Absolutely New

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    Never a dull moment!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Absolutely New full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Met some really great people, creative, and just overall well rounded. Very diverse staff. Richard (CEO) did a fairly good job of always keeping the employees informed on the big decisions taking place and how it affects them.

    Cons

    Pay is below market. Always felt like the company could go under at any moment. Some employees really don't care, and it sucks b/c if you want to do your job well, it requires them to do it well. Employee turn over is fast (esp in sales dept). Departments were very siloed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge people to keep pushing the envelope, hire good people, continue to keep them informed and do what you can to keep morale up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Worst Company I Ever Worked For

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Absolutely New full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some of the most talented people I ever worked with came out of this company. A number of people were approachable and easy-going. Working here made everyone feel like they were a group rather than a bureaucratic company. CEO was very effective at keeping people informed about news within company, positive or negative.

    Cons

    The best way to describe this company was that it was a roller coaster ride and each day was not predictable. Never a dull moment but not dull for a bad reason. There were good accomplishments company made and CEO announced them via e-mail. However, the accomplishments were outweighed significantly by company's financial problems. Pretty much the majority of people at this company just got disillusioned and low morale was prevalent, except when a new CFO was around from 2009-2010. Every contribution each employee made never made much of a dent in getting this company greater revenue nor even beyond the 40+ staff it had. CEO seemed to have his sight on making this company the next Proctor & Gamble. He went in way over his head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try making life easier for employees by showing there really is life at the end of the tunnel and that their efforts have REALLY made the company better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Not One of the Better Companies I Worked For

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    Current Employee - Sales Support  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Support in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Absolutely New full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Company's retail division was filled with great talent previously from Sharper Image. Developed some top selling and awesome products.
    -Everyone worked together and you got to know people one-on-one.

    Cons

    -Company shut down in August 2012.
    -Working for the company was like working in a sweat shop: You worked hard but there was really no reward and real end in sight. Often times you'd be given tasks in no way related to your position but that's because no other opportunities to contribute where there.
    -Pay was low and not worth the hard work.
    -Company had a cash flow problem that was persistent for the 4+ years I worked there. Every employee faced at least one instant where their paycheck bounced or there were delays in receiving their checks.
    -There was always a fear every week the company would go down and it kept on going for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about your employees in addition to thinking about yourselves. Think outside the box as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Company is gone. Nuff said

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Absolutely New full-time

    Pros

    The people are great. Fun work envirmonment.

    Cons

    Low pay. Big guy is scary and affects work enviroment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great employees, terrible management

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    Former Employee - Sales Director  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Absolutely New full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    it's a job... easy to get if you interview well. pay is decent, but definitely not good. they pay overtime. it's a fun job at first, until you realize how stupid the inventions you work with are and how little the inventions have to do with your job if you're in sales, it's all about making sales doing whatever it takes. They teach you sales strategies, but if you have a conscience, not all of them are good sales strategies. Many times they teach you to be brutally honest and if the customer wants to purchase the service, then sell it. However, the services being offered are not productive or worth anyone's money

    Cons

    management does not share vision with employees, management lies to employees, company is a "legal scam" - they sell services that they know will not help the inventors that are paying from $695 to $26k+. Some inventions are so bad (it's the inventors fault there) that they don't market them as they promise they will when they charge $10-26k to do so. Many products do not go to trade shows and are never shown to anyone at all, so therefore they're not fulfilling the services they promise inventors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest to employees, they're smarter than you think. Lift moral of employees, don't try and squeeze every penny out of them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Absolutely New has potential if management can get their act together.

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Absolutely New

    Pros

    You get to work on developing new products for the marketplace.

    Cons

    Management could be better but I heard recently that the old management was replaced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All the people I worked with are no longer with the company.

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