Red Ventures

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Difficult place for developers...

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Former Employee - Web Developer in Fort Mill, SC
Former Employee - Web Developer in Fort Mill, SC

I worked at Red Ventures

Pros

Fast paced environment: It is very fast, there are no specs, and often projects you work on are things you just happen to chat about the day before with a business leader.

Benefits are above average: Health benefits are inexpensive. The annual trip is great, free food often, and onsite restaurant is great. Onsite gym and fitness room.

Youth: Young teams with lots of energy.

Cons

Fast paced environment: From a developer perspective it is often too fast, causing you to write code and build systems you are not necessarily proud of due to their inflexibility and lack scale. Innovation is often stifled on the development side by the fast paced environment. There is never any time for UI development, so the tools are often clunky, hard to use and have little prevention from ID10T errors.

Youth: Young teams who work all the time... this is terrible for people with families. There is so much work to be done and so many interruptions that it makes it impossible to complete all tasks within a 40 hr week. There is an expectation that if you do not complete your commitments regardless of what things came up during the week that you work OT until they are all met. The problem is this happens every week...

Segregation of business units: So if you work on a business unit, you are the only developer for that business unit. Which is great from a leadership / responsibility perspective, but awful from a development perspective. You rarely work on projects with another developer which causes you to get lazy and overlook things that a second set of eyes would have noticed. Not too mention, pair / team development of systems allows you to grow by learning from other developers. You won't get that here unless you are on the Search team.

If you are someone who likes to build flexible systems that are user friendly and can scale, do not apply. If you are someone who will roll up the sleeves occasionally and work more than 40 to get the job done, but don't want to do it week after week, don't apply.

If you are young, no family, and looking for a notch on the resume that shows you worked for a startup style company, then RV is for you. Good luck!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take some time to evaluate the philosophy that operates the development team because it is difficult as it is to find great talent and currently you are not doing a good job of retaining it. Consider having more than one dev per business unit, especially the larger units.

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    Sweat Shop

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    Former Employee - Sales Agent in Fort Mill, SC
    Former Employee - Sales Agent in Fort Mill, SC

    I worked at Red Ventures full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good compensation at first but they modified the pay plan once you start hitting goal.

    Cons

    Real time phone coaching with a team leader live listening and barking suggestions to say on the fly while you are trying to listen and respond to the caller. Very frustrating. No margin for error with infractions for missing days even if it's health related. Very noisy and unprofessional environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do coaching after the fact. You are killing morale and costing sales by making the agent parrot things without developing good lestening skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    know what you're getting into

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Indian Land, SC
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Indian Land, SC

    I have been working at Red Ventures

    Pros

    Casual work environment, fun, friendly, open environment, lots of windows, a BBall court and a gym. All in all, a very comfortable place to work.

    Cons

    Red Ventures is not for everyone. You should know what you're getting yourself into before you apply, really for any position. It is a performance based culture, meaning that unless you are a top performer, you pretty much are a second class citizen. Its honestly super tough to stand out when above average is standard, so going above and beyond still nets you an average rating.

    That said, if you perform well, they will treat you very well. if you're just doing ok, you're doing terribly. The hours are long, and weekends are pretty standard as a Developer, but people seem to love doing it, or don't complain about it. You will love working there if you are successful, but if you slip at all, then they pretty much treat you like you're nothing.

    The pay is "competitive" but over all, you will get paid less than you could make anywhere else; the trade off for having a basketball court, a gym, and a cafeteria full of subsidized food. Most employees feel underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its great to reward your top performers, but you should also nurture and tutor your middle/lower performers to get them to where you want to be instead of just casting them aside as expendables. I think it would be an overall improved investment to grow talent internally instead of scouring the country to find it.

    Approves of CEO
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