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24 English questions out of 24

March 11, 2020

What is health insurance like at Grabango?

Pros

-Close to BART and a Peet's Coffee -unionized and in negotiations for a contract, if you can last that long

Cons

-no health benefits, no dental, no eye care -no PTO -no full-time options -bare minimum sick time as required by California law -no raises, no promotions -management needs to be notified 24hr in advance for all emergencies if you can't make it to work that day/on time, including if you fall ill or BART is delayed by someone on the tracks, or they will fire you Management, in the Quality Training Department and senior management, treated us like animals. It got so bad our department was forced to unionize; which Grabango management took as incentive to further harass us and break labor laws to do so. Grabango fostered an extremely hostile work environment by literally making one employee come into work while vomiting into a bag or face termination, during the CORVID-19 outbreak. I also personally experienced transphobia from managers, on top of how negatively I saw they treated other trans employees, and was actively targeted by one manager multiple times. HR proved 0% helpful on numerous occasions to the point of harassing me for my identity, months after no incident, after I complained about said manager. I was even assigned to that manager for all "discipline" after my complaints as well, despite their being other managers I could have been assigned to. Communication was at an all time low when I decided to leave, with managers actively avoiding speaking to any of us and refusing to utilize our supervisors to let us know what our job even was from day-to-day. Modes of communication were taken away, and often I'd find myself begging in emails or our work messenger system for any help from management, only to be pointedly ignored. God forbid anything mildly stressful happened or managers would implode; belittling employees as they work, sometimes literally yelling, or snapping at anyone who asked for extra assistance or took "too long" on a task. The only thing they "managed" was to take what would be a low stakes, low stress job and turn into a nightmare of micromanaging despite hardly ever knowing what is going on and giving no actual help. I had to stop counting the number of times I asked a manager for an answer and they responded with "I don't know" and never got back to me with an answer for vital workflow issues. TL:DR This company is a joke, don't bother until they get a contract. Grabango management is dangerously inexperienced and actively hostile on all levels. The HR department uses anything you complain about to further make the workplace hostile. Working here is being a part of something lesser.

Advice to Management

There is no advice that can help a company this rotten to the core. Maybe quit to focus on building empathy and management skills before ever going near a position that puts you in charge of people again. This goes for our draconian HR department as well.

no health benefits, no dental, no eye care

March 11, 2020

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March 11, 2020

Does Grabango offer tuition reimbursement?

Pros

Joined right after grad school. Love the fact that there is tons of opportunity to learn and have an impact. Working closely with top researchers in Computer Vision is also a great asset (such as Trevor Darell) and quite rare for a startup. Core ethical values are also a part of the technology (which is important to me). Great leadership from the CEO (Will Glaser, co founder of Pandora). I feel valued, respected and appreciated by managers, and would recommend this place to friends. The technology challenges are exciting for a nerd like me, we are working on super interesting AI. Also, the Operations team is amazing and works hard to make us all feel comfortable (small things like sweet notes on your desk for Valentines day, amazing buffet every Friday, happy hours, etc... create a very nice and warm environment).

Cons

None so far. Love the place and the opportunities I was given.

Joined right after grad school.

March 11, 2020

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October 15, 2020

Does Grabango offer unlimited time off?

Pros

- (Rationed) snacks, Nespresso machine... - Interesting, diverse group of coworkers from all over the Bay and the world. - Unmonitored break time - Ability to read, draw, or listen to music at your desk while working.

Cons

- Lower-than-average wages for similar data quality/entry jobs throughout the Bay Area. - No ‘perks’ for non-salaried positions. - Strict limits on amount of hours allowed per week (24). - No organization in workflow, employees were constantly having to contact people in various parts of the company to find their work for the day. - Employees routinely made to do work that was outside of their position (manual labor, in-store tests, meetings, running trainings, etc.) with no additional compensation. - Routinely required to complete data work in a strict amount of time so that investors would think a computer program had done it. - Quality Trainers regularly censored in Slack channels. - Opposed unionization using captive meetings and encouraging a hostile work environment; used COVID as an excuse to lay off Quality Training department after they unionized. - Repeatedly refused to comply to California law in providing gender-neutral restrooms, eventually several employees changed the signs themselves. - Several people were fired for policies which were not in effect at the time the supposed infractions occurred. - Emotional manipulation and blatant lies from management on a daily basis; for instance, the day before a furlough, we were given a pep talk on how we shouldn’t worry about our jobs being put in jeopardy by Amazon stores launching. - “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group” prevented at every turn from making any changes in the company; essentially were a focus group on company policy for higher-ups.

Routinely required to complete data work in a strict amount of time so that investors would think a computer program had done it.

