Green Dot

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Green Dot Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
78 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • people are great, facility is nice (in 4 reviews)

  • Fast paced environment pushes one to fine tune skills (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Not a good example of what C-Level should be like (in 5 reviews)

  • New leadership terminated (not lay-offs) a lot of employees this year and now the morale is low but hopefully it will pick up (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good if you are in the right groups

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    Current Employee - Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Green Dot full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people (mostly)! Decent pay.

    Cons

    Confused leadership. You need to be on the right side of management!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to the developers and value them!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Living HELL...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Green Dot full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I guess that would be the healthcare which im sure will be cut off soon.

    Cons

    Where to begin. My manager was horrible couldnt even tell me what was expected of me then later wrote a list of things that i didnt do. All the co workers are 2 face playing the game behind your back while all along they are telling your manager what you say to protect themselves. No one knows whats going on around there. Everyone is running around like a chicken for what little money you do get. Forget raises thats only 2% thats if you kissed the right butt . Otherwise your looking at nothing and long days with no hope for any kind of change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just let the company go. Not sure where it went wrong but it wasnt this bad a few years ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company has potential, but has a serious gap in real leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Green Dot full-time

    Pros

    Green Dot is an interesting company with lots of potential. Employees work hard in a very fast paced environment. The relatively new offices are nicely decorated, but don't expect any privacy.

    Cons

    Executive leadership is seriously lacking. They aren't willing to hire experienced leadership, and when they do, they won't let them make changes. Also leaders are constantly focused on the wrong things. Even the Board of Directors is in the CEO's pocket and are just as much yes-men as the senior leaders. Note that while the open office space is nice looking, it is crowded and germs travel fast. Either have good immunity or start taking vitamins if you work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a serious look at your executive leadership, time for some changes, refocus and rebalance the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    I hate my job! Everyday it's a sickening deterioration of myself.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Green Dot full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Starbucks coffee and the witty handful of co-workers that get me through my day.

    Cons

    It becomes frustrating when you get reprimanded for your outfit but the lead falling asleep at her desk is never fired, the co-workers that do not have any positive input to the team constantly are a disruption, and your manager will not take any initiative to lead the team without consent of her puppet master. Politics over job qualifications, that's what gets you promoted. They prefer a person of the lowest order in a former and discarded classification of mental retardation to promote because you'll obey anything they say, without questioning it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the balls to address lazy and incompetent leads and peers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    opportunity at a price

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Green Dot full-time

    Pros

    This is a company with a good balance sheet and a large customer base. The people at the company on the whole are the best part of working there. Employees want to work hard and be successful. There is definitely opportunity if you are motivated and driven.

    Cons

    Since the IPO, majority of the senior leadership that got the company to where it is have departed. There have been a lot of growing pains. Some large projects started and then stopped. Company culture is fear-based. A lot of turnover; esp. talented people have left. Morale is low. Hiring is erratic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many employees are loyal and work hard but are not valued as they should be. Retention is an issue. Management and leadership need to improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very smart group of engineers working together as a real team

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    Former Employee - Performance Engineer in Monrovia, CA
    Former Employee - Performance Engineer in Monrovia, CA

    I worked at Green Dot full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Knowledge sharing and credibility

    Cons

    Management was a little disconnect with the employees, specially after going public

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to show the employees that they do care

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    good learning experience at great price

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Green Dot full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - good learning experience

     - decent pay and some good co-workers

    Cons

    - incapable CEO

     - incapable IT management all coming from the same previous company
    and not based on qualifications. they seem to be more interested in politics
    and making room for their ex-coworkers

     - work is done with short term vision and 'it is good for now' attitude, resulting in re-write pretty much every year

     - more political games are played and less work is done by the IT management

     - instead of fixing the issues, problems are hidden under new process and procedures

     - lot of good people left and more are on their way out. low employee morale.

     - management talks about transparency but it seems to only apply to employees

     - poor communication between different groups and no clear vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to any board member that cares: lot of people are complaining about the same thing around the same time and that has to mean something. it is still not too late to fix what is broken

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    DO NOT WORK HERE!!!

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Green Dot full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Spent +5 years at GDOT
    Hard working, smart and friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Management team is a mess with incredible turnover over the last ~2 years (President, COO, CFO, CIO & CMO)
    The best people have left post-IPO including former CFO
    CEO is a great founder but the wrong person to lead the company at this point
    GDOT is known to hire people and then get rid of them within 3-6 months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace CEO with someone that has led a public company.
    Immediately replace Chief Revenue Officer -- he is completely inept, overall bad person, always looking for the next subordinate he can launch under the bus and only cares about maintaining his job rather than working hard / developing talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    learned alot

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Green Dot full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    people are great, facility is nice

    Cons

    work life balance is a challenge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Green Dot was the place to be

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Green Dot full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries (I was always fairly paid), Reasonable work/life balance for the most part, Modern office space (beautiful, lots of light, very convenient for Pasadena folks), Overall smart people (which kept me working there for 5+ years).

    Cons

    Unstable company (has had several rounds of layoffs and is under great competitive pressure), Inconsistent leadership (much of the C-level has changed within the past 1.5 years as well as SOME leadership has minimal experience for their job title), Reduced benefits for managers and support staff (not matching 401K, reduced company events or even work lunches (also within past year).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the CEO is passionate about the company, this passion tends to stiffen creativity within the teams. Most people want to work on his projects only because budgets and resources are pulled for everything else (unless it's Walmart). While Green Dot would like to be seen as an entrepreneurial tech company, it needs to have a more mature outlook of what can grow its business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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