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"Buyer beware: snake oil salesmen, middling & meddling leadership with ambivalent vision, neglected employees"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vallejo, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vallejo, CA
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I worked at Blu Homes full-time

Pros

Blu is full of good, honest, hardworking, intelligent, often enjoyable people...

Cons

...who are undervalued, dismissed, mistreated, and generally not taken care of, but helplessly run about trying to save face in the hopes that, one day, everything will come together (if they don't get laid off first), and they will be able to move on up from their dimly lit, PCB-adjacent, slum of a sweatsh--*ahem*--office, to some shiny penthouse far above the riff-raff of the San Pablo Bay. Oh, and did I mention you might get laid off? Yeah, job security is not their strong-suit (because people are expendable, right?)...in fact, an employee's job itself might be to make him/herself irrelevant. (Note: I, fortunately, was able to get out before that ever happened to me, but it did happen to countless numbers of my friends and colleagues across all levels and all departments). On top of that, job descriptions might change once every quarter, as upper management fiddles with new departmental leadership and new processes on a never-ending basis. Sure, constant change ("evolution", as one might spin) is inevitable in a start-up, but change in this case seems arbitrary, lacking in clarity and vision, and often out-of-touch with the multi-disciplinary wealth of knowledge, experience, and perspective, slowly decaying behind desks. If Blu were Bronson Alcott High School, the sales team would most definitely be Cher and company...they pretty much run the place. The one saving grace might be the marketing team, unfortunately they're a glorified spin machine full of pathological optimists who masquerade as experts of things they know absolutely nothing about (this goes for the sales team as well).

Advice to Management

Stop spending so much time isolating yourselves in seemingly never-ending meetings that go nowhere. Ambivalence is not a virtue -- decide what this company wants to be and how it wants to operate, and dedicate yourselves to it fully. Listen to your employees -- you are abusing their talents and making them disillusioned. Display loyalty. Replace your HR staff and hire people who are sincere about professional development and the quality of the working environment. Cultivate creativity and innovation -- this company has the potential to benefit from the ongoing tech renaissance, but the products just aren't there. This means trusting fully in your staff, and releasing sales and marketing from the stranglehold it seems to have on product design and development, and the rest of the project delivery chain. Maura is not an engineer, she is not a designer -- she is skilled at marketing, but skilled product innovator she is not. Develop relationships with other tech companies working on the cutting edge of products for the home...who knows, instead of simply making houses, maybe these partnerships can inspire Blu to become an innovative platform for new ways of thinking about and interacting with the home (I mean, if that is the vision...this may be ambitious).

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (11)

    "plain and simple - do not work here"

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

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

    Pros

    You can attempt to shape your own path some, however the next day you might come in and your job is gone.
    The initial concept behind the company is innovative and exciting. The execution on it leaves much to be desired.
    Your coworkers for the most part are competent, hardworking, and kind.

    Cons

    Decisions are made impulsively, without consideration for what has been learnt in the past. The founders chose to ignore the input from employees, their priority is how to turn the company and be able to sell it, not how to create a lasting functioning company. Hence their priority is in the money, not in the principles behind the company or the value of their employees. You might find the job interesting for 6 months as you are learning and you feel like you are voicing good ideas, but then your eyes start to open and you see the craziness. You are asked to work weekends, holidays, and you're still kinda excited so you do. Then all you do is eat, sleep, work, and after all of that there is no job security as management can make a decision one day to just restructure, or wipe out a whole department.

    Advice to Management

    You ask your employees to try and be flexible, to be good with change, and I believe that many of them are. Yet when you show no respect for the intelligence other team members or management are bringing to the table, and when you yourself don't learn from your past decisions, it is hard to keep faith. I watched you let go of so many talented people, simply because you lacked organization and clarity in your own decisions, yet you don't care so long as you are able to keep your income and your own lifestyle that is supported by this company and the investors.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Dissapointing"

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

    Pros

    Exciting start up environment. Lots of potential, amazing product and service with a lot of external buzz. Could have been one of the best places to work.

    Cons

    Potential is the key word. Leadership will run the company to the ground before anything really good can happen here. There is absolutely no work-life balance. Management is only happy when people work 7 days a week. Too many empty promises with vast directional changes every few months. People who do not know anything about leading others or even how to communicate with others are in leadership. Other people who should be leading and mentoring are just trying to keep their jobs and stay under the radar. Terrible inter and cross departmental communication.

    Advice to Management

    If you really want to instill loyalty and faith in the company, don't just pretend like you are listening, show with your actions, that you are listening. People will gladly give up weekends and holidays when they feel recognized.

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