Slack
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www.slackinc.com Thorofare, NJ 150 to 499 Employees

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    Small and safe, with very nice people.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMany great people. John, the COO, is personable, intelligent, and approachable. Same could be said of many of the department heads.

    Generally not a super high-stress environment. If you'll show up, and do the work, I'd imagine it's really hard to get fired. In most roles, this is not a place where you'll hate to come to work.

    Work/life balance is very good in many departments. Though they won't fund additional education (or rather, they will, up to something like $1k/yr, and only when approved personally by the COO as being VERY closely related to your work), you will generally have the scheduling flexibility to pursue it. Life changes are also met with kindness and support.

    Flexible start and stop times are a plus, though the ability to work remotely (the office was open during Hurricane Sandy; employees who were unable to make it in had to take personal days) is a little antiquated.

    ConsIt's a small, privately held company. So many of its comforts can also be constraints.

    The people are generally very nice - but there aren't many of them, and lots of them are related to one another (family owned company). So that has an obvious upside, and an equally obvious downside - get on the right or wrong side of one person, and you can find yourself on the same side of lots of other people in other departments and senior management.

    There's not a lot of money to be made here (most new hires in the high 20s/low 30s), compared to other medical publishers in the area. There's also not a ton of upward mobility, financially or in terms of title, unless you're here for a long time (think 10 years or so).

    Technology staff are helpful and smart, but resources are pretty far behind the industry. Both in terms of their product (healio.com is a great idea, but there aren't the resources to really make it happen the way it probably should) and day to day business (think 5+ year old laptops issued to new employees, old software versions, recycled entry cards, etc).

    Editorial department, while full of many smart and kind people, has the worst morale I've seen anywhere. People are scared and anxious, because communication from the very top is sparse and argumentative.

    Salaried staff are expected to fly to industry meetings and work LONG (12-16 hours) days, over weekends, for free. No comp time, no overtime, you just lose weekends.

    Finally, if you want to have any sort of career, it is up to you personally to make that happen - there's a lot of inertia here, and unless you're prepared to chart your own course, you'll drift along with 2-4% annual raises.

    And lastly, if you give notice, know that you do so at your own peril. Many employees give notice, and are sent home without pay.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse employee reviews to look forward (show a career path) not just backward (assessing only the past year's work). Pick one thing and be great at it, instead of being 2-3 steps behind in every area. Allocate the resources to have 2 or 3 great products, instead of 5-7 that are mostly okay. This applies Wyanoke-wide as well as within individual departments.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A dreary example of small-time Corporate America

    (Current Employee)

    ProsThey offer entry-level experience to recent college graduates, which is very difficult to find in the New Jersey / Philadelphia area. If you can survive the work environment for a year or two, you can enhance your resume.

    ConsOverall, the people in upper management do not make Slack an enjoyable place of employment. You are paid minimally for a heavy workload, and you are not reimbursed with overtime pay or compensation time for business travel. For instance, if you end up working an extra 40 hours in a given week (covering weekend shifts and late-night events), you receive the same paycheck as you would during a normal work week, and there is no talk of extra vacation time. Your superiors think that you should be grateful for the experience, and if you carry out your responsibilities well, they will keep loading you up with more assignments. If you express interest in a raise for your hard work, your annual employee review will likely be pushed back several months.

    In terms of the environment, the office is devoid of sunlight and filled with uniformly grey cubicles. You have to pay $0.50 for a cup of decent coffee, and while you usually get a Christmas bonus, the company never offers any extra incentives or perks throughout the year; there are no delicious lunches on Friday afternoon, and as a general rule, the bosses are not firm believers in positive reinforcement.

    I think the working conditions can vary according to department or publication, but overall, upper management does not care about your well-being. Oftentimes, they will work people into the ground and hang a promotion over their heads for almost a year -- only to offer that promotion with maybe a $2K raise at the time of an annual review. In other words, you will receive the annual raise you were expecting without any additional raise for your promotion; they time the promotions so they don't have to increase your salary twice in a given year.

    While some of the people in middle management are a pleasure to work with, the people running this company operate like stereotypes. I feel like I'm in the film Office Space on a regular basis (except I actually have a ton of work). Upper management has no idea what you're doing, and they don't offer any legitimate training when you arrive at the company. They take no interest in your activities until you have completed a project, and then they critique it as if you were informed of your criteria from the very beginning.

    If you're not desperate for work, I would stay away from this place. If you're just out of college, and you can't find anything else, then grit your teeth and deal for a year or two. But if you're an experienced professional looking for a solid company, please do yourself a favor and steer clear of this nightmare.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSee above comments about the general lack of concern for employee satisfaction.

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    Morale-killing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDepending on your boss, can be laid back or uptight. Small Christmas bonus. Local publisher in South Jersey.

    ConsCan be very stuffy and pseudo-corporate. Decisions made top-down by people who have no idea what YOU do. Communication is horrible. One person has the ability to make an entire department miserable. Constant pleas for charity donations. Very little fun. Very little feedback: basically, if nobody tells you you suck, you're probably not going to get fired. Widespread discontent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a way to make employees feel like they're worth something. Throw in jeans days they don't have to pay for. Listen and pay attention to the buzz.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    eventful

    Sales Director (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat benefits, good location and interesting publication content on line and in print as well as with live events & conventions

    ConsOld school mentality, not enough faith in the common worker to do their job properlywithout extensive supervision. Bad physical environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementFInd out what rank and file employees can offer for ideas on how to improve the company, poll readers as well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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