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Updated March 2, 2017
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  1. "QA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good team work and culture

    Cons

    cant think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    should improve their management skills


  2. "Various thoughts"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Various (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free lunches on most days.

    Cons

    Watch Office Space again and imagine 30% less lighting. Always in a legal battle.

    Advice to Management

    Evolve.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "No Involvement"

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    Current Employee - Fraud Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Fraud Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have free breakfast and lunch and all the benefits are great!

    Cons

    Don't expect any raises or promotion ever and definitely cannot grow from within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more involved in what the employees are doing and need to do things to boost morale!


  4. "Freelancing"

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    Current Employee - Freelance Senior AD in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Freelance Senior AD in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Various part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Make own hours and can choose assignments

    Cons

    Can not count on work all the time and inconsistent income

    Advice to Management

    Hire more freelancers


  5. "going the wrong way"

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    Former Employee - Unix Systems Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Unix Systems Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Various full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really nice cfenging/git setup for change management, nice building, some good people (well, assuming the remaining ones haven't quit yet, which may be a stretch).

    Cons

    Too many good people have left too quickly. No coherence, a nice system, but no plan or theory about how to use it (for any given thing, you could do it via cfengine or editing the file in git, with no rhyme or reason as to why it was done one way vs another), and forking a single code base into 9 separate code bases, while reducing sysadmin headcount (but it would need to increase). Benefits have been really cut back as of 2012, people quit over that alone.

    Advice to Management

    It would seem that old media people don't know how to run a new media company.


  6. "good"

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    Current Employee - Front End Developer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Front End Developer in Sunnyvale, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good place to learn and nice people

    Cons

    bad process and bad management


  7. "Get out of my way and let me do my job."

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    Current Employee - Senior Linux Administrator in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Linux Administrator in Palo Alto, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    We push a lot of traffic. From an Operations' perspective it is a large, interesting and exciting environment with lots of room for improvement still. There are many technical challenges to work through that are engaging. Many of the people I work with are technically very bright, personally very friendly and are fun to work with. Experimentation is encouraged and can prompt change. There is a strong culture to promote from within when appropriate and seek fresh blood when needed. The Health and 401(k) options are both decently provisioned, with low co-pays on health care and up to 4% matching on 401(k) contributions.

    Cons

    Management, especially Senior Management, often to seem to be at odds with the staff leading to low morale. Low morale leads to high turnover. I've had to talk others out of leaving and others have had to talk me out of it too. It often feels that management does not trust its employees. The management culture tends to prefer "fast, cheap" while the grunts usually prefer "cheap, good". Communication from management is spotty and oft changing, sometimes wildly. Resource constraints aligned with unrealistic management demands leads to rampant hack-assery, with documentation often an after thought if it was a thought at all, "wrong" decisions made in the interest of speed and things generally getting 80% finished, "good enough to work" but never with any "polish". There are only 9 holidays a year and PTO is too low, with sick days sharing the PTO pool. Telecommuting on a regular basis is verboten. Stress is often high due to too few hands leading to multiple concurrent demands on many of the Operations staff, leading to insufficient focused time for major projects. The work schedule often does not include adequate time for evaluation of options, proper implementation of solutions or documentation.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a Vision and then ask us for a plan to meet that vision. Don't try to dictate technical solutions, let the techies work the technology and management work the business. When you're still not sure what's going on keep your mouth shut. When you have some certainly openly and quickly communicate what the deal is. Encourage cross group collaboration. LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES AND TAKE ACTION BASED ON THEIR FEEDBACK.


  8. "Good benefits, but business is rapidly declining"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Various full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch, flexible schedule, decent pay, benefits.

    Cons

    Minimal communication. They can suddenly let you go without any cause. I suspect it is due to their recent bankruptcy. Business has been declining.

    Advice to Management

    COMMUNICATION! If you feel there is something the employee can improve upon, TALK TO THEM FIRST! This really can save hiring and firing expenses.


  9. "Bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Various full-time

    Pros

    Management is good and friendly to you and one day, they can you suddenly like a piece of trash without any clue as to why. Benefits were great with full medical, 401k and free food! Communication is crap though.

    Cons

    Bad communication. Shady business practices


  10. "International Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - International Sales Manager
    Former Employee - International Sales Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product with large international potential. Business managers are given near complete control to manage their markets.

    Cons

    The company is currently run by people who do not understand international business. Their mind-set is that they can run international business identically to how they run the US business.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to understand that business practices and the importance of relationships in foreign countries are different from the US. They need to manage international markets without prejudice and preconceived negative images of the country and need to respect local cultures, customs, the people and the fact that business practices are different from US. Arrogance, rudeness and dictating distributors does not work.


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