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Fun Tech / Beauty Hybrid Startup that is Growing Like a Weed

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Mateo, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

I have been working at ipsy full-time for more than a year

Pros

Caveat: I have LOVED my time here. It's a fun, smart, ambitious group and the company is growing like a weed and pioneering the beauty space. Not sure if we are a tech firm or a beauty firm or both, but it's awesome. Here's some of the things that makes me love it:

There is a laid-back vibe, which comes from the top down. You can dress up or wear whatever you like and no one is going to judge you. And there's lots of joking around around here.

The leadership team in particular is very approachable and will have "real" conversations with you. They don't BS. And many of them have a ton of industry or startup experience. They know what they're doing (or are very good at coming up with it along the way), which is evidenced by how well the company is doing.

The business is doing very well, which is always a good thing and kinda rare our here in startup land.

If you love beauty and makeup, you get to live and breath it.

Our community is OBSESSED and gives us great feedback. And we listen and react.

I truly think we are working on some very innovative things in the beauty world and with marketing and social media.

Our benefits are pretty good, especially with regard to transportation reimbursement, and snacks and drinks, and (just recently) an awesome vacation policy that gets better and better the longer you are here.

They've given me a chance to do some things professionally that I've never done before. And because so many of us have SOs or kids, there is a lot of flexibility like working from home or flexible starts or ends to the day.

Cons

It can be a little chaotic at times since we are growing so fast and pioneering in this space. Things change at the last minute, often for the better, but you have to be willing to adapt or you might not be happy.

We were getting very crowded at the headquarters, too, but we just got more space so it's much better now.

Given that we have to ship bags around the same time every single month, and there's marketing related to it all, there are very real deadlines which can cause a bit of stress each month.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I've been at a couple other fast growing companies. It is tough to maintain a small company vibe while adding a ton of employees. That is going to be your biggest challenge! Don't become a huge corporation, please?

The Bay Area keeps getting more and more expensive. Maybe it's time for a big cost of living adjustment? Also, more cool benefits would always be nice. I mean, we don't need massages every day but more perks could be a nice surprise. Including eventually a matching for our 401K.

Finally, let's open a Europe office already :) I know many of us would be willing to help out.

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    Great start-up with potential limited by leadership team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at ipsy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Rapid growth in subscriber base recently, especially compared to when I started
    Brands seem to be very happy with the experience of working with ipsy as they return a lot
    Frequent giveaways of beauty products and free ipsy subscription (which is only good if you use beauty products tho)
    Potential in LA with new studio opening
    Partnerships with YouTube stylists makes ipsy very different from other subscription services like birchbox

    Cons

    Laid back culture ipsy tries to give off by "not having titles" and letting people wear sandals to work is in direct opposition to actual policies which are inflexible & old-fashionedl.

    Employees are yelled at in front of the whole company in the middle of the day.

    Leadership team has limited start-up experience, strong tendency to micromanage and lacks an openmind. VERY reactionary.

    Strict vacation policy.. More time off given to employees who have been here longer so even if you have 10+ years of experience as an engineer be prepared for only a very limited amount of time off while an engineer who started with ipsy as his first job will be enjoying a full month or so

    No HR team

    Very small Markting Team whose main focus seems to be more project management than marketing strategy

    Job postings put up for several months to a year, often never contacting any applicants at all

    Questionable prioritization. Like the CEO contributes to how the ipsy Facebook page should be managed, though the website experience is dismal at best and limited support is given to dev team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage cross-functional teams. Empower decision-making. Update management strategies to keep up with the rest of the Bay area. Stop yelling at people in public. It sucks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Highly ambitious company with strong sense of mission

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ipsy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Very high growth with potential for disruption in huge market intersection of YouTube and beauty industry.
    - Focused strategy leads to profitable company: ipsy is trying to get one thing right and is not wasting time or energy "trying out new verticals", "opening international" or other strategies typical of startups with lack of direction.
    - Everyone has stock options. The company does well even while growing and that means means less potential dilution which is rare in the bay area.
    - Fast growth translates into more opportunities for people in the company. If you show the right attitude, management will give you a shot at almost anything. I have done here things or projects that I had not even dream of.
    - Diverse and fun environment to work in, lots of people from many different countries.
    - Atmosphere is generally relaxed, most people seem to like each other.
    - Challenging work environment: lots of smart and passionate people derive in open and frontal discussions on many different issues. People will not be afraid of telling you if they dont agree with you.
    - It is a fact driven place: lots of testing, number crunching, statistical analysis and modeling required to make decisions. You are expected to know your numbers and to be thorough.
    - Great management team with relevant track record: technology, startups, YouTube and beatuy industry. Lots of Stanford people.
    - Nice offices.

    Cons

    - Lots of work: many employees are connected at night or during the weekends.
    - People from different teams feel very different; there might lack common criteria to hire new employees.
    - No HR means lack of structured on boarding processes, coaching and development; it still feels like a real startup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep focused. Hire someone for HR.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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