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Sponge Reviews

Updated 18 Jun 2019

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Absolute great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sponge part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, great fun and they really invest in their staff! I started at this company on a part time flexible contract to fit around my studies and they couldn't have been more understanding. After finishing my studies I stayed with the company and continued to learn, this was a great experience. Everyone was always so patient with me while I was learning and no question was ever too silly!

    Cons

    Salary is in-line with the South West. However, it would always be nice to get a raise!

    Advice to Management

    Keep connected and keep communicating!

    Sponge2018-01-11

    Sponge Response

    March 22, 2018Digital Marketing Executive

    I’m so pleased your experience of Sponge is positive, it’s important to us that all of our employees feel engaged, valued and supported in learning and growing. As a growing business we are continually looking at ways to enhance our benefits whilst ensuring our reimbursements are ...

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  2. "I learn something everyday :-)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Creative approach -Exciting work -Innovative -Flexibility -Fun -Care for employees

    Cons

    -Quite a high level of ambiguity in some instances -Process improvements needed (but normal teething problems and with new talent coming in I am sure this will improve) -No salary transparency

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people - they know what they are doing :-)

    Sponge2019-06-18
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good but still learning how to function (ironically)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sponge full-time

    Pros

    Innovative and at the centre of tech development Team pulls together (but across different team comms isn't great)

    Cons

    Always changing and growing, people get left behind Low pay Not always sunshine and rainbows

    Advice to Management

    Get the PM and production team more involved in the bid process from the offset including initial calls

    Sponge2018-05-24
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Innovative, creative, collaborative, challenging and fun"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    There is a real culture of innovation and collaboration at Sponge, coupled with a strong sense of family. Lots of events going on in and outside of work hours. Because Sponge is a growing business there is plenty of opportunity to grow and develop your career and stretch yourself which has been great for me so far. I'd recommend Sponge to anyone.

    Cons

    None, unless you don't like cake!

    Sponge2017-12-19
  5. Helpful (3)

    "A different type of company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sponge full-time

    Pros

    I have had a few jobs over the years but it didn't take me long to realise that Sponge is a unique and special type of company. I been at Sponge for just under 2 years now and even within that time the company has grown extensively. This growth has created opportunities for the development of its employees across all departments (myself included). Within Sponge, culture and values seem as important as skills and...

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    Cons

    Because of its fast growing nature not everyone will enjoy the continuous change and challenge of keeping up with that growth! No real flexitime, or working from home.

    Advice to Management

    You have something unique and special at Sponge - make sure that you hold onto 'it' as you grow.

    Sponge2017-12-15
  6. Helpful (7)

    "Don't Believe the Hype"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Modern office space. Young, creative and vibrant. Lots of social events. Fast-paced and busy. You will never be bored. Free parking. Casual dress at work. It has a very open, driven, creative and dedicated Managing Director.

    Cons

    High staff turnover. Some employees leave but others were catapulted out the business with no explanation, which was very disconcerting. Non-flexible working hours. Everyone has lunch at exactly the same time!! Minimum holiday allowance. Poor pension and benefit schemes. Some inexperienced senior management. A lot of those in senior positions have never worked anywhere else (they joined Sponge as juniors), ...

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    Advice to Management

    A high staff turnover is not a good sign, even if you're a growing business. Value your staff with better working conditions (i.e. flexible working) and benefit schemes. Sort out the subculture of bullying. Train your managers.

    Sponge2017-12-28

    Sponge Response

    March 22, 2018Digital Marketing Executive

    Thanks for the feedback. I’m really pleased that you found the environment at Sponge to be creative and vibrant, as using creativity to learn and grow is fundamental to everything we do. As a growing business we are continually looking at ways to enhance our benefits whilst ensuring ...

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "A fair review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sponge full-time

    Pros

    Lots of culture and events acitivies either after work or during lunch which I enjoyed when I worked there Open ways of thinking and working so ideas can be heard Interesting enough industry Dog friendly although not a positive if you don't like dogs Offices are nice but located on the edge of Plymouth so there's a likely commute if you live in central Plymouth

    Cons

    Minimum amount of annual leave, poor pension etc, arguabley lower salaries than average, no flexible working, very busy constantly which is both positive and negative, often worked over but you only got this back if the time fell outside 7am - 7pm poor managment who were a bit clueless without much real working world experience, very cliquey - if you don't fit in people won't listen to you professionally, not always...

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    Advice to Management

    A lot of managers don't have much experience outside of the company so managerial ability is weak

    Sponge2017-12-11

    Sponge Response

    March 16, 2018Digital Marketing Executive

    Thanks for the feedback. We’re committed to creating a collaborative culture here at Sponge where all our employees feel valued and have the ability to learn and grow, so I’m pleased that you found our open ways of thinking and working enabled your idea’s to be heard. We have for ...

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Friendly, fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sponge

    Pros

    Many culture events, lots of team work meaning you get to interact with many people from the company, definite opportunities to progress, management and seniors are extremely approachable and accommodating.

    Cons

    There were no cons, I had a very positive experience working here

    Advice to Management

    Culture events make all the difference to a working environment, keep doing what you're doing!

    Sponge2017-03-18
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sponge

    Pros

    Excellent working environment - encourage to be bold and innovative with ideas - lovely offices - birthday cake every month!

    Cons

    None - We're in Plymouth, which may be a con - but it's near the sea and the cost of living is looooooooooooooowwwww......

    Sponge2016-08-19
  10. Helpful (3)

    "More than just a company, it's family!"

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    Current Employee - Senior ELearning Developer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I have worked for Sponge for a number of years now, and during that time I can honestly say that not only have I had fun, learnt a lot of valuable skills, and all the usual things that you would hope to get from a job that you love and value, but more importantly they have been there for me as a person to help with anything that I have ever needed. The people of Sponge truly make the company, and are genuinely like a...

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    Cons

    As cheesy as it sounds, it is hard to think of a downside to working at Sponge.

    Advice to Management

    Just keep doing what you are doing. Thank you for for all the support and opportunities that you have provided me with over the years.

    Sponge2015-04-30

    Sponge Response

    July 29, 2016Digital Marketing Executive

    Great! Thank you for your positive comments :)

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