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  1. "My experience at ES3 has been nothing but positive."

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

    Pros

    ES3 fosters an environment of creative collaboration. We have the tools and resources to do our jobs well. Expectations are high that we will always produce excellent work, but the personal satisfaction from giving it your best is worth it.

    Cons

    Because of the size of the company salaries tend to be lower than average compared to the higher level of responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    You have a great thing going. Keep it up!


  2. "Accounts Payable"

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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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule learned on my own

    Cons

    To many hats to wear

    Advice to Management

    Fairness to employees

  3. "ES3, Inc."

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

    I have been working at ES3 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Integrity, professionalism, and high standards are very much part of the culture at ES3. Great sense of teamwork and you're not just an employee.

    Cons

    Not a "con" necessarily but a good deal of the work is contract.


  4. "One of the few good small companies."

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Rochester Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Rochester Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    With less than 100 employees, ES3 is a great place to work. Your work is noticed and the communication with upper management is direct and clean. I regret leaving.

    Cons

    Some of the benefits are a little on the pricey side. There can be some cliques that are not welcoming to newcomers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Keep it small, keep it intimate and keep the good work coming. You guys rock.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Better hope you are on the "A" Team"

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

    Pros

    Many of my colleagues there were the reason to get up and go to work in the morning. I think there is an attempt to appear to be a cool place to work, offering the occasional BBQ or pizza lunch, but these things fall short.

    Cons

    They have people in place who have been there 10+ years and if you fall into the category of being one of management's favorites then things will go swimmingly for you, but if you aren't on the "A" team, then be aware of their little lapdogs. These people (I hesitate to give them that much credit) will pose as your friend and pretend to be social toward you, but bottom line is they are just looking for dirt to run and tattletale on you the moment they are rubbed the wrong way. In my 20 year career I have never seen such blatent cases of these lapdogs throwing people under the bus. The issue with it is, that management totally buys into it and if one of the lapdogs badmouths you, you are instantly placed on the "bad employee list"

    They pretend to be flexible, but please note these rules only apply to a select group of individuals. For some people it's OK to work from home every Friday, but for others it is NOT. For some people it is OK to work from home 2 days a week, but for others it is NOT.

    It's not a two way street there by any means. They expect you to work a ton of hours and if you don't, you will not be on the "A" Team.

    There is a person in place in HR, but there is zero confidentiality with this individual. They gossip constantly with one of the lapdogs and even when I didn't have much of a relationship with her, she told me all about someone who was paying child support to their ex. Plus, if you go to this person to voice a legit concern, she will likely tell you to "settle down and you are over-reacting"

    The people they promote into management positions (director level) have ZERO management skills, and just because they put their time in, it doesn't mean they know how to handle clients or motivate a team to work.

    Advice to Management

    You've gotten very greedy over the years, and while you talk a good game of propaganda on "how great things are here" it's funny how actual employee surveys are never shared, just a tidbit that shows you in a favorable light. Also, maybe the lapdogs you trust so much are part of the problem, not part of the solution.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Eye opening, but not in a good way"

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

    I worked at ES3 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The leadership team really does try to satisfy employees by planning potluck lunches, outings to sporting events, celebrating holidays, and shortened work hours in the summer. The camaraderie amongst employees made it a delight to work for the company for several years.

    Cons

    Even thought the leadership team tries, they mostly fall short. The male-dominated workplace doesn't allow much room for growth or learning opportunities. THe social outings and free food brought in on occasion are a simply cover up for low morale, extra long work hours and general disrespect throughout the workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to the employees actually executing the work. They have needs greater than you could ever imagine. A little bit of selflessness could go a long way to creating teams that work efficiently and effectively, and even boost some morale along the way.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "All depends on if you're being hired for a creative or account position....either way prepare yourself for a LONG day!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fountain Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fountain Valley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ES3 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of fun, unique energy throughout the office.
    Weekly "Fruity Tuesday" meets that treated you to some sort of food goodies
    Monthly company location event, sometimes onsite depending on workload at the time it could be a pizza party in the back warehouse or Angels Game.
    If you work on the creative side be prepared to have limited rules apply to you that the accounts side has to abide by....dress code, hours of operation, overall being allowed to have a happy outgoing environment.
    Alcohol is commonly drank in the late afternoon/evenings
    Very tech savvy company
    Owner is very generous at times in the form of perks or bonuses

    Cons

    Where to start??? If you aren't one of the lucky "star bellied sneetches" or otherwise known as "one of the creative" and work on the accounts side don't expect rules to be implemented the same. You are a salaried employee so that means that if you aren't prepared to work from 8AM to at least 6:30PM then expect dirty looks and your eventual dismissal from the company. You won't be fired but your position will all of the sudden no longer be needed even though the work load is INSANE because they refuse to hire more staff. You work for an entry level salary but have an Executive's hours regardless of your actual work experience.....everyone is entry level. When you aren't at work you're still working if you work on the Accounts side....expect to have consultants/auditors calling you 7 days a week and at all hours of the day. Your hours are based on the fact that they work during the weekend too and unfortunately you support people that work in car dealerships all over the country. If you have kids or simply can't or won't work the crazy hours you are looked down upon. Staff has been known to relocate from other offices throughout the country only to quit because of unfair office politics and this is staff that wasn't entry level but rather the higher ups.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff in order to support the programs being launched so that way the current staff isn't working excessively long hours and resentment isn't being harbored amongst each other.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Why it is just ok"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Torrance, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at ES3 as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility allows you to work for ?

    Cons

    No Room For Growth Here

    Advice to Management

    Figure it out


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Plenty of good, plenty of awful"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ES3 full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on some very cool projects; some very talented and creative co-workers; at times the owner is very generous, especially at Christmas

    Cons

    Leadership and culture are entirely male-dominated; they have a few women directors and such but their level of influence isn't strong; senior partners are not open to new ideas or critical feedback; quite a bit of subverted resentment/fear among the staff including the partners

    Advice to Management

    Advice won't be helpful; the owner likes to keep everyone including his partners uncomfortable, nervous, striving to please. The rest of the org culture follows from that.