Simply Hired

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Simply Hired Reviews

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

    Great Company with wonderful Individuals to work with!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Simply Hired full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I want to start off by saying the claims by disgruntled ex-employees that feel the need to continue loitering on Simply Hired's Glassdoor page suggesting that all the positive reviews are fake are SIMPLY NOT TRUE. NEWS FLASH-Not everyone is bitter and there are people that love working here such as myself.

    I have been working at Simply Hired for about 2 years and have learned a lot from my peers. Simply Hired gave me career growth and the people that I’ve worked with here are wonderful including my manager who has been very supportive and given me a platform to grow in my role. I think what’s great is that a majority of people including executive staff are easy to communicate with and everyone for the most part knows your name. If you work in a big company, you feel somewhat lost in a big crowd but being in a smaller company like Simply Hired, you get a platform of recognition and visibility. When I interviewed onsite, I got the opportunity to meet with the CEO and I was very humbled by the fact that he takes time out of his schedule to meet with all top candidates. In addition, I love the work that I have been doing here along with the people from all levels that I’ve had chances to work with. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity I have been given.

    Other Pros I like are the catered lunches Monday through Friday, Food Truck Fridays during the summer, A fully stocked kitchen with some tasty snacks , good benefits, Paid Time off, Ping Pong Table, Great Company Events-we’ve had happy hours, Chilli Cook Off, Pi Day, A Halloween Costume Department Competition, A dessert bake off, Alma-Mater day, along with Hack Days to name a few.

    Cons

    Communication between departments was a big issue but it has now being addressed and solutions are being implemented. I think the company can also benefit from doing more team building events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on improving our product in the marketplace. Adding more innovative features and differentiating ourselves in a competitive market is key! Also, keep building the company culture!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    One Fantastic & Talented Team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simply Hired

    Pros

    Simply Hired possesses some of the best, most talented individuals in the Bay Area. This is a place where you can not only collaborate with different departments with ease, but you will find yourself learning a lot about the different projects each team is working on through Company Updates and CEO-led meeting sessions. Not only is the team talented, you will be surprised by how kind these individuals are. For example, if someone hears that you have a long commute during a passing conversation in the hallway, they will ask you to carpool - even if it is miles and miles out of their way to pick you up. While the employees' kindness may not be the driving force behind your joining the company, it is certainly one thing that you will notice the moment you come in to interview.

    The Executive staff is similarly approachable and each possess a wealth of information and are willing to share their insights and knowledge if you just stop by or send a note.

    Fun perks one can find at Simply Hired includes hack days, monthly happy hours, daily catered lunches & a fully-stocked kitchen for snackers - like me.

    Cons

    Communication seems to be a theme in past posts, but Simply Hired has really stepped up efforts on company-wide communication over the last few months.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic internship opportunity!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Simply Hired as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The work involved as an intern really made me feel like a team member and, more importantly, taught me a lot about the professional software process. As I was involved in every stage of a product's development (from inception to release), I can say that I walked away with a lot more than new programming skills. The people there were the best part and I always felt comfortable asking for help or advice.

    Cons

    I occasionally felt that departments and teams were out of sync.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change anything about the internship program, other than perhaps growing it in size.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    We are growing, and open collaboration is key to our success.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simply Hired full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Thank goodness the people who wrote the negative reviews are gone, because they were apparently keeping us stuck. Much progress has been made in the past three months. Any company must make tough decisions to find the best way forward in a competitive marketplace. Business decisions aren't personal, and though it can be painful, how people choose to respond to change is up to them.

    Nothing about this company's recent challenges and developments is particularly surprising if you think about the tremendously ambitious changes being undertaken here. This is a cutting-edge company with an honorable mission that runs like a start-up, only with the infrastructure of a more mature company. This grown-up-start-up dynamic could tend to make people who prefer early-stage start-ups feel suffocated, or make people who need the established processes and political structure of a mature company feel overwhelmed and poorly-directed.

    People who work here can gain contribute to something great for job-seekers, plus gain experience in three hugely important areas for future employment: Recruiting/Human Capital, Internet Advertising/PPC Marketplace, and Search Engine technology.

    Cons

    Because there were so many changes during the past year, internal communication suffered quite a bit, resulting in frustration across teams and misalignment of goals. This is normal and great progress is being made. Loss of team members makes people gun-shy that they are next on the chopping block.

    My advice is to make sure that you're adding value to the company AND yourself by working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to solicit and be open to acting on the input of the entire team. Continue communicating frequently and repeating a consistent message. Empower your A-players and support them. Continue putting the interests and experience of job-seekers first.

    Disclaimer for the conspiracy theorists: I am not a senior leader, but I like to think that I could be someday. The ability to think objectively about business decisions, even when they may be painful to me personally, is step one on that path.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    it was a good company until political battles and lack of innovation killed it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - National Sales Executive in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - National Sales Executive in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Simply Hired full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company was a great job board and search engine, but the lack of leadership, the revolving door on talent, the lack of innovation and the lack of passion, killed it. Its makes me sad to see my friends there with one foot inside and another one looking for jobs.

    Salaries are very high specially in sales - only way to retain talent

    Cons

    lack of innovation, continuous fight between leaders particularly new C level members that just fight among themselves while CEO, who is a very nice guy and great person, but has a total lack of product vision or passion for the industry, is focused on trying to pursue an exit while there is still some value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell it - quick!

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

    Great for Sales

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

    I have been working at Simply Hired full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The product delivers, important if you are in sales. Great compensation, if you are producing they leave you alone to produce, no micro management. Strong marketplace brand reputation.

