Employee Review

  1. 1.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    An open and infected wound...

    Jan 2, 2018 - Worker in Boston, MA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    This company has great employees at the ground level and they have the skills to save it. Decent vacation time which you’ll need to look for your next job. Ample parking (getting ampler by the day)

    Cons

    It would be fair to blame the failure of this company on a couple of hapless C-level leaders, they have infected companies before. You would be right to blame Joe Seibert a COO who claims to have all the answers, yet oddly nothing to offer in the way of inspiration or direction - though I’ll concede pacing up and down the hallway is technically a direction. Seibert once claimed the company would be worth a billion dollars (most likely because he read somewhere that a billion was a lot). You could blame CTO Joe Romello, a disagreeable blast of hot air who ran the previous dev team out of the company and regularly curtails business objectives to fit his canned solutions. While these two are to business what the Ebola Virus is to sub-Saharan Africa, and can’t go without mention where failure is concerned, they are not ultimately to blame. There is only one person to blame here – CEO Tom Beusse. Beusse is an old media guy with enough slick salesmanship to convince an investment group he can lead an ecommerce company, yet his direction and governance give little indication he has any awareness of such a business. In a previous company Beusse made his employees interview for their own jobs. At F+W he skips the interview process and gives your job to a consultant. We’ve been told they are the real talent, though we’ve been through one main consultant and three consulting firms by our second website launch. They’re so good we can’t keep them apparently. Beusse employs a happy, hatchet-wielding HR Exec who lays people off with smiles and giggles while poring over color-chips. The walls need to be happy colors and Electric Lime and Dusty Azalea can diminish the impact of multiple layoffs. The lack of concern for task fulfillment and the lack of respect for talent that has accompanied F+W layoffs is alarming and frankly not the mark of a professional in any sense of the term. It is embarrassing to be associated with. They have eliminated so many quality people you’d wonder how they grasp the nature and mechanics of business at an even rudimentary level. Like most empty-suits who have no concept of cause and effect, when faced with the consequences of their actions, they begin to eat their own. They have begun to fire or lay off some of the “friends” who were hired to show us bumpkins how things are done. To summarize, Beusse seems aware of a nail theoretically, but applies the hammer to his own forehead until he can’t see the nail. Fellow job seeker, you might see yourself the type of professional who believes skills and experience can contribute to successful outcomes, these individuals reject true confidence and experience. This is a demoralizing place run by phony-baloney executives who view leadership as a designated parking spot or keys to the gilded men's room. And you can be sure that restroom only exists in downtown Manhattan. These people are self-inflated job-hoppers who will all be at F+W for exactly three years, like all the other places they’ve been. Read their house-of-cards histories, the outcome is as predictable as midnight. It’s a shame really, the enormous opportunity they are missing for lack of vision and creativity. It’s a shame for the investors who put real money into improving a company, the brands and the experiences for employees and consumers. They might as well have given their investment to three hamsters. It would be interesting to hear what Beusse, Seibert and Romello tell themselves when faced with the real consequences of their work, when all the shine is knocked off their self-serving bios. Their leadership is a case study in failure, a perfect storm of ignorance and arrogance. In short, they believe their own BS and haven’t the modestly or temerity to learn from or acknowledge the skills and talents of the employees they are laying off or pushing out the door. Their singular success has been making the last group of execs seem competent. Do yourself a favor fellow job seeker and look somewhere else, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where F+W under its current leadership would be worth your time and talent. Full stop…

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Good people

    Nov 11, 2019 - Finance Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Very good culture and people

    Cons

    Benefits could be better. No 401k match. No tuition assistance

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  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Poor Ethics

    Sep 11, 2021 - Exhibit Manager in Blue Bell, PA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great connections with others in the indstry

    Cons

    Very poor ethics and treatment of/respect for talent

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