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Speakeasy Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  1. "It was a good run, before the merge."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Speak was a great place to work -- I have made good friends and invaluable networking contacts. Best thing WAS the excellent caliber of technical folks in the rank and file.

    Cons

    (OK, I *always* hated the cheap-o IKEA desks lined up in bullpen style. I almost turned down the job for that alone.)

    However, the real problem is the merge. In 2010 a three-way merge took place between Covad, Megapath, and Speakeasy. Speakeasy no longer exists, in spirit or any other way. The engineering team is gutted and has been since late summer. Customer service is no longer a priority. I don't know what is, exactly, other than giant bonuses for the C-level teams.

    I don't believe they're hiring right now but the bottom line is, if you have a chance to work there? PASS.

    Advice to Management

    If you're ever in a merge again? Don't do it this way.


  2. "A good place to work to develop your career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a smaller company, less than 500 employees, Speakeasy allows great opportunity to make your contributions to the company really count. You are given challenging assignments and projects while being allowed enough room to learn and grow. In a short period of time, you will soon get to meet and work with all of the key players within the organization. The senior leadership team is approachable and listens to the feedback given.

    Cons

    Speakeasy's pay is on the lower end of the scale for comparable titles in the management ranks, but fair to average for individual contributors.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that all decisions take into account all employees, as well as, the revenue bottom line. Take more time to communicate to the team in either the company intranet or a regular news letter.

  3. "Great place to get experience fast and then move on"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Speakeasy has a lot of growth opportunity for eager talented employees who want to move up and gain experience.

    Cons

    Employees are forced to live in a constant fire drill environment where every task is your top priority.

    Management/Product are quick to jump on the latest bandwagon that looks like it will sell, but rarely follows through with plans to successfully support/maintain them.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on the core products
    Listen to your front line reps, they are your best source for information for customer wants/needs
    Heavily investing in the training department is an investment in your customer's future


  4. "Good place to work but no brand name"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High technical people
    Very good work life balance
    Management is highly technical and is grown within the company.
    people does get a chance to express themselves

    Cons

    Very few new projects
    No compensation adjustment from last 2 years
    Financially not doing very well
    All internal projects and just a few client facing

    Advice to Management

    Get the finance settled down
    bring more projects
    Re motivate the teams and bring back the confidence
    Act fast to employee concerns


  5. "A good place to work for a couple of years"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Speakeasy is a machine that turns smart people into talented people. After a year or two you will likely be far more advanced at your skill set.

    Cons

    It's very hard to get promotions and salary increases at Speakeasy. You really need to play hard ball (preferably when you get in) in order to get any kind of a raise. As a result, many of the highly talented staff have been leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on development of culture and creating a fun atmosphere. Also try to outline a clear path that indicates how to get promoted.


  6. "Time to make a change on the Management level"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers, great work environment, perfect location. Made some great connections ans long lasting friends while working at Speakeasy. Very helpful in lost situations.

    Cons

    Management needs to be rebuilt. Focusing on what is making the company excel, would be key. Management is too focused on keeping long time(overpaid) employees happy. Rather than out with the old and in with the new.

    Advice to Management

    Make some changes in how you treat your employees. People will start jumping ship if, such changes are not made. Bruce is a great guy, just think his heart is in the wrong location.


  7. "Good place to work, especially if you're not very experienced in networking"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Support Representative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Support Representative in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very laid back and liberal atmosphere, flexible as well. Good benefits. Many opportunities within the company (although I haven't advanced yet because I haven't found a good fit.)
    Excellent location in down town Seattle just a couple blocks away from the market and very close to all bus routes.
    Company provides transportation pass.

    Cons

    Due to the location, everyone gets seated together. There are no cubicles or many offices (except for the higher-ups) so they literally have tables next to each other and people sit inches away from each other. Kinda looks like a computer lab. No sound barriers so it gets kinda loud when you're on the phone with someone and people next to you are talking or yelling etc...

    Advice to Management

    I am very satisfied with working at Speakeasy and I really like it. I am getting tired of doing phone support though, so I am interested in other opportunities within the company.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Medium size company with enterprise sized challenges."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    working with the individual contributors in all departments has been very rewarding - excellent people who invest a lot of effort into making the company a better place to work and the products sold be a better value to the customer.

    The company is growing with their focus shifting from the Small and Medium Business focus to large and enterprise size clients coming on board. Future growth potential is better than average depending on continued client acquisition, also dependent on any partnerships or acquisitions which might take place.

    Cons

    A lot of politics from the Lead level on up. Not a lot of unity or collaboration between each division or as a sum total. A notable absense of accountability from key people in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Establish a solid list of company project priorities and then stick to it a period of time. Establish a timeframe/budget for all projects (quarter/annual) which will represent the scope container and an expiry date after which the priorities will be reexamined and projects scope either revised or projects marked as completed pending the new project priorities. Focus on these primary items with an eye that they work to fulfill the general direction of the company over the foreseeable term.


  9. "don't plan on sticking around"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advanced Services Group Agent in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Advanced Services Group Agent in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    basically its an easy place to get into and you can dress however you want

    Cons

    management is always changing things from how you are to work to how you schedule is to how much you get paid

    Advice to Management

    don't piss off the people who keep the companys front line working


  10. "Speak"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to interesting technologies and problems.

    Cons

    Speakeasy is plagued by lack of focus and only doing half of any project.

    Advice to Management

    Convey clear goals for success.


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