POSSIBLE Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
80 Reviews
2.9
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Shane Atchison
44 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The office culture is fantastic with a supportive nature and excellent work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • I thought there were some very smart people within the organization (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is not what they tell you it is (in 7 reviews)

  • Lack of leadership from the top (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Smart Coworkers, Cutting Edge Thought Leadership, Creative Innovation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    I worked at ZAAZ before it was acquired by POSSIBLE. The experience there was unique and memorable. The learning curve and fast-paced nature of the company was exciting. Creativity and Bleeding Edge Ideas surrounded all corners of the office. The coworkers were whip smart and were willing to share their knowledge. The Culture was one of the primary reasons for choosing this company. The CEO was the driver behind the Culture of the company and created many opportunities to foster deeper relationships with coworkers and the company. Office space was amazing. Commuting reimbursement, full benefits, work phone. I'm jealous that I don't still work there.

    Cons

    Pay was under market rates. Executive management was sometimes intimidating to approach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the culture when ZAAZ was around. Pay better salaries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Tremendous opportunity to design cutting age interfaces, with great people in an almost family environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at POSSIBLE full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    POSSIBLE certainly has helped be grow my career. The office culture is fantastic with a supportive nature and excellent work life balance. In addition, it is a best in class cutting edge office for designing product focused digital interfaces.

    Cons

    Question leadership's ability to — within the WPP holding company atmosphere — to take that next step and a top industry influencer. Unfortunately, despite the great atmosphere the compensation measured against competitors is problemeatic

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst company I've ever worked for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AP, Americas (Regional Finance)  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - AP, Americas (Regional Finance) in Seattle, WA

    I worked at POSSIBLE full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I enjoyed the flexibility of work schedule, seeing the dogs around the office, and fresh fruit being brought in.

    Cons

    You put in a lot, and I mean a lot, of hours and this gets you absolutely nowhere. This place is run by people who need to grow up - not cool for a 40+ year old high-level executive to get kicked out of bars- and they need to learn respect for their employees. But this will never happen as they prefer to be a frat house, and if you don't fit in with them, you will not get promoted nor will you get a raise.

    The pay is extremely low for the Seattle area and in my opinion, a few free beers or glass of wine does NOT make up for a decent paycheck.

    The benefts are horrible and 401k doesnt even kick in until you've been there for 3 years, but not many people want to stay that long.

    This place also thinks being vulgar and saying unprofessional things is something to be proud of. There is even a weekly competition to whom said the most vulgar thing - completely unprofessional- But they think it's cool and this is what they consider "culture".

    When an executive has to send out an email stating condom wrappers have been found in a room used by lactating mom`s, there is a huge problem.

    This is the worst place I've ever worked so learn from my mistake and don't take the job! There is no salary, no benefits, rampant cronyism, and no chance for promotion. What I described above describes their culture and if you're willing to sacrife the above mentioned items for free alcohol, then this is the place for you. If not willing to make that sacrifice, look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up.

    Learn RESPECT for your employees or the turnover will remain high.

    When in a position, such as being CFO, treat everyone on your team as equals. It is quite obvious when half of your team is underpaid and struggling, but the other half gets promoted and given raises for doing half the work.

    This company sucks and I hated almost every minute of it. Treat ALL employees the same and stop making up fake job titles for the `cool kids` while the other employees suffer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Learning Opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Digital Analyst  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Digital Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I worked at POSSIBLE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of freedom.
    Access to management.
    Transparent leadership.
    Collaborative atmosphere.
    Culture of curiosity.
    Focus on development of employee skills and fostering open flow of communication.

    Cons

    Work can be very, very hectic with a seeming lack of balance in workloads among team members.
    Occasionally, internal politics can slow down progress on projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the emphasis on culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Mixed bag with leadership like a fraternity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Management  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Management in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    There are talented, smart, fun, ambitious people here, and some of them are very caring, quality people who want to make a difference.
    They aspire to create a good culture.

    Cons

    Like some of the other reviews said, it really depends on who you are "in" with here on how well you'll get ahead. In that way, it feels quite like a boy's club.
    The CEO and many of of the Sr. execs party really hard, and if you party with them and they like you, you're good.
    There's also a lack of accountability and ownership from some of the most Sr. people, while the other ones seem to be covering for them, for whatever reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drinking does not equal culture. Grow up.
    Practice what you preach, follow processes and treat everyone with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Team, but low pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Management  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Project Management in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at POSSIBLE full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with some really smart people and getting some cool/innovative work done.
    Culture used to be great, but culture isn't everything...they are flexible, if you need to, you can work from home, but they are more flexible with some, than with others. If it get's to the point where a middle-management manager works from home more, than from the office and you never see and email OR get a response that should probably be brought to said managers attention and be remedied.

