14 West Compensation FAQ

Read what 14 West employees think about their compensation at the company.

14 West has a compensation and benefits rating of 3.8. If you want to know how much 14 West employees make, head to their Salaries page to see a list of salaries per occupation, along with bonuses.

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3 English questions out of 3

July 30, 2021

What is the salary like at 14 West?

Pros

Free booze & snacks Tele-work capable during the COVID-19 pandemic Decent pay as long as you don’t work on commission You can get hired with no experience or education in the field Impossible to get fired, another Agora company will hire you immediately if you do Tons of happy hours & extravagant holiday parties even when company-wide layoffs are occurring They really go the extra mile to solicit positive reviews from current employees Always room for growth/taking on extra responsibilities with the high turnover rate Beautiful historic office buildings that aren’t handicap accessible

Cons

Upper management is out of touch with day-to-day operations and does not know or care about employees or quality of work Little diversity/frat house culture that’s unwelcoming to BIPOC & women All tech is created in-house so it’s not relevant to any other workplace Shady marketing campaigns that target seniors & spread misinformation Companies are constantly being rebranded or merged because of all the lawsuits Last paycheck was a full week late

Advice to Management

Focus on finding competent, educated employees who are dedicated to creating a quality product instead of keeping on old heads who cant follow best business practices and are only interested in fast gains. Engage in company-wide diversity training to get rid of the “boys’ club” culture.

Decent pay as long as you don’t work on commission

July 30, 2021

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May 24, 2021

What are other benefits and incentives like at 14 West?

Pros

The culture at 14 West/Agora was very enjoyable during my tenure. It was easy to see why they have been repeatedly placed in Baltimore Sun's top workplaces year after year. Work life balance was great. There were never any issues with needing to shift your day around due to appointments, unforeseen circumstances, etc. However, this was team/manager specific and not company wide. Trainings and conferences. The company was very open to sending employees to conferences or trainings that would benefit the company and employee. Again, this was team/manager specific. Co-workers were amazing and a pleasure to work with.

Cons

There is never-ending change that is built into the companies foundation and C-level leadership. It was a common practice to have a complete reorganization every 4-6 months that resulted in canceled initiatives and constant confusion on the direction of the business. The CEO might as well be a ghost, you never hear from him even though he resides in the same office building. Pay inequality and lack of competitive pay. It wasn't uncommon to hear of a significate pay difference between coworkers of opposite sex, even though they shared similar titles, experience and qualifications. Advancement is very political. It's based off of who you know, not what you know or what you've done. Ethics and legality. The businesses involved in the Agora umbrella (companies that 14 West supports) were unethical and illegal in more ways than one. The companies business strategy is essentially selling bogus reading material to ignorant seniors who are vulnerable and susceptible to fraud. Multiple lawsuits, audits and fines took place during my tenure. Lack of structure and professionalism. I've always described 14 West as a professional fraternity due to the boys club-esque environment that was often uncomfortable to many female coworkers. Antiquated technology, products and leadership. Almost all applications are monolithic bricks developed in the early 2000s.

Advice to Management

Lose the "ready-fire-aim" mentality that helped you succeed in the early 2000's with 100 employees and start to make decisions based off market data and feedback from your now hundreds of employees. Establish an organization structure where rules and procedures are applied to all teams and not just specific ones or at manager discretion. Stop hiring so many entry-level/junior roles and pay the competitive rate for competent employees that actually know what they're doing. Focus on fixing inequality among employees and adding diversity to the workplace. The COO needs to stop trying to focus on everything but instead focus on larger initiatives and travel less because the company is failing. Additionally, learn to say no and stop promising things that the company cannot deliver on. There were far too many company and team wide post-mortems due to a project being sub-par because you promised things that we could not deliver. Meet with your teams first and understand the level of effort and timeline before promising things that we cannot deliver on. This is such a basic concept that was never learned and repeated itself multiple times. Lastly, stop digging yourself deeper into tech debt and know when to cut ties with specific applications. It's very difficult to obtain top candidates when you're working on old esoteric applications and a severely antiquated tech stack. Note: my tenure ended prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pay inequality and lack of competitive pay.

May 24, 2021

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July 30, 2021

What are sales commissions like at 14 West?

Pros

Free booze & snacks Tele-work capable during the COVID-19 pandemic Decent pay as long as you don’t work on commission You can get hired with no experience or education in the field Impossible to get fired, another Agora company will hire you immediately if you do Tons of happy hours & extravagant holiday parties even when company-wide layoffs are occurring They really go the extra mile to solicit positive reviews from current employees Always room for growth/taking on extra responsibilities with the high turnover rate Beautiful historic office buildings that aren’t handicap accessible

Cons

Upper management is out of touch with day-to-day operations and does not know or care about employees or quality of work Little diversity/frat house culture that’s unwelcoming to BIPOC & women All tech is created in-house so it’s not relevant to any other workplace Shady marketing campaigns that target seniors & spread misinformation Companies are constantly being rebranded or merged because of all the lawsuits Last paycheck was a full week late

Advice to Management

Focus on finding competent, educated employees who are dedicated to creating a quality product instead of keeping on old heads who cant follow best business practices and are only interested in fast gains. Engage in company-wide diversity training to get rid of the “boys’ club” culture.

Decent pay as long as you don’t work on commission

July 30, 2021

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