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  • lack of intellect, experience and vision in upper management (in 7 reviews)

  • There is no such thing as work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to learn and grow your skills set."

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are friendly, work is fun, a pretty relaxed environment to really step your game up. The managers are very open to ideas, change, and guiding you towards the career path you want to take. I saw numerous people completely change positions/departments because they wanted to learn a new skill set or area of business.

    Cons

    Pay isn't the best, but if you stand out and make yourself valuable, they'll definitely bump you up. It seems their approach with pay is start low, then reward the stand out employees with raises.

    The KY - CA split kind of sucks because it's hard to collaborate with the distance & time difference. There doesn't seem to be much unity amongst the two locations.

    Advice to Management

    Spend a bit more to get premium talent. You're in silicon valley so you have to be competitive, or move locations completely.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Company needs to grow up"

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

    I worked at CafePress full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cool Merchandise and Content-- i guess and its in ecommerce industry

    Cons

    Where should I start? lack of intellect, experience and vision in upper management

    Advice to Management

    Get a real CEO not an entrepreneur who has the vision, maturity and temperament to lead 500 people organization a

  3. Helpful (7)

    "How far the great have fallen..."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cafepress used to be an awesome company. I worked there before the current ills of the company. I will admit to being one of the people who left because of Bob Marino, who in one All-Hands meeting stated point blank that you were either with us or against us.

    Prior to Mr. Marino's takeover, Cafepress was cool because:
    - you could learn a ton
    - there were fantastic peers in engineering who cared
    - fun work environment with interesting people
    - great ability to move around and build your resume

    Cons

    - way underpaid compared to other companies (but ability to learn made up for it)
    - no bonuses in sight for anyone below C-level
    - poor communication from upper management

    Advice to Management

    I don't know that the company can be turned around at this point unless they fire Marino and rebuild the company in California. It seems Cafepress went public just to make the execs rich and screw everybody else.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Low Morale, No Appreciation, Lots of Work"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'll echo the others and list the subsidized vending machines as the pro.

    Cons

    Lack of communication, even within departments. Smart, talented people are leaving because there is no appreciation for hard work - promotions seem to be based on who you know, not what you know.

    Advice to Management

    I think every review, including the positive ones, hit this on the head - communication is what is bringing this company down. Too many locations, too many managers who don't know/care what their employees are doing - spend some time to focus on improving employee morale.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Employees are generally not happy"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is lots of room for website improvement and still lots of growth potential for the bottom line.

    Cons

    - employees are not happy because expected to wear so many hats (there has been a mass-exodus of many, many engineers + other roles)
    - work is not as rewarding as it should be because of all the menial tasks (another downfall of being short staffed)
    - folks eat at their desks everyday because they're so swamped
    - morale is low
    - rarely does upper management give praise
    - horrible communication

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps try turning things around! Make hiring our empty roles a priority. Start praising employees. Act like you care that employee morale stinks!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "And this is how a company is run when 30 year old millionaires run it."

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    Former Employee - Inbound Marketing Specialist in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Inbound Marketing Specialist in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Young, vibrant coworkers & casual environment. A want to be dot com that gives you some out of the ordinary freedoms, but not too many.

    Cons

    Lack of respect to employees & lack of pay. All positions pay about 30% below average, all while trying to brainwash you with corporate pride. Hard to believe when you can barely afford an apartment.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more & don't dick around your current staff and the people you "entice" down to Foster City with your move to the Peninsula may actually stay.


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