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  1.  

    Great learning opportunities, but uncomfortable corporate environment

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

    I worked at PhaseOne Communications full-time

    Pros

    The corporate culture used to be friendly with a "small family" atmosphere (characteristic of many small companies). It also places an emphasis on learning. The employees are very intelligent and are willing to share their knowledge. The company spends alot of time training junior analysts and the open door/mentor policy allows accessibility to more seasoned employees. It is a collaborative environment at the project level.

    Cons

    For a small firm, there is too much company politics in motion. Very little transparency among management and communication to the company employees is not good. Actually, morale is low and there are constant complaints over the the corporate environment. Retention is low and there are high turnovers in employees...on both the analytical and administrative ends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please communicate with the employees. As a company that specializes in communication analysis, it is imperative that upper management learn to address their employees in a manner that boosts morale and supports a collaborative environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Crashing and burning

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

    I worked at PhaseOne Communications full-time

    Pros

    - work/life balance
    - interesting work
    - some good coworkers

    Cons

    - horrible management, clueless to what 's going on
    - grew too quickly, overstaffed
    - disorganized, continuous org restructures
    - high turnover
    - nothing proprietary about their "proprietary" methodology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. The company is done for - hemorrhaging talent and no incoming business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Former employee review

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

    I worked at PhaseOne Communications full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work
    Great coworkers
    Middle-management is great
    Nice location
    Good culture, but this is fading quickly

    Cons

    Bad management practices
    Poor transparency
    Implements superficial changes to appease employee
    Senior management/executives are oblivious
    Company is top heavy, restricting career opportunities
    Grew too quickly...tried to become a "big player" too hard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees or they will leave (if they haven't already)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Slow train wreck

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at PhaseOne Communications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Used to be a fun place to work. Great people, incredibly intelligent and fun.

    Cons

    Laying off half of the analytic team has 13 analysts working to support about 20 managers and support staff, as well as high overhead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Those of you over 60, think of retiring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fascinating Work, Troubled Management

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at PhaseOne Communications

    Pros

    Easily the most interesting job I've had. Truly fascinating stuff. You get to work with incredibly intelligent people who are also pretty down to earth. You'll marvel that you get to spend all day reveling in geekdom and studying the world. If you like being intellectually stimulated, this is a place to consider.

    Compensation is pretty fair. Most staff get their own office. Good work-life balance. I never felt overworked.

    Cons

    Weak benefits, but that's to be expected from a smaller company.

    The company is also growing quickly, but in the process seems to have lost sight of the horizon a bit. There is way too much of a management bottleneck for a company of this size. Countless decisions and actions require the consent of the company's #2 when that sort of stuff should be divvied up and given to senior staff to handle to improve fluidity. PhaseOne really does not understand the value of delegation, at least not at the top.

    Raises are slow to come, as are performance reviews.

    The company has become a bit more intense. It's evident that management is trying to squeeze the most out of every dollar in an attempt to give the company the highest value possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back transparency. Get off the management high horse and value the input of your very well-educated, experienced underlings. They have valuable things to bring to the table that you might not have thought of. And while you are confined by the needs of your primary client, there is still room for growth and adaptability.

    Keep bonuses generous and try not to decrease them or replace them with paltry gift cards. It says a lot for the way a company values its employees by the way it gives back to them at the end of the year. Keep that morale high. You have excellent people working for you. Don't waste them.

    Recommends
  7.  

    My experience at PhaseOne has been extremely positive-fulfilling work, supportive environment, opportunities for growth

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

    I have been working at PhaseOne Communications

    Pros

    The work is unique and meaningful, fulfilling
    Smart, nice co-workers with varied educational and professional backgrounds
    Plenty of opportunities for professional growth, especially as the company takes on new clients
    Compensation is fair, generous
    Work environment is comfortable

    Cons

    Some growing pains associated with rapid company growth (bringing changes in org structure, policies, and culture) - to be expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue efforts to be as transparent as possible
    Find ways to make all employees feel invested in the company's growth and success, seeing what the company's growth and success means for them personally

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The most oppressive and depressing place I have ever worked.

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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 PhaseOne Communications

    Pros

    Pay is fair but don't count on a raise of any substance.
    Nice office space.
    Lots of smart and nice people to work with. (Not counting most of exec team)

    Cons

    Management is not connected to whats going on.
    Continuing to hear from colleagues that they plan on quitting because they hate their job.
    Benefits get reduced as revenue gets higher.
    Your suggestion does not matter unless you are a part of a small group of execs.
    Expected to work outrageous hours without regard to family or your personal life.
    HR and Senior managements word means nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit pretending you have it figured out and read some current books on how to motivate and retain employees. Make some changes quickly because there are 5 people I know of that are about to quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Why did I ever take a job here?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PhaseOne Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, nice work environment.

    Cons

    Horrible management. Many of the managers could not manage themselves out of a paperbag. As a group of intelligent professionals, being micromanaged by inexperienced bosses was insulting. Also, management has no idea how BORED the staff are on a daily basis. There is not enough work to keep bright people engaged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is important to realize that length in service at the company should not dictate who is promoted to a management level. It is the breadth and depth of experience that someone brings that should determine management potential.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Career Black Hole

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PhaseOne Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    For the most part, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    This place is a waste of a career. The skills learned here are COMPLETELY non-transferable to other companies/industries. The "methodology" basically consists of a bunch of analysts sitting in conference rooms arguing until someone wins. There is no data analysis, but really just interpretation of information. But it doesn't matter how much "discussion" there is because middle management constantly changes findings on a whim. And further, their "unique culture fostering collaboration" just means that way too many people "collaborate" on a project with nothing really getting done until everyone has to scramble to meet the deadline.

    You won't learn how to do any industry standard research, and this place will be a complete waste of time. There's a reason that they won't give a straight answer about what they do during the interview process. It's better to just stay away.

    By the way, the two 5 star reviews obviously came from upper management- most likely human resources. The wording in the reviews was literally taken from the company materials.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For a "strategic communications" company, you have no idea how to communicate with your employees. Recognize that morale is in the gutter, stop hiding in your offices and do something to manage your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    "An Excellent Place To Work - Truly Unique"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PhaseOne Communications

    Pros

    * Unique gem of a company and culture
    * Collegial atmosphere
    * High degree of respect for work-life balance and flexibility when needed
    * Strong comp & benefits for a small company
    * Lots of growth opportunities
    * Intellectually stimulating
    * Performance standards for all employees increasing (a pro if you like to be challenged)
    * Hours average 45-50 / week - rarely more, except for management team

    Cons

    * Company is in major growth mode, which can at time present challenges
    * Performance standards for all employees increasing (a con if you are a "punch in - punch out" type)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Overall, very strong leadership
    * Continued transparency important as company grows and matures

    Recommends

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