Tobi Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    An unique opportunity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tobi

    Pros

    New challenge, clear objectives, friendly environment

    Cons

    Lots of new director level staff, so you have to be patience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more efficient leadership

  2.  

    Not my best decision...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people and atmosphere to work in. Love the end of the year happy hour. Gives teams the opportunity to interact and get to know people on other teams

    Cons

    I'd prefer not to comment ...

    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tobi is the place To be!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Tobi full-time

    Pros

    Profitable, financially stable, awesome environment and culture, and a very fun atmosphere. Excellent work/life balance. The growth and success of this great organization is mind-boggling!

    Open door policy where any employee can go to his/her supervisor or any executive and they will talk to you and help resolve an issue. Or if it’s not an issue and you just want to chat, you can bring up any topic. Sports, food, movies, TV shows, music, fun events or ideas for the company, and anything that’s on your mind. THEY LISTEN AND WILL HELP YOU.

    Teams always show their appreciation to each employee. Besides holidays and other events, birthdays are celebrated like every other day.

    Cons

    None. If there is one, it's that employees have too much fun at work and you have to be OK with getting spoiled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work! And don't worry, because "Rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots.”

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Shady Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tobi full-time

    Pros

    The people, you get to bring your dog, laid back environment.

    Cons

    Poor executive team. Friend hiring friend instead of hiring skilled talent. Poor direction. CEO can be pretty inappropriate. Poor pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. When employees bring up big issues please listen and help solve no just go "you figure it out".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The journey I've always wanted!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    We're a small scrappy engineering team with a lot of dynamic and passionate individuals. Everyone on the team is very accountable for their projects and take pride in their team's work. Growth all over the company has been intense over the last 18 months and everyone is working really hard to build a world class organization. I feel that this company embraces both raw and refined talent and has a role for everyone.

    Cons

    Directions do change from time to time, so it can be hard to context switch. Difficult to contribute day one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus. Develop the resources you have. Stick to hiring talent that wants to take the journey.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Avoid

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

    I worked at Tobi

    Pros

    Lay back environment..Good work/life balance. Growing company.

    Cons

    Poor management. Lots of dissatisfied employees. Too many scandals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try caring more about the employees than the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    The most unprofessional and toxic culture facilitated by executive management I've ever come across.

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    Former Employee - Manager, Operations in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager, Operations in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The people that make Tobi run are the junior and mid level associates and they are by most accounts, great people. It's what really made it bearable, being in a place where executive management was so awfully inept and mind-bogglingly ignorant.

    Cons

    Where would anyone begin? The utter lack of professionalism is astounding. If people put in their two-week notice, they're rather fired on the spot. The CEO will say things to vendors and people that Tobi enters into business contracts with that are entirely inappropriate. He has called his warehouse employees "rats that he doesn't care about" in front of other employees before. He consistently will tell people that he's the sole reason why Tobi moves forward and that no one else matters (if forward is actually what you'd call it....everything Tobi does is a bit backwards and if it had been effective and pragmatic leadership, Tobi would have hit certain milestones a long, long time ago). He changes his mind dramatically about 4 times a day about something, maybe once on a good day. Thus no strategy/execution ever really has a chance to develop well. Strategy is derived from research on the web for a day or two and this methodology will be adopted over qualified people hired to do the task that they have years of experience doing. There is no concept of delegation. He's entered into contracts with vendors with extremely loose regard for fulfilling his monetary commitments for the services these vendors have provided. There is very much this, "Whatever...let them try to sue us" mentality. Anything that is said will likely not happen, or will change, or is just completely false. Hiring practices are absurd and shady and on the verge of being illegal. Anyone put in a position of leadership is someone the CEO is friends with or is related to. If you are a 'yes' man or woman, you’ll be fine. But if you actually follow your intuition and can think for yourself, you will wear out your welcome very quickly here. There is no sense of investing in people. There is no belief in investing in and facilitating a culture where people can thrive and methodically and strategically move forward through trial and error. There is a culture of control and control by fear, not a culture of inspiration and thought-provocation. There have been actual stated discussions of looking for young and attractive Asian girls to bring in for interviews. This type of sketchy/shady etiquette is indicative of the culture that the leadership furnishes. Tobi hires young people that they can squeeze as much work out of without paying them competitive wages. These people tend to be really bright and genuinely good people, but they'll never have a chance to really move up or make reasonable income. The salaries that Tobi pays out by industry standards are ridiculously low. The bonus program is a joke...completely nebulous without any real numbers or targets to try to hit. It's just based on interpretation and what executive management thinks you should get. Needless to say, Tobi was the most dysfunctional and morally gray company I've ever been a part of. Company culture, core-values, leadership, professionalism, organization, execution.....all terribly awry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to treat people with dignity and wake up and realize that the people that make Tobi run are the people that you are so quick to denigrate. You are not inspiring and motivating anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    The worst experience of my career.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retoucher/Photo Editor in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Retoucher/Photo Editor in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great co workers. Decent location.

    Cons

    Terrible senior management. workers are treated with contempt and distrust. talent retention is nonexistent. miserable culture. Every decision is a derivative of a competitor's. It is understandable in the creative industry we draw inspiration from other people's work but seriously, the practice at Tobi is basic and blatant robbery of intellectual and creative properties. It's morally ambiguous to the point of feeling you are an accomplice and is guilty by association with such a company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider management seminars.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    extremely bad management. extremely disorganized. toxic culture.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    fair work-life balance, coworkers are nice, company seems to be doing reasonably well financially

    Cons

    the cto is a micromanager, inconsistent, hypocritical, and regularly yells at people in front of the whole department. they think they are agile, but really they just change what you are working on frequently with no explanation, and there are bizarre layers of bureaucracy that make it extremely cumbersome to get anything done. as an extra bonus, using old technology glued together with sql and bad in-house code, so don't expect to learn a lot here for your next job.

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

    Unprofessional Environment

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    Former Employee - Web Designer in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Web Designer in Brisbane, CA

    I worked at Tobi as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Get discounts as employee, get to see models in the office, friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Very unprofessional about the project managing, they thought they would have a lot of tasks but they didn't. Manager had no clue about how things go at the moment. Asked you not to come in and until the contract ends. Angry CEO wife yelling on the phone all the time. Overall a very bad experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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