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eshots Reviews

Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
13 Reviews
2.2
13 Reviews
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Craig Steensma
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    So far so good!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at eshots full-time

    Pros

    It's a pretty nice/fun group of people working here, so it's been a really good place to work so far. Good opportunity to get on with a tech company that could grow a lot in the near future, good experience. Seems like supervisors are open to ideas and feedback which is nice also. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a friend interview for a spot here.

    Cons

    I've been less than a year, no complaints as of now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Get your feet wet, then run the hell out

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at eshots full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good environment overall, although theres a lot of negativity towards the company you can feel from all the employees. They have great people that work there and that are easy to get along with. Management is good at giving the illusion that they want to make everyone happy, and that they put in the effort to have "team" activities. They do offer good benefits once you're on full-time, and they have recently added new benefits like WFH every other friday and summer hours. You will get some good exposure if you're a newbie and looking for experience. But do not expect exciting work.

    Cons

    Like a lot of other reviews mention there are problems with upper management. Some of that comes from the fact that they do promote from within (rewarding loyalty), but that leaves some unqualified people making decisions that effect everyone. Other problems come from wasting resources on outside consultants to give advice, pep talks and sit in on executive positions to make company altering decisions. Executives are ok lying to employees about company performance and outlook.

    I really discourage any designer or developer from working here. They claim to innovate and work on new cutting edge applications. It couldn't be further from the truth. R+D works on maintaining a system of legacy apps that are constantly breaking, and they are rarely given the opportunity to work on new projects. Designers on the product team will end up supporting marketing and creating presentations. New products and features rarely see the light of day or even make it out of the product team. Rash decisions are made in terms of product development in a constant effort to meet client demands and compete with competitors. As a result solutions are built quickly and cheaply, often outsourced, with little to no thought into the design or architecture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to go back to the drawing board. Great companies like Basecamp rebranded themselves to focus on what they were great at. Its time to look at what you can offer a client and do that well, not half heartedly. Be honest with your employees if you don't want to continually lose more and more talented and dedicated people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Resume addition nothing more

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at eshots full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, casual environment, good location of office, some fun events

    Cons

    As pointed out in a number of other reviews the company is fine to work if you are starting out or are in management. Management continues to be the weakest link.
    Below average pay, long hours with absolutely no consideration for work life balance.
    Doesn't invest internally and is all about appearances
    High turn over (most i have ever seen in a company)..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees when they suggest or recommend things and stop being so cheap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company to work for, but less-than-competitive salaries.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at eshots full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    1) Enthusiastic leadership that promotes employees to have a hand in shaping the future of the company.
    2) (Transparency) Quarterly meetings where department heads present honest evaluations of how their departments performed in the previous quarter.
    3) Relatively fun work atmosphere.

    Cons

    1) Below market salaries. Because of this, turnover is high, which means few of the low-level workers have much real experience.
    2) Crucial internal projects are never completed. Everything is held together with "bubble gum and duct tape" as it were, and requires more of the employees' time to make up for it.
    3) No training regime or materials.
    4) Lots of tight turnarounds! They could do with hiring a few more employees to help lighten the load, but in an effort to cut costs, more work gets dumped on employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finish what you start, and hire one or two more people in each department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to start your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at eshots full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good culture. Nice people. Casual work environment. Ability to work with high-end technologies and on projects for fortune 500 companies.

    Cons

    Not very good place for software developers to build their careers.
    Revenue focused management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve work on life balance. Create better environment and growth opportunities for developers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get your feet wet and move on

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    Former Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at eshots full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, casual environment, decent location of office, some fun events

    Cons

    Pay far below par, lots of late nights due to various reasons and often unavoidable, no thought is given to quality by management, they just want the product out the door sooner and sooner, frequently cutting development time just to make another sale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bending over for the big clients, its not worth it. Too many contractors and consultants. It seems like there is a great deal of wasteful spending. Run club; Is that really a valuable allocation of funds? Why not take the training budget and just give it as a bonus to non-managerial employees?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Childish company that can't retain qualified talent

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

    I have been working at eshots full-time

    Pros

    Great for young people, place to join if you're into a fraternity lifestyle

    Cons

    Childish management that cannot keep qualified managers due to the childishness. Company keeps track and makes sure you work 40 hours/week vs what value the employees provide back to the organization. Senior managers yell at employees behind closed doors and the executive team has little clue on how to grow the organization. In fact, it will never grow with it's current attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure how to answer, the management is not experienced enough to act on proper advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Growing company, invests in employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at eshots full-time

    Pros

    Promotes often from inside company. Paid yearly training for all employees. Transparent about company performance. Approachable management. Recognized leader in event marketing technology.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is an issue for some positions. Event attendance required (not necessarily a con but depends on your preference). Legacy systems lead to some inefficiencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on turnover/job satisfaction for employees, especially in entry-level positions. Reduce reliance on consultants. More investment needed in improving processes and technology vs. reacting to issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Fills resume space nothing more

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at eshots

    Pros

    Free soda and casual dress

    Cons

    As pointed out in some of the other reviews the company is fine to work for but watch out for management. They are the weakest link. Dancing to managerial demands is expected if you want to fit in. Many employees have quit to avoid dealing with this drama. People leading teams do not know ABCs of their fields or management 101 and we suffer. If you are used to having smart managers with proven industry experience be mentors and lead teams do not expect it here at any level. Pay is on the low end. Work is easy but stressful and cheaply done. Rushed work, unclear directions, many demands after tasks are done, process overload, wasteful
    meetings filling days, not well thought out products handed from other departments and working with frustrated team members with overtime work is the norm with many projects. All other reviews are spot on too. Overall good for few months to fill resume space not more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at eshots full-time

    Pros

    Some good people on the team.

    Cons

    Below average pay, long hours until the middle of the night at times and absolutely no work life balance. Early release of products before they are ready just to make a sale. If I could give 0 stars, I would.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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