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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I worked at Real Magnet full-time

    Pros

    I cannot say too many positive things about Real Magnet. And sadly this is truly an objective opinion. I would not recommend this organization to my worst enemy.

    Some pros...
    The health insurance is good. Company paid. There are some nice people in the office, but very few to be completely honest. It's a diverse office, which is great. There are a lot of fake, insecure people who are quick to throw you under the bus. HR is unprofessional and shady.

    Cons

    Where do I begin...I went through hell working at RM. It was truly the worst experience of my professional career. I've never worked in such a broken environment. The owners are so out of the loop. They are cold, passive aggressive and have their agenda...which isn't benefitting the company. They have no idea about the true characters of their "best" employees. HR is evil. There's no other way to describe them. Don't trust them at all. Be nice. Be polite but don't share any personal information with them or choose wisely what you plan to share. They are a lot smart people at Real Magnet, but some lack emotional intelligence and in the real corporate world, EQ is king. It's sad, because they are some good people there...and some of these good people lack the EQ that can help their careers immensely.

    There is NO structure at Real Magnet. Employees and clients are not informed about releases. They allow clients to abuse them. And yet they also treat their clients like second class citizens. Crazy right? There's no dedicated QA team! No words... Some managers try to play "nice and fair." It's all crap and fake. At the end of the day, even those "nice" managers have their own agenda. You have no idea of the organization's management structure because they are so many butt kissers trying to get a piece of the action. Many of these butt kissers are bring down the worth of the company.

    The office is falling apart, literally. It's old, gross and moldy. It always smells terrible. It's an uncomfortable place to work. If the owners were smart, they would allow people to work remote so they don't have to spend on office expenses and remolding/expanding. But they don't trust their employees which is sad. Only Sales works remote so they can reach out to the clients. Management has unecessary meetings with Client Services in order to show whose "top dog." The company is truly a farce.

    Development seems to be the happiest team while Client Services and Sales suffer
    dearly. It's a "boys" club in Operations. Tragic. Their manager is a misogynist. No lie. Marketing is a work in progress, but their manager is a good person with great intentions and amazing experience. Too bad the "Gods of RM" won't let him do the dang thing! They have gone though so many marketing managers too...epic fail!

    Managers, especially in Client Services and Sales, lack decorum and morals. If you stick up for yourself, prepare to deal with the consequences...

    If you need good benefits, perhaps apply to Real Magnet. Turnover is high and morale is low so don't feel bad if you quit after 2 months. Honestly. I bet you your new job will be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TRUST YOUR EMPLOYLEES AND BE ADVOCATES FOR THEM. You hire people for a reason. Implement an honor system and stick with it. Stop treating your employees like evil step children. Provide professional management training for the higher ups. Hire a consultant to guide the owners in their business decisions. Sometimes salespeople don't make good managers. Deploy ALM for your testing tool. It's the industry standard. Perhaps get some QTP test engineers so Operations and Support aren't boggled down with functional testing...They have other fish to fry. Stop being cheap and give your employees a decent place to work, since you don't like people being remote. It's 2015; it's time to change! HR is abusing their power. Stop them. Be nice to the building services people. HR shoud not yell and disrepect them constantly. They do so much and they actually have a great and kind manager. Allow employees to work from home on as need basis without giving them grief, especially since your office is falling apart. Provide some flexibility to employees in every sense of the word. Develop solutions to improve the work flow of the company instead of picking a fall guy or girl to blame for pitfalls. Truly listen to both sides of the story before making a decision! Learn objectivity. Learn what it means and what it stands for. Pay somebody to teach managers about objectivity! Besides Development and Marketing, the managers are a complete joke at RM. Stop giving immoral people power in the company. I've met some truly ruthless folks at Real Magnet...Stop picking favorites and be fair/rational. Stop micromanaging! You're killing employees' souls with that mess... Stop encouraging a cliquish and hostile work place. Do team buliding activities to foster trust and comfort between teams. It's okay to spend money on this. Don't allow employees to abuse each other in the office. Make "new" people want to stay at your company by treating them like human beings.

    There's a reason why they have been in an "awkward" phase for 16 years...

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Real Magnet Interviews

Updated Mar 6, 2015
Updated Mar 6, 2015

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    QA Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Real Magnet in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    I am a senior QA Analyst at my current job. I had a brief phone interview with Real Magnet which went well. For the onsite interview was interviewed by a guy who was the IT department head and another female employee, I think a designer. The interview went well until the lady started asking questions. She had no clue what she was talking about and asked unrelated bizarre questions. They need to have better staff to interview with some knowledge about the position, reflects poorly on the company. I decided not to interview any more.

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Website www.realmagnet.com
Headquarters Bethesda, MD
Size 6 to 15 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Revenue $1 to $5 million (USD) per year
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