Balsam Brands Career Development FAQ

Read what Balsam Brands employees think about career development at the company. Employees have questions about everything from promotions and mentoring to job security.

Balsam Brands has a career opportunities rating of 3.6.

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6 English questions out of 6

November 23, 2021

How are career development opportunities at Balsam Brands?

Pros

I've enjoyed working for Balsam Brands for the last few years. Great benefits and nice people across the globe, and I've been able to grow my career. There have been lots of good perks as well recently, including mental health days and some unexpected money every month to spend on personal needs during the pandemic.

Cons

None really. There have been some challenges as the company has gotten bigger, but that's a normal thing to happen.

Great benefits and nice people across the globe, and I've been able to grow my career.

November 23, 2021

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July 19, 2020

What kind of career opportunities exist at Balsam Brands?

Pros

People are friendly. The company was growing so you have opportunities to take up lots of challenges.

Cons

The management team is not capable of managing the growth of the company. Hiring new people in manager level that are not competent and a good fit to culture. Lots of long-term employees are not capable of being in the leader position but got promoted anyway just because they had been with the company for a long time.

The company was growing so you have opportunities to take up lots of challenges.

July 19, 2020

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November 18, 2021

How are promotions handled at Balsam Brands?

Pros

- Good health benefits - Shutdown week (one week of company-wide paid time off) - Relatively flexible work hours - Fun activities and perks in season

Cons

- Toxic positivity. The "fun" culture is forced and there's a lot of pressure to be upbeat and unique, which can be especially difficult if you're generally introverted and/or just having an off day. - Below average pay and lackluster yearly raises. They try to make up for it with "perks" like coffee, treats, t-shirts. Though those things are nice, they just miss the mark and don't pay the bills. - Long hours, not just during the peak holiday season, but nearly all year long. - Overworked staff makes for strained working relationships and poor mental health. It's difficult to get the help you need hired, and when they do hire, it takes forever. - Poor outlook on job security. - VERY meeting heavy. Makes it difficult to execute on all the work you're being handed when you're in meetings all the time. Contributes to long work hours. - Roles and responsibilities team members are often unclear, and team members often have way more on their plate than they can handle. - Leadership wants to gloss over problems rather than address them, mainly when it comes to pay, WFH benefits and general resource scarcity. Often times they would blame COVID for lowered employee satisfaction scores, and while it likely played a role, it was not a sole factor. Blaming it on such made it feel they were ignoring what employees were saying. - General politics and a lot of gossip culture. Promotions are subjective and poorly handled.

Advice to Management

Actually listen and respond to what your employees are asking for, invest in hiring the help that's needed, pay more competitively, relax on shoving the culture down everyone's throats, make employee expectations more clear and work on leadership transparency.

Promotions are subjective and poorly handled.

November 18, 2021

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January 2, 2021

How do employees feel about their professional development opportunities at Balsam Brands?

Pros

I worked at Balsam Brands for over a year. Among the great things at BB were my co-workers, in-season perks, WFH Wednesdays (before COVID), opportunities to grow and build the company. The Learning and Development team also did a fantastic job with regards to training team members as it relates to management, and personal development and understanding. I can't stress enough how great most of my collogues were to work with. I worked primarily with our Boise, Dublin, and Manilla teams, and it was wonderful to have an opportunity to work with them. I genuinely miss having the opportunity to work at the office and having lunch with my teammates. Despite the limited PTO, the work life balance was great and I was always able to take time that I needed.

Cons

Among the biggest "cons" would be the disconnected teams and long term vision. All companies have issues and looking back I think these could easily be solved with focus from leadership. With regards to disconnected teams this could have been solved with a better overall understanding across functions/teams of an individual's role, assigned projects, and workload. While there is a PMO, there isn't the coordination or project visibility that I would expect to see when people are juggling operational issues and feature/horizon projects across the enterprise. This leads to ambiguity and self prioritization of work that seems like it may or may not have a place in the value stream. PM's and coordinators do a great job, but having project charters/visions/kickoffs would add some guard rails. As far as the long term vision, the company does a good job of having town halls to communicate what's going on across the company. However, the goals and vision are more abstract than I would have liked to see. This causes ambiguity and leads to interpretation of what is important for the company to move forward.

Advice to Management

Balsam should continue to keep a focus on building relationships, as that does make it a great place to work. Don't be afraid to define explicitly what you expect the company to be, or how you expect team members to show up. I would say the same thing as it relates to long term goals. "Remember the future" on how you want the company unfold over the next 5 years. With a globally distributed team, you can't have ambiguity or else time is wasted and efficiency lost.

The Learning and Development team also did a fantastic job with regards to training team members as it relates to management, and personal development and understanding.

January 2, 2021

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October 21, 2021

What is the feeling of job security at Balsam Brands?

Pros

* The Benefits are pretty good

Cons

* Low Salaries * Toxic leadership * Unrealistic timelines * Long hours all year * Constant office politics * No job security

No job security

October 21, 2021

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