    Cons

    Raises or promotions do not depend on the work you do, they depend on who you (or your manager) are "friends" with. You can work your behind off, to make everything work smoothly and still not be recognized for it! In my case, when finally someone did and I was recommended for a promotion, they had lay-offs a few weeks later. Naturally being laid off was not personal, but all of a sudden the "assets" become "numbers"... while I understand they need to make cuts to be profitable, but they let some of their best talent go in the last round of layoffs, based on numbers and not on smart descisions as to who makes the ship sail and who doesn't. If you are new to the business it's a good place to make experiences and connections. If you have experience, pay is too low and a work-life balance is hard to achieve, even with decent PTO and closing the office between xmas and the New Year!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions should not depend on who you know, they should be based on how hard you work! If you expect regular employees to respond when working from home, so should managers! Your flexibility is great, but shouldn't just apply to your favorite ppl. Your talent group is a joke and your managers are biased towards their favourite ppl, which are not necessarily the one's that work hard and I am not sure that partying hard will help you win clients!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It's nice to enjoy coming to work everyday.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    This is by far the best place I have worked in my career. There are always mixed experiences with any employer and working at POSSIBLE is what you make of it. If you are just looking for a big paycheck and a 9-5 job then there are places that cater to that - but POSSIBLE is different, in a good way. Work/Life balance in my experience has been a focus by my manager personally and something that I am allowed to have.

    It's really about culture and building relationships and doing great work. It is a work hard, play hard environment and it really works well for me personally. I think enjoying where you go to work everyday is a sign that you are at the right place - and for me it's more like a second home.

    I consider many of my co-workers friends and feel like they have my back both professionally and personally.

    Other pros: Dog friendly, can work remotely if you need to, smart-ass people to learn from, lots of training opportunity.

    Cons

    The only con I really see is within professional growth. It's the type of company I'd love to stay at long term but there is a ceiling in terms of roles and pay which forces some to leave eventually. Hoping that more opportunity for growth arises as the company grows in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay and advancement opportunities will cause turnover - not entirely convinced limitations are coming down from corporate and would like more open communication around how far as an employee we can all go.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Work hard & play hard

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at POSSIBLE full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Incredibly smart & passionate people who work hard for our clients, and really care for each other. You have a chance to bring new ideas to clients or the agency. People work hard to live by - and make the values real. Amazing focus on culture & values. Managers stay focused on what's right for our clients, people & business. (In the agency world, this can be tricky.) Fabulous flexible work environment that is "life-friendly" when you have things outside of work that need your focus. There's a variety of ways to grow - and connect with those you work with (ex. brown bags, give back to community, staff meetings, parties, and external trainings).

    Cons

    Organic growth and structure needs a self-motivated (entrepreneur) person to thrive in it. Career progression is on the individual (there's more options now that we're part of a larger 1200+global agency & more global clients). Working with global or Fortune500 can challenge the values. Fast-pace environment means you need to self-manage and ask for support when needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be accessible and approachable. Share progress against vision & goals. Re-evaluate and consider your overall comp plan, including benefits so they stay current & relevant for individual/family needs. (ex. pat/mat leave)

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

    Things are looking better

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

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

    Pros

    Culture, clients, smart people, hidden talent.

    Cons

    Politics, hours, location, not much else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things are looking better after a few years of tough times. New President and ECD are doing a great job. Getting in front of exciting new client opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best place I've worked.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    I love coming to work every day - I feel supported by my team and have built some very genuine friendships with my colleagues. The caliber of personnel who works here, at least in the Seattle office, is better than any place I've worked.

    The flexible work environment is my favorite perk - my time is not micro-managed, but instead I'm given the freedom to get my work done in the time/place that is most efficient for my personal work style and for that I feel inherently accountable to the company to do my best work. It's a win-win.

    There is so much creative freedom to plan and kickstart new initiatives, events, etc. Have a great idea? There will guaranteed be other people to get excited with you and make it work.

    I've been here for two years, and can honestly say that I plan to make it at least to my five-year mark. BTW, you get a three-week paid sabbatical at five years! Already planning for it.

    Cons

    Fast-paced - I happen to love the fast pace, but it can be overwhelming if it's not not your thing. If you're not amenable to constantly changing deadlines and multi-tasking, this probably isn't the right fit for you.

    IT - they seem stingy with the hardware and it feels like a constant battle with them to get the support we need to be efficient in our jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A broader investment in IT and technology overall would go a long way to improve morale.

    Consider implementing a paternity policy along with our maternity policy - it's a really progressive move that would set us apart from the masses, helping improve talent retention and recruiting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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