Fishbowl Marketing – Why Work For Us?

To Potential Candidates, Current Employees & Fishbowl Alumni:

Thank you for visiting our Glassdoor page – whether you are researching a job opportunity or providing feedback on your experience working with Fishbowl, we appreciate you spending time with us.

The past several months have been transformational for our business as we evolved our CRM solution to an integrated Marketing Analytics Platform that leverages big data. That transformation has come with many exciting opportunities and, of course, its fair share of challenges. The feedback we have received along the way has ranged from positive to negative and everywhere in between. But it has been honest, and it has been heard. 

We know change is tough. Our business is evolving, and the results of this change will not be for everyone. The path we are on leads us toward our vision of becoming the industry standard for data and predictive analytics. We will continue to evolve and we will have to make tough choices. We will have occasional bumps in the road, but we will continue to push toward this vision. Our recent product releases, the establishment of a key partnership agreement with Coca-Cola, and the customer wins we are seeing are all a testament to the hard work of our committed team and to the fact that our strategy is heading in the right direction.

Ambitious goals require us to push beyond our comfort zone. If you are looking for an exciting journey in marketing analytics and big data, I encourage you to take a look at what we’re doing at Fishbowl. We look forward to spending more time together. 

Dev Ganesan



That's what we're doing here every day.  

Fishbowl provides the restaurant industry’s only comprehensive smart marketing platform, which helps clients maximize sales through integrated software and services. The company serves over 50,000 restaurants with its benchmarked solutions and best practices that address the key business challenges of guest acquisition, guest engagement, and silos of guest analytics.

Hear more about the dawn of the Fishbowl age from our founder, Scott Shaw. 

Fishbowl: How the company was founded from The Muse on Vimeo.

At Fishbowl, our success is derived from our team’s commitment to customer satisfaction, product innovation and industry leadership. These core values shape our culture and guide our decisions. Our dynamic culture truly sets Fishbowl apart. The following questions should provide you with insight into who we are and what is important to us.

  • Is working in an atmosphere that is charged with energy and creativity important to you?
  • Are you the type of person who, when faced with a challenge, sees the opportunity to create solutions?
  • Do you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment that is focused on delighting its clients?
  • When faced with multiple priorities, can you organize your time effectively and meet deadlines?
  • Do you value relationships, support team work, and understand that true success comes from putting people first?
  • Do you know how to have fun at work and still get amazing results?

If you answered “yes” to the above questions, you may be able to make a real impact at Fishbowl!

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‘Bowlers receive great benefits, including:

Health Care

  • Medical Benefits with BCBS — Domestic Partnerships Welcomed
  • Dental — Domestic Partnerships Welcomed
  • Vision — Domestic Partnerships Welcomed
  • Short Term Disability — Company Paid
  • Long Term Disability — Company Paid
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Health Advocacy Concierge Service
  • Life Insurance — Company Paid
  • Voluntary Life Insurance Options

Take a Break

  • 8 Company Paid Holidays
  • 3 Floating Holidays (we let you chose when you need a holiday!)
  • 16 Days of PTO

Save Your $$ with Pre-Tax Savings Plans

  • 401k
  • Flexible Savings Plans
  • Dependent Care

On Campus Perks

  • Free Access to fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Potomac River
  • Walking and Running Trails
  • Car Detailing Service
  • Flip Flop Friendly Atmosphere
  • Bagel Fridays
  • Metro Benefits
  • Free Shuttle from Braddock Road Station (yellow and blue lines)
  • Garage Parking —we pay half the expense for you!
  • Free Lunch Time Shuttle to King Street Restaurants
  • Balconies that wrap around three sides of our office overlooking the Potomac, the Capitol, the Washington Monument and the National Harbor
  • Restaurant Style Café/Break Room
  • Walking Distance to over 10 Local Eateries
  • Miami-style patio furniture on our balcony where you can have lunch alfresco, conduct a meeting, work outside with WIFI or just take a break
  • Nursing Rooms – just the privacy a Mom needs – plus relaxing massage chairs!
  • Lunchtime Summer Concerts with free refreshments every other week in our outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Potomac

Stock Options

Every ‘Bowler is offered stock options. We make this investment because we believe our people have 2 jobs. #1 is the job we hired them to do. #2 is to help us continue to grow the company! When we all do both well, everybody wins (and those options get mighty valuable).

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Fishbowl Marketing Reviews

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    Trying for a fair and honest review for executives and candidates alike.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I have been working at Fishbowl Marketing full-time (more than 3 years)


    I'm going to try and give my personal take on pros and cons at this company. Some of the reviews do seem a little fluffy.

    -Coworkers are great to work with even across departments. I've met some great people and some not so great. I think that's par for any workplace.
    -I feel that I have learned an incredible amount and have grown as a employee in terms of personal skills. I think that is still true of people here at fishbowl. I've known people to grow their career here and move on to other amazing companies. I think that can still happen even with the current state of flux.
    -Compensation seems fair when researched with the area and benefits also are fair.
    -Dress code is casual which I personally love.
    -Still a great startup feel to the company.
    -Lots of others. Recommend reading other reviews. I agree with most of them.


    -Recent layoffs and people leaving the company have shaken many who still remain, and why wouldn't it?. Many departments have lost their "champions for the cause". (Doesn't mean there isn't room for new people to take up this flag.)
    -Company is going through a rough phase and is rebuilding. Opportunity for some, time to run for others.
    -C-Suite is perceived as a mystery even though they come from very successful backgrounds.

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    I'm going to try for constructive criticism in this section.

    Most people here want to work hard at their job and do a good job. People care about this company which is why they are so vocal on the reviews. It seems to be that perception of the new C-suite's empathy and attitude is what is at the core of low moral. Earn the employees trust again. Employees want you to be honest and transparent even if it's bad news. We haven't had an all hands meeting in a while which is not perceived well. Don't pretend there isn't low moral and dismiss the people who leave as they just couldn't handle change. (Although i'm sure that has some degree of truth.) Address moral directly with the company (and not with an email) and what you plan to do about it. People want to physically see the leaders lead not just receive mass emails from them. I believe employees will respect that and help them through the hard times.
    People want to work for a company and a product they believe in. We need to see some proof, and even better inspiration, that the work we are all doing is meaningful.

    Culture is very important. The founder championed it and still should. It is apparent in his body language, presentations, and attitude. If you can't resurrect the old culture create a better one!

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Fishbowl Marketing Interviews

Updated Mar 21, 2015
Updated Mar 21, 2015

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    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Fishbowl Marketing.

    Interview Details

    They were super nice and helpful! I actually dropped off my resume at a career fair and they emailed me asking for an interview time that worked. It seems like their process is based completely on their perception of your resume.
    Unfortunately I was late to the interview. They tried their best to accommodate my changing circumstances. This company seems like they really care about who they keep in their organization.
    Don't be late and take it seriously! I truly regret missing this opportunity.

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Fishbowl Marketing Awards & Accolades

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Top Employer, Washington Post, 2014
Best Places to Work in Virginia, SHRM, 2014
Best Places to Work in Virginia, Virginia Business, 2014
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Additional Info

Headquarters Alexandria, VA
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 2000
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $10 to $25 million (USD) per year

Recognized as one of 2014's "Top Employers" by the Washington Post and a "Best Place to Work in Virginia" by Virginia Business!

Fishbowl provides the restaurant industry’s only comprehensive smart marketing platform, which helps clients maximize sales through integrated software and services. The company serves over 50,000 restaurants with its benchmarked solutions and best... More

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