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WorldOne Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
18 Reviews

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  1.  

    Don't Drink the Kool-Aid

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    - The Charlotte office is great. Employees are driven, smart, hard-working, friendly and generally a few years out of undergrad. The office atmosphere is very casual and always entertaining. They provide snacks on Mondays, free sodas, all-you-can-drink fancy coffee, and the occasional lunch.

     - Team building events, office socials, and holiday parties are always good, with plenty of food and drink.

     - The project management role is great experience. It's perfect for a recent grad who is looking to spend 2-3 years beefing up their resume. (I wouldn't suggest staying much longer as the benefits would no longer outweigh the cost.)

     - Decent pay (depending on tenure), 401k match after a year of employment, competitive insurance, gym membership reimbursement (up to $5), four weeks paid vacation each year, and options for working remotely.

    Cons

    - Not much career advancement. Don't expect to climb the corporate ladder at WorldOne. Managers are generally not interested in training or developing talent.

     - Dysfunctional review process. Most managers are not interested in the development of their employees, and therefore don't take an active interest in the review process. The process takes months, the feedback is bland and impersonal, and goals are vague and rarely measured at the next review.

     - The company wants to be seen as technologically savvy, but spends more time starting jobs than it does finishing jobs. WorldOne employees, as a result, have to suffer through new upgrades, new tools, new systems, none of which have actually been tested by a functioning adult human.

     - Salaries are low, and WorldOne knows it. Raises are rare, and when they do happen, they are nominal.

     - Bonuses are based on an extremely small percentage of your salary, and are not directly related to your performance or effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Make an effort to retain quality employees. Until then, don't be shocked when people quit.

     - Listen to your employees. They may be young, but they're not stupid.

     - Set more realistic financial goals. Give it the old college try!

     - Change the bonus structure for teams. It's not a motivator currently since it's not predictable or even big enough to mention.

     - Be proactive, but not with a reorg.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Always a surprise.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly team, hard working group of people, good benefits and opportunities for socializing and networking

    Cons

    Management does not seem very organized, constant changes both to people working within the organization and to company structure. They state overtime is not expected but still expect you to have work email on your phone so you can check in at all times and during busy times, completely normal to stay very late to meet deadlines that are not really feasible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are awesome and the atmosphere can be relaxing (sometimes)

    Cons

    no room for growth. overworked, under paid

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    A big vision with huge potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    Pros

    The company has transformed from frenetic to focused since its acquisition of Sermo about a year ago. The senior management distilled an admirable vision to improve healthcare globally. We are now executing on this charter and aligning our efforts toward empowering our physicians to be able to collaborate on patient cases, get paid for their insights in market research, and enjoy the camaraderie of a thriving community. We have a lot of work ahead, but the outlook is bright for the Sermo platform and its company.

    Cons

    While I believe the compensation is very competitive, the company is still very much run as a business. It is very thrifty with how it invests its money, but now how it invests its employees' time. Providing more tools, technology, training, and supports to enable employees' well-being, growth, productivity and success in both life as well as work would help grow the culture as much as the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Don't underestimate the ROI of investing in your human capital and happiness once hired.
    - Keep focusing on the goals which matter most.
    - Keep listening.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great culture and tremendous potential

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    Current Employee - Engineering  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Boston, MA

    Pros

    People and culture are focused on success and attaining great things as a team. With a now solidified strategy of the Sermo acquisition the company has the potential to disrupt the whole market.

    Cons

    It took a little while after the acquisition to arrive at a comprehensive vision, but that has been attained and the direction is clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the teamwork!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I'm glad I landed here - lots of personal ownership and accountability, little interest in bureaucracy or "cruising".

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    Pros

    I've only been at WorldOne a few months after spending years in start-ups. I'm really happy to have found a larger, more established company so full of energy and drive to help change the world for the better. It brings a lot of meaning to my work. My colleagues are eager, insightful, and there's a certain flatness to the company that makes me know my work is valued. "We" is the most frequently used word without it becoming hokey or cultish.

    Having read some of the older reviews on here, I think what I'm experiencing is new - the result of a certain renaissance or blending of the company culture after it acquired Sermo. I've had a few conversations with the CEO - he's incredibly open-minded, and he has that reality-bending quality to him that seems to get the most out of everyone around him, including himself. The executive team certainly doesn't give any vibe of being off somewhere above the clouds.

    While we work hard, coming from start-ups, I'm the one who has to adjust to a company that seems to really get work-life balance.

    Cons

    As with any company undergoing a cultural rebirth, there are some friction points, mostly caused by an imbalance of resources across functions, but that seems to be improving.
    From everyone I talk to, there's work to be done basically everywhere. I imagine that can frustrate people who need a lot of direction or struggle to define their contributions and road maps/ work plans.

    If you're looking for career growth by way of promotions and incremental expansions to your role, it's probably not the best place to be. If you come with a defined skill set to drive your ownership of a share of the company's global mission/ vision without being an empire builder (it's too much of a matrix-style organization for that anyway), it's a great place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focused, be data-centric in the business cases made by people, get product-centric for scalability.
    Keep open minds and hearts, and listen for when people sound over-extended. Keep fostering teamwork.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    incredibly dysfunctional and surprisingly bureaucratic for such a small company

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    Pros

    swanky coffee machine
    nice office location
    very friendly and hardworking international employees

    Cons

    -not a stable company at the moment - right now they are going through a major restructuring and many people have been laid off.

    -very high employee turnover - in 3-4 years almost the whole company is cleared out. they just can’t retain their people.

