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Green Dot was the place to be

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Former Employee - Director  in  Pasadena, CA
Former Employee - Director in Pasadena, CA

I worked at Green Dot full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Competitive salaries (I was always fairly paid), Reasonable work/life balance for the most part, Modern office space (beautiful, lots of light, very convenient for Pasadena folks), Overall smart people (which kept me working there for 5+ years).

Cons

Unstable company (has had several rounds of layoffs and is under great competitive pressure), Inconsistent leadership (much of the C-level has changed within the past 1.5 years as well as SOME leadership has minimal experience for their job title), Reduced benefits for managers and support staff (not matching 401K, reduced company events or even work lunches (also within past year).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

While the CEO is passionate about the company, this passion tends to stiffen creativity within the teams. Most people want to work on his projects only because budgets and resources are pulled for everything else (unless it's Walmart). While Green Dot would like to be seen as an entrepreneurial tech company, it needs to have a more mature outlook of what can grow its business.

Doesn't Recommend
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Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    This Is My Review.

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    Current Employee - Developer  in  Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Developer in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Green Dot full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good pay for software developers and Quality Assurance. Better than pay at other local companies. Yes we all talk to each other it is easy to compare. This site (pasadena) is better than monrovia site we were at, everyone is in the same building today. Feels like one company.

    Cons

    not sure how it is at other companies, here it feels like we have to get everything reviewed now. This leads to higher quality yet more hoops to jump through. Though it is obvious when someone does not follow process because things break like the days when I started.

    Unstable code from India, this adds extra qa cycles. IT Managers debating over who gets to use Chinese teams instead, trained employees there instead of contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A 12 month roadmap was shown a few weeks ago in an IT division meeting. By cto and program management Vice President. I have been here 5+ years it is the first time I have seen an annual roadmap! This was a good thing and new!

    Management: morale and understanding of our path would be such higher, if there was more of this.

    Company wide, other VPs need to share long term plans. We feel more comfort knowing there is a plan. Rumor is: company is scared roadmaps will leak outside or competitors, so no roadmaps or plans are shared. But it was like lights went on when we were shown this. We feel there is a plan. Now members of our stack are asking about it and excited. Stack should not mean silo, make sure everyone knows the plan even for other stacks. Seeing it changed things positively. For me and a few others at least.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    mix of people, disorganized vision

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Green Dot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - friendly office culture
    - catered food
    - flexible work hours & location
    - some smart, hard-working co-workers
    - positive attitudes

    Cons

    - political
    - disorganized
    - some of the leadership is in over their head, keep getting promoted even though they cant do their job
    - unclear vision (never fully explained and constantly changes)
    - teams seem imbalanced
    - some employees do not feel accountable for their work
    - lots of miscommunications between teams
    - not great for career development
    - benefits get taken away to boost stock price

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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