POP

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The Disneyland of Sweatshops

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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  

    Great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Thin Veneer of 'Cool', Nightmare on the Inside.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Amazing 'sense' of culture and unbelievably nice office space (assuming you like the open-office environment thing).

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the carefully curated culture and beautiful office space are designed to distract you from the realities of how POP works. It will take you just a few months to realize what you have signed up for. Over time you will discover a powerfully manipulative and incompetent leadership that us inexplicably guarded and regularly enabled by the CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advance Publications (new silent owners of POP) should come to Seattle, sit down with leadership and take a very close look at what's going on. They should seriously consider hiring an actual CEO and qualified executives. The current CEO fostering a toxic leadership environment and directly limiting the growth of POP by doing so. Decisive, swift action to course-correct may save POP from the present downward spiral. I would also recommend that management think carefully about who sits at the executive table and the hidden, inside culture that is being maintained. Many, presently at that table, are home grown and do not understand how to do more than defend their position. Others are so poor at their discipline and blinded by their own egos that clients have requested them off of their business. I think it's time for a makeover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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