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Blackhawk Network Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
103 Reviews
3.5
103 Reviews
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Blackhawk Network Chairman and CEO William Y. Tauscher
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56 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.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    Very happy here so far.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    Technology startup inside a growing business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    attractive place to work if you are in the Pleasanton area

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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.

  8.  

    Heavy lifters, experienced
    needed here

    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, challenging the world of prepaid products with focus on innovative technology. Gift card product are the winners by far.

    Cons

    Lots of disconnect between management, departments. Timing seems to always be off when introducing new things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not so high level that you can't understand the disconnects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for part time work for moms/retirees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Middletown, NJ
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Middletown, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good pay and excellent car allowance.

    Cons

    New use of i Pad reporting system still has some bugs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Merchandisers should have chance at promotions/full time opportunities.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It's been a roller coaster ride so far - with very short up hills and many down hills.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Phenomenal people to work with. Location is excellent.

    Cons

    Upper management needs a refresh. Pay is below par. Lots of political issues. Lots of favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate what your people do for you. Give them the credit they deserve. Pay them what they deserve!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Cool job sometimes...

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Ok work/life balance. The company is always growing. That could be a con as well... there isn’t much room for growth, you have to know people to pretty much move up. If you are content with staying in a position this is the place for you. Great perks. Company bbq’s, monthly socials and overall great events. That’s the best part.. you do get those small breaks for socials.

    Cons

    Company moves too fast when an idea comes about… they take an idea and run with it. When they see an opportunity to make more money they push for it at all cost. When systems are broken someone has to be there to fix it. I haven’t had to so any overtime personally but, I have seen it done. Responsibilities are always being added but there isn’t always a cut and clear policy and procedure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be more hands on with the products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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