- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at eWomenNetwork part-time for more than a yearPros
fellow employees are helpful and have good intentionsCons
The owners profess to care first and foremost about their employees and members, but their main concern is really money. Their membership dues are too high, they don't deliver what they promise to members, and they encourage their managing directors to lie to potential members to get them to join. They won't return conference fees even 90 days out and in the face of a personal emergency. They even make their managing directors pay an up front fee for the "privilege" of working their tails off to help eWomen grow their network.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Practice what you preachDoesn't Recommend
I worked at eWomenNetworkPros
The office is in Addison - so it's close to a lot of restaurants and other businesses.Cons
This was hands down the coldest environment I have ever worked in.
The corporate office in Dallas is very small - only around 10 people. Despite the fact that they appear to be a national organization, many of the "employees" they count are actually chapter directors in other cities and have nothing to do with the corporate office. This means that there is next to no room for advancement.
The owners have absolutely no interest in employees at all. You are seen as an employee, and that is it. There is no effort to get to know you on a personal level, and they could care less about any problems going on in your personal life. I am not saying that I want my boss to know where I went drinking on Friday night, but if you're sick, they don't care. Don't ask if you're feeling better. They don't know if you're married, have kids, etc. It's obvious that they think they are "above" their employees and just simply don't care about them as anything other than a way to aid them (the owners) in making their outrageous salaries.
(Speaking of their outrageous salaries- while they almost come across as a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women business owners, they are anything but. They capitalize on EVERYTHING. Anything they can sell, they will. Anything they can create a sponsorship for, they will. Just take a look at the section on their web site called Chairman's Circle- $65,000 just to talk to them??)
They expect employees to work a lot of overtime. Many employees stay at work 1-2 hours late every day. It would be one thing if this were appreciated. It's not. No "thank yous," no "great job!" You are expected to bend over backwards for them, and they never show any appreciation. This is especially true around conference time, which is in July. Expect to stay until around 9 or 10pm for a month leading up to it (plus weekends), and then work 5 days straight, staying overnight at the conference hotel (rooming with a co-worker!). When the conference ends on Sunday, you're expected to go straight into work on Monday morning, while the owners take off on a week-long vacation.
The owners are also completely oblivious to what needs to be done to increase efficiency. Even when they are told over and over that something needs to be updated, they ignore the issue and then get frustrated when you can't get your job done because... something is broken or antiquated!
All in all, I advise anyone to be extremely cautious before taking a job here. The demanding, cold, and unappreciative environment makes for a truly dismal work experience.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Show some appreciation for your employees and treat them like they are valued members of a team. You might find that it increases moral and willingness to go above and beyond.Doesn't Recommend
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I worked at eWomenNetworkPros
If you want to help female entrepreneurs, this is the place for you. They are heavily focused on building female owned businesses, and have a large member base to network with. They are trying to get themselves out of a hole they created with their technology. A new team in the office will hopefully get them there.Cons
Unfortunately, the Senior management is very tight when it comes to money and doesn't understand the process it takes to complete a task, They are very hasty in decision making and don't listen or consult with the tech side to see how feasible the vision is. Unfortunately this lead to seriously unrealistic expectations with minimal support. A huge problem in proper planning when it comes to tech issues which has really crippled the company's ability to produce there goals.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Listen to your people and try to compromise to make your vision work. It's not as easy as you make it seem.Doesn't Recommend