Gorilla Group

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Gorilla Group Reviews

Updated February 21, 2015
Updated February 21, 2015
29 Reviews
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  1.  

    Definitely a unique place to work...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Gorilla Group full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The place has a certain buzz to it as it's a Consulting Firm with a lot of interesting clients; the work tends to be challenging though mostly on a Process and Time-management level.

    The Company does take work-life balance seriously, and Management listens to concerns and feedback. The CEO is adamant about not taking on abusive or 'pushy' clients, and fortunately Gorilla Group is in a position to be able to pick and choose who they want to work with.

    There are also 'Launch Parties', which are generously provided by the Company for anyone who has worked on a project which has successfully 'launched'. This is usually held at different area Pubs or Gathering Spaces and includes drinks and food. Definitely fun.

    The Company also provides Bonuses to employees which are based on overall Company Performance and the company is expanding very rapidly, obtaining a slew or prestigious clients.

    The Company has an exchange program, where some employees go to visit other Company sites for a time. Their main Offices are currently in Chicago, Montreal, Ukraine, and Poland. Also, if you are working on a particular project or client, you may get the chance to travel on-site to the Company though travel is not crazy-frequent for any one person at any given time.

    Compensation and benefits were good, though this will depend on the type of position you hold and your experience level.

    Cons

    Being almost all client-driven work, tensions can run high among team members when deadlines loom or outstanding items are holding others up. Unfortunately, fighting fires is common, which leads to back-stacked tasks. People as a whole are Professional and understanding, however, and everyone works pretty well together.

    Training company-wide has traditionally been lacking, though there are multiple efforts under way to address this. The most-needed training for everyone involved is on the entire Process, how things should transition on a high-level from department to department. As it stands now, there is not a lot of visibility into when particular work is coming. It's usually in the domain of the Sales cycle for a time, then in Discovery etc., but the rest of the people who potentially will become involved have no idea what's coming.

    Communication tends to be driven by a particular project at a particular time, with only the particular people involved on that project. There are newly-developed efforts to consolidate all the Processes in one location which is a good start though it is up to everyone to share their experiences so as to stop repeating mistakes made from Project to Project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has many growing pains as it transitions to serving larger and more technologically-diverse clients and environments. There will be a point where to continue this trend will require people with other expertise and this will likely involve significant investment for this talent and significant investment to retain this talent.

    Continue consolidating Collaboration tools to phase out multiple ticketing systems and tracking systems. Start looking at trends to identify what are the bottlenecks in the Process by consolidating this into a knowledgebase of sorts.

    Continue focusing on training and also incorporate Process-level training for the entire lifecycle of a Project and what it means for individual departments at any given time. Even an internal 'What's coming' website or wiki page with things that are in the pipeline can be a start.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you are looking for entry level work in e-commerce, this is the place

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Gorilla Group full-time

    Pros

    A good place to get your feet wet in digital e-commerce. Work/life balance is taken very seriously.

    Cons

    If you want to acquire marketable career skills, you will hit a learning ceiling after about a year. The company also has various cliques and personality-driven management style. Pay is below average making it tough to attract top notch talent which could potential help break the agency out of the pack and help take the company to a higher level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to some of the negative feedback that people provided on their way out the door. You might be able to dismiss some of it but some of it is valid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    It's hard to invest in a future at Gorilla.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gorilla Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a casual environment and most of the people are Gorilla are a pleasure to work with.
    They have flexible PTO.

    Cons

    It's hard to invest in a future at Gorilla. They seem to be focused on the wrong things, like kegs and board games in the kitchen. The fact is they don't offer simple benefits like maternity leave and most importantly they do not pay competitively. Salaries are very low. They seem to be aware of this and offer you bonuses to make up for it, but the numbers they show during your interview are not accurate and I have yet to see anything close to that.

    Bottom line Gorilla is a decent place to start your career but if you're looking for something long term this isn't the place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees a fair and competitive salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for recent grads or experienced professionals with low standards.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Gorilla Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You will have the opportunity to work and/or learn from a few very bright professionals. Flexible PTO and a casual environment are also great benefits. The CEO seems to really care about the culture and your work-life balance.

    Cons

    In lieu of paying a competitive salary to a outside candidate, management will regularly fill positions internally with lower skilled and less experienced workers who "grow into their position" which has a negative ripple effect. As a developer, I would have liked to see stronger leadership in the project management area. As far as culture goes, the vision of the CEO didn't seem to be represented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of PMO figure heads, hire an experienced PMO director.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing, with some growing pains

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    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Gorilla Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, great outlook. Fun place to work, decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Rapid growth means rapid change, can be difficult to adjust for some. Can be hard to move up in the development team, as the company is relatively small. Small HR team with no regulations on harassment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advise more on team professionalism

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    experience

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

    I have been working at Gorilla Group full-time

    Pros

    no overload. The managers are quite friendly

    Cons

    cheap paid, sometimes there are no challengece in the job

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gorilla Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Its a great place to work

    Cons

    like any client work, projects can get crazy towards the end

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Happy to come to work every day

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gorilla Group full-time

    Pros

    The people here are friendly and great to work with daily. The atmosphere is collaborative.

    There is a culture here. The offices have activities and a few parties a year. At the end of the week, people will relax with a drink (kegs in office).

    Most people are friendly and are excited to learn and teach.

    The office is an open layout which makes team work an easy task.

    The company has an office in Kiev. The people in Kiev enjoy chatting on Skype and some will venture to chat over the phone. The company will bring people for visits between the offices.

    Cons

    There is a small group of people that can be unpleasant.

    There is a culture at this company, however it does appear to be diminishing as the company rapidly grows. This place may be growing too fast and will require change to become a larger consulting company.

    Since this company has a younger average age, the people are not the most understanding of employees that need to address family needs (i.e. sick children or new parents). There are not many people with young children/babies at this company.

    A number of people are under trained (if trained at all). This issue has created insecurities that are visible on some people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate clearly with the employees as changes to the company occur. Do not change the company to meet the demands of a single client.

    Support your employees; provide more support for families to keep the employees with young families.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Did HR write most of these reviews?

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

    I have been working at Gorilla Group

    Pros

    The majority of Gorilla's employees are a pleasure to work with and are great people both in and out of the office environment.

    Cons

    Unprofessional behavior is very common throughout organization.
    Pay is very low.
    Gorilla tends to hire employees on the cheap and as a result employees dont know what they are doing and don't have the training/support to be good managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, pay your employees what they deserve.
    Consider hiring managers who know what they are doing.
    Stop talking about Gorilla's great culture or instead work on instilling a great culture. Hint a keg in the office not enough to create great culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs Improvement

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

    I have been working at Gorilla Group full-time

    Pros

    Nice co-workers for the most part, fun benefits like beer fridays and casual office environment.

    Cons

    Lack of training, lack of organization, lack of urgency or help from upper management, revolving door- people constantly leaving the company and thus upsetting the clients and the work being done for them, lack of customer service skills on GEMS development team, constant stupid mistakes being made, critical environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have better training and team building between the GEMS AMs and GEMS team in Kiev.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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