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Balsam Brands Reviews

Updated March 15, 2017
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  1. "Growing company, unique culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Balsam Brands full-time

    Pros

    Caring team, unique culture, career opportunities

    Cons

    Holiday seasonality can be intense


  2. "Great Company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Balsam Brands full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Balsam Brands is a fun company to work at. Wonderful culture and there is opportunity to grow your career. The higher management appreciates everyone. The CEO, Thomas Harman basically know all his employees.

    Cons

    It could really get stressful during the busy season (Sept - Jan) but the company provide several perks during the season like subsidized coffee in nearby coffee shops.


  3. "Fun Seasonal Job"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Burlingame, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Burlingame, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Balsam Brands (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Growing company so possible room for growth.

    Cons

    Some management were difficult at times.

    Advice to Management

    Be more direct about your expectations to sales associates.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Life-Work Balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Balsam Brands full-time

    Pros

    A perfect balance between a fun company culture, and a devoted team striving to succeed every day. I believe the most important thing in a job is to enjoy going to work, at Balsam Brands I have enjoyed each and every day. Great company benefits and a focus on personal development.

    Cons

    The growing pains of a start up company are no longer, as Balsam Brands is making a name for itself. The adjustment to make is working for a company with high seasonality.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great working environment!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Balsam Brands (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Aside from how professionally and meticulously run the company is, the people here make work very rewarding. Coworkers collaborate and push each other, and yet the spirit is very familial.

    Cons

    None at this point in my experience!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing Fun Culture and Company!!! :-)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun casual environment, wonderful place to learn and advance in career!
    Great company trips!

    Cons

    There are none that comes to mind at this time. Thank you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work with caring about employees!!!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Caring, hardworking environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Balsam Brands full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very positive work experience during my time at Balsam. I have had the privilege to know the team for a very long time and the culture of the company continues to stay the same. Everyone here truly enjoys working with each other. The CEO, Thomas Harman has a great heart and cares about all of his employees. We can feel this everyday when we come to work!

    Cons

    Overall benefits are great, however, in comparison to other big companies in the Bay Area, Balsam does not provide certain things such as: free food, cash bonuses.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for. Great culture, smart and devoted coworkers."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Balsam Brands full-time

    Pros

    Friendly and very sharp coworkers, caring leadership, interesting work, no micromanagement, great location in Downtown Redwood City.

    Cons

    Not much to complain about - normal growing company issues that create interesting problems to solve. Doesn't have some perks of the tech giants in the area, but the enjoyment of working for a small caring company compensate for this.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Intelligent, caring, and all around great people to work with. Wonderful culture. Great opportunities to try new things and explore e-commerce.

    Cons

    Sometimes unrealistic expectations, particularly with revenue projections. Culture can be 'too nice' but make it difficult to have transparent conversations about issues.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about expectations and performance. Too much emphasis on revenue growth can hurt culture.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture, great people!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Balsam Brands full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love the culture of the company. Everyone is very friendly and caring, but at the same time everyone is a hard worker. It's difficult to see this balance, and the company has managed to achieve it!

    Cons

    Still small/medium company, so growing pains are common. No profit sharing or equity for employees.



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