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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    A learning experience with no little or no room for upward mobility

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Fleshlight full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was generally a relaxed atmosphere, though given the industry, that was to be expected. The CEO was seen, and engaged with staff almost daily (unless he was away on trips). Humor was a big part of the culture. There was an end of the year bonus for most employees in the form of gift cards. Benefits were standard. The warehouse was climate controlled.

    Cons

    It is a family run business, with sons and daughter(s) involved. If one out shined them in documented performance, and/or offers constructive criticism, it was disregarded. And those normally praised actions could find you unemployed (this happened to quite a number of employees). Pay was not in line with performance or experience, while the CEO flaunted his wealth. There was a general disregard of industry peers and customers by the family (though that was getting slightly better). Given the industry, it proved difficult at times dealing with customers and their product dissatisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees should be paid their demonstrated worth. Executives/family should listen to customers and staff for improvements. Every business has the ability to be better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware the silver bullet, especially if you are one

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Fleshlight full-time

    Pros

    The company generally offers great pay starting out. Vacation time is okay, not generous, and mostly flexible. Sometimes there will be opportunities to gain experiences not possible at a larger organization, such as involvement with interesting projects or international operations.

    Cons

    There is a high turnover among key positions resulting in a loss of institutional knowledge and sense of team cohesion. Additionally, there is a constant churn of management with entire managerial teams coming and going multiple times per year. These teams (the silver bullets that will save the company) are always outside hires with little relevant experience. They're given carte blanche and blank checks to "do whatever it takes" in order to increase revenue, only to end up annoying the owners by using that power. Them and their entire team or anyone they hired ends up getting wiped out.

    There are little to no opportunities for advancement within the company due to the above. There are no reviews or regular raises, with employees actually being scared to ask for them. New hires for the same position will sometimes have a higher salary than those who have lasted through the mass layoffs. Insurance is decent for individual employees but not worth it for family members.

    Due to the management churn and a lack of focus, there is constant pivoting of marketing and business direction. Many times projects doomed to fail and complete side-tracks from what makes the company money become the focus for short periods of time until the owners grow bored with them, realize they are terrible or the latest management superstar tells them it doesn't work.

    I could go on but the other reviews pretty much sum it up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employees who essentially keep your company running and generate your revenue are not your enemies. They should be treated like valuable resources, with some shred of respect. Don't listen to outside voices telling you that those same employees are pulling one over on you when those from the outside, commanding big checks, are the ones with the smoke-and-mirrors.

    Create some kind of incentive for your employees to love your company and care about the end product.

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

    Great salary and interesting environment but confused leadership and no career growth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Fleshlight

    Pros

    The salaries are great. Insurance is decent and we have access to a great gym in the building. Co-workers are good people to work with and all very smart and competent. Politically incorrect and laid-back atmosphere but we work hard.

    Cons

    No promotion path. No set vacation time. No set sick/personal days. Asking for time off is generally frowned upon. Nepotism is rampant. Management changes can occur on a whim and often are disasters. Lack of cohesive planning. Very politically incorrect work environment, some of this is due to the nature of the business and is not necessarily unwelcome but may be a downside to some people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your planning and communicate this to staff. Stop falling for every silver bullet that is pitched to you, these never work out. Respect your staff more and provide paths of growth for them. Be more consistent in the way you manage the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    High salaries do not equal happy employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Fleshlight full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very good compensation both in salary & benefits. Fun, politically incorrect work environment that feels more like a boys club than a job. An environment where "NSFW" (not safe for work) websites are things like google news, porn browsing on breaks is almost encouraged.

    Cons

    Utter and total lack of management with more between their ears than pocket lint. Management changes occur for no reason and are almost always a total disaster. For example, the director of marketing was fired and then replaced with a girl who does makeup for photo shoots. A director of marketing at a multi million dollar company who's only credentials are "does makeup". Mind blowing. In addition, there is an almost constant cloud of fear in the air. You can and will be fired for no reason whatsoever. You could generate millions of dollars for the company through your efforts and you will still be fired for no reason whatsoever. Bottom line is that if the product did not sell itself, this company would have gone under years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the advice and input of your intelligent, experienced employees. They are your greatest asset. Stop instilling a sense of fear in your workforce, it's counter productive. Stop playing politics with your employees and treat your business as a business, not a club that requires ass-kissing to get into. The only thing you get out of the current culture is a squad of yes-men who don't care about the business. Wake up, they only care about the big check you write to them twice a month. Your company could be so much more if you would just let the smart people you hire do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Complete and utter chaos.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Austin, TX

    I worked at Fleshlight full-time

    Pros

    The salary and the job's amazing power as a conversation icebreaker. Some cool employees. Watching senior management say and do things that, when told to friends, makes them laugh thinking it's a joke. Watching said friends' faces when you tell them you're serious.

    Cons

    You're a cog in a machine. Management's gullibility and obsession with "the shiny object" of the moment. Management's complete technical disconnect. Management's complete reality disconnect. You're hired to be an expert and change the world, you're told what to do contrary to your knowledge and expertise. This job is about shutting up and taking a check, playing politics to not get on the bad side of the quite literally insane owner. You've never worked at a place more insane, you've never witnessed such stupidity. It's legendary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves and hire competent people to run the business. You're too stupid and egotistical to run this big of a business. Seriously. If you think you could go be senior management in another manufacturing job that does $40m/year, then go prove me wrong. If you went public, you would immediately be fired and replaced by someone who doesn't believe that a magical collection of rocks will affect sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Confused Management combined with poor ethics and zero structure

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Wholesale Distribution
    Former Employee - Director of Wholesale Distribution

    I worked at Fleshlight

    Pros

    Absolutely the compensation offered coupled with the atmosphere of entrepreneurial excitement. The company's potential truly is unlimited, and the owners are beyond charismatic.

    Cons

    The stigma of working within the adult industry with management who does not reward, nor encourage, mature behavior. They aspire to have the structure of a genuine international manufacturer, but they conduct themselves too poorly to have a true presence as a valid company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to acknowledge your staff without inspiring a sense of fear; the loss of their job at any second. Mean what you say, and say what you mean. Also acknowledge the staff (such as HR) who are working hard to build this company into a genuine company; not a boys club that happens to have some money. If you are going to say that you are hiring people more intelligent than yourselves, then have the sense listen to them.

    Doesn't Recommend

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