Plum District Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
51 Reviews

2.2
51 Reviews
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  1.  

    I will never get the past year of my life back

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    Former Employee - District Consultant
    Former Employee - District Consultant

    I worked at Plum District part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Only the description of the position... we were supposed to be working WITH LOCAL business owners. Quickly, that changed and only those Consultants with national offers with big companies were praised and (financially) rewarded.

    Cons

    Waste of time
    Compensation plan was lowered again and again
    No training
    Constant turn-over of Managers.... I had five in less than a year.
    Treat business owners terribly... I was EMBARRASSED to be associated with Plum District. I would NEVER treat partners poorly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    What a let down!

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    Former Employee - Upper Management
    Former Employee - Upper Management

    I worked at Plum District full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Forced to self teach and therefore learned a lot.

    Cons

    Most everything about company was a "con."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have had the best of the best work for you. It is sad that you took advantage of them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Terrible Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Plum District full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work from home
    Made connections with female sales pro's in other parts if the country

    Cons

    CEO, Megan is mean and belittles sales people and managers in front of others, used to get the entire team on a call and give sales reviews to individual managers.
    Expect you to work 24-7 for very little pay
    E-mails were sent to Managers at all hours of the night, would wake up with a full in-box of e-mails received from 1AM - 4AM
    Have to use your own lap-top and office equipment
    If you are not located in San Fran don't expect to get promoted or taken seriously
    Fired all management expect a few chosen ones only to rehire a few months later
    Poor business plan
    Sales goals are not clear and defined
    Often ask Managers to step down into unpaid part-time sales people
    Unrealistic Expectations in an uncertain industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deal with Megan
    Set clear goals for employees
    Stop Firing at will

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Learned a ton. Left disappointed.

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    Former Employee - Home Office  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Home Office in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Plum District full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    At Plum District you were never bored. There was always more to do than you had time to do it in. Regardless of how long you'd been there you had a chance to contribute.

    Cons

    Ridiculously long hours - seeing colleagues online working at midnight was routine, as was getting work texts at 11:30pm. Mid-to-low pay, especially for the hours. Management was terrible at motivation and worse at transparency. Employee burnout was a constant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    I feel like I work for free, that my talents are being used and abused. Husband says this isn't a job, it's a hobby. Ha

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    Current Employee - District Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - District Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Plum District as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility, No sales quotas or pressure to produce

    Cons

    You don't get paid for your hard work leading up to the sale. Then, your deal you sold runs and not too many people buy, you are left with not much of a reward for your hard work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer DCs full time positions, pay them what they are worth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Easy opportunity to make a little extra cash every month

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    Former Employee - District Consultant  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - District Consultant in Denver, CO

    I worked at Plum District as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    lots of spiffs and contests to earn cash, gift cards.
    Good regional training sessions and opportunity to meet peers in area

    Cons

    couldn't predict when deals would run - hard to tell client when it'll run when your Regional Manager has authority to change it for any reason. Better deals may bump your deal - even into another month. Hard to predict pay that way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is not a good group of people

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    Current Employee - District Consultant
    Current Employee - District Consultant

    I have been working at Plum District part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The only good thing about this company is the other employees. The connections that are made in your local communities with the businesses that you will partner with.

    Cons

    An ever changing (and not for the better) compensation package. Division Directors that are so money hungry and have been drinking the Kool Aid for so long that they don't realize or just don't care how they treat their sales people and all of their recently fired regional managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop abusing moms and get rid of your "for moms by moms" tag line as it is not a true testament of how you treat people. Do everyone a favor and file bankruptcy now so as to save more of your hard working employees the embarrassment of being let go suddenly and without just cause.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inconsistent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plum District part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule, low pressure sales, ability to work from home, offers moms a good work/life balance while using skillset.

    Cons

    Decrease in commission structure, you are required to not only sell and close a deal but then you are only paid if your offer sells in your area which does not always happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain clear and consistent rules and regulations in all areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Woefully unqualified CEO + zero leaders with any online ecommerce experience = Disaster

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    Former Employee - Former Corporate Office Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Former Corporate Office Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Plum District full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn about chaos and fast-paced environment of start-up
    Lunch 3 days a week
    Smart, talented co-workers
    Potential of Plum District in the marketplace
    KPCB-backed

    Cons

    CEO is smart but not qualified to run the company and a board who would talk about her behind her back but never removed her
    Botched acquisition and non-integration of 2 companies
    Poor communication and leadership accountability
    Poor decision-making by CEO and leadership - none have had online ecommerce experience
    Zero transparency into goals and strategy of company
    Never a plan in place to actually make money
    No sales strategy ever put in place - esp when Megan ran sales
    Zero understanding of marketing, including acquisition, promotions, retention
    Very poor understanding of how to treat people - and I believe I was one of the ones who was treated relatively well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since Plum District isn't hiring, and management doesn't really care about views of anyone, just that I will remember my experience here and never work with anyone in this leadership team again and will encourage others to do so as well. I am most disappointed by the board, who are experienced enough to know when someone is giving them the runaround, and should have yanked the CEO out of her role long ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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