    -too big on promises and so short on actual commitments - they will do anything to make their employees work harder and long hours and sometimes weekends. staying late at the office is often encouraged and unfortunately the hard work is not a major consideration for the annual salary reviews. if you accept a job with worldone you will be better off negotiating higher salary from the beginning rather than hoping for increases after the annual review.

    - no regard for the well-being of the employees, the management pressures the employees on all projects with the “needed right now attitude”. meetings are are often scheduled before and after the regular working hours, it really is a 24-7 kind of company.

    - there is no information sharing within the organization, the employees have no idea what the long-term goals of the company are, they are simply told what to do. The management often drops order which could make even the authoritarian rule of the Chinese communist party jealous. the most common thing is when the management comes up with a new idea/process/project that has to be implemented right away and everything has to stop whatever they are working on in order to take the new project. the problem is that the project never gets completely finished because the management will come up with another one that will always trump the current one.

    -status/title/seniority - these are incredibly important for the company. if you don't have VP or SVP or EVP you don't get a say in anything.

    - the company is oversaturated with executives and VPs - half of the people there are VPs, directors and other kinds of (made up) titles which looks good on paper but in reality the company is full of bosses and there is no middle management

    - rules and stuck-up environment…. Worldone is really big on those. for example - a rookie mistake is leaving your jacket on the back of the chair. you will be scolded very quickly…. other rules include: guys wearing suits and ties, girls serving coffee every time the CEO Peter Kirk requests it and especially during board meetings, no personal items allowed on the desks (apparently it ruins the feng shui), post-it notes are no no, chewing gums are even a bigger NO, cell phone ringing and not being on silent mode are hard learnt lessons.

     - worldone doesn't tolerate criticism of any form. if you have an opinion about anything you better keep it to yourself because there is only one CEO called Peter Kirk and whatever he commands has to happen, no questions asked.

    - worldone lives in a bubble, completely separated from reality. they have adopted this weird culture of congratulating themselves for mediocre achievements including the banal high-fiving, telling each other how great they are, saying how excellent everything is and that they are going to be the next google and apple (yeah, right...) and how very exciting everything in the company is. very much part of the company cloture are the hollow and superficial buzzwords such as: "Boom", "Here we come", "Exciting", "Let's keep the momentum" and others. The sad thing is that the aforementioned VPs and SVPs think that they can motivate the employees by saying that everything is great without making an effort to address the real issues and give direction to the organization. The management tries to put a positive face and completely ignores the reality - you can't build a company if your employees are overworked, underpaid and unrecognized for their work.

    - careers prospects - the company doesn't promote from within, unless you are a VP you might become SVP but otherwise promotions within the organization are very rare.

    - lay offs - the way worldone handles those is: at 5:45 pm one of the executives asks you to meet with them, at 5:50pm you are escorted out of the building. there is no mentioning to any of the remaining employees what has just happened because worldone simply doesn't talk about the people who get let go. this is very harmful to the morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop using the word "exciting" to described everything about the company because it is sooooo far from reality. start acting like you care about your employees and relax your rules - they are stifling creativity and depressing the employees. try hiring people who actually do some work instead of hiring only directors, VPs and SVP of this and that. honor your promises and stop promising big things if you know they are not going to happen. try sharing some of the profit you reap with your employees - finally introduce some kind of retention program and reward the hard work of your people instead of focusing only on making the CEO Peter Kirk mega rich and subsidizing his taste in Prada bags, Apple products, expensive champagne and 1st class flights.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Clear delineation between the Haves and HaveNots.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    The project teams here are really great - some of the best I have ever worked with. PMs are very smart and dedicated to quality, and get along really well together. It's nice to always have a group of friends to get lunch or drinks after work, since 10-hour workdays are the norm and late nights are not unusual.

    Cons

    The project teams are overworked and poorly treated. There is a sadness in the office and always talk about interviewing and looking for other companies to work for. Pay is not competitive with other panel companies. Decisions and changes are not well thought out, and reorgs happen every few months. Money is always a concern, and there have been multiple rounds of layoffs in 2012 and 2013 to cut costs. No one feels secure except the managers who sit in New York City.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your people more. All of us - not just the AMs and other favorites. Stop making decisions like a squirrel distracted by nuts. Spend that $3000 on PM raises rather than champagne dinners for the CEO and AMs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    WorldOne is a very dynamic company that does not have proper plans and therefore certain things do not work correctly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    As a software engineer you get hands on experience with the new technology, you can really influence what technology can be used, but only if you can persuade very difficult colleagues.

    Cons

    There is a constant change of management on the development side, the company moves its development team from various location and creates a new team almost every year. It does not support the projects as they must be quickly changed without delivering a complete solution. Deadlines are very tight and there is no proper project management. Even though you may be hired and promised a career growth, this is something that will not happen. You will definitely hear that job titles are not important here, however if you do not have them sometimes you do not have a right to influence the workflow. I would definitely not recommend this place for a career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people, to their problems and really try to help them instead of only having high senior management discussions of how awesome this place is. You may see it this way as you know more than people not being included in these meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast-Paced, Results Oriented, Not a Hand-holder. Good Compensation!

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    Former Employee - Survey Programmer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Survey Programmer in New York, NY

    Pros

    High energy people who are knowledgeable about the industry. Global business, managers willing to mentor. Also, the company is open to lateral moves if you are not happy with your job. Social atmosphere varies greatly by office location, but is generally pleasant.

    Cons

    Fragmented (due to global structure), Rules... lots of rules from where you can put your coat to what kind of glass you are allowed to drink from. Very big on image.

    Benefits package leaves much to be desired.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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