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Captora Reviews

Updated 13 October, 2017
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Pros
  • Catered lunch and full snack bar (in 13 reviews)

  • Free lunch and a (sometimes) stocked kitchen (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • lack of communication and decision transparency between upper management and the engineering staff even at this small size (<50 people) (in 3 reviews)

  • Lack of direction, and poor implementation of product roadmap (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Sad to see it go out of business"

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Captora full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Engineering team, QA team, UX Team, company culture , and benefits.

    Cons

    Weak sales team - always turning over.


  2. "Well, it could be better."

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    Former Employee - Brand & User Experience Designer in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Brand &amp; User Experience Designer in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Captora full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a start up environment, so all hands on deck and we wear lots of hats. Perks were good and the office was cool.

    Cons

    Not everyone felt the need to work as hard as the others, so things went south. Unnecessary meetings were a thing at this place.

    Advice to Management

    Next adventures, make sure to hire people with the same ideas and wanting to succeed, otherwise it will be another failure.


  3. "Roadkill, engineering was always lacking"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Captora full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Angular 1.x was valuable experience for front end engineers
    Benefits were great
    Coworkers were a mixed bag: some good, some not to good; the so-called managers were bad

    Cons

    The Java backend was a total disaster. It was never architected properly. It barely worked and never worked well. It was always garbage. The front end went through 4 ground up rewrites: #1 and #2 were hacks by people who didn't know Angular and it showed and the product sucked. #3 was mediocre and kind of junky but getting on the right track. #4 (conversion to Angular 2) was never finished.

    Advice to Management

    Company shut down in May 2017; everybody laid off. Next time, pay much more to hire experts instead of trying to get by with cheap labor.


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  5. "Technical Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Captora full-time

    Pros

    The engineering team was open. Most team members were helping others voluntarily.

    Cons

    Market was too small. Customers(marketing department) did not have much to spend.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sigh"

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

    I worked at Captora part-time

    Pros

    Catered lunches
    Good people on engineering and design teams

    Cons

    Poor company culture
    CEO lack of guidance with company


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Start up chaos"

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

    I have been working at Captora full-time

    Pros

    opportunity to learn and grow quickly

    Cons

    Direction and customer value of product needed help


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Crashed and burned..."

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

    I worked at Captora full-time

    Pros

    Good people and flexible PTO.

    Cons

    Lack of direction, and poor implementation of product roadmap.

    Advice to Management

    Sadly, it's too late. Captora is being dissolved, stripped down and sold for parts, leaving employees with no severance or bonuses earned. Will not be surprised to see the tech show up in a press release for another Silicon Valley company in the coming months, but under a different name.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Great product. Good CEO. Poor management and leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Captora full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They hire very good people, so u get to collaborate with the best.
    Flexi times and work from home schedules

    Cons

    They hire the best and then micromanage. Very political atmosphere. Undermines the talent. Leadership is like an Old boys club. Very closed circle. Keeps people and their inputs out to further poor agenda. CEO wants to do good and create a good culture but completely misses the mark . One of worst work environments you can imagine.

    Advice to Management

    Hire based on past work, promote based on work done at captora. Make a 180 turn on culture.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Sinked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Captora full-time

    Pros

    Free food
    Free time to waste

    Cons

    Unskilled Engineering and Quality leadership
    Product was good but lost it's path
    Almost everybody who actually worked for the company either left of were asked to leave

    Advice to Management

    None as there is no management left


  11. Helpful (14)

    "It's over"

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

    I have been working at Captora full-time

    Pros

    Some really great people but they either resign or get fired

    Cons

    CEO is the reason why this company is going to shut down
    Massive layoffs in February 2017, including essential staff

    Advice to Management

    None to the CEO
    To the others: find a new job quickly


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