Cobalt

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Great company

Current Employee - Account Advocate
Current Employee - Account Advocate

Pros

Friendly environment, great upper management, laid back!

Cons

Last minute fire drills on most issues

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Share info as soon as possible.

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    Great Company, Great People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Solution Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Digital Solution Manager in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    People are awesome. Benefits and atmosphere. Location Location, Location.
    Work hard play hard

    Cons

    Way to many 3 letter descriptions for job titles and products. Gets very confusing.
    DAA, DSM, DSC..etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure new employees are trained completely.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexible work/life balance that's priceless.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Design Specialist I
    Current Employee - Web Design Specialist I

    Pros

    1. Managers don't breathe down your neck.
    2. Very kind and friendly people to work with.
    3. Company pays up to $3,500 a year for school tuition reimbursement.
    4. Employees may work from home.
    5. Positive work environment (nobody puts you down)
    6. A LOT of vacation time per year.

    Cons

    1. Some micromanaging exists in the sense that quantity is valued over quality but it's improving.
    2. The people who climb up the ladder believe everything is great the way it is. Ideas that think outside the box are only taken seriously at the executive level.
    3. Medical leave for maternity is a disorganized, bureaucratic mess that takes months to get completed correctly.
    4. Pay does not even keep up with inflation and is not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since the company is in the tech industry, the typical assembly line way of doing business doesn't really apply in this case. Most managers could not possibly know all the things their employees know and do for the job, just like those employees could not know what the manager knows and does. This requires more work flexibility in the sense of letting people do their jobs as they best see fit, understanding that people want to do a good job for the personal fulfillment. Letting go of this control actually improves productivity and the old model creates obstacles because it diverts attention to less important matters and decreases incentives to do a better job at what really needs to be done in order to create a more profitable enterprise.

    My second bit of advice is to advertise the benefits of the company and explain to employees that the lack of pay is made up for in benefits. Also, the pay needs to keep up with inflation, at least. Many employees are disgruntled and feel they are getting taken advantage of which is bad for morale and increases turnover-- two very expensive problems to have.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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