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Roost.com Co-Founder/CEO Jon Gillon
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  1. "Redefining self storage with a close-knit team"

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    Former Employee - Web Developer
    Former Employee - Web Developer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Roost.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A good place to wear many hats. Everyone cares about the success of the company and has a say in what they think would be best for the future. Plenty of autonomy within bounds of goals discussed with management and peers. The team is comprised of young and bright talent. Management is intentional with team building, accountability, and creativity.

    Cons

    Not immune to common struggles of a new company despite being the market leader in it's industry. Roost's only option is to grow to say the least. Office space is tight. Bring your own device policy and compensation is below market competition which is common to early stage start-ups. Long hours expected like most start ups.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. There's room for better accountability in regards to promises. Your team supports your decisions, even through the tough ones and regrettable ones. Stay teachable and discerning - it's only benefited the company thus far.


  2. "The Business Needs to be More Important than Having a Family"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Roost.com full-time

    Pros

    The team is fun, and the atmosphere is friendly and laid back. Most there are very authentic people, that really do care about each other.

    Cons

    "Family" is far too heavily focused on. The product seems to come second to that.

    You really have to fight to get even near competitive wages. Initially, you will be offered a salary that could quite easily be seen as a joke, with some percentage of equity, which "means family." No regard seems to be given to the fact that money feeds the kids, not equity.

    It really doesn't matter if you're passionate about seeing the company succeed. If you don't fit into the clique, you won't survive. In fact, it seems like those who care about the company succeeding have less of a chance of staying on the team.

    No regard is given to standards or protocols. Any attempts to create them will be seen as a challenge or threat.

    Security and control is taken far too seriously by engineering, to the point that it heavily hinders others' ability to succeed. Attempts to change that are seen as a threat.

    You won't be taken seriously unless you fit into the clique.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up from the delusion. You're alienating people who truly care about the business, all in the name of "family," even if some of your family doesn't care as much.

    First and foremost to having a tight cliquey team is having a successful business, which is second to having a team that cares about the business succeeding. Without the business, you don't get the team.

    LISTEN TO YOUR TEAM. ALL OF THEM. Not just the people who fit into your clique. If someone is telling you something that may help improve the business, take them seriously, even if the end result may mean reprimanding you like. Sure, it could be a threat to your tight clique, but it isn't a threat to the business. You hire people to help the business succeed, not to take you down. Get over the mistrust.

  3. "Good for young, full-time socialites. Bad for contractors."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front End Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Front End Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Roost.com (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Young, fun group. Lot of excitement and commitment to growth. New office space. Moves quickly from idea to idea (see cons).

    Cons

    Attention contractors: Payment not guaranteed! Creating good tech & allocating the time to do so is not a top priority. Two thirds of current founders are not tech-oriented. Decisions are not usually based on or supported by data, as is sometimes the case in early start-ups that are (too) fast-moving. Compensation is below market. Tech team is mostly remote/out-sourced.

    Advice to Management

    Admit to not knowing. No one is expecting infallibility, so don't shut down ideas or concerns (based on experience) as if you are. Also, you're a tech company---value your tech.


  4. "Great consumer focused internet start up. Terrific team. Fun atmosphere and good comp/benefits."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fun, small, intimate atmosphere. Everyone cares & we're building something very cool. It's fun to care so much about building great product.

    Cons

    Competitive industry. Can make it a bit nervy.

    Advice to Management

    I understand that we're a start up, but we should start thinking about career development for folks.