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A 7 month long roller coaster ride (in a good way!)

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Former Employee - Sales Rockstar in Boston, MA
Former Employee - Sales Rockstar in Boston, MA

I worked at SCVNGR as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

Great energy, young company, you can work as hard as you want and you will keep getting new opportunities. Accomplishment is encouraged and appreciated, casual and direct communication is the norm, and it's a great way to learn a lot in a short amount of time.

Cons

People burn out pretty regularly (or they used to). A lot of stuff happens at the top and then people just disappear. Room for improvement with creating processes and being more organized.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be more transparent. Don't over-work employees. Hire talent and reward them - aim to keep them around for the long-term.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Can't believe I stayed as long as I did

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Was once a darling of the media, so relatively high profile. They provide lots of free food and drinks (engineers got free lunches every day). Paid healthcare and dental.

    Cons

    The cult of personality around the CEO is incredibly stifling. Employee input is never sought, and is rarely even tolerated. The expectation is that you will work long days without question or hesitation (12+ hours for 7 days a week for one sustained period for Engineers during a 2 month product build). Work/life balance was nonexistent. While I was there, the CEO actively and overtly initiated a campaign to pit engineering staff and the head of engineering against each other. He treats employees as pawns in an egotistical machiavellian game. Just plain awful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with some respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great foundation, TERRIBLE leadership, Great product with no direction

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    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA

    I have been working at SCVNGR full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredible employees. Very hard working, loyal and generally positive working environment. Benefits are great, full health and dental (for full-time).

    Cons

    Communication - Non-existant. Top down management approach does not allow for collaboration on projects or creativity. In a space that is so dependent on the creativity of their product and marketing many of the decisions are made behind closed doors by a few individuals.

    Pay - Below market in all cases, broken promises of salary increases around every corner.

    Growth Opportunities - Management is typically brought in from the outside. Do not be confused when you are told there are growth opportunities in the company. Employees stay at their position and pay scale until they can no longer take it. They are then fired or quit.

    Voice of reason - If you have an idea that goes against the managements vision you are essentially on notice for your firing. There is no opportunity for input if Upper Upper management has made the decision. The company is run by one individual.

    Sales goals in some depts. are completely out of line with the realistic expectations. Selling a product that is not ready for mass market and expecting it to work is not possible. LevelUp is not ready for big brands. Accounting malfunctions, marketing mishaps and hardware issues

    If there is not a shake up in Leadership soon the company will go away. DO NOT WORK HERE, employees are leaving on a weekly basis, if not more often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify the management team. Employees are not renewable resources that you can burn through like VC $$. Allow for honest feedback. You are allowing talent to walk out the door and asking talent to leave to support the mistakes of management. Stop burning bridges in the community, the payment space and the world. You don't see Square going around starting twitter wars with people do you?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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