Nest Employee Reviews about "smart people"

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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)

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  • "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
      Current Intern

      Bit boring

      Jun 20, 2020 - Intern 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good pay, fairly smart people

      Cons

      Boring work, might be different than expected

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    2. 4.0
      Current Contractor, more than 1 year

      Good Place to work

      Mar 20, 2017 - QA Test Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Working with smart people, nice environment, free food, pet friendly , great boss

      Cons

      If you're new, prepare to be a self learner because there is no one there to train you.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Culture!

      Aug 30, 2016 - Technical Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Culture, pay, free food & transportation, cool products, work with smart people.

      Cons

      still in growth mode but limited in resources.

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    4. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Nest is NOT Google...

      Aug 11, 2016 - Operations Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Google Benefits - Pay, RSUs, Health Care, Child Care, Free Food Smart People - Work with some of the most talented engineers in the Valley Passionate Engineers - Engineers care about their work Beautiful Product - Engineers have vision

      Cons

      Unfortunately Apple culture is alive and well at Nest. Fear Based management is prevalent with Micromanagement to the Nth degree a not only a norm but also fully encouraged by Directors and above. Product is stalled due to manufacturing operations delays as Apple management seems more interested gathering irrelevant data to impress C suite as opposed to providing actual results. Expect management to play "pin the tale the on donkey" (you) as opposed to being collaborative and supportive and providing direction, encouragement and guidance. Employees are threatened, accused and intimidated as opposed to being inspired and empowered Ex-Apple employees use Nest as a direct pipeline to pull their former Apple co-workers which only further engrains the Apple culture at Nest. Expect to spend your lunches talking about Apple as Ex-Applers love reminiscing about their days at Apple with little passion shown for Nest or Nest products Management hides information from cross functional teams to better advance their agenda as opposed to advancing the product to the best interest of the company (No transparency). Few Nest employees are happy or actually want to work at Nest and are instead only waiting for their Nest vesting before leaving. There is a HUGE exodus to Google and this is apparent as new departures happen on a daily basis Although Google recently booted Tony Fadell, the Apple culture is too fully engrained to be purged from this Mess of a Nest. Upper management has wasted the efforts from truly talented Product Design and Industrial Engineers by trying to be the next Apple instead of just releasing cool product which customers would love. Advise: Steer Clear of this Toxic Heap of a Mess.

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      22 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Nest is a great place to work

      Jun 15, 2016 - Recruiter in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * Super smart people * Contrary to popular belief, most of my colleagues are very kind and respectful and operate with a high level of EQ. * Great perks, especially the gourmet food in the cafes and the snack areas.

      Cons

      The company is in transition. New CEO, evolving out of the start-up phase. This brings a bit of uncertainty.

      4 people found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Awesome culture and love my work

      Apr 12, 2016 - Engineering Manager in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Worked for Fortune 100 companies and here is my experience -Lots of learnings. -Smart people to work with. -Best Product quality is their foremost goals. -Executives are very approachable and listen to their employees. -Bottoms-up approach(team to exec feedback) for new product launch planning. -Innovative environment, may it be you want to work for best hardware, or software apps or enterprise cloud platform or services, all experience you may want grow your career under one umbrella

      Cons

      -Aggressive environment can sometimes be demotivating for some slow performers. -Definitely no place for low performers, fast paced so low performers will have hard time to catch up and grumble. - No ramp up time to learn on job, you need to be expert in what you work for to qualify for this company.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Burn out.

      Feb 17, 2016 -  
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Tony, healthy free food, nice offices, smart people.

      Cons

      Absolute mess from a strategic and managerial perspective across the Marketing/Creative teams. As Nest continues to grow, senior management is now only interested in their own self-advancement, and avoid disagreement with upper management and saving face at all costs. There's now an exorbitant amount of producers pushing process that's not scale appropriate and disrupting the work. And a constant disconnect between Engineering and Marketing and it oftentimes feels like multiple companies within one.

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      14 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Has a lot of potential

      Jul 27, 2015 -  
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      1. Smart people 2. Exciting products, has potential to create and capture a lot of value in home automation 3. Google resources

      Cons

      1. Seems slow 2. Hardware driven-company implies lesser problems to work on for software engineers

      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Awesome internship

      Feb 1, 2015 - Internship 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great culture, really smart people, the team is really dedicated to the product, and the management is really high quality

      Cons

      Apparently there is some culture mismatch with dropbox right now

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    10. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      we need to reinvent ourselves first

      Sep 16, 2014 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - there are a lot of really smart people who want to change the broken culture and process - the space is extremely interesting, and if we can some how right this ship, we have an opportunity to shape the future of the connected home for generations - being a part of Google offers great perks in the short term and potential salvation in the long term

      Cons

      - the culture is tyrannical, from concept through execution, all ideas come from the top. every single detail for all 700 employees, whether it be a slight scheduling change, a minor UI change, marketing copy, or even internal communications -- all of these require approval from Tony (the CEO) - the tops down culture has transformed us into a slow moving sloth of a company that demotivates an extremely smart and (once) tenacious team. there's a huge opportunity in front of us, but we will miss it if we cannot right this ship soon with systemic changes. - every step of progress requires pitching to Tony in the form of keynote decks (yes, that's not a typo... even though Google bought us, we still use keynote to communicate literally everything). There's a running joke around the company that we're the most overqualified group of keynote deck builders in the world. If you want to go somewhere to SHIP products instead of making slides, this is not the place for you. But be warned, before you can present your ideas to Tony, be ready to do multiple dry-runs with your team before the "big show." Watch your spirits crumble as your ideas are replaced by your team's suggestions to manipulate the conversation in their favor - "Tony won't like that, change it to this" or "give Tony some choices, so he feels like it was his idea." Instead of innovation, we spend countless hours thinking of ways to get Tony to sign off on an idea. - once an idea has Tony's approval, we stick with it no matter what, because going back and changing it would require countless more hours of even more keynote decks, more dry runs with your team to prep for the Tony meeting, followed by the actual Tony meeting - which may or not go in your favor. If that doesn't sound like fun, then just stick with the old idea. It may not be great, but it's approved. Sound like innovation? If so, then sign up now... you're going to love it. - because everything relies on Tony's approval many of the more savvy vets will tell you that Tony said X even when he didn't. This can be an effective way to get less savvy newbies to abandon ideas that could threaten the status-quo. some vets realize that rocking the boat could jeopardize their power, so this is a very effective way to thwart those pesky little upstarts that actually want to change things. - we're still leveraging archaic software methodologies from last century (read: waterfall). in some cases we claim to be "doing agile" but dividing work into sprints and then doing long and arduous stand-ups does not agile make. When all ideas come from the top and teams are not empowered to change ideas during the implementation phase, so it's waterfall with lipstick.

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      36 people found this review helpful
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