Fluid Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
23 Reviews
2.6
23 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, poor vision

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fluid full-time

    Pros

    Really great people and culture. That is the most enjoyable part about coming to work everyday.

    Cons

    Poor executive vision. Limited career opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing people, exciting projects, horrible management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fluid full-time

    Pros

    People are great to work with and everyone on projects is dedicated to producing the best they can. Projects are mainly interesting with big-name retailers. Schedule is fairly flexible with the ability to work from home/switch up your hours if needed.

    Cons

    Upper-management is awful and has created an us vs. them culture between upper management and the rest of the staff. People's desks are suddenly empty due to lay-offs with no explanation as to why. In the rare instance there is a meeting called to discuss lay-offs, there is no transparency as to the true reasons why.

    Promises are often made about company growth potential and future benefits, but none are ever fulfilled. Personal growth potential can often be exaggerated and promotions need to be fought for. Company benefits are not good in comparison to other San Francisco companies and retention policies seem to be non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about your employees - create an open dialogue and be transparent about the company's future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Poor Vision

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fluid full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people who aren't in upper management are great to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management needs vision, favoritism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Pleasant experience overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fluid full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People genuinely nice
    Good work culture and work/life balance
    Professional and accountable
    Senior management are also very nice and CEO will hangout with everyone (even a design intern)
    Exciting growth

    Cons

    Rapid growth changing the integrity of the work culture
    Still figuring out the best process and how to budget. Sometimes over delivering to the client at the expense of the company and employees
    Higher turnover rate lately so rather patchy resourcing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people, low pay, little up-side.

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    Current Employee - Executive
    Current Employee - Executive

    I have been working at Fluid full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people--some really cool people work there. They also do some fun things, e.g. parties, events.

    Cons

    Management treats people like objects: happy to do lay offs when business slows down, happy to not be up front about difficult financial situations with the company overall (will paint a happy picture, then lay people off two weeks later). Management doesn't always do what they say. Management doesn't make hard decisions quickly, or sometimes at all. Fluid tends to low-ball when hiring, then allocates very little $ for raises. Your likelihood of increasing your income in line with the industry at Fluid is very low. The founders don't want to sell, or IPO, so the stock options are also unlikely to be of any value. Only Directors and above get options also.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Highs and Lows, too many lows these days

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Fluid full-time

    Pros

    Working with some great day to day coworkers.
    Some interesting projects and technologies.
    Good telecommuting options, many people work 100% offsite.
    Good flextime.

    Cons

    It hurts to read the other reviews, but all the more painful because what they say is true. There has been changes the last few years, camaraderie and culture have eroded badly. Trust between company leadership and employees is damaged. Morale continues to deteriorate. More people continue to quit and others are eyeing the exits. People are not compensated appropriately. Some technology projects are very dull. Resourcing is almost always a problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all your employees with respect and compensate properly. Watch out: once culture is gone its very hard to get it back. Get a new CEO who has a real plan and vision and can execute it instead of just throwing f-bombs. Not sure what HR does.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Going nowhere fast...

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    Current Employee - Creative Department  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Creative Department in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Fluid full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the old timers that are still there are cool, but most seem to be ill treated and those with a conscience or any values probably won't stick around for long.

    Cons

    - Poor pay, no career growth, poor benefits
    - Employees are not valued and viewed as expendable
    - You'd think there'd be a lot of creative thinking here with all of their "innovation" mantras, but most of the work is rote and ideas, other than those of the leadership are not given much weight
    - Lots of talk, lots of promises, no action
    - Burning through cash quickly with lots of misses in hiring senior "leadership"
    - Most of the good people that were really smart and had something to offer were fired or chased out
    - Come up with a bunch of nonsense like "defining goals for yourself" with snappy acronyms that are complete bull****
    - Edict to "live and breathe the client" but when you work 16 hour days who has time for that
    - Completely egotistical and self serving management does not know how to grow a company externally or internally
    - HR is surface deep, many poor hires
    - Inability to deliver on projects time and again - especially when it comes to technology - many unhappy clients
    - Great culture that once existed and drew many people to this company is now completely gone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Skim off the cream or step back and get off of your high horse and hire people that know what they are doing, know how to run and grow a company, know how to hire and retain people of value and turn this ship around before it is too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away

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    Current Employee - N/A  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - N/A in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Some really nice people, but most are on their way out anyway.

    Cons

    This company used to be good to work for but has become progressively worse. You'll work long hours with no recognition and no value is placed on you or your work. For such a small company it's crazy how you're viewed as just another cog in the machine. You're encouraged to "tell on" your peers and people that have been there for years that are super smart and dedicated are gone in an instant without rhyme or reason. In a nutshell, you'd be better off unemployed than working for this company. Stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of the sand, you're running this business into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Great to be part of an organization that is on the front end of innovation.

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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 Fluid

    Pros

    Incredible people. Challenging and innovative projects.

    Cons

    Can be a bit consuming and off balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the big picture and do a better job marketing the amazing work we do for our clients.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Focused on retail E-Commerce, Fluid is an exceptional small company with the benefits of a much larger one.

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    • 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 Fluid

    Pros

    The company is filled with energetic, smart people who care about their work. The company works with top brands in the retail space and anything you do has the potential to be seen by millions. Even though it's a small company, the benefits are comparable to much larger ones. The place is well managed with a focused plan. Communication is very open with management sharing the good, bad and ugly with the staff. It's a fun place to work.

    Cons

    The only real downside to working at Fluid would be around size. They only have two offices and are not international yet. Additionally, you don't get some of the perks, like free food and sodas that you find at large tech companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure you continue your focus on the staff and the hiring process.

    Recommends

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