Fluid Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. Tremendous long term potential

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome working environments in both SF and NYC. Dog friendly, beautiful open spaces, stocked kitchens. Great teams who routinely spend time together outside of work. This happens organically, and is also fostered by organized happy hours, team summits, etc. Reputation in the industry is very positive, and you get to work with some of the most innovative brands in digital! More importantly, the long term potential here is huge, as there is both a successful digital agency, and rapidly expanding SaaS business under one roof. Software technologies are in high demand, and face very little *productized competition.

    Cons

    It's definitely a work hard (and play hard) environment. Like any agency, hiring is managed cautiously (rightly so), so when the volume of new business explodes it can create a ton of work for the existing teams while hiring catches up. Just need to recognize and be prepared for this. There is also room to expand the Marketing side, however management has already taken significant steps to address this. I expect this will improve in the very near term.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest more in marketing, and continue to progress the joint software + services business model.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Lifting my career to new heights

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

    I worked at Fluid full-time

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

    Pros

    Great people, projects, culture, and ideas.

    Cons

    The cycles of agency work can be rough on moral.

    Advice to Management

    Support the creation of standardization across disciplines to reduce costs.


  3. Focused on retail E-Commerce, Fluid is an exceptional small company with the benefits of a much larger one.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Fluid

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The company is filled with energetic, smart people who care about their work. The company works with top brands in the retail space and anything you do has the potential to be seen by millions. Even though it's a small company, the benefits are comparable to much larger ones. The place is well managed with a focused plan. Communication is very open with management sharing the good, bad and ugly with the staff. It's a fun place to work.

    Cons

    The only real downside to working at Fluid would be around size. They only have two offices and are not international yet. Additionally, you don't get some of the perks, like free food and sodas that you find at large tech companies.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure you continue your focus on the staff and the hiring process.


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  5. Working at Fluid was fun, challenging, and an overall great learning experience.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Family-like atmosphere, great clients, great people.

    Cons

    It was very repetitive, productizing design wasn't for me.


  6. Helpful (2)

    A great place to work at for a bit, but not a place to spend your career at

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The people are the best reason to work here—Fluid does a great job of hiring people who fit into their culture.
    Flexibility in working from home or remotely is also big at Fluid, but their chic downtown SF office can also be considered a "perk."

    Cons

    *Agencies have ups and downs, and Fluid always seems to be seeking out its new place in the market as the market changes. That's part of agency life. With Fluid, it's often unclear how today's current business plan affects or reflects the work that they're currently doing (or soon starting).

    *Clients can really be hit or miss! Mostly miss...

    *Fluid tends to underpay its employees, perhaps as a tradeoff for their fun work culture.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good coworkers, okay company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Easy to accrue plenty of PTO
    Great coworkers
    Some interesting projects

    Cons

    Lack of technical project managers
    Lack of consistent management overall, too much upheaval
    Two rounds of layoffs in first half 2014


  8. Very good experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Image Production Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Image Production Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Open Communication with upper staff

    Cons

    Managers were left out of important meetings. Decisions were made without everyone involved in the project.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great company doing breakthrough work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Fluid full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic company at the forefront of ecommerce.

    Cons

    Overly emotional about their work and customers, who are challenged to execute on the basics.

    Advice to Management

    Dealing with happy and unhappy customers is a daily job. Don't get so wound up and personal about the clients and projects you are working on. Understand that sometimes it is just about doing good, quality work for a customer without having it become a life or death conversation.


  10. Pleasant experience overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fluid full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    People genuinely nice
    Good work culture and work/life balance
    Professional and accountable
    Senior management are also very nice and CEO will hangout with everyone (even a design intern)
    Exciting growth

    Cons

    Rapid growth changing the integrity of the work culture
    Still figuring out the best process and how to budget. Sometimes over delivering to the client at the expense of the company and employees
    Higher turnover rate lately so rather patchy resourcing


  11. Great to be part of an organization that is on the front end of innovation.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Fluid

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Incredible people. Challenging and innovative projects.

    Cons

    Can be a bit consuming and off balance.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the big picture and do a better job marketing the amazing work we do for our clients.



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