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Tango Reviews

Updated January 31, 2017
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Pros
  • Nice co-workers, some very talented engineers, a couple of talented directors who focus on the right things, free food, nice foosball partners (in 6 reviews)

  • The benefits and perks are above par - 401k match, free meals, unlimited PTO, solid health care benefits, gym reimbursements, education, etc (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, no recognition, poor management (in 13 reviews)

  • The upper management seems pretty much inexperienced (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - UI Designer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - UI Designer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great! The management is easy to work with. I love the culture at Tango Austin.

    Cons

    Salary is on the low side.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Comfortable experience for an irrelevant product"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Moss Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Moss Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tango (More than a year)

    Pros

    * Competitive salaries
    * Reasonably smart co-workers
    * IT infrastructure in pretty good shape
    * Nice building
    * Cash in the bank

    Cons

    * Leadership has really failed to lead.
    * Engineering processes are not well defined. POR is not written down, it is off-the-cuff which is fine for a smaller company, but not a company trying to grow.
    * No core product growth, only band-aids on the client-side to increase MAU
    * Not attracting the right new talent
    * Product is irrelevant in the marketplace

    Advice to Management

    Start listening. Lead. Create a story that we all believe.
    Take steps to make the Tango product relevant again.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Naive product decisions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tango (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, fine benefits, acceptable work load, nice office, OK food.

    Cons

    1) While other competitors in the area focus on improving their core technical competency, Tango try to defeat its competitors by putting weird buttons promoting silly features everywhere to increase engagement... LOL
    2) The product design can be ridiculous. For every feature that's could be correctly built and used by users, eventually it become weird and scares users away, thanks to its innovative product team.
    3) Weak engineering team. While engineers at other companies take bold movement and do something that's actually challenging and innovative, engineers here focus on mess up their apps again and again to annoy users.
    4) Weak infrastructure. The company has no interest of making the foundation solid. The app and the services are glued together and all like a mess. As a result, the company moves either too slow, or too fast to maintain its paces and get things worse.

    Advice to Management

    The company may still have a chance if it's willing to do something really well, instead of testing its luck here and there.


  4. "Great company. Great opportunities."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Free food
    - Unlimited PTO
    - Flexible timings
    - Young and energetic staff
    - Talented, dedicated and enthusiastic engineers

    Cons

    - Product & Design teams should be on the same page with Engineering teams
    - Struggling to keep users
    - Open environment, sometimes could be too loud and noisy.

    Advice to Management

    "Eat & savor what you have been served. Do not worry about what is cooking"
    "Make careful decisions hiring product management. Do not be overshadowed by their past employments"


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Lack vision and innovation"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free lunches, nice office and facility, gym reimbursement, more open communications in recent company meetings, still has cash in the bank

    Cons

    Lack of new ideas so often imitate other apps. Favoritism is quite obvious, and that could cause frustration and hurt motivation.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify the work force to get more fresh ideas. Take bold steps in strategy. And most importantly, find ways to motivate employees.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Bubble burst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, some very talented engineers, a couple of talented directors who focus on the right things, free food, nice foosball partners.

    Cons

    Dis-honest executives. Many many empty promises, lies. I was sold on the promise Tango is going to be the next whatsapp and it's growing very fast. Big mistake. Their user base has been shrinking ever since I joined. No growth and massive layoffs. Favoritism is everywhere. If you are from Israel and speaks Hebrew, you are golden. There was this kid, freshly out of an Israeli university, heavily accented English, don't really know what he is doing (I don't blame him for this), and did not really spend too much time at work. Got promoted to team lead after 9 months in the job. Meanwhile other hardworking, talented engineers in the same team, 20+ years of experience, 5+ years with the company, don't get promoted. Very disappointing.

    Advice to Management

    You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Another directionless start-up"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Artist in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Artist in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A very friendly group of people, some nice benefits, beautiful office, breakfast, lunch and dinner provided

    Cons

    Unstable; MAU and the company itself have been consistently shrinking since I began working their over a year ago. There have been many attempts to rejeuvenate the main app including a dubious plan to split it into two separate products but the fact of the matter is that even as an employee of the company I didn't like using the app. Not enough attention is being paid to fixing some basic problems.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to make money. Don't dissolve teams that are showing actual growth.

  8. "Okay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Fast paced environment and willingness to try new things from upper management. Engineering team is strong, able to add new features without a lot of direction.

    Cons

    Not enough vision or experience from upper management to know what is a good plan vs a bad plan. This results in a lot of wasted motion.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Good compensations, but very stressful job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Lots of cool benefits
    Nice office space
    No questions asked reimbursement policy for equipment or tools you need to get your job done or to make you comfortable

    Cons

    Extremely stressful environment
    Colleagues are just colleagues not friends. Sort of a toxic culture all around.
    Lots of anger and sarcasm all around
    Product is geared towards creeps of the internet to gain DAU and MAU and is not about connecting with people as they advertise
    Never felt product of the product, could never endorse it

    Advice to Management

    Make something that people in the company can endorse and feel proud of. Don't be a sell off. Do something original, stop copying 10 different things from 10 different applications.


  10. "A fun place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diversity
    Talent people
    Things moving fast
    Nice working environment
    A great place to try out new technology

    Cons

    Product strategy is not clear. Sometimes long hours


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