Blackhawk Network Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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Blackhawk Network Chairman and CEO William Y. Tauscher
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Pros
  • Fair work/life balance, flexible work schedule (in 4 reviews)

  • good location close to the mall (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no real work/life balance here (in 6 reviews)

  • The company is extremely political (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Cheap

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Blackhawk Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of work to keep you on your toes

    Cons

    Once you are in the door, disgusting raise, invisible HR, untrained middle level mgmt.

    Advice to Management

    bring more money to the table.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Risk Managment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Blackhawk Network

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Free Coffee, food and Netflix

    Cons

    Where do i start??? First off, they dont care about your health or wellbeing. The Department is run by people that have no idea what it takes to be a leader.. The current staff hate what they are doing and dislike the direction that Department is going. They will stab you in the back and try to drown you. They pay is good (50k a year) for what i was doing but i would rather make less and be happy.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN TO YOUR PEOPLE!!!!!! I doubt anyone from the Risk Team will read this or care. Don't sell pepole a dream and then take it away from them.


  3. Helpful (9)

    Blah

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blackhawk Network full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great hard working and dedicated co-workers. Okay medical benefits. Direct manager and director great, Senior director not so much.

    Cons

    Pay is way under market value. No hiring for internal jobs from within unless you are friends with management. Lots of under qualified people in important positions. Senior management fighting to be top dog and neglecting the worker bees

    Advice to Management

    Management should really look at the talent from within and at least entertain interviews. Friends always ask if Blackhawk is hiring and I'm embarrassed to recommend it because of the low pay and lack of opportunities. Management should really move away from the old school Safeway mentality and freshen up their ideas and company culture.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Please put yourself in our shoes

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Warren, OH
    Current Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Warren, OH

    I have been working at Blackhawk Network

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Steady reliable paycheck bi-weekly Compensated for auto

    Cons

    1.) Lack of direction from management-management does NOT do the job so they don't know what they are talking about 2.) Lack of consideration from management about being hourly part time. There is no hesitation to call any hour of the day. 3.) Driving - driving - driving to get their work done. Although there has never been a time in 2 plus years that I have not had the work done by Wednesday of the work week. 4.) Never any consideration for being reliable and a good employee. You are only as good as the current date you have worked. 5.) A supervisor that is like a bead of water on a hot skillet. Jumping from one topic to the next without answering the first question, yelling when he does not even know what is going on or getting your explanation as to why, inconsiderate of your personal time.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your merchandisers as you yourself would like to be treated. Be considerate of their personal time. How could you live on our pay?


  6. Helpful (2)

    Time to move on.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, good location, acceptable benefits, immediate manager was not a micromanager so that was a plus, However that was it for the pros.

    Cons

    Long hours 50 - 55 hour work week the norm. Pay was poor when taking into consideration the hours. Only path for advancement was managing people


  7. Helpful (6)

    Highly political environment, poor management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Blackhawk Network

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Location, flex Schedule, co-workers, compensation

    Cons

    Politics, inexperienced management, lack of communication and opportunity, poor working conditions, treatment of contractors


  8. Helpful (3)

    Ruthless

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blackhawk Network

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

    Pros

    The industry is great.....but the corporate culture here has become toxic. It actually was fantastic

    Cons

    Horrible morale and management cares little about the people. Every week a new group of people are being "let go". The company was Bought a year ago, only to be closed down and move the business. Everyone sees it.

    Advice to Management

    Leave....and the company may have a chance.


  9. Helpful (3)

    overworked & underpaid & unappreciated

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Reno, NV

    I have been working at Blackhawk Network full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    the work is and the building are nice. benefits are very good

    Cons

    the management is "cliquey" and the pay is not reasonable for the amount of work constantly piled on

    Advice to Management

    hire outside of your friend group/hire within the company more often


  10. Safeway Trying to be a Tech Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Don't Wish to Disclose in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Don't Wish to Disclose in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Blackhawk Network full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Close to home and I was able to negotiate a good salary with my experience.

    Cons

    Old line, top down management style. "Put your head down, don't complain and do your job, and you'll do fine," I was told by a peer. A culture of fear. Lots of turnover hitting the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Your managers don't have a collaborative bone in their bodies. Smart people with leadership ability won't stay with the company; only the drones will stay. Wake up.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Stay away,

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blackhawk Network part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    LOW pay and long long hours

    Cons

    I only recieved three hours of one on one training. I was told by my supervisor to lie with regard to photos to prove completion of work. She told me to cover the camera lens with my hand and take a picture of that. I was fired without warning or any notice and my supervisor told me to give her a resignation letter AS SHE WAS FIRING ME - nice try!

    Advice to Management

    Insist that supervisors stay in town and train new employees thoroughly



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