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Updated June 22, 2014
Updated June 22, 2014
8 Reviews
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    Exciting and Innovative Company to be a Part Of

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Care  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Client Care in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Industry Intelligence full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company has strong employee engagement where each individual truly seems to care about the success of the organization. Great cross-departmental involvement and opportunity to contribute ideas and learn new skills.

    Cons

    Being a smaller company we are able to pivot quickly with our products and services to meet the changing landscape of our clients - this is good and bad. Good because we are on the cutting edge of client needs... bad in that some people don't handle fast change of direction well. Continuing to focus on communication and alignment during these changes will help with smooth quick transitions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I see a lot of potential for future of Industry Intelligence with collaboration and focus on growth by the management team. There is a lot of great talent in the company that I believe will take us places in the coming months and years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Firing people seems to be a hobby of the CEO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Industry Intelligence full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Casual work environment
    Supportive co-workers
    Innovative technology
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    CEO is an innovator, but is a very weak leader. He hires and fires people on a whim. Imagine coming to work everyday and wondering if you are next. If you cannot find employment elsewhere, this would be a short term solution, but keep looking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a CEO

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

    Current employee at Industry Intelligence

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Industry Intelligence full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * Good managers who care about our growth and success
    * Flexible schedules
    * Open structure allows for easy access to anyone in the company
    * Ability to take part in many different projects; participation and input is encouraged
    * Energetic team always looking for ways to engage the team
    * Opportunities are there for the taking - there are no barriers to growth within the company, but you have to be proactive
    * Management team is open to everyone and listens to input and ideas

    Cons

    With open, flat structure, comes lack of hierarchy. For some people this is difficult to thrive in. The environment is geared toward the more energetic and proactive type of person. We've had turnover in the past because people didn't fit into this type of culture.

    No full HR role, which means personal growth is something you have to grab yourself, no formal training / skills enhancements processes in place.

    The environment is closer to start-up than mature company in some ways. For some people this is hard to thrive in, for others it is the dream environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication is needed across the teams.
    More transparency is needed on how the company is doing.
    Better training opportunities are needed.
    More encouragement or rewards to motivate employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, dysfunction and abusive management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Industry Intelligence full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The majority of the employees are good at their job and willing to pitch in and help.

    Cons

    Cash flow problems, lack of focus, no plan and no clue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a CEO.

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

    A lot of promise and potential but not quite there yet

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Industry Intelligence

    Pros

    The people are great to work with. The design of the office space is very open and inviting (no cubes). Lots of opportunity for input into various projects and business initiatives. The entire office is Mac, operating off laptops. The company is small and nimble, as well as privately funded. The company is profitable.

    Cons

    The company lacks significant leadership and the CEO can't let go of any control to help grow the good leaders he has in the company to make a real significant difference. The CEO micromanages every last detail, across all functioning areas instead of focusing on his role and the top line growth of the company. HR is literally now non-existent. There is no one to take your issues to unless you want to talk to the company lawyer. There is no skill growth, training opportunities or personnel development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make HR a top priority in the company. Without good people and people development, you have no lasting workforce to grow your products and services where you'd like to take it. You've ignored HR for too long and you have a workforce that is checked out mentally on the needs of the business while trying to find their next job. HR starts at the top with the CEO - take training and learn how to utilize your people better. Make this a continuing promise to your people and live up to that promise. Then grow those people and let them do their jobs and trust what they will accomplish. Bring on business consultants. You need to bring on outside people to give you a perspective of where and what you should be focusing on. Stick with a plan - this company changes it's mind every week, and always on the 'hot' item. If you can't sustain sales, a new shiny toy is not going to grow your company to the scale you want it to, you need to take a long hard look in the mirror and invest in what is core and nothing else. Sell what you have and learn how to sell it well, once you've mastered that, then move on to new services.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun and relaxed chaos

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Industry Intelligence full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some smart co-workers, relaxed working environment, highly accessible upper management willing to give everyone's ideas a hearing, decent benefits

    Cons

    Management changes strategy too many times, often on the whim of the founder/CEO who's a smart guy but not really CEO material. The result is that too much time is wasted in meetings and on pointless projects, too much attention is given to poor managers who simply say the right things, and the basics of running a company are too often ignored for the next shiny idea.

    In addition most people working there never get a sense of the privately-held company's financial performance, not helped by the fact that the sales and marketing strategy is in constant flux. The result is an odd disconnect among employees because no-one knows what direction to pull in, no-one knows if they're making any difference, and no-one knows if their lot will rise or fall with the next strategic or management shift. Not surprisingly, many people end up just phoning it in and there's an odd lack of entrepreneurial spirit or excitement, more a good-spirited jaded resignation and an office that is usually dead by 5pm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the basics of running a company right (sales, marketing, technology) then leave those leaders well alone and build on that foundation instead of trying to constantly reinvent the wheel. Most importantly, bring in a CEO with experience of scaling up a company and protect him/her founder's whims

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Industry Intelligence goes through employees like Kleenex

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Editor  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Editor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Industry Intelligence

    Pros

    - Management promotes interaction among employees
    - Open work environment
    - Creativity and initiative encouraged
    - Some great coworkers

    Cons

    - In little more than a year, they fired at least 14 people for reasons such as "not being a good fit" and "not being happy here." Sometimes employees were let go after only a week or two, although I know of one woman who was let go after one day. The entire company is only about 30-35 people. That kind of turnover is ridiculous, inefficient and unnerving.

    - Management constantly changes the company's strategies, plans and goals (every couple weeks), so employees never know exactly what is expected of them and are never given the chance to follow through before management changes the plan. Again.

    - The CEO fancies himself the next Steve Jobs. The difference is that Steve Jobs, in addition to being an innovator, also knew how to run a company.

    - Little to no training is provided -- likely because no one knows exactly how they are supposed to be doing things from day to day.

    - The only HR employee has no HR training and doesn't know the meaning of the word "confidential" or "legal." To paraphrase her own words, she was an assistant at her former job who ended up handling a lot of HR issues. Those are her qualifications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop changing the plan every two seconds. Give your employees the chance to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Had the stability of being inside a tornado

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Industry Intelligence

    Pros

    It has a very entrepreneurial atmosphere. They allow casual dress, so no need for suits. It is a very youthful environment. The company direction is spontaneous and innovative. They give you room to move into other areas you don't specialize in.

    Cons

    They are constantly changing business strategies. They do not give warnings before firing individuals. I saw the sales force get rebuilt a few times while working there, and it seemed to be that the management was unable to decide what they wanted so expectations couldn't be fulfilled. They are located in West L.A. in an area with a lot of traffic. They promote you into positions you are probably not qualified for, and if you fail, you get fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a consultancy firm to help you in obtaining a stable and sound business strategy. Treat your employees with more respect, and give them more notice and feedback before firing. Hire individuals with experience in the areas they have to manage.

    Doesn't Recommend

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