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SmartBrief has great potential that needs to be realized.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

I have been working at SmartBrief

Approves of CEO
Approves of CEO

Pros

-Flat culture -Nice people -Company does a great service and produces a quality product -You can innovate and push ideas forward -Tremendous opportunity to be highly involved at an entry level and learn from experience

Cons

-There is minimal development or career advancement unless one threatens to quit, has a competitive offer, or does everything themselves -Poor motivation/communication from leadership--there is no mission. -Little leadership awareness of workplace issues -Extremely poor top down communication skills from leadership

Advice to Management

-Focus on Professional Development (in education, communication about career advancement, and recruiting, ect.) -Hire smarter people--recruit more widely and raise bases to become competitive in the marketplace. We are losing excellent candidates we are lucky to have apply because salaries are so much lower than competitive comparisons. -Address workplace issues effectively and efficiently. -HR should read SmartBrief on Workforce

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  1. Smart idea, not the smartest people

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    Current Employee - Sales Operations in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SmartBrief

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Really interesting product - Intelligent leadership to grow from - Exposure to multiple parts of the industry - Good sense of corporate culture

    Cons

    - Fiscal compensation could be better - Gulf between employees and leadership - Employees lack buy in to the company's idea

    Advice to Management

    - Focus more on engaging employees - Corporate culture is more than parties, should be about building support for the company amongst employees - Better compensation


  2. Helpful (2)

    Lots of internal issues, moving nowhere.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Services in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Client Services in Washington, DC

    I worked at SmartBrief

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It's an online media company; within the publishing word, online & digital media is the place to be. Whether or not email is really progressive within online/media is up to you... Work/life balance is feasible at SmartBrief, but only because people leave at 5pm and don't want to work late. It's not something that is really promoted but something an employee just stumbles on. Oh, another good thing is the awesome office manager, and there is a beer machine.

    Cons

    There is no innovation, desire to develop & compete. Management is satisfied with mediocrity, probably just enough to get the company bought (which these days is all they care about). There is absolutely NO focus on career development for individuals. The only way to move up is to make a big stink, threaten to quit or beg. Employees that have been there a while fall into the same mentality as the senior management and don't care to move the company forward.

    Advice to Management

    INNOVATE, EVOLVE, TAKE RISKS, COMPETE WITH OTHER COMPANIES OUT THERE! And try to retain your employees by listening to what they want and caring about their careers.


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