SanovaWorks Reviews

Updated July 7, 2014
Updated July 7, 2014
21 Reviews

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  1.  

    Good culture, lots of work experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SanovaWorks

    Pros

    I stumbled upon this website when searching for the company. I was really shocked by some of the negative comments that were on here about SanovaWorks. I do want to say, yes, there have been brilliant people who have worked with us and did not work out. However, do no confuse being smart with being good and excelling at the job.

    The ROWE policy is really what is going to make people stay. There is a lot of flexibility for people who have alternate schedules. Just know that you have to be available during business hours.

    There are some really great and helpful people at the company who really know what they are doing.

    Though there is quite a bit of turnover at the company, there have been so many people who have been there for a handful or more years, which is quite amazing for the market. Also know, if this were such a bad company to work for, why do I know of numerous amounts of people who have quit but then came back (or asked to come back but were denied) because they missed our culture and their job?

    Products are interesting. There is a wide range you may be working on - live events to journals.

    Cons

    Of course with every job there are cons. Know that not everyone is going to like working for a ROWE company and they may not fit into the culture, which is completely ok. If you are looking for corporate, this company is not for you.

    The pay is really not that great if you live in NYC or the tri-state area. Friends of mine in the same industry are making double (a couple are making triple) what I make. It does leave a bad taste in my mouth, and trust me, sometimes I do wonder what is keeping me at SanovaWorks. But, after a lull period something comes along that makes you want to stay.

    Work load can become overwhelming. There should be more people hired. At least one more for each department. There are high and low periods throughout the year and higher management probably doesn't have the money to pay for more people and they say that once the busy seasons are over that it will go back to normal, but really, more people need to be hired because it doesn't ever seem to calm down.

    Someone else had mentioned this, but sometimes you have so much work that you often have to be working fully during business hours so that you can be there for your colleagues. You often get pinged or video chatted during times you just can't talk (even though you say it on your away message). Because of the workload on your projects you then have corresponding meetings. One meeting a month sounds fine if you are only working on one project, but you often have many which equals a ton of meetings that can suck you dry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The higher tier of management is very close-knit and can be very goofy. It can come off as very unprofessional. The two tiers of management really do seem to care and embrace the values of the company, or at least try to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    My overall experience has been good. I feel the culture is a positive one and that upper mngmnt operates w/ integrity.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SanovaWorks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Time off is very fair. Although it is challenging to take time off due to the work load, I feel work/life balance is encouraged and genuinely valued. I have never been made to feel guilty about not being on my computer or taking time for personal appointments, etc when I need to.
    -The ROWE (Results Oriented Work Environment) is great. I can make personal plans and travel whenever I want, knowing I can fit work in when I choose. As long as I get everything done, no one cares when I am working.
    -Micro-managing is not part of the culture
    -I personally feel valued and respected. When I have made suggestions or recommendations they have been taken into account by upper management and changes have been made as a result when possible. This was not the case in other companies I have worked for. I think it's unique.
    -I very much enjoy the people I work for and with. It feels very collaborative and team oriented.
    - I think upper management has created an overall healthy culture. I personally don't feel there are a lot of politics to work around. It has its dysfunction like any organization but it is the best company I have ever worked for.
    -I find the majority of the work interesting.

    Cons

    -Compensation is so-so.
    -Work load can be extremely overwhelming and it seems employees can tend to get burnt out.
    -Can be challenging to balance workload with position and paygrade.
    -I think some expenses required to work from home should be covered by the company.
    -There can be some negativity and gossip from time to time (as is the case in just about any organization) but working remotely allows you to very easily stay out of any drama if you so choose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe consider spending a bit more on additional help to lessen the load. Could make some positions more sustainable longterm and create more longevity with employees. Continue hiring employees who have the same values culturally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for with lots of opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY

    I worked at SanovaWorks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The opportunities are endless, the people are great and the dedication is like nothing I've ever seen. They work really hard to develop your talent, cater to your needs and help you grow personally as well.

    Cons

    It's not the kind of place you come to collect a paycheck. They are very big on accountability, results and respect. If you take credit for others work, disrespect colleagues, interrupt incessantly and derail projects out of spite you will never make it here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring right is the key to success. I loved my tenure at Sanova Works. I wish I was able to stay longer. I felt appreciated and respected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Management has no integrity! No place to be!

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    Former Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I worked at SanovaWorks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent people on the team. Friendly and creative. I am amazed how many good people this company attracts only to quickly chase them of the door. Work from home is possible, yet management constantly IMs you and interferes with work. It's preferable to work in the office. The work itself and the clients can be interesting..

    Cons

    I have made suggestions about improving the process and I was ignored, then I was brushed off. Then held responsible for results. .No consideration for employees' well being. Management is entangled in some sort of sick "family" dynamics and favoritism. Constant lying and hiding. It's interesting that they have this convoluted on-boarding process, giving one the impression of thoughtfulness. The reality could not be more different. No career growth is possible in that little prison of a company. Beware when they say in the job description "With our flex-hours workplace, a portion of your workload can be completed at your own pace. We focus on deadlines met/results/tasks completed rather than hours logged." Please ask questions about the job. This is so not true. They are all about micromanaging you. .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees as human beings, with respect. Don't treat employees like "resources" These employees create the revenue that you enjoy today.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    awful. suspiciously high turnover!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SanovaWorks

    Pros

    There are some incredibly talented - although burned out - people here
    Loyal clients because they know the chairman

    Cons

    What is amazing is the high caliber of talent that has been through the company and at one time there was some brilliant leadership in house that balanced things out and made it work. Unfortunately — anyone who does not get involved in the blame game and politics will become its' target. Anyone. Some know it and some don’t. It is sad- the most wonderful, calm, collected and positive people turn incredibly ugly, bitter and angry trying to maintain personal integrity or just get the job done.

