SmartBrief Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
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  1. A good place to cut your teeth in the early stages of your career; not ideal for long-term personal growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SmartBrief

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    *Relatively flat organization; people and senior leadership receptive to your ideas and suggestions.
    *Solid core product

    Cons

    *Poor communication from senior leadership downward regarding company priorities, goals, etc.
    *Bad middle managers stay there too long.
    *Could take bigger risks to evolve the business model, but needs to actually invest and see them through.

  2. A MESS!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SmartBrief

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

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere, beer machine, flexibility is good

    Cons

    Work structure is a complete mess, no room for growth, non-sales employees completely underpaid

    Advice to Management

    Figure your structure out and pay your employees more.

  3. Helpful (2)

    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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    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.

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  5. SmartBrief

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

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

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

    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 Management

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

  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    Current Employee - Tech in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Tech in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SmartBrief

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    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

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

    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 Management

    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.

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