I worked at Balsam Brands full-time (More than 3 years)
Culture. The company puts a strong emphasis on friendship with your coworkers. There's a plethora of opportunities to get to know the people you work with, even with the office locations being separated.
Everyone in the company seems to be extremely smart and driven. People work hard but at the same time are very chill and understanding.
By far the best part of working for Balsam is Mac Harmon. He's an incredible leader and leads by example, he puts a lot of trust in his employees and genuinely cares about them. I've never met a more charismatic people person in my life.
Part of the extremely smart and driven side is stubbornness. Because they've analyzed the situation or have a good sense of the idea, many individuals seem to not want to accept other solutions.
Mac seems to be handing off the reins more and more; this is obviously necessary because of the size/growth of Balsam, but it seems to be hurting the company. It feels as though maybe he's focusing on the wrong parts as a leader.
Advice to Management
Focus more internally, promote from within, encourage training (not just conferences).
I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Balsam Brands in August 2015.
Very easy, typical entry level interview. The recruiter was very nice and easy to talk to. The salary I desired was higher than what they could offer, but their follow up process after the interview was a little disappointing, especially after having such a great conversation with the recruiter. Only took about 30 mins.
One of our core values at Balsam Brands is spread joy. This month we were able to do just that by volunteering in our local communities. In Redwood City, we spent our day at St Vincent De Paul, Habitat for Humanity, My New Red Shoes, and Our City Forest. In Boise we were able to give our time to the Boise Rescue Mission Ministries and the Idaho Youth Ranch. It was a fun day spent giving back together and building relationships.
From perks to volunteer efforts, Culture Amp shares how Balsam Brands spreads joy year-round. Check out the article here: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQlpy