textPlus Reviews

Updated 30 Oct 2020

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textPlus Founder & CEO Scott Lahman (no image)
Scott Lahman
12 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great company interesting tech

    30 Oct 2020 - Systems Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
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    Pros

    Great technology, new architecture at the time, management supportive and forward thinking.

    Cons

    The product was losing ground to it's competitors so it wasn't long to continued success

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  2. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great place to work if you want your soul sucked out of you.

    18 Feb 2016 - Engineer in Marina del Rey, CA
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    Pros

    None. They claim innovation, but the latest "innovations" have been Nextplus a crippled version of textPlus but with stickers and GIFs!, voicemail (first available in the 1980s), Lucky Call where you are connected with random people (every pedo's dream), and Risky Pix which sends random pictures from your phone's library (another pedo wet dream).

    Cons

    If you have any intelligence you will be beat down by the VPs who are apparently the most intelligent beings in the universe. There's so many VPs and Directors here, the place is a title factory. It's a dying company only on life support by investors whom are obviously being mislead. The daily active users is falling everyday, 50% of new users don't open the app the next day. If you're offered stock, like we have been offered again recently, before you get excited exercise your third-grade math skills. Look at TechCrunch at the amount of money raised in investments, there are several more that aren't there, then look at the revenues each year and you'll be able to quickly see that recycling the stock paperwork will pay you more.

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Good small tech company

    26 Jun 2016 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Fast paced startup. Experiments with many ideas. Works well with key external partners to get things done. Allows development with little beaurocracy and oversight. Some stellar performers in key positions. Some greatness has been achieved. Customer service is done very well and could be leveraged more.

    Cons

    Communication is poor. Company is not aligned to a single goal. Towering technical debt of bugs and complexity for what app does (but could be fixed with enough discipline from product team). Has not invested in incremental feature deployment beyond a beta group. Egos are inflated.

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  4. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Strategy and Vision now in focus...

    10 Aug 2014 - Software Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Management understands the value in a technology refresh of the platform. Customer Service is awesome! New infused Product knowledge being more data driven has turned the company around and makes everyone feel that they are contributing to the right priorities at the right time.

    Cons

    Too many non technical managers ( some that think they are technical ) making up arbitrary delivery deadlines, which makes developers feel that they are never going to deliver and its hard to concentrate on our tasks to actually deliver. Culture is very junior with plenty of opportunity to improve how we work across teams.

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  5. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Mismanagement of Product and No Clear Vision

    12 Jul 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Marina del Rey, CA
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    Pros

    - A few people at the company, mostly the senior engineers, are excellent at teaching and mentoring junior members on the team.

    Cons

    - No clear product vision made it so that reactionary decisions would take the place of proper planning. If the daily active users dropped for one day, a fire drill would be called. - There is a clear divide between the have's and have not's. Those with the higher salaries among the tech teams could get away with just about anything, including verbal abuse in company-wide emails. - The product was once a heavy hitter in the free texting world, but became lost in the mix after several hasty releases and focusing on trying to do too much too quickly. - Aside from a certain engineers, the salary paid to the tech teams is way below the market average.

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  6. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    A great place to work with great people but the lack of product vision cannot be ignored!

    22 Aug 2014 - Anonymous Employee in Marina del Rey, CA
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    Pros

    The Executive team at GOGII/textPlus has done a great job of creating a fun startup culture in tune with their gaming roots.

    Cons

    The Executive team has not moved fast enough to take advantage of their lead in the Mobile messaging space. Lack of Product vision and constant changing of direction have negatively impacted growth, user adoption, and by extension, the revenue potential of the business.

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Supportive environment

    16 Jan 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Strong leadership, good opportunities for advancement, helps people grow. Treats employees very well.

    Cons

    Teams sometimes uncoordinated and engineering experience levels varied so mistakes get made that create many fire drills. Process is missing to help quality improve.

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  8. 4.0
    Current Contractor, more than 1 year

    Fun and laidback

    1 Aug 2012 - QA Tester in Marina del Rey, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Fruit and food snacks provided some lunches laidback manager

    Cons

    downtime can get a bit dry and drawnout

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  9. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    A fun place with fun people.

    10 Feb 2015 - QA Lead in Marina del Rey, CA
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    Pros

    Warm atmosphere. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Some of the upper management were a bit crazy.

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  10. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Long-time tech company with startup vibe

    31 Jan 2018 - Product Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Pleasant culture, great leadership, remote workplace opportunities

    Cons

    Some lingering legacy tech, tough competition

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