Active Network

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Active Network Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
428 Reviews
2.6
428 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are no pros to working here, other than you can work from home on certain campaigns (in 19 reviews)

  • The work life balance is great, including a cool employee wellness program (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance was a challenge for me, as the "hours in" were at least 50 per week (in 12 reviews)

  • Upper management uses a lot of fear so middle management has poor examples (in 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company for the physically fit.

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    Former Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Active Network full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This company the opportunity to work out during the day and promotes staying in shape.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lead By Fear

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Active Network

    Pros

    The piers in my department were great.

    Cons

    Executive leadership leads with fear and manages by leveraging unrealistic expectations and suffocates the abilities of their hires. Middle management is too afraid to ask the appropriate questions to become effective and make informed decisions. No one has the answer and leadership is lead blindly by inept servants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the people you hired to make the right decisions. Acknowledge success, celebrate wins, and fear factor tactics aren't conducive to the smoke screen collaborative environment you've managed to force down the throats of your underlings. This place is a complete joke. Stay away and don't buy into the bill of goods they'll try and sell on the culture which is a total farce. The work is mismanaged and does not promote success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    This is not the job you're looking for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Active Network full-time

    Pros

    They hired a lot of young people so if you're hoping to interact with a younger crowd this is a good place for that.

    Cons

    I was promised a certain career path, however, after getting hired it was clear that career path would not be open to me. The actual career path given had no good future.
    Management was consistently working in fear of upper management and was prone to micro-managing despite claims they weren't. Daily unproductive meetings where we were supposed to talk about what we were going to do. My manager also did not have any experience managing and was 100% remote.
    They push an "open office" feel, despite it being proven not to be a useful environment. What this means is that concentrating while working is near impossible as you get to hear everybody talk be it on the phone or with coworkers.
    Also, since they hire young people there are zero senior roles to really keep people inline. This devolves into a negative workplace environment where decisions are messy and not thought out and people treat each other poorly. This is also in part because everybody being hired is straight out of college, and they treat each other and the job just like it was a continuation of college.
    Problems are company wide, not just in my division. A discussion with most people showed a lot of issues with sales tactics and also consistently changing managers. There is also zero knowledge transfer since the move from San Diego so with people leaving the newer hires are not able to pick up the slack.
    The CEO publicly announced on the first company party that he was going to actively fire people who were not able to keep up the quota, which doesn't seem like it would improve morale at all.
    The benefits are horrible. You only get the option of doing an HSA and are on the hook for the costs up to a certain point before they are willing to chip in. The employer match for the 401k is 1% of your salary, but that only comes into fruition at the 4th year, prior to that it's 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 of that. This means that you can only expect a .25% match for your salary for the first year of employment.
    As far as salary goes I had no complaints, but from hearing what other people made it seemed that most were getting severely lowballed, which would explain why there were a lot of college hires.
    There is also no discussion or collaboration among divisions and I've seen plenty of managers lie to other managers about why work has not been finished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend the money to hire better senior people, treat people better, do away with the open office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a job

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Draper, UT

    I have been working at Active Network

    Pros

    If you are looking for a position so that you have something on your resume, they can provide that.

    Cons

    Growth - zero
    Personal growth - none
    Company value - hard to figure out what is valued other than getting 50 + hours out of each employee while paying for 40

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company as of now

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Active Network

    Pros

    Small good startup
    Nice idea of an app.

    Cons

    Nothing much wrong
    Need to expand sooner or later.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Formerly a great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Active Network full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Still some great people left to work with. There has never been a work-life balance for most roles in the company but when you love what you do and your customers you don't really care.

    Cons

    Not many of the great people left and no longer loved what I did. Company as a whole, and specifically upper management no longer cares about their employees or their customers. Many lay-offs in past couple years and probably more to come. Very few employees feel secure in the longevity of their job. Salaries generally below industry for the area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start to listen to your employees and customers or you stand to lose more of both.

    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Not what it used to be.

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    Current Employee - Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Active Network

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and open office environment.

    Cons

    No room to move up in the San Diego location and they pay below the market average.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Pig of a company that no amount of lipstick can disguise

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Active Network full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The office is in a great location. Bagels and fruit on Fridays. The most good-looking group of people I've ever seen in real life.

    Cons

    Without exception, this is the most disorganized company I have ever experienced. No strategic planning; unclear long range vision. Reactive, power-drunk "leadership" team that is totally out of touch with their teams and have no capacity for empathy. An unsustainable work-life expectation where work wins, every time. Horrible open-concept workspaces designed on aesthetics alone, with no thought given to how employees in different roles/departments need to work and are most productive. A sub-par flagship product with a murky roadmap and a flawed foundation. Inexperienced human resources staff primarily populated with recent college graduates who have a lot to learn about life. Broken or non-existent processes and procedures that do nothing but hinder results, across the board. Absolutely zero empowerment to reach loosely-defined, poorly-communicated, and constantly-changing objectives. Total focus on shotgun sales with no consideration to overgrowth ramifications. Benefits and bonuses were reduced last year, and employees are forced to use accrued vacation time to get paid for mandatory closed-office days (which you will probably have to work anyway) around the holidays. General morale is subterranean, it's so low. And all evidence points to Vista shining up Active to make it appealing to a future potential purchaser, just like a super sleazy house flip.

    TL;DR: Don't accept an offer of employment here unless you have no other options, even if the position sounds promising. It won't last.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Haha; they aren't interested in listening, let alone making changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A great place before it was taken over

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

    I worked at Active Network full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture; friendly employees; casual work environment; focus on health/fitness; workouts at work

    Cons

    Depends on which department you work for. You could work in one area that has long hours, a heavy workload and lots of stress. Or you could luck out and work in a department where it's relaxed and the days are short.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees - especially the constructive feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Active Network

    Pros

    Pub, soda machine, ice cream machine.

    Cons

    Compensation, leadership, company direction, lack of North American R&D

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay your employees well especially if you are asking to work 12-14 hour a day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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