eshots Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
11 Reviews
2.4
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    So far so good!

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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

    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.  

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

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

    I worked at eshots full-time (more than an 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
  3.  

    Good place to start your career.

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    • 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 an 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
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  5.  

    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 an 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
  6.  

    Childish company that can't retain qualified talent

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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

    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
  7.  

    Growing company, invests in employees

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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

    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
  8.  

    Fills resume space nothing more

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    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible Place to Work

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    • 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
  10.  

    Amateur management is sinking the company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    1. Fun people for after work hours (non-management)
    2. Casual dress code

    Cons

    1. Management is very weak. Make awful decisions which shows their lack of experience and is sinking the teams by the day.
    2. Promotion is based on office politics. Measurements are flawed. Promotion policies published are not followed. Skill-less people get promoted.
    3. Hiring process is weak. People with bad resumes get interview calls, people get hired without being tested.
    4. Micro management is high. Every hour is tracked multiple ways.
    5. Cannot work from home or take vacation without a fight.
    6. Long hours for developers and some account staff but someday if you leave work early (before 5pm) management makes a noise.
    7. High turn over rate.
    8. No career growth. Job title changes without any change in daily work.
    9. Secretly every dept keeps blaming the other. Problem is the poor leadership and decision making from middle and senior management which rolls down and makes everyone unhappy.
    10. Salary is way below par.
    11. No accountability for management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great potential for the company but management has screwed this place with their lack of experience which shows everyday in the awful decisions they make and the very high dissatisfaction among non-managerial employees. The entire top to middle management needs to be replaced. Just looking at the turn over rate should ring bells that something is wrong with the leadership.

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

    Great place for beginners in the event management field.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Event Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Event Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at eshots

    Pros

    scheduling, travel, networking, really tests and improves your organizational skills

    Cons

    if you don't like to travel or to work some hard days, then this field is not for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    leadership was very nice, but from what I experienced could use a bit more "managerial" training... I felt like I was being led by peers, not by trained managers. It felt like a very new company while I worked there, so things may have changed by now.

    Recommends

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