Give Something Back
3.3 of 5 11 reviews
www.givesomethingback.com Oakland, CA 50 to 149 Employees

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Sean Marx

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57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsRelaxed 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.

    ConsBase 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 Senior ManagementHire 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.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great mission, great customers

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Oakland, CA

    ProsCompany 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Account Executive (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsCommunication 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 Senior ManagementBegin 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!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Account Manager (Current Employee)
    Sacramento, CA

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

    ConsIf 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Mission Statement and Purpose- Poor Job Growth Possibilities

    Account Manager (Current Employee)
    Oakland, CA

    ProsI genuinely felt as if I was doing something important and worthwhile for the community. I was happy to come in to work. The managers treated the employees great, in fact because of he size of the company it felt like a family.

    ConsIt is not a place for you if you desire career advancement. This company is not bad in fact it is one of the best places I worked but it definitely has to fit with what you are looking for and the type of person that you are.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide growth opportunities for employees. The president should not be concerned so much about the day to day operation of the company but instead set the strategic goals and then have the team execute. This is one of the main reasons the company has not grown.

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    If you can cold call, you can be giving something back!

    Account Executive (Former Employee)
    Sacramento, CA

    ProsInspiring management. If all company's shared this business model, America and the world would rejoice in a utopian society. The business model is based off the same model as Paul Newman's salad dressing. Attending the donation event functions are a lot of fun. Seeing the needy being handed $500 - $25,000 checks is amazing.

    ConsI bet everybody reading this post thinks I work for the company. I used to. If you can manage a territory and cold call F2F every business in your territory, and can sell office supplies (same inventory as Staples or Office Depot), then you can be successful here. Unfortunately it didn't work out for me, but GSB was a great place to work, I enjoyed my time, management was great because at its heart its a small family business doing good for the community.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the sales force inspired and incentivized (sp?).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall the company is good at heart.

    Account Manager (Former Employee)
    Oakland, CA

    ProsThe company had a real good family atmosphere. The commitment to the community is tremendous and their B corp status is a unique business model that adds to the lure of the company.

    ConsBecause the company is not very big and expansion is the not the priority of the company finding other position with in the company and or advancement is very difficult and almost none existence.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe philosophy of the company is great, I would say continue to work on the internal culture of the company and modernize the work structures.

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    Not Your Typical Office Supply Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDonation and I met people who really cared about thier job and community

    ConsSome people were too involved in gossip

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore training provided to staff.

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proswell working environment for interns and exp people

    Consnothing specific for engineering guys

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    Great Business Model

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPhilanthropic mission of giving back to the community.
    The Employees

    ConsNo Career Path at this time for Sales

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake decisions quicker

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

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