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"The Disneyland of Sweatshops"

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Former Employee - Client Engagement in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Client Engagement in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

The culture is well crafted. Lots of happy-hours, free t-shirts and gift-card and ticket giveaways.

Cons

Leadership is incredibly manipulative and understands fully how to encourage you to over-deliver and over-commit yourself to an unhealthy degree. Their trick? They are acutely aware of the value derived in each hour you work beyond 40 each week that are perfectly billable to clients. Does your salary increase accordingly, nope. So many people come in, drink the Kool-Aid for a few months and then realize that their nights and weekends are far too valuable and that their commitment to work is questioned if they are not 80-90% billable/utilized. Leadership knows full-well that every hour you work is billable to clients and that they reap all of the financial reward, while you sweat it out. If constant pressure for utilization without the ability to advance in your career (well except for some free Sounders tickets and a free Popsquatch t-shirt) are your thing, then Pop is the place for you.

Advice to Management

Take a hard look at what you have created and try to find a constructive way out. You have not built a sustainable model for a workplace and people are getting hurt. Take some responsibility for your actions, restructure accordingly and get back to doing smart, creative and innovative work without hurting the very team of people that does it for you.

Other Employee Reviews for POP

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful office filled with really nice people. Employee events are frequent and fun. The vibes were positive, and it was a very nice place to go to work for 4+ years. I think fondly of my time there and wouldn't mind working at POP again in the future.

    Cons

    As others have mentioned, POP is not the most transparent place. The political environment takes a while to figure out. Also, prospects for career development are not always clear.

    Advice to Management

    I didn't have much experience with the CEO, but I regularly interacted with other members of the exec team...and they were great. Keep up the good work!


  2. Helpful (16)

    "Thin Veneer of 'Cool', Nightmare on the Inside."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing 'sense' of culture and unbelievably nice office space (assuming you like the open-office environment thing).

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the carefully curated culture and beautiful office space are designed to distract you from the realities of how POP works. It will take you just a few months to realize what you have signed up for. Over time you will discover a powerfully manipulative and incompetent leadership that us inexplicably guarded and regularly enabled by the CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Advance Publications (new silent owners of POP) should come to Seattle, sit down with leadership and take a very close look at what's going on. They should seriously consider hiring an actual CEO and qualified executives. The current CEO fostering a toxic leadership environment and directly limiting the growth of POP by doing so. Decisive, swift action to course-correct may save POP from the present downward spiral. I would also recommend that management think carefully about who sits at the executive table and the hidden, inside culture that is being maintained. Many, presently at that table, are home grown and do not understand how to do more than defend their position. Others are so poor at their discipline and blinded by their own egos that clients have requested them off of their business. I think it's time for a makeover.

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