when you have managers who are in charge of teams and have no substantive knowledge or experience in the discipline they’re managing. At RPX, it is quite common to have people from business/sales/humanities backgrounds calling the shots for a highly technical team. When employees have managers they can’t learn from or respect -- they leave.

    2.) Lack of trust – When you repeatedly see people being promoted or hired simply because they are friends of senior management, it creates a deeply flawed culture. The general feeling at the company is that hard work won’t get you promoted but a few beers with the right people will. As a result, employees have no trust in management that spending the time to do great work will move them up the ladder. The disincentive to work is further reinforced because many managers are not knowledgeable in the field they are managing. If a manager can’t discern between good work or bad what incentive does an employee have to do good work? As a result, many employees at RPX spend their days “working” from home, enjoying the great view from the office, and waiting out the days until they hit the one year vest.

    3.) Low Morale – the problems listed above combined with a business few employees have a genuine interest in has lead to low morale at the company. It’s common to see the same downward spiral occur over and over again. Many employees come in motivated and excited to change things. By month 3 they start to feel that nobody cares about the work they are doing. By month 6 they start to join the others by “working” from home multiple times a week, “working” from the slopes during ski season, or “working” from a coffee shop in the afternoon when they are really interviewing for another job.

    Advice to Management

    People genuinely care to work hard and build a great company. But when you hire the wrong people to run critical departments you are not building a great company, you are creating a circus. Fixing the issues isn’t easy and will require a lot of tough decisions. Get rid of those that don’t belong. Identify those that do and develop them into leaders that can help execute the company’s vision. Over the years RPX has done a respectable job of bringing in talented individuals, but it has done a terrible job of retaining them.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Clique central; gain favor with the friends of the CEO"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. RPX strives for work-life balance. Core membership is a cash cow so the environment has a feeling of easy money, and hours are fairly light. There are quite a few company events.
    2. Good compensation.
    3. Contingent of highly intelligent, caring and interesting individuals. They don't often stay long, though!

    Cons

    RPX hires many smart, passionate, qualified people across the ranks, but the senior executives who run the various departments are childhood friends of the CEO, so the most impressive folks often get jaded pretty quickly by the lack of fair play in the workplace. The departments that have the most turnover and least impressive results are run by the core clique. Here are the most valued attributes managers assign to employees, in this order: 1. Sponsored by a friend of the CEO; 2. Can hold your own in a conversation about sports; 3. Have a good sense of humor; 4. Some intellectual competency, but never more than your boss - provided your boss is in good standing by the friends of the CEO.
    While the work has the potential to be fairly interesting don't expect your output to stand on its own merits. No one wants to know what you did, they only want to know who is backing it.

    Advice to Management

    1. 360 degree reviews; A. You will be very surprised, or B. You never wanted to know.
    2. Keep the motley crew from the keg stand days away from the management of other individuals, unless those managers are well-respected, incredible performers.
    3. Try elevating your employees, most people want to go to great lengths to earn their paychecks the honest way.
    4. Ask more questions!


  11. Helpful (3)

    "OK job, but a lot of room for improvement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Smart/ well qualified individual contributors
    - Average compensation, but they are in a industry very difficult to get comparable
    - Very nice location (very expensive location)
    - Reasonable benefits
    - Excellent IT group!

    Cons

    - Minimal/Zero Growth potential, you need to accept "it is what it is"
    - Highly "political" and "click" environment. If you are not part of the "circle of trust" don't bother to bring good ideas
    - Poor communication across all levels
    - Poor transparency (HR, Salary, Decisions, Hiring, firing, etc.)
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