Nest Employee Reviews about "long hours"

Updated Jun 24, 2016

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  • "Autonomous work environment: You're given the freedom to get your work done without micromanagement(in 13 reviews)

  • "Working with smart people, nice environment, free food, pet friendly , great boss(in 10 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Long hours and there are times when you feel not so appreciated(in 8 reviews)

  • "Complete lack of work life balance(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Recruiter

      May 25, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Good pay and a lot of potential to grow. Very happy there while I was there and I would consider going back.

      Cons

      Long hours and there are times when you feel not so appreciated. Just keep plugging away it will get better.

      2 people found this review helpful
    2. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Ops Manager

      Jun 24, 2016 - Ops Manager in Edison, NJ
      Recommend
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      Pros

      nice perks good location

      Cons

      long hours no support

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Smart people building great products and solving hard problems

      Feb 24, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Talented team, exciting vision, interesting work that keeps you on your toes every day. This is not a place to come to retire or to just collect a paycheck.

      Cons

      Leadership can sometimes be too involved. Projects often get re-scoped last minute, making it hard to meet deadlines without working long hours. It all comes from a place of wanting to make exceptional products -- but it's not scalable and can negatively affect employee morale.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Place

      Feb 19, 2016 - Manufacturing Process Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Great team, great office. Great place to learn

      Cons

      Sometimes long hours, frequent travel for Ops teams

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Software Engineer

      Mar 9, 2015 - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
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      Pros

      IoT the hot segment to work now + Google Benefits Used to be a great place to work before acquisition.

      Cons

      - Poor work life balance - No employee care After Google acquisition Nest grew so fast and it brought lot of people from Apple, it diluted Nest culture and this is more of an Apple now. Problem is most of the management from Apple were not used to make decision they want Jobs to make decisons, the same continues here and they need Tony's approval for everything from deciding HipChat or Hangout for internal communication to how the UI should be. The most impacted team is the "Apps team", this is the front face for Nest so every small thing has to be approved by Tony, so design will be delayed and the engineer team has to cover it up working on weekends and long hours. Similarly the "IE team" is run my first time managers who have no idea to stand up for their team and they are just busy in managing their upstream. So if you are in any one of these teams who will go through some hard time. Because of the recent mess Nest haven't released any major product or App release since Google acquisition (which is more than an year now). Ask around about Nest & TGIF questions you will get more about Nest Culture.

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      36 people found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good outlook, but only if there's a culture change

      Sep 15, 2014 - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
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      Pros

      - There's a roadmap with great potential in a heating market - Great people in general - Good culture, even though there's growing pains (see cons) - You are a Google employee this means two things: access to an incredible wealth of resources and career development opportunities and... perks!

      Cons

      - Everything revolves around the CEO. It's a dangerous mix of cult of personality and Stockholm syndrome. Comments like "he's the next Steve Jobs" are not uncommon, while people proudly say things like "I'm used to Tony screaming at me." Everyone dreads meetings with Tony because he *will* flip if he doesn't like what he sees. Somehow that's perceived as good leadership. - Everything has to go through Tony. From product development to retail marketing, every decision is ultimately made by him. This leads to two week turnaround times for every decision. Which leads me to the next point: - Nest wants to be nimble as a startup, and yet the management/development process is what you'd expect of a 20,000 employee corporation based in Cupertino (wink wink, nudge nudge.) Most people I know coming from startups, and even big companies, are incredibly frustrated by it. - Talking about startups: even if the roadmap looks great and the pace is 'set to eleven', this is a big company now. Your contribution won't make you a millionaire. You won't get a significant stake in the company, so the expectation to work long hours (which other reviewers clearly mark as a con) is misguided. - Career development is not really a thing. If you are an Engineer, that's what you'll be for the rest of your stay at Nest. Most managers are hired from Apple.

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      30 people found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Incredible place to work at

      Oct 10, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I joined at the beginning of Nest history and can't believe it's only been a few years. I've learned to so much more in these few years than anything I could have learned with my previous employer in a decade. I've grown a team of one into a team of 10+ in the last year alone. I work with amazing people, on superb products. The energy is incredible, the pace is insane, but it's a ride that I would not replace with any other. And now with Google's backing, we have the means to achieve our dreams.

      Cons

      The performance bar is very high, so be ready to work long hours. I see a lot of negative comments about the fact that Tony is in charge of making every single decision. That's not true. But he does love a few key things like the design of the product and will go down to details on such topics. And he will be critical. But I believe it is for the greater good. Attention to details is key to the success of any consumer product.

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    9. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      "Bad Leadership and Company Culture"

      Oct 8, 2014 - Operations Manager in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Good benefits after the Google Acquisition (free meals, great 401K and health benefits) - Excellent space in the "automated home" with a lot of potential

      Cons

      - No clear vision and bad direction from its leaders. Product launches are never within schedule or products are shipped too quickly without the proper testing. - Inexperienced executive management, no real leaders to look up to. - Too many egos and wrong individuals appointed to managerial roles. - Treats its super star employees as "second class citizens" and those employees are starting to leave the company. - Teams are competing against each other instead of working together creating a very hostile environment. - Horrible work/life balance. Employes work very long hours and things still don't get done. Management doesn't seem to care about what is happening internally. - Bad environment and overall culture.

      39 people found this review helpful
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