GuideSpark

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Don't get caught up in "we've always done it this way"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

I have been working at GuideSpark as a contractor

Pros

Everyone they bring on is friendly. Most are knowledgeable about their field prior to employment (on the sales side).

Interviewing process is very thorough. They want to make sure your'e a good fit before they offer you a position.

Time off policy is pretty straight forward. You'll mostly get any time off approved. They do have blackout dates where they say not to request time off. It is during the fall when most of the work comes in.

Business model is solid

Collaborative environment

Opportunities for growth in the software team. They have a great leader who assigns tasks to help his programmers learn, grow as well as benefit the company.

Growing quickly

Like many other businesses in the Bay area it has a stocked break room. Sparkling water, coffee, espresso, bananas and various other snacks for free.

As long as you are getting your work completed and effectively communicating, your managers will not be on your back.

Going with the above, you are free to take breaks whenever you please.

They provide you with a laptop.

Provide a product that helps employees at other companies understand their benefits

Have finally implemented a commuter reimbursement program

Cons

Although thorough. Like someone said previously, the hiring process is very slow. It takes a while to even hire someone for contract work.

No matching 401(k) which essentially makes it worthless

You are offered equity, vesting 25% after the first year. They dont tell you how much those shares are worth and have not provided a valuation that I'm aware of since company is still pre-IPO.

No immediate plans for IPO

No business reimbursement of phone or corporate credit card (stated before)

Do not provide you with a budget for a decent chair or an anti-fatigue standing desk mat (if they do they could at least tell their employees)

Laptops are fine for clerical, sales and the rest of the office. The Programmers, Web Devs and Designers should have more powerful desktop computers.

They're digging themselves in a hole with their software and hardware capabilities. Instead of reinventing the wheel they need to embrace current technologies and not be scared to venture out to improve their product. If they don't get past that hurdle their competition will leave them in the dust by doing things faster and higher quality.

Salary could be better

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Dont lose talent because of salary. You get what you pay for.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great career opportunity

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

    I have been working at GuideSpark full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - innovative company that moves at warp speed
    - technology is constantly improving
    - great collaborative work environment
    - growth into other regions is a step in the right direction
    - strong business model which enables sales success
    - cover premiums for all benefits
    - a lot of growth opportunity within departments
    - very transparent leadership team committed to the success of the business
    - strong company culture

    Cons

    - slow at hiring key roles on service delivery teams
    - no 401(k) match

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Always fun

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GuideSpark full-time

    Pros

    Company has a very strong corporate culture which encourages cross pollination and helps to build a strong product for its customers. Everyone in the company is very committed to ensuring that the guidespark's clients are satisfied.

    Cons

    The space is getting a little tight sometimes a lot of the corporate 'stuff' could be cut out in place of more work time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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