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I worked at PlumTree Group full-time (more than an year)Pros
Plum Tree took a shot on me and forever changed my life and career for the better. I can rave about the laid back family-like atmosphere, the insane pay raises that reward your hard work, or how Plum Tree took so many clients to the next level and the level after that. But for me specifically, the biggest pro was watching how Plum Tree changed so many people's live for the better.
In addition to hiring the best and the brightest, they also, time and time again, take chances on the under-qualified who demonstrate a will and a fire to succeed. People like me. At the time of my interview I was under-qualified to say the least. During the interview I remember thinking these people are serious and my lack of experience is on full display. After my interview the CEO personally caught up to me in the hallway and told me he believed in me and wanted me on the team as a junior specialist, for a 90-day paid trial to prove myself. It was the only chance I needed. After literally dozens of interviews and no job offers, Plum Tree had taken a shot and invested in me.
It was clear right away that Plum Tree allows you to own your growth and development within the company. When I was hired, I started at $31.5K/year. After the 90-day trial I was hired on at $35K/year. At the 6th month I was at $40K/year. The CEO kept pushing be to go further go harder and always raise my own professional and personal expectations for myself. After a year and a half I was a manager in charge of 2 full time employees and 3-4 interns at any given time making just over $60K/year.
Leaving Plum Tree was a very tough transition. I'd made real life-long friends there. I gained more wisdom in my 2 years there than in all of my 20's. Even after I was leaving to start my own business, the CEO was genuinely happy for me and still we occasionally have dinner and keep in touch.Cons
1.) CEO is a Lebron James fan...
2.) I can understand some of the reviews from frustrated former employees. Until recently, Plum Tree was very much a start up and there are growing pains that come with being a young company. There was lack of structure and organization for sure. Many people took the job expecting some sort of corporate environment and it's like come on man, the guy who hired you was wearing a white sox jersey....and they wouldn't last. And after reading some of the more salty reviews on here, I know exactly who wrote them and honestly shame on them. I know for a fact they had graduated with marketing degrees and had no idea, literally never heard of seo or pay per click at the time of their hiring. To me the lousy reviews are from spoiled ungrateful and over-entitled people who now likely make good money at another agency. On behalf of Plum Tree I say to them "You're welcome."Advice to ManagementAdvice
Hire specialists, people who know and can execute strategy. Account planners are a luxury, specialists fuel growth for both the client and the agency. Yes, I'm still on that.RecommendsPositive Outlook
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