Fluid Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good coworkers, okay company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  2. Helpful (6)

    Don't bother with this sinkhole, seriously.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Location, dog-friendly, some nice contacts you might make for future jobs.
    They try to stock with fridge with healthy snacks etc.

    Cons

    Political, lying and over-promising and under-delivering management.
     Favoritism trumps results.
    Compensation is unbelievably poor relative to local market.
    Random layoffs of talented people who make 'in the club' colleagues look bad.
    Benefits are not competitive
    Claims of a 'transparent' management communication are simply fantasy BS.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously, cash out and go.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Amazing people, exciting projects, horrible management

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

    I have been working at Fluid full-time

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

    Pros

    People are great to work with and everyone on projects is dedicated to producing the best they can. Projects are mainly interesting with big-name retailers. Schedule is fairly flexible with the ability to work from home/switch up your hours if needed.

    Cons

    Upper-management is awful and has created an us vs. them culture between upper management and the rest of the staff. People's desks are suddenly empty due to lay-offs with no explanation as to why. In the rare instance there is a meeting called to discuss lay-offs, there is no transparency as to the true reasons why.

    Promises are often made about company growth potential and future benefits, but none are ever fulfilled. Personal growth potential can often be exaggerated and promotions need to be fought for. Company benefits are not good in comparison to other San Francisco companies and retention policies seem to be non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your employees - create an open dialogue and be transparent about the company's future.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Poor Vision

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

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

    Pros

    The people who aren't in upper management are great to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management needs vision, favoritism


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great people, poor vision

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

    I have been working at Fluid full-time

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

    Pros

    Really great people and culture. That is the most enjoyable part about coming to work everyday.

    Cons

    Poor executive vision. Limited career opportunities.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Best Co-Workers You'll Ever Have; Worst Management You'll Ever Have

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

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

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

    Pros

    Terrific co-workers
    Great office and location
    Dog friendly

    Cons

    Plenty of money for senior management; raises are almost non-existent for everyone else
    Astonishingly bureaucratic for a "start up"
    Fuzzy future

    Advice to Management

    Resign. You have outlived your usefulness and are now impeding success. If you can't make the company a success after 15 years of trying, get out of the way and let those who know what they're doing try.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Hated to leave, but glad I'm gone

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

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, telecommute friendly, friendly coworkers, talented creatives.

    Cons

    - Used to pride itself on culture, a culture that is all but gone now. Sells itself on a startup culture, but acts like an enterprise.
    - Lots of middle-management favoritism with groups/subsets within a single department; becoming a part of the "favorites" felt like trying to break the bind in a rugby scrum.
    - A 40 hour week was a pipe dream -- think 60-80 hr/wks end-to-end with comp time rare.

    Advice to Management

    - Don't float the faults of one department down the waterfall for the next department to deal with; fix the problem where it starts and equip your employees properly (ie, have a competent sales team who can sell all services equally).
    - Upper management should engage more with ALL employees, not just those in choice departments.
    - Don't blow smoke; taking outside investment with the claim that it will allow hiring "ahead of the curve" and reduce the need for people to work unpaid overtime hours, and then cutting people because of low revenue is just garbage...
    - Regain control of your company from the investment board.


  9. Helpful (6)

    not so 'fluid'

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

    I worked at Fluid full-time

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

    Pros

    - flexible work schedule and ability to work from home when needed
    - you'll meet great people

    Cons

    - no transparency
    - lots of favoritism
    - not willing to be more innovative
    - lack of training
    - lack of process
    - unwillingness to sever ties with people who don't fit
    - lack of roadmap/product planning
    - desire to be a startup at 160 employees but failing to truely behave in that way
    - top heavy
    - low pay
    - managers are not treated like managers
    - lack of resources
    - employees are overworked
    - high employee turnover
    - lacks scaleability
    - snacks suck (goldfish, trail mix, and string cheese that's about it)
    - HR doesn't do much. complaints and issues have been brought up and swept under the rug

    Advice to Management

    - learn to be more fluid
    - trust your employee to do their job.
    - having executives sign off on every little decision isn't scaleable long term.
    - get rid of the deadweight and reevaluate your team bottom up and top down.
    - for a company that has been in business for over 10 years, grow up, and stop trying to sell the company like - you're a start up when you're not. start implementing processes and procedures.
    - focus on the type of culture you want the company to have.
    - invest in your employees.
    - hire more people so you're not over working your current employees.
    - upper management should do more to communicate to employees. i don't think i ever exchanged more than two words with the CEO.

    when 10+ employees leave in the span of 3 months shouldn't that be a sign to take a step back and reevaluate how you're doing things?!


  10. Helpful (2)

    great client list & good work

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

    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

    Great clients and mature work environment. You get a chance to work with high profile clients. Great for medium level employees to boost their portfolio.

    Cons

    Politics and egos. Internal growth is difficult, salary not competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose connection to your employees.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Friendly people, great office locations

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

    I worked at Fluid full-time

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

    Pros

    Attempts are made to feed and entertain employees on a weekly basis. Generally a friendly group of people to work with. Offices are in great locations with easy access to public transportation.

    Cons

    No clear paths for professional growth. Raises are few and far between. Communication from senior management to employees is infrequent.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the favoritism and popularity contests.



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