Covario

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7 people found this helpful  

It was great until the original executives/founder left. Most all the thought leadership is gone.

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Former Employee - Account Manager in San Diego, CA
Former Employee - Account Manager in San Diego, CA

I worked at Covario

Pros

Everyone that leaves goes on to great opportunities. Basically, you jump from the minor league to the majors. Right now, Covario is a respected brand due to the hard work of the original thought leadership but slowly, the fact that now it is all marketing fluff is coming to light. Of the executive team, there are now only 2 real thought leaders left and their expertise is in the SEO realm not paid media. If you are an Account Director or Executive, you get excellent pay.

Cons

If you are an actual doer as in a Account Manager, Specialist, ect. in either SEO or Paid Media you are underpaid while Account Director's are essentially meeting organizers and email pushers making 150k to 180k. SEM managers are in the 40k to 70k range. Of the current executives, only 2 add any real value and the rest are essentially dead weight that don't say anything in meetings outside of introductions and "oh we will take care of that." This is especially true in Paid media, a dwindling business due to complete incompetence by management. Covario will essentially be SEO only soon. On the software side, there has been a mass exodus. Who knows what's going to happen to that side of the house if there is even anyone left.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Abandon ship or clear house and add real thought leadership not executives/account directors looking for cushy salaries while everyone else breaks their back for below market salaries.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fine for brief transition or fresh out of college - but it's a sinking ship so be ready to jump or drown

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Covario

    Pros

    Great team members - most people you work with are very friendly and fun.
    Opportunity to work on large clients.
    Learn a lot in a very short amount of time.

    Cons

    They pay is far below industry standards, especially for the amount of work, responsibility, client service & hours you are expected to put in.
    Promotions do not always include pay raises, just more responsibility.
    Structure is very scattered so its very difficult to set goals and follow through to feel successful and rewarded.
    Middle management is stretched thin, so there is little support.
    There is a lack of integrity from management toward the employees. You do not get a sense of teamwork or trust, which causes very low morale.
    There is nobody to help if you have a problem with management, not even human resources, so you really can feel stuck, as if no one has your back.
    Those who work the longest hours get recognition.
    Most of the more experienced thought leaders have left the company. Extremely high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually read the multitude of exit interviews that have occurred over the past couple of years - there are very large pain points regarding management, pay, work load, hours, benefits and structural issues - if this is a company based on data, look at that data and take some actions on the insights gained from these comments, because the problems have gotten worse. People are what make an organization great. Losing so much thought leadership as well as staff at every level just hurts the company and taints the reputation. Worry a bit less about industry awards and more about what is going on behind the curtain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Company lacks focus and many employees are poorly paid

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Covario

    Pros

    There are a lot of attractive lady folk working here, as it's mainly an online marketing company (not a software company as Russ, the CEO, led me to believe during the interview process). The employees are generally fun to be around and enjoy their lives outside work. The building the is pretty nice.

    I was paid well enough but many of my coworkers were underpaid and working there because of either lack of experience or the tough job market in their relative position.

    Cons

    After seeing the stuttered progress on the development side, the lack of consistency/redundancy/knowledge on the production side (basically 2 guys doing all the work, dealing with weak infrastructure and pathetic budget), and the sad state of online marketing (not just Covario) I was ready to leave.

    Speaking of pathetic budgets, company events were generally low budget and normally based on kcikbacks from other companies. All the employees I knew that were outside of the SEO, dev, and QA were paid VERY poorly. Like they might as well work at Home Depot or something. But the company has no problem getting new hires as there are thousands of marketing grads coming out of all the colleges in San Diego every year. The founders take advantage of these hungry young job seekers.

    After a few months of working there I saw what was going on and started looking for another job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company seems to lack focus, like the Execs are soul searching and bouncing between software development, online marketing, and website SEO consulting. They act like their is a master plan that incorporates all three, but it seems like all three of those areas are suffering because the company doesn't have the man power to support them all.

    Figure out what you want Covario to be. Work towards that single focus. Right now, if Google coughs Covario gets pneumonia. That's a big problem, and highlights a flawed business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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