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Company to avoid

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Paul, MN
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

I have been working at GovDelivery full-time for more than a year

Pros

CEO is great and provides energy to what otherwise is a very negative place to work. Great breakfast club. company happy hours.

Cons

poor work/life balance, high stress with low tolerance for errors or suggestions that might disagree with management, Huge turnover which makes it questionable whether it really is the problem of hiring bad employees or rather a result of a messed up management team.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Follow the lead of your CEO. Take some management classes and don't be so quick to pull the trigger on employees who might offer suggestions that disagree with you.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Fast paced, get things done mentality lets you be who you want to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at GovDelivery full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * GovDelivery has endless opportunities, but you have to be a self starter; nobody will hold your hand and help you succeed. You're generally told to get something done but it's up to you to figure out the details on how to do it. Some may find that a con, but I think it's a huge pro.
    * IT/Technology is viewed upon as a strategic weapon, not a cost center like some other companies I've worked at, and it's great to hear that message from the CEO.
    * Plenty of room for career growth at most positions if you're willing to step up and take it
    * The Chief Operating Officer is a great leader and he brings an energy that makes the company fun to work at. He also brings great ideas to help improve innovation.
    * Generous bonus program
    * For only $30 every three months, you can join the "Breakfast Club," where the company will cater in breakfast on Friday morning. It could be a breakfast sandwich, quiche, muffins, French toast, etc, but it's a great perk.
    * Company frequently has happy hour in the office and brings in cake, cookies, appetizers, etc for everyone to celebrate and unwind.

    Cons

    * The company is growing so fast that there's always a LOT of work to do, and while nobody tells you that it's required to put in a lot of extra hours, you'll fail if you don't. This can lead to reduced work/life balance.
    * Along similar lines, the amount of vacation time you get is small compared to most places
    * If you're looking for a laid back, stress-free place, this is not the company for you (personally I'd find that boring...)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up, we're clearly on the right track.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Turnover, turnover, turnover, with no consistent direction.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at GovDelivery full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Solid compensation, with good salary and benefits. Flexible schedule. Good company outings (summer family picnic, fall family orchard visit, nice winter/Christmas party). Relatively relaxed office setting, with drinks brought in for meetings or celebrations every few months or so. Upper management really tries to communicate with everyone where the company is at and where it's going.

    Cons

    People don't stick around. I've never worked anywhere with a higher turnover rate. If a new employee made it a year, they usually stuck around, but many people either left or were fired within months of starting. Going through 4 bosses in 2 years at the same position resulted in inconsistent priorities and direction or complete lack of direction.

    Additionally, the nature of government contracts led to some frustrating aspects, such as bonuses getting delayed while waiting for payment on a contract, though communication about things like this was good and it's nothing that other industries don't face in some capacity.

    There weren't many people who seemed to have a really solid work-life balance. Emails between 8 PM and midnight (or 2 AM) were regular.

    While the executive management really worked to communicate with everyone where the company was and the direction in which it was going, the direction changed often, likely due in part to numerous changes in personnel at all levels of the company, including the executive level.

    Oh, and when a management meeting in a company of 100 people has 30 people in it, there might be a few too many managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the idea of not making a "10-year mistake" with a bad employee is great, the high turnover suggests either really poor hiring practices or schizophrenic priorities. Figure out a direction and stick with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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