October 15, 2020

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March 11, 2020

What is paid time off like at Grabango?

Pros

-Close to BART and a Peet's Coffee -unionized and in negotiations for a contract, if you can last that long

Cons

-no health benefits, no dental, no eye care -no PTO -no full-time options -bare minimum sick time as required by California law -no raises, no promotions -management needs to be notified 24hr in advance for all emergencies if you can't make it to work that day/on time, including if you fall ill or BART is delayed by someone on the tracks, or they will fire you Management, in the Quality Training Department and senior management, treated us like animals. It got so bad our department was forced to unionize; which Grabango management took as incentive to further harass us and break labor laws to do so. Grabango fostered an extremely hostile work environment by literally making one employee come into work while vomiting into a bag or face termination, during the CORVID-19 outbreak. I also personally experienced transphobia from managers, on top of how negatively I saw they treated other trans employees, and was actively targeted by one manager multiple times. HR proved 0% helpful on numerous occasions to the point of harassing me for my identity, months after no incident, after I complained about said manager. I was even assigned to that manager for all "discipline" after my complaints as well, despite their being other managers I could have been assigned to. Communication was at an all time low when I decided to leave, with managers actively avoiding speaking to any of us and refusing to utilize our supervisors to let us know what our job even was from day-to-day. Modes of communication were taken away, and often I'd find myself begging in emails or our work messenger system for any help from management, only to be pointedly ignored. God forbid anything mildly stressful happened or managers would implode; belittling employees as they work, sometimes literally yelling, or snapping at anyone who asked for extra assistance or took "too long" on a task. The only thing they "managed" was to take what would be a low stakes, low stress job and turn into a nightmare of micromanaging despite hardly ever knowing what is going on and giving no actual help. I had to stop counting the number of times I asked a manager for an answer and they responded with "I don't know" and never got back to me with an answer for vital workflow issues. TL:DR This company is a joke, don't bother until they get a contract. Grabango management is dangerously inexperienced and actively hostile on all levels. The HR department uses anything you complain about to further make the workplace hostile. Working here is being a part of something lesser.

Advice to Management

There is no advice that can help a company this rotten to the core. Maybe quit to focus on building empathy and management skills before ever going near a position that puts you in charge of people again. This goes for our draconian HR department as well.

no PTO

March 11, 2020

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March 11, 2020

Does Grabango offer dental insurance?

Pros

-Close to BART and a Peet's Coffee -unionized and in negotiations for a contract, if you can last that long

Cons

-no health benefits, no dental, no eye care -no PTO -no full-time options -bare minimum sick time as required by California law -no raises, no promotions -management needs to be notified 24hr in advance for all emergencies if you can't make it to work that day/on time, including if you fall ill or BART is delayed by someone on the tracks, or they will fire you Management, in the Quality Training Department and senior management, treated us like animals. It got so bad our department was forced to unionize; which Grabango management took as incentive to further harass us and break labor laws to do so. Grabango fostered an extremely hostile work environment by literally making one employee come into work while vomiting into a bag or face termination, during the CORVID-19 outbreak. I also personally experienced transphobia from managers, on top of how negatively I saw they treated other trans employees, and was actively targeted by one manager multiple times. HR proved 0% helpful on numerous occasions to the point of harassing me for my identity, months after no incident, after I complained about said manager. I was even assigned to that manager for all "discipline" after my complaints as well, despite their being other managers I could have been assigned to. Communication was at an all time low when I decided to leave, with managers actively avoiding speaking to any of us and refusing to utilize our supervisors to let us know what our job even was from day-to-day. Modes of communication were taken away, and often I'd find myself begging in emails or our work messenger system for any help from management, only to be pointedly ignored. God forbid anything mildly stressful happened or managers would implode; belittling employees as they work, sometimes literally yelling, or snapping at anyone who asked for extra assistance or took "too long" on a task. The only thing they "managed" was to take what would be a low stakes, low stress job and turn into a nightmare of micromanaging despite hardly ever knowing what is going on and giving no actual help. I had to stop counting the number of times I asked a manager for an answer and they responded with "I don't know" and never got back to me with an answer for vital workflow issues. TL:DR This company is a joke, don't bother until they get a contract. Grabango management is dangerously inexperienced and actively hostile on all levels. The HR department uses anything you complain about to further make the workplace hostile. Working here is being a part of something lesser.

Advice to Management

There is no advice that can help a company this rotten to the core. Maybe quit to focus on building empathy and management skills before ever going near a position that puts you in charge of people again. This goes for our draconian HR department as well.

no health benefits, no dental, no eye care

March 11, 2020

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