Flashbay Reviews

Updated June 16, 2015
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  1. Good Entry Sales Job

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Flashbay (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Simple Job, Laid Back, Easy

    Cons

    No Future for Career Advancement


  2. Hidden Gem

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Flashbay full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Culture - amazing group of people to work with - fun, smart, motivating and hilarious
    - Pay - for the work/life balance, pay is great - do your work, stay under the radar and get paid
    - Experience - although not a typical outbound role, employees polish tele/email sales skills

    Cons

    - rigid policies that slow sales cycles and frustrate employees
    - lack of upward mobility
    - no 401k/equity/profit sharing plan

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees - they know your customers best
    keep your employees happy - you have some stellar talent there..that other companies want...
    You clearly have market share and an opportunity to corner the whole market - scale effectively and retain top talent - knock out ipromo and memory direct through quality service and product and your machine will keep printing money for you.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great starting job, don't expect much else.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager

    I have been working at Flashbay full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good co-workers and atmosphere, great work life balance, good coffee machine

    Cons

    Immediate managers act like children, bonus structure is convoluted and often favors the senior sales reps. Upper management has limited-to-no interaction with the US team making all decisions appear wild and punishing to those who follow the rules already.
    Steer clear of managers when they are upset, it will get you on a list.
    The office reeks of favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your sales people like adults, they may surprise you.
    Stop enforcing rules for only some of the employees, this just weakens morale.
    Oh, and stop posting fake reviews on Glassdoor, it's just petty when you respond to any non-5 star review with a canned response..


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  5. LOVING LIFE

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Flashbay full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great training programme and fabulous working environment. I love each and every day I go in to work :)

    Cons

    I personally don't feel like there are any cons long may it continue that way

    Advice to Management

    keep it up


  6. Helpful (9)

    Career starting point...nothing more

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Flashbay

    Pros

    Easy work.
    Decent pay
    Good hours
    2 weeks off in December!

    Cons

    Employees have no say (All decisions made by owner)
    Owner changes mind too many times (gives contradicting instructions)
    Micromanage

    Advice to Management

    Go back to General Patton's quote: "Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."


  7. My time in Flashbay as

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Flashbay full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -You can get a good salary if you work hard, there are uncapped commissions
    -Colleagues and management are nice, good environment in general
    -Office is nice

    Cons

    -Lack of opportunities to get promoted as the structure is quite flat
    -The daily routines may be monotonous for some people

    Advice to Management

    -Training more often would be a good idea
    -Listen to the sales team by using surveys could help to increase the business


  8. Rewarding company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Flashbay full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - there is decent money to be made in commission and bonuses if you put the effort in. There are monthly competitions which new starters have a decent chance of winning.
    - lots of fun colleagues to make new friends with.
    - duties in line with job description
    - awesome coffee machine

    Cons

    - not enough interaction between some of the different teams/departments

    Advice to Management

    work on improving teambuilding


  9. Helpful (1)

    I'm afraid it's not Google!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Flashbay full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good ambient among sales account managers
    International ambient - every languages spoken in Europe are represented
    Good school if you have no experience

    Cons

    Incompetent executives at every levels: They don't lead they order! Team leaders and other managers are just there to ensure you respect the rules of the Company. They are the Police of the company. Team leaders check all what you do, managers check what you do, and special services check what you do. There is no trust. Overwhelming atmosphere. And nobody take responsibility, they hide behind the person above them: "you know it's not me, it's the management... it's the executives... it's the company policy... I don't have the choice"

    Demanding rules: 32 calls per day minimum, more than 25 sec, and be careful to not leave a message on the voice mail of your customer or you'll have troubles! 45 emails per day minimum, everything has to be written. For you it's a good reminder but for the company it's mainly a way to control if you do your customers' following well. If you make a mistake in the sale process it will provide evidences and justify the removal of your commission and the profit you've generated in your monthly amount as a punishment.

    Incentive scheme ineffective: There are only a few months per year when you can earn a bonus if you hit your target. The main incentive scheme is a challenge among all the sales account managers. It means the ones with the best customers will win the challenge and the others will get nothing even though they did very well. Of course it's always the same guys who win the challenges not because they are better sales representatives but because they have the most important customers and leads.
    In the other hand if you generate the best turnover ever for 2 consecutive months you'll get a ham sandwich or a pastry...

    Massive turnover: People are being fired or leave very often

    No career plan

    Advice to Management

    Change management staff to charismatic, clever, sensible leaders
    Trust your staff, they are doing very well. They do not need to be threatened they need to be leaded and motivated
    Maintain every months a proper individual incentive scheme


  10. Great Company to work for with a very hardworking attitude

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Flashbay full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Earning potential
    - Positive environment
    - Easy product to sell

    Cons

    - To be honest there are none in my opinion


  11. High staff turnover, good only if you want to gain some experience in sales

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Flashbay full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    can be good only as a first job in sales, multicultural environment, rewardind commission scheme, nice office location near the Thames

    Cons

    very high staff turnover, limited career opportunities



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