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Blackhawk Network Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
108 Reviews
3.2
108 Reviews
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Blackhawk Network Chairman and CEO William Y. Tauscher
William Y. Tauscher
58 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fair work/life balance, flexible work schedule (in 4 reviews)

  • Very successful business model, bright and dedicated team, good managment (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work-life balance for many of the employees here (in 6 reviews)

  • There is little or no respect for developers (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Behind the times

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    Former Employee - Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Blackhawk Network (less than an year)

    Pros

    Convenient location near Bart in Pleasanton, and near major freeway interchange. Smart people. Nice area near the mall.

    Cons

    Lots of work without enough support. The company felt "old fashioned". Pay was low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to compete with the Big Boys on the peninsula or in the South Bay, you need to pay better and give your people the tools to do the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    The worst place that I have ever worked

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Blackhawk Network full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Conveniently located in Pleasanton, some highly talented technical people

    Cons

    inexperienced management, politically charged environment, contractors working absurd hours/schedules, poor work/life balance..
    It seemed that there were many people in management who should never be managing people or making important technology decisions. There seemed to be a general lack of ethics throughout this company and it is by far the worst place i have ever worked

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting project, new technology, nice people

    Cons

    Manager level employee needs more training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Company Culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Blackhawk Network full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    State of the art growing company that values new ideas and growth. The company is positioned or success in the way that it manages its business, personnel and challenges. Truly a caring company that continuously comes up with great products and services.

    Cons

    The company is growing so quickly that it is becoming harder to recognize everyone. Fortunately pictures are posted with contact cards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to recognize efforts of your employees, including those who have projects that may not be as much in the spotlight as others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great place to work it you're willing to go above and beyond.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Blackhawk Network full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A growing Company with a lot of oppurtunities to learn and move into new/other roles.

    Cons

    A little slow in adopting more effective/cutting edge tools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More equity grants/options would be help with high turnover in some functional areas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very happy here so far.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Blackhawk Network full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Seemingly fair, hard-working group of people who get the job done and mind their own business. One of the more professional groups that I have ever worked with in my career.

    Cons

    None so far, thank God.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the positive vibe and work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Technology startup inside a growing business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President Product Development
    Current Employee - Vice President Product Development

    I have been working at Blackhawk Network full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities in the payments, pre-paid and mobile space for technology experience
    Working with all the major tech companies in the valley
    Solid people doing the work makes for a great atmosphere

    Cons

    Room for improvement on software development processes
    Retail merchants still learning about technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to allow and support technology innovation to take it's course

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    attractive place to work if you are in the Pleasanton area

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Blackhawk Network full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    lot of opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    fast paced, ill thought out strategies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee satisfaction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the worst companies I've worked for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Department in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Department in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Blackhawk Network full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    thinking...still thinking...oh yeah, it was a short commute and tenure

    Cons

    the people are the absolute worst - backstabbers and bad people with poor skills - lack of competency, arrogant idiots who THINK they are something special and really aren't, people in positions of power who have NO ability to manager others yet they think they are just the greatest "managers"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wake up...smell the coffee...no one wants to work for you...get a clue...retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Has its good points and bad points

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blackhawk Network

    Pros

    Blackhawk has a great business model and been creative at turning a prepaid commodity business into a widely dispersed retail network. There are sets of people that are truly dedicated employees and work very hard at what they do.

    Cons

    At times, key departments don't work welll together at the Sr. Mgmt level and doesn't always give clear directions to the managers that are responsible for execution. Also they seem to be disconnected at times from the realities of the situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Include middle management more in the strategic planning process. That will help align annual goals for the better.

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