Meltwater Group

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Meltwater Group Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
92 Reviews
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Meltwater Group Founder & CEO Jorn Lyseggen
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31 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get to learn a lot about different industries and meet a lot of interesting people (in 5 reviews)

  • It's a fast-paced and hands-on way to learn the basics of sales and negotiation (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours/a lot of work events (in 4 reviews)

  • Poor work-life balance and a lot of stress, tight deadlines (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Inspiring and fun place to work!

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Meltwater Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great share of responsibility, your voice is being heard, great career opportunities, getting more and more professional

    Cons

    Sometimes unclear what the future vision of the company is and how each and every employee can contribute to that higher goal

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Learned a lot about sales that should be helpful in my career.

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    Former Employee - Sales Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Meltwater Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a good place if you're a beginning sales person and have a lot of time to devote to your career. You can learn a lot from your colleagues and from the nature of the work, but it can be intense and demanding.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance and a lot of stress, tight deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More objectivity in how you treat your employees, better work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Outstanding culture, great annual kickoffs, truly global company, great CEO

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Meltwater Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Casual informal work environment mostly influenced by european culture specifically Scandinavian. Mid-size company with a startup feel when I used to work there, high energy, great diversity - there are people from all across the globe because it has presence in every continent. Great annual retreats for the entire company - not just the top management.
    All products are developed with a global mindset

    Cons

    Need high energy to thrive. Not for the weak at heart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Sales Consultant

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    Former Employee - Sales Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Meltwater Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked at Meltwater for 2 years out of college. While it seems like it can be intense, I can say the training and learning that occurred during those two years set me up for the rest of my career. I've now gone to another company and it is very easy to see why anyone who has worked at Meltwater goes on to be extremely successful. It instills in you a work ethic that is second to none, while also developing key communication and business skills that simply cannot be achieved with most companies out there in the same time period. Also, it is very much like a family. Most of my best friends still work or did work for Meltwater, and we all still keep in touch. Every person I know that has gone on to another opportunity has far exceeded expectations compared to others. Fast paced, opportunity to make tons of money at a young age ($100,000 is very achievable at 23/24 years old - while some even made $200,000 or $300,000+ in their early to mid twenties). However, in order to do this - you must be very trainable and willing to give in to suggestions or management from people potentially younger than you. Can be a tough pill to swallow, but if you can - the rewards can be great.

    Cons

    -110% at all times
    -Salary is non negotiable
    -Month to month quota can prove to be very stressful - especially if you don't hit a couple in a row
    -Young management means some bad decisions and people thinking they are more important than what they are
    -Not a good fit if you aren't early in your career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Kickoff is really key to contact with most of management because most managers "won't let" you reach out to other managers without their thumbs up. This can inhibit growth of individuals because of the small bubble each office is.
    -More training/help/standardization to processes and sales methodology
    -Get Salesforce - half of the technical issues are with your own CRM system which really hurts productivity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Sales Organization

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Meltwater Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Sales Training was great with the organization

    Cons

    Upper management does not want to change

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A place where you will develop beyond what you've expected

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    Current Employee - Managing Director  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Managing Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Meltwater Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great environment, supportive colleagues and higher-ups, opportunities are given to the ones that are seeking them out. I came here straight out of grad school, started to work in sales - something I've never imagined I will do before - and loved t ever since. Have been here for 5 years, seen people succeed and move on to other amazing opportunities, and I think most people who were able to succeed here, learned many skills that will make them successful in other jobs.

    Cons

    Sales is not for everyone. Some people might not have the right expectations when joining or the manager is not doing enough to set the expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    No training, lack of leadership or strategic vision, felt like a shell game.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Meltwater Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The employee base is very international. That was interesting.

    Cons

    The employees are provided with virtually no training. Because most come right out of college, they have no reference point for how to do things other than what they learn at Meltwater, and what they learn at Meltwater is far from best practices. There is rampant sexual harrassment, inappropriate relationships between executives and subordinates, and a general environment that felt like a cross between a youth hostel and a fraternity party. It was the least satisfying work experience of my career. I would not recommend Meltwater to anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in professional management, get the management team in one place, get a real Board in place. Impose some discipline and accountability on your executive team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Fact-paced environment, great for developing business knowledge across many industries

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Meltwater Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fast growing company with a solid market share. The company will invest in your potential and support you to grow. Strong sales culture and team mentality.

    Cons

    Goals are ambitious and can be hard to attain. Can have high-turnover associated with a sales focused organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management could do a better job at being more transparent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Boiler room style sales department with no concern for the client's best interest

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Meltwater Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    uncapped commissions, quick movement upwards with the company.

    Cons

    If you don't drink the cool-aid, you won't enjoy working there. They have a boiler room high stress level environment for sales in which you are pressured and bullied into closing the deal at any and all costs. They use bully tactics in order to pressure the client to sign the contract without giving them a chance to even review the contract or the automatic renewal policies. After the client has been signed on and their contract is close to its renewal date, the Account Executive is not allowed to contact the client until their subscription has be automatically renewed so that the client cannot get out of the contract!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're losing clients and money with this style of sales. The Account Executive's primary purpose should be to develop a relationship with the client, so that the client purchase more products based on trust and value from the AE, not out of fear and bullying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Exciting, young, global company with a lot of potential for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Meltwater Group full-time

    Pros

    I really appreciate how genuine and smart everyone here is. The people are what make this company great. It is a very international group who are down to earth, hardworking, ambitious, fun, and passionate about what they do. The company is headed towards big things and it's been very exciting to be here for the ride.

    Cons

    The company grew so fast that it still operates at times as a big start-up. Internal communication across cities and countries could be improved, along with investing more in central functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With so much potential for future growth, make sure to not forget to maintain our strong culture along the way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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