Roll Global

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Roll Global Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
28 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roll Global full-time

    Pros

    Interesting businesses, smart people, focused ownership makes it a fast paced, exciting company to work at. Perks are very good and The Orchard is the best company cafeteria in the world

    Cons

    It can be a very stressful place at times, especially in the marketing departments at any of the companies. Politics can be quite extreme at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    No investment in employees - very high turn over

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Roll Global full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, coffee, microwaves, parking, ping pong

    Cons

    Weak Middle Management, No oversight of managers, tow the company line, bring ideas to the table but be careful what you bring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to get to know employees even a little. Don't treat folks like pawns who are there to just get pay checks. That type of environment died long long ago.

    Take professional development courses and offer opportunities for personal and professional growth to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult experience, dysfunctional environment

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

    I worked at Roll Global full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, salary, and bonus structure.

    Cons

    Lack of focus on long-term planning and strategy. Much dysfunction within leadership, lots of personal agendas, and lack of cooperation between companies, resulting in great ideas never being adequately implemented and ultimately costing lots of money for mediocre results. Lots of company turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great people are often hired, but then there is very little opportunity for career growth within the company. Promotion from within for high-performing employees will result in higher levels of satisfaction and lower turnover. Many employees would stay if they felt their contributions were valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    High School with a Unique Type of Stress

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

    I worked at Roll Global full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits including a reduced rate to the gym next door, excellent cafeteria, health benefits etc..,

    Great brands

    Cons

    I had a really bad experience with the specific team I was on. The managers didn't really know how to properly manage and thought the "bully" mentality would work to promote great work but it had the completely opposite effect. There was a "click" that talked behind people's back, and it was caddy and unprofessional. This specific team may be a fit for some with a certain personality but was definitely not for me.

    A few people in the group were great to work with, but a few in management overshadowed any positive things to be said.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bait and Switch?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Roll Global full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    As others have stated, this place is a great place to start. There are some bright people that you can learn a lot from. The benefits are pretty good, and it gets better once you get to 5+ years. They have a great philanthropy program that allows you to donate $1,000 to a charity, and will match up to another $1,000 if you donate as well. This is incredibly awesome in Los Angeles because you can donate to many of the schools that are in need. I feel great knowing I've just helped hundreds of students by getting them the resources they need.

    Cons

    Politics, cliques, and lack of recognition. It's hard for a company to develop or improve upon themselves if it becomes a cut throat environment. There's a very odd barrier that good workers face, and the only way they can get around it is by playing the game. In the 5+ years I've been here, I've seen a fair amount of good workers awarded more work and longer hours, and a few bad workers awarded promotions and raises.

    The work environment is quick to change as well, hence the title. It's part of the culture created by management, and while it could go both ways, I've only seen it negatively affect the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize talent before they leave. Show others that good things come to those who work for it. Listen to their ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Interesting experience in a privately held organization

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

    I worked at Roll Global full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with *very* intelligent people, most people there are quite nice and friendly, pretty good benefits (such as Krav Maga for $25/month!), privately held organization so no focus (AT ALL!) on quarterly profits. Gained a lot of experience in how a private, family-owned organization functions.

    Cons

    Roll seems to turn over a lot of people, and it appears like a lot of people are simply trying not to get fired. Politics are crazy...say the right thing to the wrong person and you're gone. Growth seems to be coming only from acquisitions, and there is virtually no mindfulness to actual expenses. Tons of money wasted, and despite the talk of moving to 'shared services' the companies in Roll all continue to operate nearly fully independently, duplicating basic functions such as A/P and purchasing. Despite itself, Roll seems to make money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not really any advice for management...they wouldn't listen anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing

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

    I worked at Roll Global as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great company culture
    friendly employees

    Cons

    none that I can think of

  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bad local reputation in LA forces Roll to pitch candidates on a "promising" opportunity from out-of-state

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    Former Employee - Risk Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Risk Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Roll Global full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Slightly Above Average Pay
    - Very scenic and decorated working environment
    - Good location in Los Angeles
    - Good cafeteria

    Cons

    - Privately-owned company results in lack of accountability in the corporate environment
    - Sense and business logic is not as important as playing the political game / environment
    - Terminations are common and commonly for reasons unrelated to job performance. Many times it can be simply because a VP does not like your personality
    - Low-morale due to constant turnover, everyone has a daily fear of being terminated at any moment
    - Misleading recruitment practices due to local reputation
    - Creative ideas are not encouraged, but rather discouraged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider your business structures. It does not make sense to have a relationship-oriented and optimizing department report into a commodity and cost-reducing focused function, for instance. It also does not make sense to bring in people from the outside, give them a good 90-day review and then terminate them without cause only a few months later. It also does not make sense to keep employees who do not add value to the team only because they have been there for decades. Poll external marketplace relationships and survey them on your own reputation, you will be surprised to find what you hear what external business partners say. Cut-throat style towards relationship-dependent practices might seemingly provide short-term gains but the long-term benefits will not come to fruition

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to learn, bad fit for job stability or work-life balance.

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

    I have been working at Roll Global full-time

    Pros

    As a junior employee, this is a great environment to get exposure to and learn about different functional areas and types of companies. Beautiful facility, great cafe, wellness initiatives, and related benefits. Fun products you can be proud of. Leadership opportunities abound with constant growth initiatives.

    Cons

    As you "age up" in the system, you become increasingly vulnerable to the whims of the owners - often, the good guys get fired and the bad guys stick because the owners have incomplete information about what is really happening within their companies or overreact emotionally to some event. Ultimately, it is not worth the stress and there are are no equity opportunities, so the best talent leaves when they find a better gig, leaving poor talent in leadership positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage true wellness for your employees - almost none of the talented employees have any quality of life, which does not align with the stated goal of encouraging good health through your products, wellness teams, etc. Get good leaders in the right seats. This is a huge deficiency at present and prohibits you from reaching your assets' potential. Be someone that the good guys want to work for, so you don't keep getting stuck with the leftovers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart and kind people to work with, great brands you can be proud of. Lots of politics.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roll Global full-time

    Pros

    People are all very friendly and super smart. Colleagues are not overly competitive as far as being unwilling to help. Really great brands that you can be proud of. Free snacks, from our own brands!!

    Cons

    Growth in the company is based on breadth of experience, not how innovative/smart/unique you are. No company culture. Very hierarchical and top-heavy. No women in leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be better flex-options. Given that there are so many new parents, the company should invest in daycare or things of that nature.

    In regards to firing, you keep the bad people and fire the good people...and it gets noticed!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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