SmartBrief Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great for new grads, not for long-term employment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SmartBrief full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, fun culture, good life/work balance.

    Cons

    Disorganization, incredibly high turn-over rate, compensation not equal to work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR - start doing exit interview to find out how to reduce turn-over rate! Incessant turn-over makes everyone's job harder and less pleasant.

    No opinion of CEO
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    SmartBrief

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    Former Employee - Developer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Developer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Unbeatable location in the heart of downtown DC, very friendly community, beer machine, interesting challenges

    Cons

    Incredibly sales focused atmosphere leaves little room for modernization or innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Determine and focus more on long-term goals and don't sacrifice progress towards them for quick cash infusions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun, interesting place to work, but needs more transparency, organization, increased salary

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Tech in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SmartBrief

    Pros

    Smart, friendly and motivated people who genuinely like each other. No lack of challenging projects and problems to solve. Encouragement to go off and investigate new technologies and areas of interest. Massive growth in recent months and more planned for the future.

    Cons

    Smartbrief has existed for 10+ years. Time to give up the casual dot com environment and start structuring things. There is no formal process for yearly evaluations to get raises. No performance reviews. Salaries are not competitive. Terrible company-wide turn over rate. No transparency in career progression process. No 401k matching. Not enough vacation time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are learning whats happening within senior management through gossip. We have little idea where the company is headed. Increase salaries and you'll decrease the massive turnover rate. From the outside we are simply a company that sends email... lets innovate on that before email dies. I am putting "no opinion" for the following question because I have no idea how the CEO is leads SmartBrief.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great products and content. It is not a start-up anymore so they need to progress with systems, benefits, controls, etc.

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

    I worked at SmartBrief full-time

    Pros

    If you're just out of college you may think this is greatest place in the whole world for a first job. No real dress code is enforced, everyone eats together and drinks together after work. Many people live in DC or nearby NoVA and most get along well. Editorial and overall content and products are solid and respected.

    Cons

    Opportunity for career advancement is limited as is overall pay and benefits. Working remotely is discouraged, which for an digital media company seems silly. Implementing changes to processes or new products takes a village.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Write down some processes (and if they do exist, share them with your teams) and endorse people implementing changes with the essential personnel instead of a "decision team" that takes 20 phone calls and endless emails with no real result.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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