Upper Deck
2.5 of 5 11 reviews
www.upperdeck.com Carlsbad, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Mar 12, 2014

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Richard P. McWilliam

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43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great people, poor management

Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Carlsbad, CA

I worked at Upper Deck full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe work environment was very fun, and the people you interact with day-to-day are great.

ConsThe pay is well-below similar jobs in the area, and the industry is not very stable at the moment.

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Lord help us all!

paper pusher (Current Employee)

I have been working at Upper Deck full-time for more than 3 years

ProsI like the work hours, some of the people are awesome. The pay is ok. I'm fishing for pros at this point.

ConsThat the company didn't close back in 2010 when it was doing horrible. The cons are management. Im looking for another job.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore work means we need more people. Not just "people" people that actually work and make things happen.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very Cool Place To Work

Online Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
West Seattle, WA

I have been working at Upper Deck full-time for more than 3 years

Prospay, environment, fun experience, networking

Consworkload was too great at times

Advice to Senior Managementnone really

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Poorly managed company

Associate Brand Manager (Former Employee)
Carlsbad, CA

I worked at Upper Deck part-time for more than a year

ProsThe people on the teams were very hard working

ConsThe direction of the company and the impossible deadlines

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Loved the people

Many Hats (Former Employee)
Carlsbad, CA

I worked at Upper Deck full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLoved the variety of projects that comes your way. People were great!

ConsEconomy has made card collecting difficult for most.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Poor Leadership

Manager (Former Employee)
Carlsbad, CA

I worked at Upper Deck

ProsInteresting, smart, and fun people to work with.

ConsPoor Leadership. Divisions were set up to have conflict.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't treat the company as your private piggy bank.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It has been fun.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Morrisville, NC

I have been working at Upper Deck

ProsIt is a relaxed atmosphere.

ConsThe management staff is terrible.

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Poor place to work.

Design Manager (Current Employee)
Carlsbad, CA

I have been working at Upper Deck

ProsThere are few reasons to work for Upper Deck. The Brand has a strong awareness which makes the company look better on your resume than others. You get to work on sports but that is not what it seems as only a handlfull of teams and players get any attention.

ConsUD has a history of not paying vendors. it makes it tough to maintain relationships outside of the company. Cash flow is also a big issue right now. Management is worried about keeping the lights on and some employees wonder whether or not the doors will be locked when returning from a long weekend.

Advancement opportunities do not exist. They cast you for a role and you will play it out for as long as you can take it. You need to leave to advance.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet back to core values, Make exceptional product. Stop worrying about the "whales" and get everyone involved in collecting again. If you don't someone else will.

Show commitment to key and new business initiatives. Bailing and the first sign of weakness shows poor management.

Get a vision for the company and share that across all divisions. I'd suggest a design driven approach rather than the poor leadership from a less than qualified PDT dept.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Needs to Develop a New Vision

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Carlsbad, CA

I have been working at Upper Deck

ProsThe opportunity to work in the sports industry is the leading reason. The contacts that one makes outside of the company in the field of sports are wide and diverse. The atmosphere is professional in the product management divisions. The employees are all well-qualified and generally solid workers.

ConsEveryone will say the pay, but that comes with the industry and the location (San Diego). Upper Deck needs better support from the executive level on funding for projects, but this stems directly from the business philosophy of the owner. Also, communication between departments is poor. Overall, a "CYA" attitude prevails, which hurts the overall mission of the company.

The overall age of the workforce is young, which hurts the learning experience for younger workers seeking professional experience. There is not a great deal of veteran leadership with formal training in business. There is also no standard operating procedure documented for new workers. For this reason, many times working knowledge leaves the company as turnover occurs.

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a plan and stick to it.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fun place to work, but has some issues.

Manager (Current Employee)
Carlsbad, CA

I have been working at Upper Deck

ProsFun products to work on, very smart and passionate employees. Professional, yet laid back environment. Location is great, and the company definitely feels like a family. People often pick each other up on projects, and there is a good sense of camaraderie.

ConsDisorganization between departments, lack of resources and personnel where needed most. Upper management more concerned about the budget than innovation. Fear of the owner at the upper levels as well. Neuroticism and negativity among employees concerned for their jobs. Most employees are overworked and departments are understaffed. Some of these issues may resolve themselves as the economy improves.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a more positive environment for employees, and put the customer first.

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