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2.6
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Rob Mullen
8 Ratings
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    Mortgage Protection Needed!

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    Current Employee - Rather Not Say in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Rather Not Say in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    There are still a great many talented people who work here. The salary is not great by any means but pays slightly better than average. You still get a pension, medical benefits etc.

    Cons

    Don't get fooled by anyone writing a positive review for this company. Since I have been here there have been a number of leadership changes, the last change is by far the worst. the CEO, a former accountant, runs the company like a spreadsheet, cutting cost in order to reach a profit (since sales isn't kicking into gear yet). Another such individual SVP was hired to run Professional Services, Pre-Sales, Support etc, and does the majority of the CEO's bidding. Both of these guys run a very tight ship on cost and expect employees to work all sorts of hours weekdays & weekends. It's no surprise that they are both from a financial background and run this company like a financial institution.

    Bonuses are very rarely paid out to non sales staff and commission for sales guys have high/impossible targets. No one is allowed to have fun and you can certainly not expect any investment in the employees. A lot of dead wood was axed when the CEO/SVP joined which was positively received; but along with this was a lot of talented people were also axed as they were on high wages (cost cutting exercise), since then there has been a revolving door of new employees being hired (with false promises) and existing staff just fed up with being over-worked! Expect to do the job of at least 3 people (as I do currently). There is no fun working for these guys and if you do decide to join, take some mortgage/payment protection out as you will need it. These guys are ruthless at getting rid of people and care very little for the employees. I wrote this at risk of potentially losing my own role but sometimes I wonder if that's a blessing in disguise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is an email marketing company not a financial institution, you should run it as such rather than destroying employee morale and setting impossible targets. You will find you have very few people left in this organisation.

    Doesn't Recommend
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