Bloomspot Reviews

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  1.  

    Fun company at one point, but always chaotic

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bloomspot

    Pros

    There were definitely good moments at Bloomspot. The people were always great; hard-working, motivated, intelligent. During the peak times, it was a fun although exhausting experience. I learned more in those few months than I ever had.

    Cons

    Ultimately, it wasn't to be. The industry as a whole is dying, and there was no difference there. Leadership was never the best, and often made shortsighted decisions that would hurt in the long term. However, it ultimately would not have mattered.

  2.  

    Great People, Company had wrong priorities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bloomspot full-time

    Pros

    The people are great. Flexible hours, some catered food.
    Overall the company has a good "feel" and culture. The company is small enough to get access to the high-level executives.

    Cons

    Way too much prioritization of the "short-term". The company constantly focuses to hit THIS month's numbers without any regard to next month.
    Sales compensation structure often doesn't coincide with the company's ultimate goals.
    Tech resources & capabilities are way behind industry-standard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Outstanding people, but perhaps mismanaged

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Not Sales  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Not Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bloomspot

    Pros

    - For a while, Bloomspot had some pull and managed to recruit and employ some outstanding, brilliant people. I cannot speak highly enough of the people with whom I was able to work and their willingness to share information and help each other develop professionally.
    - Great location right near CalTrain and the stadium.
    - Free Diet Coke and other snacks

    Cons

    - Two rounds of severe layoffs with no warning or explanation has left much of the team seeking other opportunities.
    - When the team finally received a financial projection, its methodology and metric determination was not clear. The numbers were incredibly optimistic--at the same time a third of the company was cut.
    - Product and engineering team seem spread too thin. Though engineers were interviewed by the dozens after the second round of funding, none were hired--not even in a junior role. Thus, eight engineers are asked to work on eight different projects, which means progress is slow and room for important work requested by other teams must be planned out months in advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For now, you still have a crack team of developers, analysts, and salespeople. But they won't stick around long if Bloomspot's core problems aren't openly addressed and resolved. The magic isn't over, but it's imperiled.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    On a sinking ship, no one is safe (except the Captains)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bloomspot

    Pros

    - Amazing people
    - Fun, young vibe
    - Located in SOMA blocks from the ballpark

    Cons

    - Mid and Upper Management is reckless and inexperienced
    - Job Safety is a huge issue and causes high anxiety among employees
    - Surprisingly, the internet is always going down which makes an internet based sales job frustrating
    - Comp plan was always changing and being 'adjusted' = again, new company and a bit reckless

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take responsibility for reckless decisions. Next time you are faced with yet another big layoff, look towards your mid and upper management and take into consideration the choices that have been made at the expense of employees. Also, when a big change is made, don't glaze over the issue and answer with a 'non-answer'. Be direct and honest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Everything was great except the model and the ability for the comapny to monetize.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bloomspot

    Pros

    People are amazing, freedom to do your job, no micromanaging, product is ok.

    Cons

    No job security, business model might fail, so they company is scrambling, so things like comp structure change CONSTANTLY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nice guys who are doing a terrible job at building an awesome, successful company. With the 3 rounds of major lay-offs, everyone's job is changing, and everyone thinks it sucks. With the sales team being the life blood of the company, they should have considered keeping them a bit more happy, i.e. not firing everyone and leaving the rest to carry the burden. Everyone is certainty looking for other jobs at this point. Moral sucks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    High Highs and Low Lows

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bloomspot

    Pros

    young, friendly, fun environment
    great , brick, open spaced building
    dog friendly, occasional meals
    a team manager or two who are incredibly awesome to work with/for
     truly a group of employees who are also friends
    fast-paced, exciting, constantly changing
    flexible schedules and ability to work from home

    Cons

    upper level management on almost all sides ignores issues, and refuses to address employees' concerns
    pay structure which changes on a monthly basis
    "act first, think second" as a management policy
    hires too many, too fast; fires too many, too fast
    doesn't follow through on promised perks (transportation stipend)
    constant fear of losing job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a more thoughtful hiring AND firing process- these decisions shouldn't be made over night.
    When ANY employee asks you something, at least give them a response.
    Go back to the rewards & performance-based days when people worked because they wanted to, not the fear-based recent culture which makes top sales execs want to seek employment elsewhere.
    Work on retaining your best people. When all else changes or fails, they will be your best assets.
    Be more clairvoyant with the company's finances- we signed NDAs!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Co-Workers, Out of Touch Upper Level Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bloomspot

    Pros

    Fun and talented co-workers make it enjoyable to come to work.
    Small business owners are rewarding to work with.
    Location in SOMA is awesome.
    Diverse and liberal environment.

    Cons

    Not all upper management has the necessary relevant work experience: a sales team needs a leader with sales experience.
    Strategy is erratic and constantly changing.
    Management doesn't fully flush out ideas, rolls them out and then realizes it's going to work. This puts employees in awkward positions with merchants.
    Employees are seemingly disposable. "Hire and fire" is too common.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to get back to a proactive state rather being reactive. Change and adjust, but don't change so many factors at the same time. That makes it difficult to determine what's working and what isn't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A roller coaster of an experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bloomspot

    Pros

    *Great Perks: Everything from an expense account; company parties; catered breakfast, lunch, dinner; iPads
    *Great Culture: Hip, Dog friendly office
    *Great People: Young, Energetic, Culturally Diverse

    Cons

    *Constant pressure based on need to have something running everyday of the calendar year.
    *Sloppy Infrastructure
    *Inexperienced Director level Management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The vision is there but the execution needs some work. Try running things by your staff prior to instituting them and then learning that they don't work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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