EffectiveUI Reviews

Updated June 5, 2015
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  1. A fantastic place to grow, take on fresh challenges, and work with a very talented staff.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EffectiveUI full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible office hours, fantastic internal culture, stylish offices, decent benefits, room to explore, room to grow, opportunities everywhere if you choose to tackle them.

    Cons

    High internal and per-project staff turnover, low priority given to engineer equipment, many aspects of day-to-day work are negatively affected by parent company mandates.

    Advice to Management

    Don't prioritize sales acquisitions over project delivery. Keep your talent by fixing whatever it is that keeps pushing/pulling them away.


  2. Helpful (3)

    A lot of talk about "building a great culture", but it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EffectiveUI full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Nice office.
    - Some talented coworkers.

    Cons

    - Leadership speaks of "building a great culture", but in reality, they don't care, this is an agency and there are deals to be made and work to be done.
    - HR is there to protect and execute on behalf of leadership, not the individual contributors.
    - Agency life = Spool up the sales engine, stuff some potential clients into it and see what lands...then get to work.

    Advice to Management

    There isn't any advice for them, they know what they are doing...running an profit/loss based agency.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Despite everything, just another agency.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EffectiveUI full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Take on as much responsibility as you like. It is what you make it and you will not be 'managed'.

    Great place to learn and grow your skill set. You will be challenged.

    Excellent work/life balance. I've never been denied PTO or any request I've made.

    Awesome, smart and talented people. There are some real gems of colleagues at EUI.

    Denver is a wonderful city....

    Cons

    Immature leadership. They will do nothing proactively and can often be seen running from meeting to meeting amongst themselves. What are they doing? Who knows.

    No career tracks.

    The clients. EUI is stuck with the mid-market finance companies and tech laggards that want to say they do UX, but have no real appetite for change.

    Cheap. Salaries are way below market.

    Team selling, just no team compensation.

    They don't care if you leave.

    Advice to Management

    Deal with attrition and salaries.


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  5. Making a Meaningful Impact

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EffectiveUI

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Getting to work with incredibly smart, diverse and creative people interested in interesting things.

    Cons

    Travel, high pressure situations. Some growing pains after acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking up, even as you're heads down.


  6. Pretty good

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Denver, CO

    I worked at EffectiveUI full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked with PHENOMENAL people. Awesome small company start up vibe, at least in 2009

    Cons

    Heavy workloads, but the deadlines are not unmanageable so that is a minor negative. I would say the biggest con is most of the best people have left to work other places. I hear the vibe is a bit more corporate these days.

    Advice to Management

    Keep respecting those designers and developers


  7. Helpful (2)

    Fast paced, challenging, and fun.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at EffectiveUI full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The office is awesome. Open floor plan (not the place to come work if you want a ton of closed-door privacy), unlimited snacks and drinks, dog friendly, casual dress, standing desks, tons of couches and comfortable work spaces, downtown parking, great location, and flexible work hours. The catch is, you're held to a high standard. If you want to come to work and slack off- this probably isn't the best place for you. The people at the company are incredibly intelligent and welcoming. If you don't know something, you merely have to be willing to ask a coworker in order to find out. From bottom to top, people here always make time for you... You just have to be forward enough to ask.

    Cons

    If you aren't going to be vocal about what you want out of your career, this isn't the place for you. The people who work here are busy, but at the end of the the day- they care about you and your goals. It's just a matter of speaking up and telling them what you want, then, they'll work to guide you on that trajectory. Not the place to come work if you don't have your own sense of direction and goals.

    Advice to Management

    No complaints. Management is honest and helpful.


  8. I'm constantly inspired and impressed

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EffectiveUI full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I'm constantly inspired by the passion and intelligence of my colleagues. Upper management is supportive and genuinely cares about your success and growth. There is a strong emphasis on work/life balance and employees encouraged to live their lives outside of the office. The office environment is comfortable and fun. I am genuinely excited to walk in everyday. Everyone is always willing to help you understand what they are working on and share their expertise. There is a strong collaborative effort allowing you to learn and succeed.

    Cons

    UI/UX is very technical and ever changing and can be a bit difficult to understand at first.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Great Clients, tough work environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EffectiveUI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work is complex and fascinating, especially with so many challenging projects. These guys get UX. Ever-changing projects make the job interesting and helps to grow your skills.

    Cons

    Practical business rules do not apply at EUI. Decisions are based on the mood of the execs, not on practical solutions for the project or what is good for the client. Unfortunately, the mood is constantly changing so everyone walks on eggshells. Management is stellar at selling a "great culture" - unfortunately, since the exit of the original founder, that culture does not exist.

    Advice to Management

    Stop leading with emotional "fires". Management tends to get themselves worked-up about some small issue, focus 100% on that issue for 24-72 hours and then completely forget about the problem because a new "fire" is found. This behavior leaves multiple employees having to clean-up their messes within project work and with clients. Overall, the lack of emotional professionalism reduces the great work of your delivery team.


  10. A wonderful place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Experience Planner in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Lead Experience Planner in Denver, CO

    I have been working at EffectiveUI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great place to work filled with great people who care about what they're doing. Awesome environment, great flexibility and balance. A really innovative shop.

    Cons

    Employees can get a little lost in the meritocracy - middle management has a hard time doing their work and selling the business while also mentoring and taking care of juniors.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people and they will pay dividends


  11. Great people but some organizational problem

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Denver, CO

    I worked at EffectiveUI full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You work with some really talented and creative people. Many people truly care about the work they are doing and take a lot of initiative to get things done. The work environment in the Denver studio is great and very flexible to your needs. I would recommend working here to gain great experience but it doesn't seem like a place to grow over the long term.

    Cons

    Management is sporadic. Ownership of projects varies from hyper informed to non existent (sometimes from the same people at different times). There's not a strict adherence to any defined process which makes things difficult. Office politics seems to play a much more central role than delivering.

    Top talent does not last long for the most part, mainly due to pay. Pay is decent but not enough to keep talent from being poached.

    Advice to Management

    Define and refine your process from top down. Most important: Keep pay in line with competitors or above to keep the talent in house. This is a problem.



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