Give Something Back Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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  1. Great company

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

    I worked at Give Something Back full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -casual, friendly environment and cares about employees

    Cons

    -pay can be a bit low


  2. Challenging

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

    I worked at Give Something Back

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

    Pros

    Community support, helping non profits have a voice and stay open, diversity in the workplace, a wide variety of service and product offerings.

    Cons

    No Unity between service groups. Everyone works in Silo's. No clear leadership direction. No ownership of issues/problems. A lot of finger pointing and blaming.

    Advice to Management

    Choose one clear leader with one clear and decisive message. Stick to the metrics and hold everyone one accountable to the bottom line. Don't let blame be slapped on one line of business, but instead,embrace the good and the bad.


  3. PMI is a great organization to get in touch with the PMI world, networking and update PM skills thanks to workshops.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Give Something Back

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great energy, PMI network very wide in the US and even internationally. Meet a lot of people who are PM Can help to land your next job/contract Keep your PMP certification status by getting pdu's

    Cons

    I don't see cons so far...


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Solid Company!

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

    I have been working at Give Something Back full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The giving is real. GSB actually donates profits to the community! The people are nice and the environment is fun and energetic! High performance is rewarded.

    Cons

    GSB hires people who wouldn't normally be considered at other companies. When people learn more and get into the company they gain enough experience and then leave-so sometimes turnover is high.

    Advice to Management

    GSB talks the talk, and walks the walk. Great company, with great people!


  6. Helpful (1)

    A Lesson in How A Company Can Make You Hate Your Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Give Something Back full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    As a new employee, it is almost intoxicating how great it feels to be part of doing good for the community.

    Cons

    Decides what it wants to pay their reps several times during the year. Doesn't train but expects you to ramp up quickly, then fires you because you haven't met company expectations. Every implementation you go through is ill-thought through, leaving employees confused up to and including paychecks.

    Advice to Management

    Change from vacation and sick days to personal days. Give consideration to how adversely change affects employees in the best situation and avoid making anymore until there is confidence that you've strived for the best. After all, you ask for that from your team. We should get the same in return.


  7. Helpful (1)

    A downhill spiral

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Give Something Back full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    You start out feeling great about what you do to help this company contribute to the community!

    Cons

    The longer you work there, the more they take your willingness to contribute for granted. You start to feel trapped in an endless cycle of buffoonery. After awhile you feel desperate for the next day off and dread going in for yet another round of ridiculousness.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people what they're worth and they'll work like they're supposed to! And please pay them on time.


  8. Advocate

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

    I have been working at Give Something Back full-time

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment and up beat people from all walks of life. Not much pressure placed on metric driven results. They give back what they make to those who don't have... The owner's walk the walk when it comes to making the world a better place, no Porsche's or Lambo's out front and no reserved CEO parking.

    Cons

    Base pay is low and bonus is not inline with like jobs within the industry. Technology is improving, however they are behind the curve considering they are on the fringe of the largest technology based area in the world. Pricing is all over the place and one might wonder were the direction of the company is coming from.....

    Advice to Management

    Hire the best talent you can get, over pay if need be and provide clear direction of were you are going and hold everyone accountable for success.


  9. Great mission, great customers

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

    I have been working at Give Something Back full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company profits really go back to nonprofit organizations. This company was started with a great idea and has kept that part of the company pure. Decisions about who gets funding are democratically decided with ballots going to customers and employees annually. That's pretty cool.

    Cons

    Some of the Directors play favorites. CEO has trouble making decisions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Do not be fooled!!! It's not about people and products, but more like power and prestige!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Give Something Back full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The business model is fantastic and has the market opportunity for the company to grow into something special. The people are great to work with as co-employees have an heart of gold. Provides some beneficial support and training.

    Cons

    Communication and transparency could use much help. Leadership, management style, and culture is stuck back in the 80's. Almost no growth opportunities from within and the compensation is not aligned with the market or their job description. The overall company provides a adequate place to earn a check just keep you off the poverty level. It can be toxic to the spirit for any hardworking person with a good heart.

    Advice to Management

    Begin to look at your people as assets and not just another person that does not seem to fit your expectation. Reinvent your leadership/management perspective by allowing yourself to accept open feedback to what employees desire. Release the authoritative perspective and approach to you drive growth initiatives. In the end your impact will not be determined on conventional results!!!


  11. Helpful (1)

    It was a job... but you felt like you were in high school, with the upper management playing favorites.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Give Something Back

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

    Pros

    They give back to the community. You get the "good" feeling of helping others out.

    Cons

    If you weren't a "favorite" of upper management, your life span at GSB was going to be short, for as long as they got a few sales out of you. Take forever to hire and then train, but not quick to assist when customer relationships were in danger, and even quicker to fire, instead of helping our their employee.



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