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Balsam Brands Reviews

Updated August 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful people, leadership, and workplace"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - 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.

    Cons

    - 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.


  2. "Very Specific Culture; Not One Size Fits All"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Balsam Brands full-time

    Pros

    - Positive environment for the most part
    - Good face time with exec team for ICs
    - CEO is great and takes a personal interest in all employees' success

    Cons

    - Work culture can veer towards "too happy"
    - Performance review feedback was mostly personality-based, not performance-based
    - Support from and quality of middle management varies a lot
    - Poor compensation/benefits

    Advice to Management

    - Be more supportive of career development of ICs and recognize that people will not work at BB forever
    - Don't take things so personally and de-emphasize the "ultra-happy" work culture, which makes it even more stressful to have a bad day at the office

  3. "Sales"

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

    I worked at Balsam Brands full-time

    Pros

    I liked the people and community

    Cons

    No major cons for me


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "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.

  8. 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!


  9. 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!!!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Caring, hardworking environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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