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Updated July 26, 2017
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  1. "Small team, Great experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    After nearly a year of working here, I have to say I still enjoy working here - the team, the office, the work we all do, meeting innovation companies, and attending great events (social & educational). The great side about working on a small team, is you get lots of experience and exposure. You get an invitation to the leadership table, more than once! (which is what I was looking for).
    I'm looking forward to another great year!

    Cons

    Small staff, so lots of projects for everyone on the team.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "CONNECT Is On Track"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CONNECT is a big brand in the San Diego innovation community. They are really focused on the mission to help entrepreneurs start companies. The CEO is very supportive of all the employees and everyone at CONNECT is great to work with. The office has a fantastic vibe, and young entrepreneurs show up every day to use the office and meet with their EIRs.

    Cons

    Hard say there are any big negatives. It would be great if we had more space for startups to work on the office.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Demoralizing, ego-driven culture. Don't waste your time and talent."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CONNECT full-time

    Pros

    Horrible leadership and general abuse caused some great employees to rely on each other and their sense of humor to get through the rough patches. Formed some life-long friendships with peers.

    Cons

    Too many to bother listing. CONNECT has a bad reputation for a reason. Don't be fooled. Senior management does not know the meaning of transparency or ethical behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Remove your ego from the equation and remember that CONNECT is a non-profit and could benefit from more regional collaboration and program development. Actually listening to all employees and not just a few favored staff members would go a LONG way.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "It's all Smoke & Mirrors"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work while you are looking for another job. They do help the San Diego Innovation economy, but it's mainly due to Springboard and the person in charge of Springboard.

    Cons

    Where to begin... Management or lack there of. Beware of the seeded positive review pinned to the top. It was written by a current upper management employee who drank the kool aid. The CEO is checked out, clueless, and has his own agenda. The COO acts like a 12 year old when things don't go her way. If any employee challenges, questions, or appears to know more than the COO, they are the enemy. Upper management acts like a high school clique (i.e. Mean Girls). The CEO talks about wanting to be the "cool kids" and being innovative, but they do nothing innovative internally. They tried to enforce a rule about everyone having just one personal item at their desk and a white coffee mug. Not very innovative, more like 1984. A video of the new office grand opening was shot and upper management continues to cling to it like a patient clinging to life support, which is a a great analogy for CONNECT. A company clinging to life support not ready for the plug to be pulled. As the title says, it's smoke & mirrors.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing, no one will listen. As Haley Joel Osment said in "The Sixth Sense," "Dead people don't know they're dead." In this case, clueless people (Upper Management) don't know they're clueless.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Completely dysfunctional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CONNECT full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Currently, there are none. Current management is so dysfunctional and, as someone else said, delusional.

    Cons

    I worked at CONNECT for quite a few years. The new management team is an absolute disaster. They are so worried about trying to make their own mark on the organization that they will do anything to disrespect and disparage the former CEO. The current management has created a hostile work environment from micromanaging employees, making decisions and then changing their mind all the while placing the blame on the employees. Both the CEO and COO say horrible things about the employees, other business leaders in San Diego and some of their member organizations. The current management team has run off most of the high quality business mentors who were the backbone of support for the startups in the springboard program.

    If you are looking for a job there (they are burning through employees so there is almost always an opening) be sure to ask about their financials. Members are not renewing and they are burning through reserves.

    It is just sad to watch this once great organization dwindle into nothingness and irrelevancy.

    Advice to Management

    To current management - Leave the organization and San Diego. Don't ever come back. Let someone else pick up the reigns and bring CONNECT back to the organization it once was under the former CEO - an organization that helped others succeed.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with amazing companies in San Diego

    Cons

    Endless restructures have destroyed morale and alienated staff. They epitomize a dysfunctional company (micromanagers, insecure, inflated egos, etc...).


  7. Helpful (1)

    "CONNECT has turned a new leaf - in the right direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CONNECT is a work environment based on trust where open door really is just that - the executive team will listen to ideas and really wants to involve the whole team in decisions and direction. There is a lot of trust put in the employees to execute their jobs without micro-management. Having been at the organization for over a year, I have see a great deal of change - all of it extremely positive. CONNECT has an incredible direction now that it never had before - it is focused, mission-driven, and becoming more successful every day. There was a great deal of staff turn over in the past year, which is usually a sign of unsteadiness, but in reality it was more aligning the staff with the duties and expectations of where CONNECT is headed. There is an incredible amount of opportunity for growth, there is good reward in salary for a job well done. I've seen people get raises and promotions to reward hard work and dedication without having to ask for them and these rewards are tied to performance, not who you know or how long you have been there. There is an incredible new office and a new breath of fresh air around CONNECT. Now that the leadership has been hiring positive, hard-working people there is a great culture and a very team-oriented attitude throughout the entire office, we are poised for bigger and better achievements than ever before.

    Cons

    Sometimes there are long hours, but when you serve innovation and start-up companies that seems natural. The longer days are fewer and farther between.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring great people and keep listening to and involving the whole team like you do now.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Stay away...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is difficult to find anything positive to say about this place or the leadership team in place. My only advice would be to stay away...

    Cons

    I have yet to find one employee that has been happy with their job at CONNECT since the new leadership took over (myself included). I am almost certain the positive recent review was done by a member of the leadership team hoping to overshadow the prior bad reviews. In reality, turnover has been constant and overwhelming. The issues with leadership go far beyond the offices of CONNECT, as many of the organizations that once enjoyed working with CONNECT are starting to turn away as CONNECT's reputation dwindles. San Diego executives who were once highly involved with the organization are being pushed away in order for the new leadership to hide the dire financial situation. The leadership team yelling at staff and making rude/disrespectful comments is a regular occurrence. The CEO also has an uncanny way of saying one thing to your face and then turning around and saying the complete opposite to another - not only to the CONNECT employees, but member companies, board members and other San Diego executives. It is disheartening and extremely painful to watch CONNECT flounder under the new leadership, but it is my hope something will be done to salvage what is left before the entire ship sinks.

    Advice to Management

    I cannot provide advice to a leadership team that refuses to accept it. The passion and commitment to community before self is strongly lacking.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Only pro is dealing externally with innovation economy

    Cons

    By far the most dysfunctional work environment i have ever been in. Where to start, leadership that blames everyone and everything for their own mismanagement. 95% turnover in staff since new CEO took over. A vast majority of which went on to highly visible positions in the community. Be careful reading 'seeded' work reviews. Do your research - look at financials for past 3 years and make your own conclusions.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure it would help at this point ! they are not listening and are delusional about the value they are bringing to community.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to wear many hats.

    Cons

    No opportunity for growth or investment in employees. Awful work environment—no incentives for employees.


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