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Shady Business

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Former Employee - DirecTV Inside Sales Representative in Fort Mill, SC
Former Employee - DirecTV Inside Sales Representative in Fort Mill, SC

I worked at Red Ventures full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Ability to make some large monthly commision checks, (3k-4K) as a top performer. Youthful work environment with generally good people to pass the time with.

Cons

Darwinian at its worst. Sales team managers are constantly under pressure to maintain stratospheric goals, so even it you had the most sales for the year and then happen to land on a bad month, your head could be on the chopping block like everyone else's. Had to also defend personal sales ethics on multiple occassions against Team Leaders who wanted to push unethical sales tactics on the team in efforts to reach goals and beat other teams. Unsavory.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of the time management system requiring employees to log-in and out for breaks and lunch, treat your employees like the professionals that they are instead of mechanized selling machines that need to be herded and accounted for like sheep. Penalizing someone for being a minute late back from the bathroom is ridiculous in nature, and clouded by management's fear that without control, everyone will take advantage of them while decreasing productivity. Treat them like respected human beings and sales professionals, and I think you would be amazed how far a little freedom will go towards adding to the bottom line.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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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 a 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
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