    The company will not change. Now I think turnover is not a problem for them because there are no salaries in the months and months it takes them to replace people while we slave away covering for them. Yes I know there is always an excuse for this. always. I suspect now that the turnover game pays for everything and creates the cream floating at the top and a few are scraping it off for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. Bring in people who know the business and know how to run the company. There are plenty of them out there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the worst companies. Ever!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SanovaWorks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is the initial hope that one can do creative work. Nope. Then, there is the opportunity to work from home. But wait, there is always an IM ping to distract you from work, and a manager, to pull you into some political conversation about nothing. The employees are great, and really trying their best, though. Made nice friends.

    Cons

    Treating employees like children (be seen but not heard), and real lack of growth and opportunity for the employees. Salaries and benefits, bad. As others reviewers note, the stream of constant lies is overwhelming. They lie to clients too, which can be embarrassing. Awful management, perhaps some of the most awful people to work with. I wish I had read these reviews before I accepted the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are in desperate need of leadership development. I don't think it will happen since they perfected a dynamic that works for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A sinking ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SanovaWorks

    Pros

    - There are remote options
    - Employee driven
    - Products with history
    - Good vacation policy

    Cons

    - Extremely political environment that is worse than any "corporate" environment they claim to be so distinct from.
    - Very poor leadership choices that are now hurting the company in times of need
    - Unrealistic expectations that are just flung at you from all directions
    - Ridiculously over processed in an attempt to automate all roles
    - Lack of transparently with an inability to deliver the party line in a believable way so everyone knows they are being lied to

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes and be truthful about what will recover this company. Quit protecting your own jobs.

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

    Ethical, nice company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SanovaWorks full-time

    Pros

    I feel that it is run by nice people. It's a comfortable place to work. We have a flexible schedule workplace and that is very important, especially to people with families or other commitments. You can do what you need to do and no one asks any questions, as long as you get your work completed. Almost everyone telecommutes, so it's comfortably autonomous. Nice bunch.

    Cons

    It's a small place and a busy company so sometimes there is a lot to do. I have always been given help prioritizing during busy periods however. They are really into "time management" I think because of this, but will actually take time to help figure out your work load and how to balance it, if you ask they're always willing to help.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Real life "the Office"

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SanovaWorks

    Pros

    Pros:

    * I must admit I love this job. You can work remote and my friends are mucho jealous about that.

    * OH SO EASY and awesome place to hang around and do tons of busy work while getting paid to work from home. There is so much “on boarding” and “culture” that it takes a while to get working at all. When you do finally get to work everything has been made so unbelievably complicated that there is no realistic expectation of productivity.

    * Just a lovely bunch of coworkers. I love them. Everyone knows how to keep things just as they are so we can continue to enjoy unlimited vacation time! Keep the work to a minimum. Managers are totally onboard with this. Ride the wave baby!

    * Really great place to take a break from real life. Lots of discussion on how to expand the company that never goes ANYWHERE. We had an year long discussion on an expansion and then decided to just rename what we had… I’m totally serious. This means lots and lots of meetings with no real actions items outside of doing research.

    Cons

    Cons:

    *Lots of BS and POLITICS- and I mean a LOT. The whole thing is what I would imagine cheerleader camp to be like (minus the perks) with the leadership being some of the most immature personalities I have ever met. I saw an employee cry at an event because the president was being so weird. #iworkattheoffice

    * You think you are getting into some kind of cool firm that does marketing, but really it is a journal and a few other things. All the “strategy’ is figuring out how to continue pushing out the same products year after year; reuse the marketing plan and call the old sponsors… you get the drill. If you have been hired to “champion” something … oh lord - beware!

    * Too much getting into your personal 101. They watch you on your computer when you are remote. They will read your personal email if they can get to it. Higher ups will talk behind your back when you are not there. cruel. They flat out lie about just about everything. It’s creepy.

    * The titles mean nothing and tiles don’t translate. Titles really do mean absolutely nothing in terms of pay but the big thing is that they don’t translate anywhere, so lots of people leave with no more applicable experience that what they came in with. Not a great place to launch career. You will learn a whole bunch of stuff that is homegrown and does not apply to the real word.

    *The products are obsolete along with everything else but the cool macs!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lies, lies and more lies. Very high turnover rate!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SanovaWorks full-time

    Pros

    - A mac company
    - Some of the employees are great. I met good friends here.
    - Small company

    Cons

    - Management does not have a clue. It is all constant LIES from day one. They claim all this happy zen-like atmosphere and the reality is everyone knows to agree with it when asked even though it is nor true. Once you get to know people they will tell you how much they hate it and how they are trying to get out.
    - Management talks out of both sides of their mouth and you are not allowed to say a thing or question any of it. Sometimes I feel as if I will burst tolerating all this hypocrisy!
    - You are expected to do way more work then you ever would at a 9-5 job.Take a work-free vacation? Be ready to pay the price if you do! Work will pile up while you are gone and you will work nonstop when you get back because everyone else is working nonstop because everyone is under the gun. Unless you are management of course. In that case your workload is managable because all you do is criticize.
    - THE TURNOVER RATE IS UNBELIEVABLY HIGH! I mean someone goes every week for weeks sometimes and it is a small company! Why? Because if management does not "like you" then you will be let go. Also, I think they pay so little compared to others that we get some real sketchy people in here at times and they don't last either. Everyone good leaves except a few that are stuck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go get a real job and some experience. Seriously. I don't think they are qualified to do their jobs and it is sad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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