Eporia

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Eporia Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
7 Reviews
2.2
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  1.  

    For bright people with a great work ethic, this is a terrific opportunity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Eporia

    Pros

    Eporia is a place where people are really allowed to thrive. Ideas are valued, efforts are appreciated, and there is a feeling that we're all in it together, including the CEO who works harder than anyone else (something I haven't seen before).

    Deciding to work here was a lifestyle choice - it is demanding, the hours are long, and it's intense. But the compensation is very fair for the effort, the environment is supportive, and it's a really good product.

    The demands of the position were very clearly explained before I to took it. I think some people assume they "don't really mean it" but let me assure you - they do. Everyone is expected to work more than regular full time hours, and to just do whatever it takes to get stuff done when in a crunch time. But again, the pay reflects the expectation, and it's a positive and appreciative environment, which is rare.

    I'm just a couple of months into my employment here and I don't regret it for a minute. At some point, you choose to step it up - work harder for more compensation and more professional gain. I would always choose that and I'm glad I did in this case. I'd encourage my friends to work here.

    Cons

    I read the negative review here on Glassdoor before I took the position. It worried me. I've worked for small, family-owned companies before and didn't want to be in that boat again. One of the CEO's children works for the company. But everyone gets the same benefits and expectations - even the CEO. There isn't favoritism.

    I think the hours and pace are just more than some people can handle. Lots of new hires just walk out within the first few days. Others can't keep up and are let go. This was made very clear to me from the start. I'm sure those people resent it and want to slam the company. You have to take these things with a grain of salt. Again - it is intense. This might be a deal-breaking negative to some people.

    I wanted a company that gave me room to grow, to be really effective, and to get a lot done. You get that here. My background is in IT and it's common for people to work less than half the time they're paid for. If you're used to that type of environment, where you're paid for what you know and what you can do instead of what you actually accomplish, then this probably isn't the place for you.

    This is a family company, in a sense. But my experience with that sort of thing is a company that a Dad started and the son inherited, where the son doesn't get it, doesn't care, isn't as smart or well educated as the Dad, and doesn't have a passion for the product/subject. I worked for two of those. It was rough. This is different because the CEO is the person who started it, grew it from nothing, and really believes in it. He's in the trenches with us and there's something to be said for that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep telling people what to really expect. Try to make them believe you. I think it helps to truly know what you're getting into.

    Continue to give feedback (positive and negative) and praise for a job well done. That goes a long way toward employee satisfaction.

    Don't give up on the idea that a small-ish group of really dedicated people can get a whole lot more done than a big, bloated group of average workers with average pay. This model works.

    Consider a yearly employee appreciate picnic or something. Even the Management could take a day to eat burgers.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Run, don't walk, away from here.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, when you get it. Only worked 45-47 hours per week.

    Cons

    I am not sure how this company has been in business so long. Paychecks bounce frequently and are never on time, it has been this way for more than 10 years. The owner, Doug, has a terrible reputation at his bank because of all of the bounced checks and NSF charges he racks up. He also has gotten in yelling matches with the building management, I assume because of bounce rent checks.

    The equipment is very old, yet they tell their clients that it's cutting edge. They do not know much about what they are selling, building or talking about, yet proclaim their expertise.

    Conflicts are handled very poorly and I was verbally abused on a regular basis. Doug has massive trust issues and accuses everyone of wronging him on some level or another. He speaks poorly of his clients and cannot control his temper.

    Doug would rather spend his time in his photography studio (in the same building) than working at Eporia and likes to expound on his prowess as a photographer, though his images are mediocre.

    They promise clients lead times on development that they cannot deliver on and customers are always pushed further and further back, some as many as 2 years on development of their new websites. They are often made promises that are not kept and unrealistic timelines are placed on the employees to attempt to meet these deadlines.

    I was lured in by promises of growth that never materialized, in fact, the company got smaller and smaller, and clients kept leaving. Reasons behind clients leaving are poor interactions with Doug, unmet timelines, undelivered websites, unfulfilled promises, exorbitant cost and poor technology,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close Eporia and focus on the photography business since that seems to be more enjoyable for Doug. If you insist on trying to maintain the business, PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES! This is not an option. You are breaking laws and it is surprising you have not yet been sued or reported to L&I.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Worked Worse, and Better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Since it is a small company there is not much distraction. You can get in do your job and be left alone most of the day. You have the ability to make a difference in pretty much every thing you do. The expectations are clear though not always realistic.

    Cons

    There is a lack of structure. There Company is too small for there to be any room to advance you career within the company. The tools you are given to do your job are outdated, this includes computers and software.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest back in your company. Provide a modern work environment with modern tools and perks. Or you will likely continue to have a high turn around. Ultimately it will come down to that you can give your customers. Without modern tools and the people to use them you cannot provide modern features to the customers..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    anger management issues

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Eporia

    Pros

    reasonable pay but not exceptional. Small company, easy to get to know everyone.

    Cons

    Certain individuals here had serious anger management issues, creating a very hostile working environment with poor communication. The computers were cheap, old and frequently crashed but they wouldn't invest in new equipment. They put little time into long-term fixes for issues in the code, always looking for an emergency, quick-fix, so the things we were building wound up being very poorly designed and difficult to work with. Management claimed to know a lot more about coding processes than they actually did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Calm down, treat everyone with respect and focus on what you're trying to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Salary means you work the weekends too.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA

    I worked at Eporia

    Pros

    The base pay is decent; however, you probably will never see any health insurance, dental, or even paid time off.

    Cons

    A primary downside of Eporia is the amount of the boss/owner's family that works for the company. This was the cause of a lot of unfairness in policies and rules. In addition, my paycheck was always 1-2 weeks late. When I asked my employer about this, he was rude and acted as if I was being selfish for asking about paychecks.

    Another downside is the rate that new employees stay with the company. Most employees leave or are fired within the first three weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hostile work environment

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    Current Employee - Developer
    Current Employee - Developer

    I have been working at Eporia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Ability to try out different older technologies
    Ability to work with code written by many former employees with little or no time to achieve them

    Cons

    Poor sub standard hardware
    Hostile environment consisting of yelling when issues occur as incentive to do better
    Difficult employees who are not open to discussing problem rather to assess blame

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Yes, sometimes we have to work weekends

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ECommerce Customer Support
    Current Employee - ECommerce Customer Support

    I have been working at Eporia

    Pros

    Very dynamic and upbeat work environment. Overall policies and rules are straightforward and fair and there isn’t any second guessing what’s expected from you. The pay is in line with other high tech companies and paid on time. The hours are fair, benefits, and time off are superior to most employers. The company also offers the most generous health and dental insurance program I have seen anywhere. Also, it isn’t uncommon to see someone with the company, for less than full year, take advantage of their full vacation time. Family emergency issues are always respected as a first priority. Each employee is considered a valued team member. I am motivated by the daily team challenge to make it all happen. I for one, enjoy using my brain and can take pride in my accomplishments.

    Cons

    Expectations are very high. You have to work…and a high level of energy and performance is expected from everyone on the team every day. This is not the type of company where you can only pretend you know what you’re talking about or doing. This being the case, it is definitely not a good environment for people who want to sit in a corner and waste away the day. Demonstrating a high work ethic is expected from all team members. Nothing less than a self motivated responsibility to perform and produce excellent work is accepted. Most quality tech companies are actually run this way. In today’s economy, no can tolerate a free ride with unexcused time off.. If you’re not built for speed this isn’t the company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you’re doing; embrace and reward your performers and let the bad apples go when they deserve it.

    Recommends

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