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Skyhook Wireless Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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  1. "Great work environment and wonderful people!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Skyhook is a successful company with a phenomenal product, and has so much more growth potential. There are truly brilliant people who work here! I feel definite job security at Skyhook. We are offered solid benefits - vacations, health, transportation, 401K, etc. The office environment is friendly and focused - We work hard, but have a great time together too. Work/life balance is important and encouraged.

    Cons

    There was a time last spring when we merged with our parent company. It was a bit of an uncomfortable/unsettling time, but in the past year, we have come together with our parent office and formed a more cohesive, stronger company, in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to your employees and encourage openness in communication. Keep in mind the importance of company culture for team building and work enjoyment. Management has done a good job in keeping this line of thinking in mind, and I would encourage them to continue seeing its importance.


  2. "A Great Place to Work and Grow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. A very dynamic and strong product that is easy to get behind. Fantastic staff at the Boston office. A strong understanding of work/life balance. The people at Skyhook actually care about each other. Pride is taken into a lot of the work people do at Skyhook (and I personally feel that it shows). Inner office communication is effective. Constant learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Merger was confusing and frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Keep mixers and other events that promote inner office fun and team building. Continue to strive for transparency with employees.


  3. "Non Disclose"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great bunch of Smart people with awesome technology....plus great teamwork, culture and spirit for growth. Watch Skyhook, great things to come. A great place to be, as they have a great global customer base and are now positioning for new high growth markets in IoT, Enterprise Insights and Advertising.

    Cons

    No more gym membership allowance

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused and keep to the Plan.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sold out to a failing company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some good people who work here, but not in upper management. They sold out to the highest bidder then ruined the company.

    Cons

    The company that took over Skyhook Wireless is a mess. They have gone from over 300 people to around 40, and are doing the same thing to the company that they acquired, Skyhook Wireless. Sad.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what the people at the parent company are doing. If you don't they will destroy the company or what's left of it.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "So much potential, no execution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Attracted some very talented individual contributors across all areas of the business (from marketing/sales to engineering and data science). There are many people who are willing to sacrifice their personal time to drive successful outcomes for the company - these are the type of people you love working with. 401(k) has good investment options and a decent match. You were able to expense your cell phone and the kitchen is usually stocked with some snacks and drinks.

    Cons

    No direction or corporate value system. Upper management is exactly that - they are condescending and completely opaque with everyone else in the company when it comes to critical decisions. No individual growth plans or even a cadence or reviews so very difficult to grow professionally. Lots of legacy and broken systems require massive engineering and operations efforts just to keep the wheels from falling off. The constant sacrifice of personal time to fix these broken issues with little more than lip service from 'management' leads to burnout and a massive rate of attrition. The promise of a bonus seems to be evaporating every year as it is a moving target with no concrete updates and employees don't know whether it will be paid in part, in full, or if at all due to the lack in transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to learn how lead. There is an acute lack of any cohesive vision for the company and as a result, there are constant pivots on what is the 'top priority'. Decide what you want to be when you grow up, and march down that path. There is some top flight engineering talent that can deliver the solutions needed if they were supported by a more refined focus. Be transparent - there is no insight and many small circles of cliques where 'management' erects silos of information to make them feel superior.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Massive upside, huge opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President of Marketing in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Vice President of Marketing in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company has massive opportunity. The people are top class. The location is good and the office is vibrant and there's a lot of trust.

    Cons

    The opportunity is massive. There's a lot to do. There are growing pains, but within there are opportunities. Sometimes people leave dishes in the sink.

    Advice to Management

    Focus and keep going. Treat employees like the treasures they are and trust them to take you there. Hire the best and keep going!


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Amazing colleagues and team, horrible CEO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Skyhook Wireless full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Snacks, beer fridge. "Most" of the folks are actually really talented and cool to work with, but the handful that aren't unfortunately steer the ship and it is sinking!

    Cons

    CEO is a buffoon and a dictator- worst CEO I have ever encountered!

    Salaries aren't at market level. New hires get paid well, but veterans aren't valued.

    High turnover!

    Advice to Management

    BOD needs to replace the CEO and get someone to actually lead the company. Unfortunate as the team as a whole is amazing, but with a leader no one respects- it's a losing battle. Don't get fooled by the seemingly fun office vibe! Meet the CEO and you will see everyone is just waiting for their next gig.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Boston's next tech gem"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Skyhook Wireless full-time

    Pros

    Incredibly intelligent team and amazing portfolio of intellectual property really sets the stage for Skyhook as they aim to become the global leader in location technology. There is also a good range of benefits, full dental/health care, and they give you pretty much anything you need (laptop, software ect...)

    It also works well as a family as much as a company, the competition to 'beat' other employees is not an issue, but instead it's a cohesive unit working to accomplish one goal. Be the best location company in the world.

    Cons

    Due to the turbulent past of Skyhook, there has been a lot of pieces of the pie that remain shaken up and are just now beginning to settle and become more organized and efficient.

    I also worry that the newness of the executive team (less than 2 years) is adding to this chaos a bit.

    Pay a little under market rate but

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing towards efficiency however I would warn against more process.


  10. "Experience at Skyhook"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skyhook Wireless full-time

    Pros

    Definitely a friendly and positive environment to work. Skyhook provides as mush convenience as possible to their employees to make the work environment friendly. This helps to settle in as well as work more efficiently. They were also flexible on work schedule and understanding when situations arise.

    Cons

    Although the solution is software based, there is resilience around taking the software possibilities and solutions to the next level. Most solutions are around current stable version and it is difficult to upgrade to a better software.

    Advice to Management

    Expand team, have more meetings regarding overall goal of the company. Update employees on the financial situation of the company. And of course, listen to your employees, they might have good feedback.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "In trouble"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skyhook Wireless full-time

    Pros

    Very interesting technology. Great location.

    Cons

    Looks like the company has not recovered from losing the Apple contract. The CEO has been replaced (actually it is the same CEO as their parent company), people have been laid off and many have left.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be too many things to too many markets - adtech, devices, apps.... Determine the most lucrative market and focus on it.


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