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Fear causes knee-jerk reactions to grind progress to a halt.

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Former Employee - Director of R&D  in  New York, NY
Former Employee - Director of R&D in New York, NY

I worked at ECommerce Partners

Pros

It's pretty easy to get hired. Within the first six months of your employment, everything will be pretty rosy. Things will be exciting and you will be filled with hope. The leadership is great at seeing a great way to do business, and is open to change. Generally speaking you will feel warm camaraderie with your peers. The work is definitely cutting-edge and progressive. Work attire is extremely casual, in fact the whole environment is very casual. The management tries very hard to make it fun to work there, including company lunches and breakfasts, when appropriate, and really goes out of their way to tell you how happy they want you to be.

Cons

Unfortunately, the company is so open to change that it's constantly reinventing itself before the company has a chance to try the last idea. This leaves the company in constant (and unprofitable, flux). The management's solution is to hire fresh talent, which is immediately perceived as being the cure-all for whatever is wrong with the company, and whoever was previously doing the job is perceived as clearly an idiot who was bringing the company down - this despite the fact that the same euphoria and savior-dom was felt when the last guy was hired in.

The two owners are extremely passionate, but do not work well together, and as such are constantly pulling the company in competing directions. The company is not doing well financially, is extraordinarily in debt, yet the owners continually talk in optimistic terms. The workers who are actually the only source of innovation and are punished for imagined offences, are constantly on the defensive against unpredictable attacks, and on average enjoy a tenure of 7 months before they are either fired or have their salary reduced to untenable levels so they "quit"

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire Someone else to run the company, and don't check in on them more than once every three months. You're good guys, but despite what you think, you're not good at business. You need to let someone else handle it, and remove yourself enough that your paranoia and fear of failure won't get in the way.

Doesn't Recommend

Other Reviews for ECommerce Partners

  1.  

    Very nice experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Social Media Marketing Intern
    Former Employee - Social Media Marketing Intern

    I worked at ECommerce Partners part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Perks were nice for an internship

    Cons

    Office gets pretty noisy at times
    Work got to be repetitive and boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more communication from Upper Management!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    First and worst job in NYC

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at ECommerce Partners full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Hiring process was quick. The office manager was pleasant and easy to get along with. Several of the office staff were pleasant and made my time there more bearable.

    Cons

    The owner of the company is by a huge margin the worst person I have ever worked for. In the time I worked there, lying to customers was policy. He never missed an opportunity to shortchange his employees and customers alike. Customers were given a very flashy product to hide the fact that back end software was so poorly designed that in the time I was there server break ins were a common occurrence. His "in house" development staff lived in Estonia. This became a problem if an annoyed customer insisted on talking to a developer personally and we were expected to say anything to get them off the phone and not expose the lie that the triple digit hourly rates were going to eastern european developers who he paid in single digit hourly rates. Probably the worst I bore witness to was their attempt to hire a replacement accountant, who strangely did not want to continue working there once he became a CPA. The staffing agency replacement didn't last a month, but gave no explanation for why she left. Her replacement from a accounting temp agency did not last a week. After the agency did not seem willing to send anybody else, he interviewed for direct hires, one of whom walked out of the interview after mere minutes of being there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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