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Updated March 24, 2017
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  1. "Tech tries to do publishing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Texture full-time

    Pros

    For a publishing company, the pay and benefits are great. Just off the 101. Truly an open-door company. No problems sitting down with the CEO. John Loughlin is great: a true leader, and one of the best listeners I've ever met. A lot of the engineers are real team players, which helps make the culture warm and inviting. There is a lot of support whether you are female, disabled, or just have lower self-esteem. Just say something.

    Cons

    For a tech company, the pay and benefits are just okay. Too far to walk from Caltrain. Some of the engineers have egos that are difficult to work with, but isn't that everywhere? Not a lot of employees with publishing experience, so the publishing part needs some help.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some one-on-one time with employees. I think there are a lot of thoughts never expressed in spite of the surveys.


  2. "Bozo engineering management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Texture full-time

    Pros

    I get to learn about technology.

    Cons

    A good old boy network that you won't get to be part of. They worked together before.

    If engineering management doesn't like you there's not much you can do about it. It really doesn't have anything to do with what work you do, it's more of a popularity contest.

    Communication sucks. Expect need-to-know and nothing more.

    Some very bad attitudes and no one cares. You're on your own to deal with them.

    Uneven workloads. Some people don't have enough work to stay busy. Does management notice this?

    Marketing is badly bloated. Everyone has a big title but they cannot touch the technology, they can only talk about it. They jet off to NYC while you get to stay in the office doing to actual work.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of bozo manangement

  3. "Good work-life balance"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, opportunity to grow, unlimited vacation policy

    Cons

    Some people have too much work, some people don't feel challenged at all.


  4. "Good company. Great product. Open space agile environment."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Texture (More than a year)

    Pros

    Top management is good. Good medical insurance package. Free lunch 2 times a week. Ping pong table. great snack.

    Cons

    Pay is a little bit lower than industry standard. Need to improve work/life balance and internal communication.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention on marketing strategy to promote the product.


  5. "Mixed thoughts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Most employees (over 95%, I think) are approachable, easy to work with, and don't get egotistical about their work
    - Work/life balance
    - Ability for most employees to work remotely
    - Mostly positive attitudes
    - Agile workplace not only in tech development, but also in HR. Hence, there has been improvements in many areas
    - Improvement in workload and development deadlines for those who a previous reviewer talked about when deadlines are too close
    - Lunch twice a week served courtesy of the company
    - Very good benefits. I never worry about the cost of healthcare

    Cons

    There have been questionable choices of hiring that makes me wonder how much longer it will take the company to turn a profit.

    Some people are not paid what they are worth, which I think is why they leave. That's too bad, since the product is worth spending more on the salaries of those who can make it even better.

    The company is lacking technical oversight. There are too many differences in how different teams approach the product.

    In spite of the ability to work remotely, a lot of employees are not good with IM or keeping communication open and letting the rest of team know what's going on, so a lot of time gets wasted from work-doubling and resulting inefficiency from not getting "the memo."

    Morgan left. He was a spirit-lifter and pushed to get us decent bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Each team is different from the next. Leadership needs to get more involved to encourage the culture to grow.

    Get someone to be content architect who has prior publishing experience. The product is all about the content.


  6. "Nice Work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    that is a nice work life balance

    Cons

    there is none of cons here


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    "Interesting company"

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    Former Employee - Director in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Menlo Park, CA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    One of the last media types to be disrupted. A really solid team, good work like balance and good sense of community. Seems like it is a product category that. Team is friendly and CEO seems to care about people

    Cons

    The location used to be good in Palo Alto, but moved to Menlo park right near 101 and nothing around there. Strange equity structure because it is partially owned by the Publishers. It just never seemed to break out.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to make it big. It just seems like a business that should fly but so far seems to be stalled.

  8. "NIM"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Texture full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, management is respectful and helps maintain a good work life balance. Working from home is acceptable as long as you get your work done. Other engineers are nice to work with and senior engineers are good to learn from.

    Cons

    Deadlines are sometimes un-reasonable.


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    "Serious culture problem"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Recently raised a big round of funding
    Support of content providers (big magazine publishers)
    Last big medium to go the way of the proven all-you-can-eat pricing model
    Rarely work long hours

    Cons

    Bad location: terrible traffic on the 101, far from Caltrain, no nearby restaurants
    Bad management: Pushes to deliver too much too fast so teams are stressed and demoralized. Reluctant to deal with attitude problems. Yelling at teams for not delivering even when it's clear they worked hard and did their best.
    A few bad seeds: People you cannot rely on to do their job and do it well.
    Siloed departments: Little collaboration, support, team work
    Slipping product quality: Growing technical debt. Hundreds of bugs that aren't being fixed.
    No strong support for working from home

    Advice to Management

    Slow down, recognize when teams are exhausted. Do not lose sight of product quality. Protect teams over promises to investors. Focus on employee happiness and building a positive culture.


  10. "great product, amazing people, sub-par compensation"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. First and foremost - work-life balance. Employees, on average, work at most 40 hours a week. Employees are allowed to work from home any day. Employees are allowed to work remotely.
    2. Incredibly creative and intelligent people at the top
    3. Opportunities to learn if you are a software engineer. We have several teams doing web back-end, web front-end, iOS app, android app, windows 8 app, big data analytics, and more. Everything we use is cutting edge. If you show strong intent, switching teams is possible.

    Cons

    1. Not so smart people at the bottom. If you are an engineer, you will end up working with sub-average peers. Most engineers stay away from disagreeing with senior engineers. (Note that though not technically strong, engineers are fun to hang out with. They are good people.)
    2. Sub-par compensation

    Advice to Management

    Raise compensation to attract intelligent people


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