Green Dot Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
71 Reviews

2.3
71 Reviews
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Steve Streit
43 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Good benefits when I was there, but I heard some of those have been rolled back (in 4 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Didn't live up to its potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA

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

    Pros

    - There are some very bright people who believe in the product and are genuinely interested in significantly contributing to the company's success.

    - Moving to the new, customized Pasadena headquarters created more positive energy in the work environment.

    Cons

    - The CEO doesn't ever let go control of the reigns. This high touch, micro-management business approach leads to significant discontent in the workplace.

    - The executive team touts that employees are allowed to speak up and push back when project tasks and timelines become unreasonable. However, in practice, management is intolerant of anyone not stepping in line with management's directives.

    - Morale has been declining in the company for more than two years, which makes it tough to spend 40+ hours/wk at the office.

    - The CEO is intolerant of anyone who questions his judgment. Therefore, many executives who were brought on board as change agents were either asked to leave or left in short order because the CEO made a promise for change that he didn't intend to keep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come out of the executive office more often and take more cues from what the employees are saying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    I could not wait for it to be over.

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

    I worked at Green Dot as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    No pros that you would not get elsewhere. Some good people, good learning experience etc.

    Cons

    Very unpleasant work environment. Management team is full of their selves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say get some training but I think they are beyond that at this point. Right people should have been placed in the right place years ago. Now it is very hard to correct the inefficient, power struggle dominated culture. Let's put it this way, I sold my green dot stock shortly I left the company and I would not buy it again (unless they change direction of course)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Managed by a seemingly funny ego maniac Steve streit!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Green Dot full-time

    Pros

    nice office but the place is cold and the unhappy vibe is everywhere, free fruit and coffee, good parking and decent medical benefits

    Cons

    The company only exists because they provide a product that a bunch of unemployed poor people need to survive. Otherwise, there are tons of problems with their products and lots of complaints.
    the morale is the worst than any place I ve worked at. Everyone i know is looking for a way out of this place - they just dont want to lose the paycheck. Most of the projects are terminated after significant amount of work went into them. The best and more creative people have been leaving this place as Steve Streit is not ever going to tolerate any innovative/disruptive ideas from anyone (unless the ideas came from him). Or if you contradict his thinking, he is just gonna tell you to shut up and do as he says or you will be fired. Great place, Ha?
    This place is really pathetic, you will not want to stay here more than 6 months. The rest are bottom of the barrel and brown-nosing Steve, while secretly hating the guy. The top management have been there for many years and are so old school and often incompetent, dont even show up for work or sitting in their executive wing ruling the place like we are still in 2000...
     There's not much to be said, this place is going down. Stay away - you will feel suffocated in this place and hate going to work every morning... enough said....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    read the cons and wake up! start valuing your employees and let them actually do their jobs right

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good experience, poor management. No long term direction

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    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst  in  Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Pasadena, CA

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

    Pros

    A Good place to learn

    Cons

    micromanaged, constant layoffs, shifting C-level yes men

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stablize upper management before you clean out the non "A players"

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

    Unfortunately, the negative reviews are true

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay is good and office is nice. CEO is very friendly and funny. He chats with staff.
    Good company events

    Cons

    It's like yelp I would give a 0 star if possible... Awful IT team to work for...very very very inexperienced technology leadership team

    Most of the Senior IT Leadership Team are from a shutdown business unit of a Santa Monica company...first time head of technology is inexperienced and has hired most his colleagues from more junior positions. I have high hopes that the leadership team will turn around.

    There has been multiple rounds of layoffs....the worst experience I have ever seen in my professional career was a senior database dev manager being walked out with a box of her personal belongings because of an record locking issue which caused a brief outage....QA manager caught laughing with CTO.

    I can't recommend this place as it has become cold and heartless

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO - Find new CTO
    CTO - Focus on gaining leadership skills, many good books and videos on internet
    CFO - Focus on stabilizing Financials and getting another large customer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Weak, disconnected executives with huge egos

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    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Pasadena, CA

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

    Pros

    New office environment makes the place feel like a real company.
    Great, talented employees keep the work interesting.
    ESPP program is a guaranteed profit.

    Cons

    No tolerance for opinions which do not match executive leadership.
    CEO and Executives are 100% disconnected from employee input and what it takes to run a company.
    For example, within a week of the CEO being informed of negative reviews on this site, three glowing reviews appear. All long winded, talking about "change" and bashing previous and some current employees. Coincidence? He has the right to include his opinion, but when he instructs his subordinates to write positive reviews, it is clear that he isn't listening and does not care to listen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Steve, your people don't believe in you. They talk behind your back, snicker and make jokes about you, and complain that your dictatorship stifles innovation and collaboration. This is true for employees at all levels, even your darling lieutenants and GMs you put your trust in. We all hear the stories.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    A once exciting company, now a very sad one.........

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    Current Employee - Sr  in  Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Sr in Pasadena, CA

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

    Pros

    Free fruit that hasn't yet been taken away like every other benefit has been.

    Cons

    A new regime of technology leaders who are all from the same inner circle who blame all of the past Green Dotters for everything that is wrong: "old Green Dot". Why are there more network outages now with the "new Green Dot" than ever before? At some point you have to quit blaming the old Green Dot. Wake up and look around. Oh and if one guy in IT leadership goes, they all go. The company will be held hostage with no IT management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit treating your employees poorly. Pay attention to morale. Get a senior leadership team with integrity. The only reason people stay is due to the money. Nothing else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    No pros. Benefits good but vacation is questioned so why offer vacation !!!!

    Cons

    Bad pay ! Micro managed ! Workload insane !!! Not respected managers treat employees like crap!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the company go !!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    it's exciting to witness the positive changes firsthand

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of innovative people here, passionate about the customer experience and moving things forward.
    Most people seem vested in doing what is required to transform the company into a class-leading powerhouse.
    It's amazing to do something that directly impacts the lives of +millions+ of people every single day.
    Many of the 'old guard' have been transitioned out, especially on the technology & product sides. A lot of the disengaged & people accustomed to in-office retirement have followed them out the door. Some of them have apparently taken up shop on this site, which is better than having them at Green Dot!
    Compensation and off-cycle rewards are noteworthy for people who go above & beyond the call of duty

    Cons

    You do need to be accustomed to working hard if you want to be successful here. This doesn't mean working insane hours. It does mean investing time more diligently and effectively.
    Not the place for those seeking the 11a-4p "social club" sort of job. If you don't like working 40 hrs per week, your team mates will vote you off the island.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Green Dot is a company undergoing positive transformation. New teams, new sites, new products, new customers, and new sources of revenue. Luckily the numbers are speaking for themselves. Change is hard, but keep pushing for it. Question everything. Don't default to protecting someone or assuming they are critical to the business based upon accolades earned 5 or 10 years ago & never again since. It's a different company now, with a refined mission. Take it seriously. Our customers and partners demand and deserve it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Positive Changes at Green Dot

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    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Pasadena, CA

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

    Pros

    There have been a lot of changes at Green Dot since I joined. The technology leadership understands tough decisions that have to be made and are making them. If you work hard, you will be recognized and rewarded. If you're a slacker, your days are numbered. Culture is also evolving for the better. Company pays well and offices are nice.

    Cons

    Growing pains. A lot of change is happening causing some uncertainty. You're going to have to work hard -- this is not a place you can coast and you will be challenged. However, if you're an A-player, you're going to stand out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many of the changes you're making now are going to pay dividends down the road. It's growing pains and quite painful but weeding out the dead weight and putting good folks in leadership positions will be the key to your future success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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