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Fantastic

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Former Employee - Associate Editor  in  Bangalore (India)
Former Employee - Associate Editor in Bangalore (India)

Pros

Excellent work life balance. The culture is very open and appreciative. Freedom to innovate and grow. As long as you do your work, no one will question you. It's a great way to learn and progress.

Cons

Extremely far from the city. Commuting saps the life out of you. But there are free company bus services.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus!

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working here is like working in a hamster wheel

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    Current Employee - Independent Contributor  in  Dulles, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Independent Contributor in Dulles, VA (US)

    Pros

    Great compensation
    Great perks (especially the gym)
    Terrific people

    Cons

    Top management operates under the "Bright Shiny Object" principle
    No infrastructure - no standard policies, no standard processes, no consequences for not following existing policies and processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set a strategy and stick with it for a few months, please! Projects seem to be developed on a whim, and then dropped just as suddenly as soon as a different idea is proposed but not all stakeholders or contributors to the project are told that the project has been stopped. Brands are launched, then forgotten. Products are developed internally at great cost, but are never promoted because promotion space is reserved for competitor products who pay for advertising, and then the internal products die. Nobody knows what anyone else is doing, or who can answer questions when they arise. There is so much turnover in personnel, and very few handoffs of information when people leave or come in, that trying to find answers to questions is hugely challenging. Overall, this is the most frustrating company I've ever worked for in terms of just getting the basic information needed to do the job - like who is working on which product or on which team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great potential, too political to get out of their own way.

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    Great brands and future potential

    Cons

    20% of the staff does 80% of the work and genuinely cares about what they are working on. The rest are too busy hiding or playing politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a moment to step back and take an objective look at the teams and individuals within the company. There are people who care and are willing to step up and are busting their asses to produce great consumer experiences. Unfortunately, they are too often ignored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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