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Hobsons Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
77 Reviews
3.1
77 Reviews
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Hobsons Chief Executive Officer Craig Heldman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Hobsons has a great work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • If you need to work from home because you are having or have kids (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • High turnover, they even "encourage" some people to leave at times ( I know three people this had happened to) (in 3 reviews)

  • People are promoted into positions without any other employees being given the opportunity to interview or submit a resume for those positions (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Hobsons part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible with great people and culture. Good holiday schedule and time-off policies.

    Cons

    Sales focused. Lots of change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not bad..

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Culture, range of projects, benefits, flexible hours/work location (working from home is an option).

    Cons

    Suspicious managing...especially when company wide restructure happens. Open office environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Had a great time.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Marketing in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Contractor - Marketing in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Hobsons as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, great work environment, young and vibrant employee base

    Cons

    The only constant is change. Reorganization is an annual event. Unless you are in upper management, you never know what you will be doing after the next change. Hard to have annual reviews when your supervisor changes every year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the vision before initiating the changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company & people, corporate goals sometimes confusing

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    Former Employee - Product in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Product in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Hobsons is at the center of some interesting things going on in the education space. There is some interesting work there depending on your role. Lots of great people. Great corporate philanthropy program.

    Cons

    Hobsons always seems to be reorganizing. It has a very growth and profit oriented corporate strategy that incorporates a fair amount of M&A activity. While good for the bottom line, it can be pretty disruptive to restructure and absorb acquisitions. Executive management is a little schizophrenic with message. In the morning you are hearing about how there's no money for reasonable annual raises, but in the afternoon you hear a presentation about how our parent company overlords are applauding our record profits.
    If they want to retain talent and really grow their people, Hobsons needs to focus a little more on employee pay and satisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn more of your focus to the people at Hobsons. Be willing to spend money to better develop & retain your talented people. Guard against handing down authoritarian and seemingly arbitrary policies. Empower the team managers to develop policies and practices that help their team work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent Management and Colleagues!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Employees are given a lot of autonomy, so you can really thrive and have the freedom to come up with new ideas. Colleagues are amazing--will drop anything to help. Managers are excellent--they really want you to succeed and advance your skills (very supportive). The company charity (PLAN international--called HUGS at Hobsons) encourages many fun events in the office: weekly beer cart, potlucks, pancake breakfasts, THANKSGrams, etc. the Arligton office is really beautiful--can't beat the location (Clarendon right next to the metro).

    Cons

    Sometimes it is hard to get things done due to the hierarchy, but they are trying to make the organization more flat (A for effort)!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing! Continue to trust your employees and give them the freedom to be creative and they will continue to shine!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Company culture

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    They have some neat volunteer initiatives and you can have a great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Management is a mess and there is a real lack of leadership. Pay scale is way below the norm, but they have made some effort to rectify that. Not a great place for women to get ahead. Company is always in triage mode, reactive and not proactive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on some leadership, make your VP's actually accountable, make them add real value.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people not so great mobility

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    Former Employee - Professional Services
    Former Employee - Professional Services

    I worked at Hobsons full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are great at Hobsons and we really worked together well as a team.

    Cons

    It is difficult to move up within the organization or to find roles on different teams.

  9.  

    Boys club

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    Current Employee - Development/QA in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Development/QA in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Work /life balance, holiday time off, decent pay.

    Cons

    The dev /QA department has been misguided for some time. Discrimination is rampant as recognition and awards are always given to the men. If you are working your tail off and doing a great job but the other colleague working with you is a man, prepare yourself for disbelief because the recognition always goes to the man. Every. Time. Ladies, if you can live with that, then it isn't a bad place to work.

    Promotions haven't made sense to me in awhile. They seem to go to the last person you would think makes sense / the least qualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It should be fairly obvious: pay attention, the company could use some qualified leaders. And try to make sure the recognition actually goes to the person who deserves it and not just the men you like to drink beer with.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Wish I hadn't left

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Success Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Client Success Manager in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The company is great. They have had growing pains like all other companies, however most people there are passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    I agree that leadership needs some work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best company I have worked for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    There are many things that can be said about working for Hobsons and despite the Cons, I admit the company is the best I have worked for. As part of a small team within the company my experience has been fantastic - this is due to the Director for which I work. The position I hold provides me with an incredible work, life balance and support from my Director when family issues arise. Hobsons provides a laid-back work environment that is incredibly collegial - this is fostered by the open floor plan and lack of walls or cubicles. Whether it is beer-cart Friday, or leaving early the day before a holiday, the company provides little perks. Each fiscal year ends with a company wide awards and black-tie celebration. Overall, I would recommend it to others looking to apply.

    Cons

    For a company of its size, employee compensation is well below the national & regional market values. Money is typically a sore point with employees; however, Hobsons does not fully recognize the experience and skills of its talent. Specifically, a new employee can expect to be somewhere in the 25 to 45% in compensation.

    As mentioned above, the leadership takes interest in the employees; however, there is a definite political element. For example, award nominees often are the same each year. There is overall company recognition for a good year, but individually good work is overlooked - especially when part of a small team.

    Recently the company began an organizational restructure that has not been well received by employees (myself included). News of this restructure came shortly before it began. This event has resulted in the breaking up of teams, and employees not knowing where they fit into the new organization. Drastic change is common at Hobsons and new applicants need be comfortable with this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When making significant changes that affect employees, provide more advanced notice.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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