I worked at Big Ass Fans full-time (More than 5 years)
This was a great place for me to develop and grow. There so many resources within this company, all you have to do is ask. There are no walls or barriers holding you back, you simply need the ambition. If you come in every day and put in the hard work you will be rewarded. Yes the company is gone through changes but you have to grow with the flow. Managers that are in place are here for a reason because they have the highest knowledge of the company and the product. And they want to see the company grow as well, if you express your willingness to learn and willingness to coachable they will make you successful.
One piece of advice would be to help out the inbound volume. There's a lot on the Reps plates, and the amount of inbound given the seasonality is a lot and this can take away from a lot of the work that needs to get done and some reps can feel overwhelmed.
Advice to Management
Continue to look for those individuals that truly care about this company, when you recognize them take them under your wing. These are the seeds for greatness within that company that are still there.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 8+ months. I interviewed at Big Ass Fans.
A recruiter with the company contacted me in the spring of 2014 saying the company was interested in beefing up talent in its public relations/marketing department, and asked if I'd be interested in having a conversation.
I agreed, and we set up a time time for me to speak by phone with two representatives from the department. They said the position they were interviewing me for hadn't be posted yet and indicated they were doing some early stage outreach.
About a month and a half later, I followed up and got this response, "As we discussed, we had you in mind for a position that has not yet been posted. We have not yet made any decisions on moving forward but will certainly be back in touch as that process evolves."
They never got back in touch and did not respond to subsequent followups.
I periodically checked the website, and in August 2014 saw a posting for a position that looked like what they they had described, so I applied for it. Soon afterward, an HR representative send me a writing test. It involved drafting a case study and ad--tasks I've done many times in my career. I completed the assignment and returned it to the HR rep.
I never received a response, not even automated, indicating the company had received my assignment. I began to wonder if my work had made it though the email system, so I did some research and found out the HR rep wasn't a company employee, but was instead an intern and not using a company email address.
In October I received a rejection email for the position I'd applied for. As of the end of January 2015--five and half months after I applied for it and eight and a half months after the HR representative originally contacted me--the position is listed as open on the company website.
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