Belcaro Group

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Updated Jul 7, 2014

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2.4 9 reviews

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Marc Braunstein

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13% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good experience, short term outlook, too many "fires"

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood location. Snacks certainly a plus, but that doesn't pay the rent. Some managers really focus on your career growth and finding opportunities for you to advance. They are the ones that will be your champion to upper management. You're lucky if you get to work for one of them. Most of the people are an absolute joy to work with. Good work/life balance.

    ConsCareer opportunities can be good, but it depends on the department and who you work for. The owners have good intentions, but get lost in the weeds. The President spends too much time in the day to day when he needs to be at 30,000 feet taking a look at the strategic direction of the company. A lack of vision means a lack of focus. How can we be successful without knowing where we are going? Plugging money into a dying revenue model doesn't seem to be working. Step back (all the way back) and let the brilliant people you hired do their job. The company will continue to lose (money, people, focus) if a change isn't made soon.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet people do the job you hired them to do. Think about promotions and new positions in great detail before making them happen. When you survey employees, make sure to act on it afterwards, or at least follow up. Nothing drains morale like asking people what they want and then radio silence after. Stick to your decisions. Why do a bunch of layoffs, but still give increases to everyone and then do a bunch of recruiting? Money must not be an issue.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people but no innovation and poor decision-making

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Greenwood Village, CO

    ProsFree snacks and soda. Bagel Thursday. Mostly good people to work with. Good work-life balance as well.

    ConsCompany bases most of its revenue on dying browser toolbar technology and makes questionable ethical decisions around supporting that model. Big issue as well is lack of innovation and an owner that goes back and forth on decisions while getting too involved in day to day affairs. Some entrenched directors don't help the situation. Benefits need some work as there isn't much past the obvious. Recent layoffs were called 'streamlining' but were really more about removing unwanted employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet your people run with their ideas and be willing to take risks.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    People are nice but company has no direction

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFree snacks, nice people, good pay, good work/life balance

    ConsThere is a lack of innovation there. The company has a hard time focusing on anything other than toolbars and pixels. They take no risks and never seemed to have a cohesive vision for the future. One should be nervous about the financial stability of the company since their only revenue stream is declining rapidly, hence the recent layoffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to retain good employees the company needs to be fun again. They really need make investments in other revenue streams since toolbar revenue is slow dying off.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Challenging and a great learning experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Greenwood Village, CO

    ProsGreat people
    Internet Web Marketing company - where it's at!
    Great compensation
    Well stocked kitchen

    ConsLots of competition in the industry

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare your goals and expectations

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This company is a great place to work and a great place to get a start in online marketing.

    Technical Operations Associate (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsGreat company to break into the online marketing or technical operations career fields. Good for recent grads looking for a good job out of college. Many employees are picked up by better companies after a short amount of time.

    ConsNot exactly competitive in reguards to compinsation. The company is easier to break into because they dont attract the most experienced/qualified people. But that works great for recent grads.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaking the site better is always going to be important but employee retention should be at the top of the list as well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Snacks do not pay the rent

    Content Editor (Former Employee) Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO

    ProsMet a few good people there. Learned nepotism rules here. Snacks are provided. Location is not too bad, close to I-25 and Belleview in DTC.

    ConsComplete lack of respect for current employees, taken advantage of and used with little pay. You won't find this out until after you're hired and see the REAL ShopAtHome. No real sense of direction for company; seem to scramble and push toward one focus only to change directions in a short time span.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your employees and spend more on their salary than on snacks and coffee. Also, losing 40 + employees over a six month time period is not a good sign of a successful company. Please be original and stop running to catch up to other online, cash back retailers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    ...but there is Bagel Fridays!

    Content Editor (Current Employee) Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO

    ProsSnacks and drinks in the kitchen.

    ConsWork environment suffers due to thick politics, cliques and nepotism. No performance reviews are given. Many positions are posted then removed after interviews. It is claimed they hire "within" but the vast majority are external hires. Last 6 months morale has taken a nose dive with over 50+ people leaving.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication desperately needs to improve. Directors, VPs and up seem distant and unwilling to resolve concerns. Foresight would greatly benefit the HR department in terms of hiring practices.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Paid Serach Optimizer (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsFree snacks in main kitchen. Nice co-workers

    ConsLack of growth prospectives. Company has grown faster than their mindset

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work - poorly treated as an intern with no room for advancement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO

    ProsFun work environment, casual atmosphere, great communication between CEO and CFO and rest of company, major growth in the last two years

    ConsNo room for upward movement when set up against "cliques" in company, no performance evaluations from direct management, prefer to hire from outside the company than to bring people in from within.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think that they should definitely take a closer look at the talent that they have in the building before offering jobs to outsiders. Really it is about appreciation - you don't get any of it. Entry-level positions and interns feel like they are doing busy work that rarely gets seen and never appreciated.

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