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Helpful (3)

Positive Changes at Green Dot

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Director in Pasadena, CA
Current Employee - Senior Director in Pasadena, CA

I have been working at Green Dot full-time (More than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

There have been a lot of changes at Green Dot since I joined. The technology leadership understands tough decisions that have to be made and are making them. If you work hard, you will be recognized and rewarded. If you're a slacker, your days are numbered. Culture is also evolving for the better. Company pays well and offices are nice.

Cons

Growing pains. A lot of change is happening causing some uncertainty. You're going to have to work hard -- this is not a place you can coast and you will be challenged. However, if you're an A-player, you're going to stand out.

Advice to Management

Many of the changes you're making now are going to pay dividends down the road. It's growing pains and quite painful but weeding out the dead weight and putting good folks in leadership positions will be the key to your future success.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    So far, very promising

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Pasadena, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The company is embracing change. I have been through several similar transitions from a start-up culture to an enterprise culture, and I would say this one is better than average. There are a lot of people who want to hold on to the neat start-up mentality - it's fun. But you can't really be a big company and play around. The company is going agile, which means always focusing on the tasks that produce the most gain. Sometimes it means using a boring platform or tool because the "new, fun and exciting" tool won't support the shear increase in traffic and sales, but it means really knowing your tools and your job and every day feeling good about making a product that really helps people.

    Cons

    There are a lot of original Green Dotters still here that are concerned with the pace of change. Some of them tend to be very negative. There are also a few people who had it easy, but now have to work to keep up. There is a lot of tension as they realize the definition of a good job is changing, and they have to decide if they want to step up and change with the company. Our systems aren't really built to handle our growth, so we play catch up a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing I haven't already heard you say. Slow down a little, remember that growing bigger so fast is hard when you are invested in a much smaller vision and mission, and not all your people are having an easy time thinking bigger.


  2. Helpful (8)

    Worst working environment with uncertainty and fear

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager
    Former Employee - IT Manager

    I worked at Green Dot full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you live close by and hate LA commute, probably a Pro.
    If you don't care about the future of the company and just about your paycheck, probably a Pro

    Cons

    Delusional CEO surrounded by incapable Yes men.
    Reactionary management without any strategy.
    If you are hard working and care about the company and speak up, you probably will get fired someday. Well, lets just say, most certainly will get fired someday.

    Stay away from IT. The CTO and his inner circle are too inexperienced and too eager to point fingers at Engineers in trenches to save their own skin. It has been absolute downhill in IT morale and within few months there won't be any qualified people left in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    To the Board: Get a new CEO who can take the company to next level, not someone who is hurting the Company with his paranoia and delusions.
    To CEO: None
    To new CFO: Don't ask ROI on CEO's pet project.
    To CTO: Gain some experience in people management while it lasts.


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