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Balsam Brands Overview

Redwood City, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
General Merchandise & Superstores
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Balsam Brands is a multi-brand eCommerce retailer with roots in holiday and home décor. We strive for excellence in everything we do and present a unique opportunity to those who are seeking to have a meaningful impact in a fast-paced, high-energy environment. We love ... Read more

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Balsam Brands CEO Thomas Harman
Thomas Harman
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    "Wonderful people, leadership, and workplace"

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    I have been working at Balsam Brands full-time (More than 5 years)


    - Full of ambitious, intelligent, and caring employees: this starts at the top with extremely approachable upper management who care about those they work with, not just the bottom line.
    - Fun & fast environment: with such a seasonal business there is definitely a 'try to keep up' pace at certain times of year, but the culture shines in these moments. The team keeps it lighthearted & provides extra perks/events to balance the seasonality.
    - Excellent CEO: Extremely smart & humble, genuinely gets to know you, & goes out of his way to help those around him be fulfilled working for Balsam.
    - Growing quickly: growth has been swift, both in the size of the business & the employee count. The direction of the business is clear, and care is taken to maintain the vibrant culture (although there are naturally growing pains!).
    - Talented, likeminded coworkers: the hiring standard is very high, both from a skillset and cultural fit perspective. It's very easy to collaborate cross functionally - employees are down to earth but very talented at what they do.


    - A premium on time: there's a lot going on, and at times the focus on executing seasonal growth can hinder proper management attention towards personal & professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    - Spend the necessary time & resources growing the skillsets and modernizing the practices for each functional team within the company.
    - Prioritize a more philanthropic customer-facing brand mission for employees to be invested in & working towards.
    - Don't just seek to "maintain" the great culture as Balsam scales - look for more ways to adapt and grow the culture in new ways.

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Balsam Brands Interviews



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    Accounting Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Balsam Brands.


    After applying online, I was contacted a few weeks later for a phone interview. Interview was quite extensive and took about 45 minutes to complete. After going through the basics about myself and what I'm looking for with my career, I was asked some practical questions with real-world applications to the position I was applying for and what my salary expectations would be (no information regarding salary was listed in the job description). It took another few weeks before I received an email response that I would not be progressing in the interview process.

    Interview Questions

    • What could possibly cause a discrepancy between your actual receipt totals and end of the day cash report? How would you solve this?   Answer Question
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Balsam Brands Awards & Accolades

  • Fastest Growing Private Companies in America, Inc. Magazine, 2012
  • Fastest Growing Private Companies in America, Inc. Magazine, 2013
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