Plum District

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Plum District Reviews

Updated 13 December 2014
Updated 13 December 2014
47 Reviews
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  1.  

    Pretty on the outside but hideously ugly on the inside..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Plum District full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Bay area start up backed by KP sounds cool to your friends and on a resume. Decent health benefits. Free snacks and beverages. Overall, the talent at the company was exceptional (minus senior management but they were for the most part in over their heads) and I was fortunate to meet some fantastic, wickedly entertaining people. Generous vacation time but you would probably be fired upon your return as the company was always "moving in another direction." Generally, that direction was down. This company managed to truly find some of the best and brightest in cities across the US dedicated to building something that turned out to be a poo sandwich. Lots of good looking people. Even the Board commented on the overall attractiveness of the company. Sadly, it wasn't a magazine shoot so it was a moot point. You will never look at the word "deal" in the same way again.

    Cons

    Tired idea. Everything you read on here is completely accurate, and if anything, people are being kind. Not a sales organization. The turnover was laughable. It wasn't necessary to get to know people's names as they probably weren't going to be around for the next conference call. Feedback was constantly solicited but no one was interested in addressing obvious issues or listening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously, this is an antiquated concept that is contracting versus growing. I hope someone has figured that much out at the company, but you never know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    What a horrible experience.

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    Former Employee - Regional Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Manager

    I worked at Plum District full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I'm struggling with anything positive about this company. I guess it would be the co-workers that I came in contact with. That is about it.

    Cons

    * What kind of company knows they are firing all of their Regional Managers, flies them out for a 'meeting', sucks all of the information out of these hard working professionals under the pretense of training- knowing they are going fire them later that week?
    *They hired people knowing they would fire them (within the month of hiring them) in order to make themselves look profitable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've ruined peoples careers. I know many think this type of stuff happens in all companies, but no- this is not your typical downsizing excuse- this is a poster child for an unethical 'corporation'.
    Beware of this company and Megan Gardner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    I will never get the past year of my life back

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    Former Employee - District Consultant
    Former Employee - District Consultant

    I worked at Plum District part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Only the description of the position... we were supposed to be working WITH LOCAL business owners. Quickly, that changed and only those Consultants with national offers with big companies were praised and (financially) rewarded.

    Cons

    Waste of time
    Compensation plan was lowered again and again
    No training
    Constant turn-over of Managers.... I had five in less than a year.
    Treat business owners terribly... I was EMBARRASSED to be associated with Plum District. I would NEVER treat partners poorly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Learned a ton. Left disappointed.

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    Former Employee - Home Office in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Home Office in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Plum District full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    At Plum District you were never bored. There was always more to do than you had time to do it in. Regardless of how long you'd been there you had a chance to contribute.

    Cons

    Ridiculously long hours - seeing colleagues online working at midnight was routine, as was getting work texts at 11:30pm. Mid-to-low pay, especially for the hours. Management was terrible at motivation and worse at transparency. Employee burnout was a constant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    I feel like I work for free, that my talents are being used and abused. Husband says this isn't a job, it's a hobby. Ha

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    Current Employee - District Consultant in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - District Consultant in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Plum District as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, No sales quotas or pressure to produce

    Cons

    You don't get paid for your hard work leading up to the sale. Then, your deal you sold runs and not too many people buy, you are left with not much of a reward for your hard work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer DCs full time positions, pay them what they are worth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Easy opportunity to make a little extra cash every month

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    Former Employee - District Consultant in Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - District Consultant in Denver, CO (US)

    I worked at Plum District as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    lots of spiffs and contests to earn cash, gift cards.
    Good regional training sessions and opportunity to meet peers in area

    Cons

    couldn't predict when deals would run - hard to tell client when it'll run when your Regional Manager has authority to change it for any reason. Better deals may bump your deal - even into another month. Hard to predict pay that way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    What a let down!

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    Former Employee - Upper Management
    Former Employee - Upper Management

    I worked at Plum District full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Forced to self teach and therefore learned a lot.

    Cons

    Most everything about company was a "con."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have had the best of the best work for you. It is sad that you took advantage of them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a great 12months, but it couldn't last

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plum District full-time

    Pros

    As a sales rep, you gain experience in all aspects of the sales cycle and territory management:
    - prospecting
    - cold calling
    - business & market plan development
    - territory development
    - marketing events
    - working with business owners to craft a daily deal that works for their ROI
    - telecommuting
    - CRM
    It was exciting to be part of something new and growing.

    Cons

    It felt more like an internship than a real position as a full-time sales rep. There was little to no support for sales reps, and constant changing of the company mission. It was difficult to adhere to corporate strategies, as they were ever-changing. There was also minimal training, so unless you are a self-starter and motivator, you have no chance of succeeding or making money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Terrible Experience

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Baltimore, MD (US)

    I worked at Plum District full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work from home
    Made connections with female sales pro's in other parts if the country

    Cons

    CEO, Megan is mean and belittles sales people and managers in front of others, used to get the entire team on a call and give sales reviews to individual managers.
    Expect you to work 24-7 for very little pay
    E-mails were sent to Managers at all hours of the night, would wake up with a full in-box of e-mails received from 1AM - 4AM
    Have to use your own lap-top and office equipment
    If you are not located in San Fran don't expect to get promoted or taken seriously
    Fired all management expect a few chosen ones only to rehire a few months later
    Poor business plan
    Sales goals are not clear and defined
    Often ask Managers to step down into unpaid part-time sales people
    Unrealistic Expectations in an uncertain industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deal with Megan
    Set clear goals for employees
    Stop Firing at will

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inconsistent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plum District part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule, low pressure sales, ability to work from home, offers moms a good work/life balance while using skillset.

    Cons

    Decrease in commission structure, you are required to not only sell and close a deal but then you are only paid if your offer sells in your area which does not always happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain clear and consistent rules and regulations in all areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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