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14 West has a work life balance rating of 4.

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3 English questions out of 3

April 7, 2022

What is working from home like at 14 West?

Pros

Allowed you to work from home.

Cons

Very poor management styles and skills

Advice to Management

Don't allow one poor manager to take down an entire team of people. Managers should not just be dictators but also worker and doers.

Allowed you to work from home.

April 7, 2022

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May 24, 2021

How is the work/life balance 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.

Work life balance was great.

May 24, 2021

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October 1, 2020

How flexible is your schedule working at 14 West?

Pros

-Fairly flexible work schedule -Plenty of tools to help in your day-to-day -HR Team was one of the best and most friendliest to work with

Cons

-Management does not seem to pick the best personnel to lead or manage certain teams (the year 2020 appeared to have a very negative affect due to COVID, which required multiple layoffs but often the wrong people) -Other teams seem to be over inflated on tools, personnel, or processes -Quarterly OKRs and timesheets are not effective; it's a form of micro-management. Yearly OKRs would be acceptable. Measures results, not time.

Advice to Management

The wrong people are being let go. Each year always seems to have the mantra of "let's change and be better and rebuild" but nothing significantly changes. This is a sign of poor leadership from the top.

Fairly flexible work schedule

October 1, 2020

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