Mixpanel Employee Reviews about "analytics"

Updated 14 Dec 2018

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Mixpanel CEO Amir Movafaghi
Amir Movafaghi
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  • "Some growing pains but nothing that is not worth working here(in 12 reviews)

  • "Extreme focus on business competitors can be demoralizing, though it's clear why it's necessary right now in the overcrowded analytics space(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Momentum and maturity"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mixpanel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Autonomy: you're trusted to be responsible for getting things done in the best way you know how. Micromanagement is absent. Process never becomes more important than delivering value. Empowerment: It's not a bigco. Everyone makes a noticeable impact, and individuals receive responsibility for significant systems and infrastructure. Learning: Coworkers are friendly, generous, and super-smart. Even after years at Mixpanel I'm still learning new things every day and profiting from the enormous breadth and depth of my colleagues' technical experience.

    Cons

    The staffing levels of different roles can vary wildly at different times, leading to unexpected bottlenecks (not enough designers, or product managers, or engineers specialized in some part of the stack). Small power vacuums around product ownership and direction occasionally lead to isolated competing efforts to address product pain points. Extreme focus on business competitors can be demoralizing, though it's clear why it's necessary right now in the overcrowded analytics space. Recent budget-tightening to improve financial efficiency is being applied in areas where it's too small to matter to the bottom line, but still detracts from the employees' quality of life. (office perks, desk budget, referral bonus)

  2. Helpful (8)

    "Tons of opportunity still to be had"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Career growth: I've personally been trusted with multiple opportunities to take on big, meaty projects and run with them, as have others. One of my favorite things about Mixpanel is that folks might start in one group, like Customer Support, and then end up somewhere else, like Sales or Engineering. The commitment to pathing ICs into new areas is something pretty unique to the place. - Collegial environment: The culture encourages people to work together -- the opposite of the Amazonian "put ideas and teams in conflict and may the most ruthless win". In general, people are passionate and care deeply about making an impact. - The people: It's cliche, I know, but the company is filled with surprises across every team and every office. Lunchtime is one of my favorite times, because I always learn a little bit more about different people and teams.

    Cons

    - As the startup matures into a real company, there's been a sometime bumpy transition within the culture; it's hard to go from a group of scrappy generalists to professional specialists! - Competitive industry: The data analytics space is crowded and differentiation is hard. Sometimes, this can be disheartening -- but, competition shows that you're in a lucrative market worth fighting over.

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  3. Helpful (25)

    "Look Elsewhere"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mixpanel full-time

    Pros

    - Nice office space. As mentioned in other reviews, plenty of snakes, free lunch and dinner. - Tahoe trip is a blast. Plenty of boozin' and silliness. - Liberal policies on vacation. Able to take time off easily. - Got lucky on funding, plenty of money in the bank to spend to fun activities (team events)

    Cons

    - Company is getting desperate on the recruiting front (see fake 5 star reviews from HR). It's now ok to spin realities of the company to fill hiring gaps. Felt like a needed a shower when my manager 'subtly' suggested we find ways to find the silver lining and recruit folks under exaggerated pretenses. When people's 'Pro list' with the company is about snacks, you know you're in trouble. - I disagree with many reviews here that the leadership is terrible. That's not true. The truth is there is no leadership. The CEO's ego is well known and people increasingly dismiss his bully tactics. The rest of the leadership team has been let go (I assume because they pushed back on the CEO). - There was a time in which there were a ton of A-players. That's simply not the case anymore. The great people have left. Those great ones that have remained are desperate to uncover something that once was . . . unfortunately, it's not meant to be. - My strongest advise to folks is to look to some of the other analytics start-ups if this space interests you. I know this is odd advise from a current employee but - obviously - I'm looking to move. This post is my attempt to take the high ground and do what I'd want done. When management basically asks you to misrepresent, there is no integrity and the game is up. It's not about supporting a company or corporation. It's about a community of trust.

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  4. Helpful (8)

    "Things are looking up!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mixpanel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great corporate culture; incredibly smart and dedicated co-workers who live and breathe our values ever single day. Like all startups, we've experienced our fair share of growing pains. Increased communications and a better feedback loop allow managers to make positive changes quickly. I love coming to work every day.

    Cons

    Growing pains are pretty common at startups this size and scale, trying to solve major problems and create a market for digital product analytics is challenging, but we're moving in the right direction.

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    Mixpanel Response

    September 6, 2017Communications & PR

    Thank you - we really appreciate your feedback. As you mentioned, growing pains are definitely par for the course in our field and we are looking to solve major problems. I too think we’re moving in the right direction, and am very excited about our future opportunities.

  5. Helpful (10)

    "Not Great for Sales/AE/CSM/Sales Ops"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mixpanel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Industry recognition, product that defined the market

    Cons

    Where to start, I think I will run out of space: -There is so much misalignment between sales members, mid-level managers and executives it makes it impossible to get anything done in an effective, efficient manner -If there is an inefficiency or an area lacking strength, the company would rather procure software to fix it then just address it and seeks valuable feedback from the people it affects most; ie managers and sales people -The C-level flounders in their ability to deliver on the goals they set out. After a highly publicized CMO hire, they have done little to improve employee moral, company culture and actual marketing in the space. -Competitors crush Mixpanel in marketing. Mixpanel attends maybe two events a year. I see our competitors attending dozens of events and even sponsoring them after they have less money raised compared to what Mixpanel raised. Mixpanel is just sitting on cash when it could be used on Marketing to fend off rapid growth competitors stealing market share -They refuse to make tough decisions on firing "old guard" employee's since the founder is friends with them. They would rather let these employee's reduce sales performance and moral than making the hard decision to part way with them -Compensation is below market value given the technical nature of the product -Equity is below market level given the founder's view on equity towards sales people -The product did not accelerate feature growth to keep up with competitors in the market. It has since struggled to define what it really is. Analytics? Marketing? CRM? -Promoting candidates that did not actually appear to be top performers, but rather "old guard"employees who have just been there for a long time. So no matter how hard you work, merit is not always the reason people get promoted, which can lead to frustration at lower levels

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  6. Helpful (28)

    "Growing Too Fast"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Mixpanel full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary, equity and perks. Very smart people. Hot space. Solid product. Well respected company within the industry (at least as of late).

    Cons

    Absolutely no marketing engine. Very political. Hyper-competitive market with several competitors (Localytics, Amplitude Analytics, Adobe Omniture, Google Analytics Premium, etc.). CEO is brilliant but an ego-maniac and control freak. Lots of employees are leaving/have left within the last 6-9 months (go on LinkedIn.com and conduct a search with 'Past Company' Mixpanel to see for yourself)

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  7. Helpful (9)

    "Smartest people around, best product in the space."

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mixpanel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You're working with the best product in the space, hands down. Incredibly bright co-workers, great office location downtown and very competitive comp. You get the benefits of still being a start up with room for rapid career growth, while not worrying about funding issues (been profitable for 2+ years).

    Cons

    They expect a lot out of you - it's an analytics company, so you are going to have metrics to hit no matter what dept you work in. You also have long hours.

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