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The Disneyland of Sweatshops

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Former Employee - Client Engagement in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Client Engagement in Seattle, WA

I worked at POP full-time (more than an year)

Pros

The culture is well crafted. Lots of happy-hours, free t-shirts and gift-card and ticket giveaways.

Cons

Leadership is incredibly manipulative and understands fully how to encourage you to over-deliver and over-commit yourself to an unhealthy degree. Their trick? They are acutely aware of the value derived in each hour you work beyond 40 each week that are perfectly billable to clients. Does your salary increase accordingly, nope. So many people come in, drink the Kool-Aid for a few months and then realize that their nights and weekends are far too valuable and that their commitment to work is questioned if they are not 80-90% billable/utilized. Leadership knows full-well that every hour you work is billable to clients and that they reap all of the financial reward, while you sweat it out. If constant pressure for utilization without the ability to advance in your career (well except for some free Sounders tickets and a free Popsquatch t-shirt) are your thing, then Pop is the place for you.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take a hard look at what you have created and try to find a constructive way out. You have not built a sustainable model for a workplace and people are getting hurt. Take some responsibility for your actions, restructure accordingly and get back to doing smart, creative and innovative work without hurting the very team of people that does it for you.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good experience if you know what you're getting yourself into

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at POP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice office
    Fun people
    Big name clients

    Cons

    Clicky - Feels like high school at times
    Pay is average
    More concerned with bringing work in than turning excellent work out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better reward your long term employees before they leave for greener pastures.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at POP

    Pros

    POP does a pretty great job at hiring super smart folks. You can place a pretty good bet on the fact that the people working there know what they're doing. POP hires people not only based on their skills, but also on who they are as people. I always appreciated that about the company - I met some of my best friends and most trusted cohorts there.

    The culture is really great. They do their best job at creating a nice backdrop for community and creativity. Wins are consistently celebrated and they do their best to keep morale high.

    Because they have made a big name for themselves, they continue to win exciting work.

    Cons

    The structure of the company is continuing to improve, but there have been problems in the past related to said structure. I think the company has a little way to go as far as getting a solid executive structure in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue hiring awesome people. Reward individuals for their hard work! Recognize the reasons that people tend to quit - it usually has more to do with managerial individuals than anything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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