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Uptake Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2019

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Found 129 reviews

3.2
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45%
Recommend to a Friend
57%
Approve of CEO
Brad Keywell
97 Ratings
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  • "Upper management is being replaced by GE Digital execs(in 8 reviews)

  • "Yes, it is very fast paced and not everything is black and white(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Nice Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good company for data science aspirants

    Cons

    Nothing I can point out specifically

    Uptake2019-06-20
  2. "Software developer"

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      Current Employee - Software Developer in Chicago, IL
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook

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

      Pros

      All facilities provided with job

      Cons

      No cons in the company

      Advice to Management

      Should raise the company status as there is great competition today

      Uptake2019-06-19
    • "smart engineers; Platform unproven but has potential"

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      Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      The right leadership has percolated to the top The Platform should allow efficient on-boarding of new customers Strong Data Science

      Cons

      The company was overstaffed for its customer base, and the layoffs and reorganizations have been painful/draining. Good people have left, and the company hasn't back-filled

      Uptake2019-06-19
    • Helpful (34)

      "Big opportunity wasted by leadership"

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      Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Chicago, IL
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      If nothing else Uptake has one of the best offices to work in that I've ever experienced. There's a lot of free snacks and drinks. A lot of teams have a 'bar desk' with alcohol and the second floor cafe is a great place to get away from everyone and work. Unlimited vacation is actually unlimited. Six weeks of PTO is not unheard of. There are teams at Uptake that are accomplishing a lot, and if you're on one of them...

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      Cons

      Leadership at the company in the last 1.5 years has wasted the potential that Uptake had. Through a series of poorly executed re-orgs leadership has driven away much of the amazing talent who believed in the Uptake vision. Employee confidence in leadership is almost nonexistent. Layoffs are done with little understanding of their impact on project teams. Hard work, specialized knowledge and experience do not equal any...

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      Advice to Management

      Most Uptakers have little respect or faith in the executive leadership team anymore. The CEO's weekly Sunday Thoughts portray him as being completely out of touch with what the rank and file are experiencing. The story most employees have is that the Brad and most of his executives care more about appearing on TV than working hard to understand what Uptake needs to be successful. Team all-hands are disorganized and often...

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      Uptake2019-05-16
    • "Great Tech"

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      Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Chicago, IL
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Uptake full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Overall Uptake is/was a great place to work. The smartest people you have ever worked with, tech that will blow your mind, great benefits.

      Cons

      Would have been better with some more serious focus from the company on some of the verticals we were going after.

      Uptake2019-06-10
    • Helpful (11)

      "Pleasant Environment but Ongoing Mismanagement"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Uptake full-time

      Pros

      1. A lot of perks (e.g. unlimited PTO, cafe area (w/ barista), dozens of snack choices, a stipend for pursuing learning opportunities, access to LinkedIn Learning, access to the building's rooftop deck, the ability to work from home) 2. A lot of bright hard-working people 3. The People (HR) team is excellent (disclaimer: I've never been associated with that team) 4. Many learning opportunities (and a culture promoting...

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      Cons

      1. Sales and marketing seem to be heavily prioritized over actual product development and quality, which is depressing. 2. A lot of organizational and strategic decisions seem to be made with the pretense of trying to improve the company but the actual goal of creating the illusion of productivity (i.e. to satisfy quarterly OKRs or rationalize keeping one's job). 3. The company often celebrates "wins" prematurely, giving...

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      Advice to Management

      1. Stop allowing individuals/teams to evaluate whether they've hit their own OKRs (stopping this practice will help reveal the discrepancy between apparent and real productivity). 2. Stop celebrating "wins" prematurely (e.g. product launches). 3. Reevaluate the staffing strategy for engineers given our existing commitments.

      Uptake2019-06-06
    • Helpful (15)

      "4 years From Great to Worse"

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

      I worked at Uptake full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      1) Great manager at least for my team. 2) Good Benefits 3) Great space to work in. 4) Great goal from the beginning 5) Interesting work

      Cons

      Where do I start? The company started off great and then brought in a change in C-level management that had the company grow way to fast and not focus on their product. Further Mismanagement of goals and ideas down the line fed into layoffs just 3 years down the line which were seriously mismanaged. This led to good talented people who learned all the lessons from the beginning of the company to leave. Which then...

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      Advice to Management

      Re-evaluate your middle -> high level management.

      Uptake2019-05-18
    • Helpful (4)

      "Good place"

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      Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Really smart people, interesting work

      Cons

      Can be hectic because it's a startup

      Uptake2019-03-03
    • Helpful (5)

      "Software Developer"

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      Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      1) The company is really trying to make a big change in the world and it is a very interesting journey. 2) Amazing people and environment, not only technical but sales and management 3) The company is big but it still has this start-up mentality, which is really cool 4) Great place in terms of life-work balance 5) Very inclusive and friendly

      Cons

      1) Have to admit that the last few months were quite depressing and it was frustrating to see your colleagues and friends being laid off. However, the company is still evolving and it had to make adjustments. As far as I know, all laid off people got good compensation. 2) Uptake still has the ambiguity of an early stage company when it is 4 years old. In the past, the company changed its vision quite a lot and it always...

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      Uptake2019-02-16
    • Helpful (26)

      "Really missing the mark"

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      Former Employee - Software Engineer 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      * still lots of great/smart people left despite mass layoffs and attrition * still plenty of interesting problems to solve and huge market opportunity

      Cons

      * decisions seem to be driven heavily by non-technical people who appear grossly uninformed about the state of the product * huge push to hire sales and marketing people while hemorrhaging engineering talent - why sell a product that doesn't even exist? * lack of focus on listening to and retaining key technical talent. this led to a huge amount of work being offloaded onto already resource-constrained teams. ...

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      Advice to Management

      compensate key contributors fairly - why would high performers stick around for below market pay in a white-hot job market? identify flight risks and try to make them feel valued/heard *before* they quit. the time to do this is before they consider leaving - not a week after they give notice.

      Uptake2019-01-26
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