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  1. Great teams, suffered some management disorganization.

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

    I worked at Outspark.com full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    In general the team members across all functionalities were stellar and willing to work together. For the most part, everyone got along. I would say the team cultures within teams is very tight knit.

    Cons

    Sometimes different departments were not on the same page and tempers could get kind of heated. It was a smaller company so these tensions needed to be confronted and couldn't be hid behind. Unfortunately company is no longer in business.

    Advice to Management

    There was too much constant change in management. Also, it seemed company was a bit management heavy.

  2. The Inmates are running the asylum

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    Former Employee - Product
    Former Employee - Product

    I worked at Outspark.com full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Brilliant product, engineering and marketing hires

    Cons

    The brilliant people generally last less than 6 months. Massive executive turnover as a parade of leaders gets scapegoated for the founder's bad bets and poor decisionmaking.

    Advice to Management

    Founder needs to step back, permanently and allow professionals to run the company.

  3. Rough.

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Outspark.com as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Small teams, dedicated folks, interesting thesis to ship.

    Cons

    Nowhere near enough actual management.

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  5. Worst senior management team ever, especially the consumer-facing senior manager

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    Former Employee - Former Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Former Senior Manager

    I worked at Outspark.com full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    none, none, none, none, none

    Cons

    Worst senior management team ever, especially the consumer-facing senior manager.

    People whine a lot in this office and tend to push all the work to those who are diligent.

    The consumer-facing department sets bad example for the whole company. Whiners who don't understand what a startup culture should be. Bad attitude = killer of a small company!

    Seniority doesn't necessarily grant you succeed in life.

  6. Great people to work with and ineffective management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Outspark.com full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great location to work and free lunch & drinks. Flexible office hours and friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Employees may perceive inequitable treatment of some co-workers that results in favoritism - lacking of career opportunity. In addition, a poor supervisor did not pay attention to the needs of employees, such as allowing a balance between work duties and personal life or change their plans and timeline that reduce productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Success is from the bottom up, but culture is established from the top down. Successful companies create a culture that stimulates, recognizes and rewards employee effort.

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    A startup changing courses and management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Outspark.com

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It's a startup with chaos full of energy.

    Cons

    Lack of vision. Keep swapping management every half a year.

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