Polar Design

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Polar Design Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014

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3.4 5 reviews

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    Hands on learning opportunity

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Woburn, MA

    ProsAs a smaller agency, you get some hands-on experience in most aspects of a project. You're able to take initiative and get involved however you want in projects, from certain design elements, to what sort of functionality may exist on a site, to the analytical aspects to understand why certain things either achieved results or didn't. It's rewarding to have the experience and see a project come through fruition knowing the strategy, look, functionality, and success is based in your input and ideas.

    ConsPeople come and go, from employees to contract/freelancers, so sometimes have to adapt real fast and deal in situations you may be unfamiliar with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave more brainstorming and educational efforts. At times, felt that the company was not aware of or on top of certain latest best practices.

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    Great work, if you want to work for free.

    Senior Developer (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsThey are very good at landing contracts for larger agencies. That means they have an "opportunity" to do great work on great projects

    ConsAlthough they have a great opportunity, they do not follow through. Most projects are stop/go. Clients are very disappointed through the process. Most projects fail and go to arbitration.

    Additionally, they don't pay. If you give notice about your departure, expect to kiss your last paycheck goodbye. Especially if your a freelancer, then you might have to refund past work. You will get lots of legal threats if you don't.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean up your process. Focus on keeping your existing clients happy, and slow down on the heavy growth strategies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Learning Experience, Positive Career Growth

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Woburn, MA

    ProsSome of the pro' of working at Polar Design included exposure to a wide variety of client's and business models. It wasn't about pitching generic campaigns at Polar it is about understanding a client's business model and increasing revenue for that client.

    Other pro's included working in an entrepreneurial "all hands on deck" environment gaining exposure to a variety of disciplines and working with a small, friendly and lively group.

    If you want to learn how to be an effective advocate for OLM. Polar is a good place to do that.

    ConsThere are some cons, which depending on your personality type may either help or hurt you.

    Change. Constant change. People will come and go. For good and bad reasons. You will need to be able to adapt to this and be focused on your goals within the company.

    The nature of a mid sized growing business. You will find yourself emotionally attached to the work. This can play in your favor or not. When you work for a company of this type you cannot hide. The wins are great, but don't let the losses crush you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep an ear to the ground to keep tabs on morale. Sometimes there are easy fixes to things that may become big problems later. Keep pushing the big picture and finding new ways to diversify the revenue stream.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Woburn, MA

    Pros- Cutting edge projects - working at Polar, you will dip your hands into the latest technologies in design, programming, marketing - whatever your function is. The company is always trying new things in design, development and marketing
    - The company had the same challenges as others in 2008/2009/2010 but never laid off a single person - management puts employees ahead of itself
    - Responsibility - very early on, you get to work directly with clients on fairly high level projects
    - Innovative culture - management is innovative and encourages everyone to participate in the creative stage of projects

    Cons- Training can be kind of ad hoc, which does lead to issues on projects
    - At some point management had a lot of fires to fight which meant that they weren't always proactive about certain things
    - The company seems to be involved in a lot of different services - they do pull it off in the end, it can be daunting at first when trying to understand what you are managing

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire the bad apples faster! You know who they were/are.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Learned what not to do

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Woburn, MA

    ProsOnce you work here, every other job seems like a dream.

    There are only a few benefits to working here, one is that it is small enough for you to have a hand in every aspect of the design process. That being said, you learn it all on your own, and usually under stressful circumstances.

    ConsThis company is a family run business that is extremely small (5-8 employees). There is little growth and opportunity to advance past an entry level position. Worst part is that the clients are unhappy with the end results of the projects. A lot of this can be contributed to the lack of leadership and unprofessional nature of the management.

    Employees usually last a maximum of 1-2 years before moving on. The only longstanding employees are family members.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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