    Cons

    Turnover seems unusually high and the recent reorganization did not help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees and take the time to help them to achieve success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 10 people found this helpful  

    A good company experiencing some growing pains

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    Former Employee - Direct Sales
    Former Employee - Direct Sales

    I worked at Simply Hired full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation, company culture, transparency, people

    I enjoyed the people and the overall vibe. It was exciting to be a part of something that was growing and transitioning so quickly. I also appreciated the passion and transparency of CEO James Beriker. I believe this company is headed in the right direction and could do very well if they stay on top of their technology.

    Cons

    Okay, I've read some of the scathing reviews here, so want to put this in perspective. First off, YES this company is absolutely in transition, but it's not a bad thing. In fact I see it as essential to take this company to the next level. The unfortunate part is that several people were laid off (including myself) in the process, so of course the feedback is not going to be all rosy. That said, I happen to agree with the direction of the company and the necessity for a direct sales force to ensure long-term success. I guess the con here would be the company overestimated sales forecasts and hired a direct sales force based on those numbers... a huge investment. When results did not meet expectations for Q2, myself and several others were "impacted". I will say that the numbers we did pull in were solid and quite respectable given the newness of the sales force, the increasingly competitive environment and the SEO hiccups that impacted SH performance. IMHO to reduce the direct sales force after such a short time was a mistake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course. The decision was made to go direct (which I agree with for stability/success in the long term) but give it a chance! They have/had really great people at SH, so invest in and empower them!

    Also make sure technology is priority #1.
    The product has to be BETTER than the competition, especially since the brand awareness is not yet there. In my time there, we experienced some SEO issues that really impacted our performance (may have since been resolved). Without performance results, it's an impossible sell even for the most seasoned sales rep. SH must be able to deliver more unique traffic, utilize ALL spend and provide more qualified applicants to compete especially with all the competition now entering the aggregator space.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 10 people found this helpful  

    Love the environment and a great place to be in Inside Sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive In Inside Sales in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive In Inside Sales in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Simply Hired full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pros about company:
    - Transparency - Our bi-monthly All Hands meetings allows us to stay up-to-date on what's happening and the direction we're going
    - Open communication - We can anonymously ask James and the E-Staff team questions weekly
    - Fun events - Our new Senior HR Director and team put on fun events that gives people the opportunity to get to know others outside their team. Some events we've done Margarita Thursdays, company wide Hack Day, Pi Day...
    - Free daily lunch, snacks, & drinks
    - Everyone gets a MacBook Air and two monitors to use (which is pretty cool)

    Pros about Inside Sales:
    - New director who has a great leadership style and is driven, and it's been a good change
    - The team is growing which is exciting
    - It's a supportive environment whereas a lot of inside sales teams at other companies sound like they are very cutthroat and dog-eat-dog
    - Competitive base pay plus uncapped commission

    Cons

    Cons about company:
    - It seems like it's been a bit slow in finding the right direction (especially with the inside and outside sales teams) but I think they are on the right track now

    Cons about Inside Sales:
    - How we're measured to earn part of our commission has changed a lot in the past few months and definitions were ambiguous - thankfully our new director has nailed it down
    - The job itself can be repetitive, so it's important to constantly learn and continue to grow (it takes more effort but it keeps the job interesting)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Continue to focus on improving the product and creating a unique job seeker experience
    - Really put effort and resources in building the brand not just with the employer but with the job seeker. We need to continue to push our name out there with the job seeker and right now the marketing strategy isn't doing it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 14 people found this helpful  

    Smart people, positive environment, great benefits

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

    I have been working at Simply Hired

    Pros

    decent pay
    free lunch everyday
    fully stocked kitchen
    start up environment
    smart people

    Cons

    not much that i can think of... seems like there are cliques

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Simply Hired is a great place to work in a great industry.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simply Hired full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many of the other reviews point to growing pains and a transitional period in the company as a negative. We aren't going through changes for change's sake. There are clearly defined goals that we are working towards. The historical path the company was heading down was not going to take Simply Hired to the next level. Because we have pivoted away from the legacy strategy, Simply Hired presents some really unique experiences that you won't get at your average start up.

    Some specific Pros:

    - Investing in the technology: We have a great engineering staff that is continually working to maintain and upgrade our systems.

    - Transparency: Most companies tend to only share what makes the company great with their employees. Simply Hired is very transparent on all of our hurdles which helps us address them as quickly as possible. Sometimes we may have a misstep in solving an issue and the company is transparent on those missteps as well. It helps us know exactly where we are, where we want to be and what still stands in the way of moving forward.

    - Accountability: Everyone knows our high level company goals and everyone knows how their individual roles and associated goals roll up to help hit the company goals. One of the earlier reviews had taken issue with our CFO, which I cannot understand. Our CFO is passionate and believes in our business. She has added a stronger level of accountability to us as individuals and as a company, which helps us accelerate towards hitting our goals. Doesn't sounds like a bad thing to me..

    - Collaborative Environment: Everyone is ready to lend a helping hand here. Opportunities rarely fit neatly into one group's bucket and when that happens our coworkers all step up to address the opportunity. I've been at larger corporations where people turn away things because its not in their job description. At Simply Hired, we all take on a "you touch it, you own it" approach.

    Cons

    The only real con here is that we have a bunch of legacy ideas, systems and hurdles that slow down our growth. The site has been running since 2005. Many parts of the business were dormant or not updated for many years. We've tackled a bunch of our legacy issues and still have some to overcome, but we are getting past them and continually bettering our position in the marketplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We are headed in the right direction. Keep challenging the team and keep everyone accountable for great results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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