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Updated Feb 4, 2014

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2.9 28 reviews

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Mike Hilts

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good people, Poor Management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMany great co-workers. Possible opportunities if you get lucky.

    ConsNew Executive Team seems to be focused on saving money by replacing innovative teams with low cost skeleton teams. Any tech culture has now been replaced by old school time sheet mentality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate your plan to stay vital in the industry with your staff.

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    A hectic, unorganized approach to doing business with no real mindset for long term thinking.

    IT Manager (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsSome really good people to work with that really want to see the company succeed and are willing to put in the time to see it happen.

    ConsSenior management appears to not have a clue and make decisions that negatively affect day to day work life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your heads out of your rear ends and listen to your line level managers and employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a paycheck.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLocation (for Portland employees).
    Coworkers are generally good to work.
    Ability to work with a handful of notable clients.
    Casual-dress work environment.
    If you stay 3 years, you'll be senior and have a remote chance of promotion.

    ConsExecutive leadership lacks clear direction.
    Annual Reviews only upon request and not guaranteed.
    No bonuses for the past 4 years.
    Good employees are continually leaving.
    Low pay - don't go in expecting to advance or get a compensation increase later.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare about your employees or at least make them feel like they're given anything but a paycheck. Provide incentives and a reason to feel good about working here. Actions speak louder than words. REALISTICALLY decide what you want to be as a company and position yourself accordingly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    My experience reflects a lot of the reviews posted about Infogroup, the company that has owned Yesmail for several years

    Client Services (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsYou COULD end up with a nice boss and team. You will have the opportunity watch first hand how to not run a company.

    ConsYou will most likely not grow here. if you go to YM go because you absolutely need the job, do not give up a mediocre job to come here. Most teams are in silos. Leadership will fight change/automation since none of them are technical. None of the upper level managers live in the same city as the company HQ. My guess is the next year or two will be spent trying to get Yesmail to a point where the new management can sell it, or if they can show some revenue growth they will IPO.
    In the end I actually decided that too many of the leaders above me were simply BAD people(not bad managers, but bad human beings) so I left.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice would be to show up at the Yesmail headquarters, introduce yourself and start learning the names and faces of people on teams that report to you. Also, changing the company name 5 times in 2 years doesn't actually do anything except let your clients and employees know you have no clue what you're doing. Quit focusing on taking away employee garbage cans and start focusing on quality dev.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Be very careful....

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsThe majority of the people there are very professional and pleasant to work with.
    Downtown location
    Bonus structure.
    Products are very flexible and powerful
    They remain profitable

    ConsLong hours and Lots of late nights with little recognition or thanks.
    Really sucky benefits
    No mentoring or career path coaching.
    Bonus plan changes for no apparent reason.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo unified management view. Need to create a vision, foster teamwork and create a better culture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company is full of Sycophants and managers love them !!!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork flexibility, work from home culture.

    ConsManagers love Sycophants, buttlickers and promotions are only given to them. Hardworkers should just search for another job and this is what my manager told me :)
    NO Raises, no promotions....
    NO Vision at executive level...

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't think you can do whatever you want, if you want to succeed in your personal and professional life, respect and treat every employee equal.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of pros, a few of cons, but no long-term plan

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- Laid back atmosphere
    - Appealing clients
    - Work from home opportunities
    - Personable managers
    - Good work/life balance

    Cons- Management seems to be lost in direction
    - Constant change in brand identity
    - Artificial corporate communications
    - Managers lack leadership skills
    - High employee turnover rate
    - Managers makes no effort to keep employees happy

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The pay is good for the location

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe salary is really above what is offered in comparable positions in this area (PNW). Health care isn't too bad (for the time being); it went from great, to terrible, to somewhere in between in the last few years. There is a nice amount of reimbursement available for relevant classes taken.

    ConsAlmost zero possibility of ever advancing, training for another position, or any type of career improvements whatsoever. People stay where they have started, for years and years (those who can tolerate insanely long hours, and haven't been laid off yet due to the infogroup acquisition).
    There is a large amount of disrespect shown to employees by upper management, who, although aren't generally technologically proficient themselves, manage to find infinite ways to nitpick and criticize trivial matters while people who actually work are trying to do their job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize potential and drive in employees; provide incentives for those who have put in a great deal of time and commitment into their work. There are knowledgeable staff leaving or wanting to leave because otherwise they are stuck in their current positions with no hope of advancement.
    Also, as an additional note to management, a simple 'Thank you' goes a long way.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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