FreeCause
4.1 of 5 36 reviews
www.freecause.com Boston, MA 50 to 149 Employees

FreeCause Reviews

Updated Oct 27, 2013
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4.1 36 reviews

                             

96% Approve of the CEO

FreeCause CEO Mike Jaconi

Mike Jaconi

(25 ratings)

87% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Smart people, face-paced, lots of freedom

Software Intern (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at FreeCause as an intern for less than a year

ProsGood office location, access to snacks, small, open office

Consunstructured, projects seem low priority

Advice to Senior ManagementGive interns more important tasks

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fun while it lasted

Software Developer (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at FreeCause full-time for more than a year

ProsGood people, culture, location and great places to eat

ConsNo direction, under paid, no career advancement

Advice to Senior ManagementStart listening more to your employees to identify with their wants and needs

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A never-ending emergency nightmare

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at FreeCause

ProsGood benefits.
You meet some good people.
Experience working in a large dysfunctional company - this will help you choose better next time.

ConsManagement style is to pressure and threaten.
Disconnect between higher management and people who build the product. The result is compressed timelines, long hours and unstable product.

Advice to Senior ManagementStick to what your title say and let other people do what they were hired to do.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great company with great people!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at FreeCause full-time

ProsStrong Parent Company
Great Leadership
Awesome Career Growth Opportunity

ConsCompany is in high growth mode, so flexibility is a must.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Immature company in saturated parasitic market.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at FreeCause full-time

ProsFully stocked kitchen with tons of snacks & drinks.
Free weekly ALL company lunchs.
Located in downtown Boston, easily commutable.
Very laid back, playful atmosphere.
Most employees are friendly & approachable.
Hours are fairly reasonable.

ConsManagement is COMPLETELY incompetent; none of them understand the industry, and what’s worse, they don’t seem to want to learn.
Career growth is non-existent; management just gives themselves inane title changes.
While most employees are friendly, those who aren’t are conspiratory and vindictive.
Benefits are poor; Health: employees are saddled with half the bill (much higher than the national avg).
401k: is awful, company match is 3% and only paid out at EOY, so you miss out on any compound growth.
Rakuten Shugi is evangelized to the point of dispiritedness. There are mandatory weekly meetings & mandatory off-site meetings, where they constantly talk about the great Rakuten.

Here’s the rough FreeCause story, a startup company with a unique technology is founded in 06, they quickly capitalize on the market, Rakuten takes notice and buys them in 09. Rakuten takes this technology back to Japan. All of the original talent leaves (generally happens with start-ups); competitors enter the market, now FreeCause struggles to generate a monthly profit.

FreeCause is an immature company. This is largely due to the inexperience of the management team. With that said, I wouldn’t rule it out; if you’re just out of school, you’ll probably love it (a laid back office with free food). However, if you consider yourself a professional, don’t care for office politics, nepotism, or hypocrisy; then I’d recommend you keep looking.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop meeting your employee’s recommendations with such hostility, we’re all on the same team!
FreeCause is confused, you like to play the start-up card, yet you remind your employees that they’re a part of Rakuten every chance you get, choose a path and follow it.
Show a little humility and hire an executive with some leadership skills!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Evolving company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at FreeCause full-time

ProsGood people, starting to see more employees with real business experience.

ConsNot a lot of accountability for all members, project deadlines are routinely missed and the company struggles to meet the expectations of the business. Team members with experience in more organized companies get frustrated with the lack of organization in the company.

Advice to Senior Managementleverage your experience staffed, focus on empowering them to deliver with their skills.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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An energetic and positive work environment that encourages ingenuity.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at FreeCause

ProsThe friendly co-workers, enthusiastic management, casual atmosphere and exciting growth opportunities make this an ideal company for which to work.

ConsAs with all young successful companies FreeCause is experiencing a few growing pains. However it’s nothing they can’t handle especially since they are attacking them head on.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A roller coaster, fun & intense at times.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at FreeCause

ProsGreat culture, the people are a ton of fun. You can learn a lot from everyone as long as you take the time to ask questions and get to know them. It's an open community and everyone is friendly. Also, it's a pretty cool company.

ConsDisorganization, sometimes major lack of communication. I do believe this is slowly improving, it's really up to the individuals and teams to figure things out for themselves.

Advice to Senior ManagementStructure in meetings and a steady flow of communication would be great! It's not the greatest when you're the last one to know about something.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to learn and grow.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at FreeCause

ProsA growing company that does a great job taking care of its employees through internal growth opportunities, company outings and a stocked kitchen.

ConsCommunication and collaboration between departments is improved but could be better to increase productivity and limit some repetitive manual tasks.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Company under a large enterprise maintainging the good parts of a start up.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at FreeCause

Prosyou can really learn a lot about teamwork here.

Constoo busy at work everyday.

Advice to Senior Managementneed more freuquent guidance.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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