Onvia Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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Onvia President, CEO, and Director Henry (Hank) Riner
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Pros
  • Great people and product, good work-life balance, location (in 5 reviews)

  • Great downtown location, plenty of lunch options, etc (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management acts more like a clique than business leaders (in 4 reviews)

  • Employee churn is threw the roof (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Okay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Onvia

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun team and office location

    Cons

    Not innovative and stale marketplace


  2. Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Onvia full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A company that is open to new ideas and excited about progress

    Cons

    Smaller company, can be too quite at times.


  3. dont go to work here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The only pro is people for the most part are nice.

    Cons

    unless your in the sales dept, don't count on making any decent money or raises. this company is to busy through money at the continual rotating sales dept to be able to pay decent wages to any other dept.

    Advice to Management

    give as much consideration to all the other dept that make this company have something to sell.


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  5. Good job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Onvia full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Treated well by management. Benefits are good. Quiet, subdued atmosphere may not be for everyone, but it makes it easy to put ones head down and get things done. Actively trying to improve.

    Cons

    Not a great sense of company direction. Little cohesion between departments (particularly those in sales/finance with those in content/product). Pay could be better.


  6. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Onvia full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team, fun teambuilding events with the whole company. Have a great boss who is open to suggestions. Plenty of vacation time.

    Cons

    Wish they paid more for parking/bus. $40 a month is too little.


  7. Could have been great but just not a match in the end... product innovation needs to become priority one.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Onvia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to impact the organization in a positive way if you are awesome, have 360 + 3D vision of the organization, and a job title to match.

    Cons

    Politics (which I hate) made it unbearable. Imagine being at a company where the only strategic advice people listened to was that which could have an immediate impact. Technical details are lost amidst jockeying for political position.

    Advice to Management

    Deliver high-level priorities. Let people work through a full cycle before evaluating which efforts are most valuable. Heck, *define* the timeframe for a full cycle and have your top people present results so that their efforts can be compared and ranked.


  8. A day in the life

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    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Onvia's work environment is captivating and inspiring. Every team has its own personality that is well balanced and designed to fit that teams needs. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience to gain from the people here.

    Cons

    Some rolls are still being developed and can cause an unclear definition of responsibilities. Not many company involvement with the community or company events out side work hours.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is definitely present and involved in daily operations.


  9. An Over-Achieving Sales Person's Dream

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a 20 year sales professional, Onvia has a great commission plan. It rewards those who strive to be top performers. The people are talented and location (downtown Seattle) are great. The product helps fellow sales and marketing people win more business which is very rewarding.

    Cons

    Company may concentrates a little too much on use of the product and need a little more focus on expanding content IMO. Those who support the customers need a bit more sales training. Though the level of attention seems good, they need to get as involved with each company as do the acquisition team

    Advice to Management

    -Management IMO needs to focus their sales training efforts more on the those who manage the customers (Account Management) -Continue to focus efforts on getting more strategic information and expanding sources maybe in to non profits, etc.


  10. Helpful (8)

    Increasingly Negative Culture and Extreme Micromanaging.

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    Current Employee - Sales in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Sales in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    supportive coworkers, great Location, convenient parking,

    Cons

    To many Cons see Below

    Advice to Management

    The culture has shifted drastically and has become very negative Leadership is giving contradictory priorities Leadership claims to be transparent but acts in a manipulative manor Reactive management is increasingly beyond micromanaging Work life balance is theory and neurotic Client implementations rarely go smoothly and it is a known issue with no resolution They are trying to hire top talent and then manage them like they are fresh out of college The on-boarding process is a mess for new hires. Quotas are build so that all year reps and managers are under plan, then leadership provides urgent triage uplift late in the year. Even great reps rarely feel successful and there are always fire drills. So few reps are hitting their current number yet they continue to raise quota and break it down to micro verticals. Account Mangers are unhappy they are always given extra tasks which are not in their job description., They have taken the Growth Piece away from Account Managers aka Client Success Managers. Making it almost impossible to hit quota. NO room growth. only 2 good managers one on AM side and one AE side if your not on those 2 teams your pretty much done for. constantly changing comp plans They ask you do one thing then they ask you to do another. when they don't see immediate results they change it all over again and then you get yelled out and penalized for doing it the way they asked you to do in the first place. Charge Larger Companies more because they can afford it. always adding price increases sometimes as much as 10K or more. over the past year I have worked here I have seen long time employees leave or pushed out. Onvia does not value tenured employees. Refuses to see that some verticals are preforming like they used to. Mangers will not let you get help from sales trainer and if you bring it up or ask then they are on your butt. Mangers except 1 make you sell just like them if you don't you have a huge target on your back. ( not everyone has the same style) always points out the negative but never says anything positive low moral no team building --- advice for management --- Fix the product issues. Stop expecting so much growth when you are struggling to get to your number and no one feels successful. The competition is getting better and you need a model to sell into the SMB space that is simple for customers to procure and implement. There are too many internal meetings; stop touching everything all the time, it only provides confusion. Stop taking about the culture of transparency while keeping everyone in the dark until the last minute.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Sense of Change Around the Company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and product, good work-life balance, location.

    Cons

    A lot of talk about the ineffective leadership. However, I recently joined the company and it seems as if they are changing for the better. I have experienced a very positive environment thus far. A lot of negative criticism comes from the sales and marketing side, which I can't directly attest to because I work in a different department



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