- 5.0Jun 6, 2022
Truly People centricAnonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 5 years
Cared for Good Brand values Work life balance
Single dimensional Growth areas, mid range pay
- 5.0Jun 1, 2023Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearRedwood City, CA
Working at Balsam Brands has been an exceptional and unique experience so far. From day one, I felt welcomed, valued and encouraged to share my ideas. Balsam Brands does a great job at creating a supportive work environment where I have felt safe and empowered to contribute to the success of my team and the company. I love Balsam Brands culture. Our purpose is to Create Joy Together. We are encouraged to explore new technology like generative AI. It's a place where collaboration, innovation, and creativity thrive. The leadership team fosters a culture of transparency and open communication, which encourages employees to bring their best selves to work every day. One thing that impresses me about Balsam Brands is the emphasis on professional development. Balsam Brands invests in its employees' growth and provides ample opportunities for learning and advancement. From training programs and continuous learning benefits to internal mobility and opportunities to transfer to different departments, Balsam Brands actively encourages continuous growth and supports career progression. This commitment to development is refreshing and has helped me broaden my skill set and stay at the forefront of industry trends. The company's dedication to work-life balance is commendable. Balsam Brands understands that happy and fulfilled employees contribute to a positive work environment and overall success. The flexible work arrangements, supportive policies, and emphasis on personal well-being have allowed me to maintain an overall healthy work-life integration, enabling me to perform at my best while also taking care of my personal commitments.
While it's a plus that Balsam Brands is committed to staying privately run, it means there are no stock options or RSU's. Therefore, total compensation may be considered to be on the lower side by some, especially those individuals who index primarily on cash in overall compensation. While Balsam Brands offers a range of excellent benefits and fulfillment, it's worth noting that the compensation package may be comparatively lower than some other companies in the industry. Additionally, the absence of stock options may be a consideration for individuals who prioritize equity participation as part of their overall compensation. It's important to highlight that the company's compensation philosophy is consistent across all levels. It is also worth noting that Balsam Brands has recently hired a Director of Compensation. To me, this addition shows a strong commitment to being more competitive in terms of total compensation and to ensure fair, equitable, compelling pay for all Brandits.1
- 4.0Aug 18, 2023Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsBoise, ID
I've been working here 5+ years. I've seen and experienced steady company growth, a plethora of good times and some could-be-better times. I would expect all of these things during this length of tenure with a company, as I'd expect it of any type of relationship I have in my life. I've continued to enjoy working for Balsam because I think this it's a company comprised of people who truly want to work together in navigating how the company will be shaped for years to come. Everyone puts care and thought into how the core values are integrated, and it's clear they are a guiding force in how we do business. Benefits are also truly amazing, and continue to improve year over year. I think the company strives to do the right thing and takes time to reflect on instances when something goes wrong. Balsam is a company where building relationships with one another, whether that be in your same office or across the globe, is encouraged and talked about openly as part of our initiatives and career growth. It's believed that by building relationships with one another, that we will be more successful as a company, which aligns with my own personal beliefs about how a company should be run. It's also a company that believes in transparency, and you are trusted from Day 1 with insights into how the company is performing. I've never seen this level of transparency anywhere else I've worked. I have experienced a stable and supportive work environment, as well as personal and professional growth that I really wasn't expecting when I first joined. I've had to put in hard work and been challenged in ways that have been uncomfortable at times, which has led to me becoming a better version of myself, both personally and professionally. I get the opportunity to share my ideas, thoughts, and feelings, which is important to me. All in all, for me, Balsam Brands has been a really good place to work. I think it lives up to the statement on the website of "People come first, success follows", which is actually the reason why I applied in the very beginning. I was curious about this mentality in a company, and I feel it's held true during my time here. I get to genuinely show up as me, as a person. People here know who my family is, what's important to me, and they care about my well-being.
Career paths aren't extremely clear for everyone. It seems more dependent upon the employee to navigate their own growth and advocate for themselves to advance their job. Once you get to the higher levels in the company, it becomes a little less clear how promotions are evaluated and how managers approach promotions. This is an area that I see openly being worked on, which I'm happy about. There isn't a formal recognition program, but I do see accolades and gratitude being shared every day across all geos over Slack. This isn't necessarily a "con", but this is a holiday retail company, so for some teams that means the busiest time of year is during Q4. This should be considered if you're someone who likes to take a lot of time off during the holiday season - it might not be the ideal setup for you.1