faberNovel Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. 'Great Entrepreneurial Experience'

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great team, very interesting projects. If you want to have an experience kicking off new projects, from start to finish while working with entrepreneurs, this a great place to be. PARISOMA is a great community to be part of, that gives access to lots of people & networks in the SF tech and innovation scene.

    Cons

    Small team and challenging projects. FABERNOVEL San Francisco is still a startup, so you'll have to be ready to experiment, pivot, fail and learn !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up ! Things have never been this good ! Looking forward to upcoming successes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Hard to state how poorly this company is run (SF office)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at faberNovel full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great member base in the coworking space
    Near public transit

    Cons

    Management is nearly non-existent
    No structure in place for growth or upward movement
    High turnover
    Company is based in Paris, and SF is not a priority
    Confusing bonus structure offered instead of pay increases, and the not honored after goals are met - had to get a lawyer involved to get bonus that was in my offer letter, which was super strange
    No accountability for team or management
    Long hours, no rewards
    No investment in employee happiness, growth or quality of life
    Seems to be run like a boys-club - if you are French you have a clear upper hand
    Tons of labor laws being broken
    Worst health insurance ever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees a normal salary, put some structure in place and live up to your own promises. Stop setting expectations and then not even coming close to meeting them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    (review of faberNovel SF) Very exciting work environment, fun challenges, multidisciplinary teams -- but high churn

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Working on cutting edge technologies in various industries. Focused on instilling startup drive into large corporations.

    Cons

    Career path limited, ceilings very clearly present in terms of opportunities. Pay not always competitive with market, so high employee churn which made clients uncomfortable and teams less stable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attracting top-notch talent and retaining then is a key priority to grow the US business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    faberNovel

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, learning opportunities, all sorts of projects.

    Cons

    Work life balance, employee turn over, low investment in employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Interesting projects, some amazing people, but a culture of disorganization and backstabbing.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at faberNovel

    Pros

    Draws amazing employees who are passionate about their work. One of the best groups of people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. FABERNOVEL takes on exciting topics and projects.

    Cons

    Horrendous work-life balance. Lack of organization and unclear priorities. Inability to provide employees with basic resources. Total lack of competent project management, or any sense of organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using interns to produce client work. Focus on your core competencies, rather than trying to position FABERNOVEL as the expert on whatever is trending in tech and consulting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    no work-life balance, and poor in-office relationships

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    The office is in Paris, and the projects are interesting and impactful. Like for any consulting firm, it is a good school of business, with the benefit of being a creative work environment.

    Cons

    Because of the no work-life balance culture, you never actually get to enjoy the city (talk about a french way of life!)... too much of the company's communication is based on "poudre aux yeux", they try way too much to be the cool kids in town, when they are actually not.
    The management is distant and snob, unless you have the same background as them, or unless you are of incredible personal value to them (if you have an outstanding alumni network): they play favorites, and not in a good way. Like all french, they are obsessed with the "grandes écoles" system, and it leaves other employees out of the loop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen more to their employees, not wait until they can't take any more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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