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  1. Ever-Changing Environment with Ability to be Successful if Self-Directed

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Management
    Former Employee - Sales Management
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to work in the way that works for you. Remote work environment. Great sales team.

    Cons

    Due to the nature of a start-up, the environment at Plum District was constantly changing. The products that were sold, the expectations even the commission rates changed on pretty much a monthly basis.

    Advice to Management

    Being more connected from top down would help to make life not so uncertain for everyone working "boots on the ground".


  2. Great experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing company culture, hard working team, great leadership, hands on

    Cons

    None that I can think of!


  3. Great for stay at home moms .

    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - District Consultant in Kingwood, TX
    Former Employee - District Consultant in Kingwood, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Plum District part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The best reasons to work for Plum District are you can do a lot of work from home. You can set your own schedule .

    Cons

    The cons of working for plum district are if you have to be a good sales person to make money.

    Advice to Management

    The employees need to have better training.


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  5. Easy position, decent pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Plum District part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    When I was there, it was easy work. the Director was easy to get along with - not too much pressure to perform. no micro-mngt. work the hours you want. no benefits, 100% commission based

    Cons

    Competing against Groupon and Living Social was tough - they'd undercut the rates. Didn't see the future for this business model

    Advice to Management

    Diversify into other areas - the group coupon fad is over


  6. An educational endeavor with an exciting startup focused on marketing to and hiring local women

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Being a startup, all marketing ideas and incentive packages for my local area were considered and given a voice to management. It was fun to try these new ideas and have an immediate response in the local community given the e-platform Plum had designed. It also was a great way to get to know locally owned businesses and help them increase their presence in the Houston market.

    Cons

    As with many start ups, there were changes in management every month. This made driving certain initiatives at the local level challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Due to the constant changes in upper management, there was a strong disconnect between those designing the platform and those on the streets making the sales. It was often difficult to move a marketing initiative forward locally before corporate funds were allotted elsewhere and the project canceled.


  7. Had All the Potential in the World

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Plum District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people you will work with are AMAZING! I truly developed incredible relationships inside and outside of the office.

    Cons

    Things are constantly changing. It's a startup that has been funded by a board of investors. The company has not had a break even month to my knowledge and so the board continues to dictate changes to compensation, benefits and more in an effort to cut their costs so that eventually they will at least be able to not lose money. However, that can be quite detrimental to the existing staff.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff as if they are your teammates in achieving profitability and reward them for the hard work they are putting into getting you there. Just a simple "You're doing great!" or "Thanks for working so hard" can go a long way!


  8. Great Start, learned alot

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This was a job where I learned and did so much. There was never a moment when I was bored. A lot of room for growth if you work for it. Great people also.

    Cons

    Poor leadership in the beginning

    Advice to Management

    Get more key players to keep growing


  9. Can make an impact

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plum District full-time

    Pros

    You can make a big impact here. I feel like what I do actually matters and that my contributions are recognized. There's enough work to go around that if I see there's a gap or a need, I can be proactive and own it.

    Cons

    The team is very small and people are feeling overwhelmed. We're definitely making progress in turning around the company, but some additional people to the team would help.


  10. Old leadership was awful. I hope the new leadership can turn it around.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Plum District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun people, cool office, catered lunches, most people are smart

    Cons

    The daily deal industry is tanking, so it makes no sense to join a company in that space. People are lied to and held in the dark. Leadership is very secretive.

    Advice to Management

    Again, I worked under the old CEO and leadership team, but it was not a well run company. I hear the new CEO is better but it's still a dying industry. I would avoid it.


  11. Great Opportunity - Challenging - Never Dull

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility - ability to work remotely Incredibly intelligent coworkers and management - you can learn a lot just working with them Great opportunities - the people you meet, the companies you work with, the experience you are gaining Potential for huge success as a company - as a Kleiner Perkins backed company Plum District is well on its way to being more profitable than many other startups including Groupon and Instagram Always new challenges - you will NEVER be bored Major improvements in the last six months - New management is experienced and positive. Marketing is being run by some incredible people and you can see the results in a major way

    Cons

    Lots of changes. Not always a lot of notice when things are changing. Sometimes repercussions of changes are not thought out well before the changes are implemented.

    Advice to Management

    It's important to reward employees according to their performance in order to minimize turnover.



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