Green Dot Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Stuck in an intersection between a mature organization and an amateur one

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Compensation - Benefits - Opportunity for staff who can be balanced in both discipline and creativity as long as they have the courage - Usage of current technology (not oldest, though not latest bleeding edge) - Free fruits every morning

    Cons

    - Constant divide between staff who are qualified versus staff who want to marginalize others - Abundant number of middle managers and technology leads who either avoid accountability for decisions or make decisions based on what makes them look better - Excessive meetings that serve no progressive purpose

    Advice to Management

    The company is in flux between its startup "we want to do with what we like" mentality versus the mature "we need to do what's best for the interest of the company's future" given the constraints present today. Be cautious of staff who blurs factual information and relies heavily on forcing you to make decisions based on how they manipulate your emotions via their "convincing" skills.


  2. Helpful (6)

    Talent Exodus

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Green Dot full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None that other bay-area companies don’t already offer.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs of talented engineers, no focus on engineering and development. Too much politics and red-tape.

    Advice to Management

    I was part of an acquisition couple of years ago. Management dismantled talented group of engineers and most of the qualified people chose or was forced to leave including the chief architect. I waited, took my retention and walked out.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Serious challenges

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Call Center in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Call Center in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    co-workers are professional and take pride in work, have good knowledge of industry and products decent facilities

    Cons

    senior leadership in over their heads lack of strategic direction - lack of focus leads to inefficiencies legal/regulatory troubles ahead due to scams involving MP product board of directors not acting in best interest of company

    Advice to Management

    time for the entrepreneurs to turn the company over to experienced business leaders


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  5. Helpful (5)

    No culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Green Dot full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - gym on site. - there are some people who know what they are doing.

    Cons

    - Everybody's titles are inflated when compared to the scope of work they actually do. - Lack of flexibility. Time cards are watched with a magnifying glass and if you are salary, they are more concerned about facetime than your quality of work and ability to meet deadlines. - No 401K matching. This is due to an effort to cut costs. Would be better to fire upper management who don't add value to the company and are compensated heavily for nothing. That would lower costs too. - High attrition rate.

    Advice to Management

    Too top heavy. Clean house to make sure upper management is qualified and actually does their job. Promote some sort of work culture with better work life balance.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Didn't live up to its potential

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Green Dot full-time (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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (5)

    Good experience, poor management. No long term direction

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A Good place to learn

    Cons

    micromanaged, constant layoffs, shifting C-level yes men

    Advice to Management

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


  8. Helpful (5)

    Managed by a seemingly funny ego maniac Steve streit!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (4)

    Weak, disconnected executives with huge egos

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Green Dot full-time (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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Positive Changes at Green Dot

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Green Dot full-time (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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Stay away, far away!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Green Dot full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are ok, office space is nice

    Cons

    - Megalomanic CEO is unwilling to let his minions make any decisions - Horrible morale. All of the good staff are leaving, so you're left working with the bottom of the barrel. Sounds fun, huh?

    Advice to Management

    It's really advice to the board, and that's to get up off of your collective tails and fire the CEO. All of the problems are at the top, and they trickle their way down.



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