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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Originally inspiring and well intentioned start-up, turned into a disaster and horrific place to work

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    Former Employee - Former Corporate Office Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Former Corporate Office Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Good learning experience: Because there were not enough resources and I took on the roles of 2-3 people, I was able to learn a lot and crammed in what seemed like 4 years worth of work experience into my year and a half at Plum District.

    - Some great people: So many of the people working at Plum District are/were talented, interesting, smart and great to work with. The coworkers were what kept me at the company for nearly a year after I became extremely unhappy and first considered leaving (I eventually did leave, voluntarily).

    -Inspiring idea: I still love the idea of empowering moms to be able to work on their own time and schedule to earn money while still being present in their children's lives. It's unfortunate that it hasn't been executed well at Plum District.

    Cons

    -Brutal, toxic, practically abusive working environment and CEO management style. It was really an environment of fear - the CEO especially did not treat people with respect or dignity, and many people simply disappeared with no explanation or acknowledgment.

    -Hypocrisy: Management always spoke to maintaining a good work/life balance and being less chaotic at work, but didn't help the company make any changes to allow for this balance. When I worked at Plum District, I worked 70-90 hours a week. I was adequately compensated (although 10K under industry average for my position), but I know many of my co-workers worked the same hours and were horrifically underpaid, despite their attempt at negotiating a well deserved raise.

    -Absurd company goals that were not realistic and the desperate attempts to reach them led to shady and demotivating practices.

    -Poor internal communication and people quick to blame others or throw them under the bus. I believe much of this was due to the toxic and fearful environment created by management.

    -Extremely low morale and high turnover rate: Even when I was there, it was becoming clearer and clearer that the business model simply didn't work. Without discounts, nothing sold. Burn out rate was also extremely high. Between voluntarily and involuntary turn-over, it was rare that anyone lasted more than a year. Since its start in April of 2010, Plum District has gone through: 3 VPs of Marketing, 2 VPs of Sales, 2 VPs of Product, 1 VP of Technology and 1 VP of Business Development. And this is just the highest level management team - I can't even begin to count the number of Regional Managers & other corporate employees who have left / been forced to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember your humanity and recognize the loyalty, dedication, and amazing work that people are giving to your company. Think about the long-term growth and stop making every decision based on the end of month goals. Stand up when you think an idea or practice is unethical or demoralizing. Listen - really listen - when people have the courage to express their opinions or offer constructive criticism. Find something original to do with the incredible network of moms that you have rather than trying to make the daily deal platform work - it won't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plum District is a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!

    Former Employee - District Consultant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - District Consultant in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    A total fraud of a company. The article today was right on!

    Cons

    A horrible company. The CEO has a 0 % approval rating. Need I say more?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Firing moms with no notice? How about pushing out pregnant moms!

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

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

    Pros

    free food
    cool office
    mostly nice coworkers, hard working people.

    Cons

    CEO is a nightmare
    CEO Openly berated employees in a public setting
    CEO attempted to restructure comp when sales people were making too much.

    Company is a sham "for moms by moms" and the CEO is not even a mom

    Management threatened to fire 2 pregnant moms for non performance upon hearing they were pregnant.

    There is 0 work life balance at this company. If you don't have your phone under your pillow you will not survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the money and run before your company fails outright.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Regional

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    The women I met at PD

    Cons

    Amazing. They claim to be a company built for moms run by moms. On Friday they fired nearly all their moms. No warning, no true reason, just poof, they were gone. Left a lot of moms in a bad place. The moms who truly built the company are gone! They called 2 moms and fired them the night before Mothers day. Wow, make moms day. The CEO is a fraud, and about as cold as an icecube. Buyer beware, they are almost out of funding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  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  

    This is not a good group of people

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    Current Employee - District Consultant
    Current Employee - District Consultant

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

    Pros

    The only good thing about this company is the other employees. The connections that are made in your local communities with the businesses that you will partner with.

    Cons

    An ever changing (and not for the better) compensation package. Division Directors that are so money hungry and have been drinking the Kool Aid for so long that they don't realize or just don't care how they treat their sales people and all of their recently fired regional managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop abusing moms and get rid of your "for moms by moms" tag line as it is not a true testament of how you treat people. Do everyone a favor and file bankruptcy now so as to save more of your hard working employees the embarrassment of being let go suddenly and without just cause.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Complete and utter disaster

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

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

    Pros

    The amazing people I have met while employed and their wicked sense of humor

    Cons

    Lack of intelligent leadership; lots of meetings, and talking, and making power point slides but no action taken that will truly grow the business; CEO lacks loyalty or integrity and takes credit for founding something she did not; Using "moms" (the most loyal, well connected group of people in the world) to build a business, and then laying them off with no severance; hiring leadership that is completely clueless and inadequate; no training, no consistency and no idea how to market; basic lack of ability to run a successful business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing pretend. Investors, potential employees and other potential partners should be cautious. No matter what industry, loyalty and integrity matter and you have neither. You are taking a brilliant business model and ruining it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Never thought I would walk into something so unethical

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    Former Employee - Regional Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Manager

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

    Pros

    the concept is great. Strong woman working their way back into the work place.
     A place for women to truly have the 'work life balance' that is needed in this world.
    * Women employing women- what a concept!

    Cons

    None of the Pros hold true.
    *They laid off a large number of their sales force on mothers day weekend. Mothers Employing Mothers? I guess not.
    *Reactive environment
    *They flew all Regional Managers throughout the country to their HQ for a national sales meeting
    *2 days later all those regionals were let go. They were informed when they could not log onto their computers that AM. Leadership then called them (after it was known what was happening) and read from a script that they no longer had a job with the organization.
    *These Regionals were top performers in the company
    *One Regional had just received the offer 2 weeks prior,quit her position with her previous employer, accepted the Plum District position, flew out to this meeting - worked 4 full days for Plum District only to be called and told she no longer had a position after 4 days on the job.
    *Either they are extremely disorganized or extremely unethical
    *Immature leadership
    *Unethical practices across the board. Reactive changes in commission plan, salaries
    *Dishonesty throughout the interviewing process on the reality of the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out your ethics. Practice what you preach: 'Know your values and who you are and live your life accordingly' is what the CEO just recently said. Laughable. The CEO does not run your company this way. Or maybe leadership does know that they have horrible values and you are just running the company into the ground with unfathonable business practices and values on how to treat employees. Horrible people in this company. Run from this corporation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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