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betterworks CEO Doug Dennerline
Doug Dennerline
13 Ratings
Pros
  • "Our CEO, Doug Dennerline was previously the president of SuccessFactors, the performance management software market leader(in 5 reviews)

  • "Building a great product, with an excellent business opportunity and an absolutely elite board(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Every company has its ups and downs, and growing pains(in 3 reviews)

  • "Usual growing pains of a high-growth start-up(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing leadership team and opportunity to shape a new market"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at betterworks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun collaborative culture and passionate about agile performance management and disrupting the traditional outdated performance review model. The company is growing fast and offers great opportunities to build best practices within functions and make a large impact. Everyone works hard and has fun doing it!

    Cons

    The pace is fast and you always have your foot on the gas. Sometimes you have to work with limited resources and do the best you can with what you have versus everything being 100% perfect.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic goals and communicate often

    betterworks2019-04-25
  2. Helpful (12)

    "Jurassic Park"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at betterworks full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    You get to see dinosaurs everyday!

    Cons

    They are real. And slow. And outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on whiteboard walls that are not clean. THIS ISN'T THE PROBLEM.

    betterworks2019-01-25
  3. Helpful (7)

    "Something Special"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at betterworks full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    1) THE CULTURE I think there are three things that make work rewarding: A) Opportunities to grow, and achieve mastery in your field. B) Achieving impact at your company, in your field, and in the world. C) Great relationships and community at work to also be able to support others in their growth and impact. In my experience, if you can get even one of those factors at work, you've got a pretty good thing...

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    Cons

    Every company has its ups and downs, and growing pains. Our company is no exception, but I don't think there are any critical flaws about working here that warrant a categorical "con about Betterworks".

    Advice to Management

    1) Whatever you do, don't ever let the Betterworks culture fade. Water that garden every day (literally ever day). 2) Continue to hire folks into Betterworks that deeply value teamwork, and helping others shine. 3) Spend as much as you possibly can to invest in the above two points (especially #1), and then figure out how to invest even more.

    betterworks2018-11-10
  4. Helpful (7)

    "A rollercoaster with upside"

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    Current Employee - Manager, Solutions Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at betterworks full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    I've been here for almost 4 years and have been through the entire rollercoaster of this company. To be honest, the last year and a half have been hard. We lost a lot of great people and there was a lot of change with the leadership team and the product. But in the last six months, I can honestly say things are on the upside. Hiring is slowly but surely picking up. We're closing some amazing logos. The product is moving...

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    Cons

    I wouldn't necessarily call these cons because honestly, these are pains that all startups run into these at one point or another. - New Leadership team. It's taken them a few months to get their teams in place and to get their strategy going, but we live in a fast-paced industry, so there have been times folks have felt like we aren't moving fast enough. - Better alignment. With the new strategy and a host of...

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    Advice to Management

    - Talk to your employees, both the long-term veterans and the new betterworkers. Great ideas come from many sources. We need to tap into the talent we have. - We're getting there, but more transparency. We have smart people. We'll work hard, but we just want to know the why behind what we are doing and the direction we are going.

    betterworks2018-11-08
  5. Helpful (6)

    "A Realistic Startup Experience"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at betterworks full-time

      Pros

      - Solid engineering staff and engineering principles. The developer workflow and ease of use on toolings are phenomenal for a team of its size; You will learn to write quality code and have a rationale behind your code down to each line. - People are friendly and eager to help. - Typical startup free meals, transportation, ping-pong, and (surprisingly) good WLB.

      Cons

      As a non-unicorn startup, Betterworks has all the uncertainty and struggle such as: - messy product directions. - no clear path to success in terms of growing the revenue. - facing competitions in terms of product differentiation and recruiting. A someone who's been working there for a while: - some aspects of the existing comp plan favored new hires over tenured employees and severely hindered upside.

      Advice to Management

      - Talk to your employees and act fast. - At Bay Area in today's market, you have to think hard and do more to retain/attract talents.

      betterworks2018-10-30
    • Helpful (4)

      "Amazing People"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at betterworks full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      -Amazing coworkers, the people are what makes the company such a positive environment - Company prioritizes your feedback & opinions. I've never had a management team so open to feedback and willing to listen to concerns down the chain. I feel comfortable approaching anyone in the org for support or advice. - Great mission - I feel very connected to the value we're adding to businesses and am excited coming to work...

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      Cons

      - Work from SF policy used to be 50% time, it's lessened

      Advice to Management

      Keep up the amazing feedback culture. Continue to work to promote from within, we want to keep our top talent!

      betterworks2018-10-30
    • Helpful (5)

      "Engagement Manager"

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      Former Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at betterworks full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      I was a part of the New York team at betterworks and I cannot say enough good things about the people I used to work with. Everyone there is super fun, but also hyper focused on making that company successful. It really feels like a family. Great work life balance and you can get the support you need from your managers, which ultimately what you'd expect from a company focused on continuous performance management.

      Cons

      The cons of the company are the negative press that has happened around the former CEO and the dropoff and distraction that came of it. A great team became broken, but it is on the mend.

      Advice to Management

      Most of your employees have been here longer than you have. Listen to what they have to say.

      betterworks2018-10-05
    • Helpful (12)

      "Runaway train going off a cliff"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at betterworks full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      There is a lot of free food, I guess... Just not a lot of quality food. There used to be more perks 18 months ago with outings, fun socializing, etc but then it ended shortly after the sexual harassment lawsuit came out. There were 3 months that had some event going on every Friday. That is long gone.

      Cons

      Endless cons. In terms of engineering, it went from ~25 engineers to <10. They're trying to hire now with bottom of the barrel standards and their pay is going to go along with that. There wasn't a single month that someone wasn't quitting for over a year and not a single hire in that time. They stopped hiring, kept firing people, and then managed everyone into a position so unpleasant that they all quit out of frustration....

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      Advice to Management

      Retire. You're rich already. You've ruined enough lives.

      betterworks2018-11-05
    • Helpful (14)

      "I just left"

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      Former Employee - Engineer in Redwood City, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at betterworks full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Its hard to give a positive, but theres free food, train, and the peeps (excludes management) I worked with were great.

      Cons

      They can't pay engineers a real salary. They're too busy figuring out paint and carpet colors. They're willing to spend so much money on office renovations instead of paying us actual livable salaries in the Bay Area. We are a startup, no one actually cares about paint. We care about being paid a livable salary. One guy is living pay check to pay check and I heard a girl was living in a garage. Its not the startup life...

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      Advice to Management

      Pay us livable salaries. We live in the Bay Area.

      betterworks2018-10-26
    • Helpful (10)

      "Keep Looking"

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      Current Employee - Engagement Specialist in Redwood City, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at betterworks full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      There is an insane amount of free food. Can make breakfast, lunch is delivered and dinner is also delivered.

      Cons

      1. Management is antiquated. 2. Micromanagement from the very top of the exec team. 3. Sales team are racist. 4. No diversity in the management and exec team. They're all white. 5. No fun events. 6. They are really struggling to hire engineers. 7. The HR team is non existent. Its HR software that we sell. No transparency. 8. Underpaid. Can't match market salaries. 9. Gave everyone retention bonus' except me.

      Advice to Management

      1. Listen to your employees. Trust that they have the best interest of the company and let them be autonomous. The micromanagement is driving other people to leave. 2. Full transparency.

      betterworks2018-10-23
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